How was it?
As some of you may know, I went on a little holiday in January to Europe. It was awesome, I had the best time and I am currently experiencing post-holiday depression (4 weeks on!). My first stop was Paris, which is a beautiful city filled with beautiful streets, buildings and people. My days were spent walking around, shopping, eating, and more shopping - yeah, it was pretty tough! Hehe. And the food? Let's just say, I was obsessed with baguettes (not very French-like apparently), pastries and crepes!
4 mini macarons - €7.10
I actually didn't plan much before I left for my trip. The only thing that I booked was afternoon tea at The Ritz in London (post coming soon) and the only place that I knew that I had to go to in Paris was Ladurée, to try their famous macarons, of course.
Ladurée was founded in 1862 and there are currently four outlets around Paris and four others around the world. They are famous for their macarons, so famous that they have millions of fans around the world (ok I made that up!) but they have a fan page on facebook, and remember that episode of Gossip Girl where Chuck Bass flew over a box of Ladurée macarons for Blair to profess his love? That was so awesome. I love Chuck Bass.
For those who aren't sure what a macaron is - a macaron is lots of sugary goodness in the form of a meringue like mini cake which is crisp on the outside and smooth and soft on the inside. I noticed that they're pretty common in Paris, they even sold them at Maccas and in the supermarket!
I was immediately attracted to the store front of Ladurée, which is filled with pastel colours and little cakes and macarons on display. As soon as I stepped inside the Champs-Elysées store, I was in love. It was just the definition of French chic. There were two levels, with both the restaurant/dining area and the store front where you can walk in and purchase your goodies. It was very elegant, cosy and a little bit lavish, with silk curtains, chandeliers and beautiful crockery.
I ordered four macarons to share (I would've ordered more if I was sharing with a girl!) and we ordered a drink each, the cappuccino and Ladurée's hot chocolate. The flavours I ordered were the violet-blackcurrant, pistachio, caramel with superfine salt and praline. The texture of the macarons was amazing, I could now see why they were so popular. There was a beautiful crisp outer and they was soft and gooey on the inside. My favourite had to be the caramel with superfine salt, I loved the sweet and salty contrast. It tasted a little bit like a werther's original!
I think the fact that I was on holidays made me love everything just that much more. But the macarons at Ladurée were really something special. And the thing I loved the most about the whole experience was the service. They were courteous and accomodating. We sat there for about three hours and we never felt rushed to leave - I guess that's just the French way!
Ladurée Champs Elysées
75, avenue des Champs Elysées
75008 Paris Open 7 days 7.30am to 11.00pm