The Ladurée pastry house, based in Paris, has been making macarons since the mid-20th century and there is a reason why their queues stretch out the door and down the street – they are simply the best.
Ladurée have been making sweets and baked goods since 1862 and they sell 15,000 of their famous double-decker macarons every day. They have become the most famous maker of these delicious sweet treats in the world. In fact, in the year 2011, they were chosen to design unique macarons for the wedding of Albert II Prince of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock.
Their gorgeous and decadent treats were even featured in the film Marie Antoinette, as directed by Sofia Coppola. As well as six stores in Paris, there are also several locations in cities all over Europe including Istanbul, London, Luxembourg, Rome, Milan, Dublin, Geneva and Antwerp. They have also expanded around the world with locations in Dubai, Bangkok, Beirut, Qatar, New York, Sao Paulo, Miami and Sydney.
The Art of the Macaron
Macarons come from a classic recipe and the way that they are made at Ladurée has remained unchanged over the decades. They are mostly made from egg whites, granulated sugar and almond flour. What makes the French macaron special is the decadent buttery filling in the centre. The Ladurée macarons are the perfect balance of flavours – just sweet enough and with the perfect texture that simply melts in your mouth. The shells have a light and crunchy texture and are slightly chewy on the inside.
If you have a sweet tooth, tasting one of these delicious sweets should be on your culinary bucket list. Nibble on one slowly while sipping a French coffee or tea, preferably while sitting on an outdoor patio on a beautiful sunny day.
Also, an elegantly wrapped box of these treats makes a perfect gift for your family and friends. The hardest part is resisting the urge to open up the box and eat them yourself!
A Dazzling Array of Sweets
One of the most impressive things you notice when you walk into Ladurée is the stunning array of flavours and varieties of macarons available. From the typical chocolate and pistachio to more unique varieties such as macha tea, salted caramel, orange blossom and raspberry, there is a macaron for every taste. If you are adventurous, order a few different flavours so that you can try them and find your favourite.
If you live in London there is no need to travel to Paris to try these macarons – you can taste them for yourself at the Ladurée location in the English capital. We at TRULY have teamed up with Ladurée to offer Macarons and Champagne, or the full works Ladurée Afternoon Tea at their Covent Garden boutique in London. The latter quite possibly being the most elegant and delicious afternoon tea experience in London.