Alright, I literally tasted macarons everywhere in Paris in the past few weeks. Crispy exterior, creamy interior, and rich in flavor, this cute colorful pastry is a sweet delight! Let me give you my favorite addresses!
Macarons with a view
Dalloyau : these guys were Louis XIV’s favorite food specialists since 1682 and stayed at the Versailles court until Bastille Day! Go buy their macarons at The Galeries Lafayettes Gourmet (35, Boulevard Haussman, 9th district), then climb up to the top of the Galeries Lafayette Women Department Store, located just on the opposite sidewalk, and admire the view while eating the best coffee flavor macaron of Paris. You’ll love it!
Carette : Parisians will tell you that you don’t go at Carette as in any tearoom. They are opened since 1927 at 4 place du Trocadero et du 11 novembre, 16th district, with a view over the Eiffel Tower. The macaron is their signature pastry, and we understood why : it was delicious!
Cosy macarons shops, "à la française*"
*”the french way”
Ladurée : We don’t present Ladurée Macarons anymore, ’cause they probably are the most famous in the world before being in the shortlist of the best macarons in Paris. To taste some, we suggest you to go to 21 rue Bonaparte, 7th district, where you’ll find an intimate tea room, designed in a chic and elegant spirit that remind the atmosphere of a private house. The service is a bit slow but really attentive to you and the iced-tea is perfect.
Carette : Here again, Carette is in our favorite places. We loved their pleasant and charming terrace which is perfectly located at 25 place des Vosges, 3rd district, under the arcades of the famous Place des Vosges. The service is warm and the pastries are awesome ! (author’s thought : “Yes, this is a post about macarons, but people should know that Carette offers other amazing typical French pastries”).
Healthy macarons : good for the planet, good for your body!
Hugo & Victor : we liked the classical vanilla, chocolate, sea salted caramel and pistachio flavored macarons. In our opinion, the flavors of the fruity ones were hidden by the sugar of the biscuit recipe. Anyway, we still like this shop, where everything is made 100 % natural & additive-free, with organic & french products : 40 Boulevard Raspail, 7th district.
Emma Duveré : For us, these are the best macarons in Paris! We loved the amazing flavors of the macarons, all made with organic and seasonal products. The ganache is perfectly balanced : tasty, not to sweet, not to fat. The light design of the pastry shop located at 41, rue Sedaine, 11th district, fits perfectly with the simple and quiet atmosphere of this place! Indeed, we were so warmly welcome by Emma & Isabelle, that we had the best moment of our day!
One macaron a day, takes the doctor away
Pierre Hermé : Pierre Hermé Macarons are also part of our favorites, especially the Mogador one, made with milk chocolate and passion fruit (author’s thought : “writing this post makes me want it so much now, OMG”). Also, we choose this address because the ganache of these macarons has the best texture. If you want to bring some back home as a souvenir choose the Pierre Hermé’s macarons (buy them just before you’re leaving, macarons have to be eaten in the next 3 days). They have many shops in town, for exemple, at the 185 Rue de Vaugirard, 15th district, or 133 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 8th district. More shops addresses here.
VG Pâtisserie : at the moment, this is the only shop we found that makes vegan macarons. But, if you want to taste some you have to order a box minimum one week in advance. We didn’t tried eat yet, but we still give you the address, just in case : 123 boulevard Voltaire, 11th district.
Let me know below if you have ever tried some of them, or if you have another address suggestion that I should add to my post!
And if you’re fond of French food, I would suggest you to check my French Recipes!