Macarons have become a French icon. These pastel coloured sweets are as beautiful as they are delicious. They are notoriously difficult to make (like many French delicacies). I can vouch for this, as I’ve tried my hand at making them and ended up with only 10 viable macarons after a full afternoon of work. For the past few years, I’ve been wanting to taste these treats in the macaron motherland.
I journeyed to France last summer for a vacation, and knew straight away that I wanted to check out La Durée. This is the most famous macaron shop in France, and they’ve even have even opened up locations in other countries. They have locations all over France, with the busiest being their location on the Champs-Élysées (one of the most ritziest streets in Paris). The location also has a restaurant where you can sip on some tea (or wine!) while you enjoy your macarons. We opted to just pick some up from the counter. We joined the line (which actually moved pretty quickly), and decided to get 4 macarons. You need at least 6 to get the fancy box which protects the delicate desserts. Since we were eating them right away it didn’t matter, but I would definitely recommend if you’re saving them for later. Tip: If you’re buying them as a souvenir, there is a store in the airport with the exact same selection.
They flavours of these macarons are unbelievable! There was a rainbow of magnificent colours in front of us, and it was difficult to narrow it down to just 4 flavours. I would highly recommend some of the floral flavours (such as rose or lavender), as they are quite unusual. I must point out that these macarons are very expensive, which a giftbox of 6 coming in at about €17. This place is definitely worth the hype, although it wouldn’t be first on my list if I was returning to France. La Durée has opened a store in my hometown of Toronto, so it’s no longer a decadence that I can only experience in France.
The first place that I’m going to go to get my macaron fix when I return to France is the luxury food emporium Fauchon. The store exudes glamour and has locations around France. The macarons are just as good (and expensive), and you won’t be lined up out the door behind crowds of tourists.
Let me know if there are any other macaron spots I should check out on my next trip to France!