Crispy exterior, creamy interior and rich in flavour… Drool. There is nothing quite like that first satisfying bite of a macaron. Once assumed to be a fad, it is clear that the macaron is here to stay, and this sweet French treat is now the best-selling cookie in France. Here’s my secret macaron address book, including all of the places to find the best macarons in Paris:
Carrette, 25 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris
Although Carette has multiple locations across the city, one of their very best locations has got to be that in Place des Vosges. Head to Carette if you like your macaron with a crunchier bite and if you want to sample some other French sweets whilst in the café (Carette’s eclairs are some of the best in the city).
Ladurée, 75, Avenue des Champs Elysees, 75008, Paris
If there’s one place that’s known for having some of the best macarons in Paris, it’s Ladurée. Salted caramel and pistachio remain firm favourites and for the best experience, head to the Ladurée flagship store along the Champs Élysées, the iconic shopping street that’s just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe. Although you may have to wait a little while to venture inside, and the macarons are a little on the pricier side, dozens of Paris enthusiasts will tell you it’s well worth it!
Angelina, 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Though more famous for its creamy hot chocolates and delicate pastries, Angelina is also home to a delectable selection of macarons. The gorgeous tea house’s interior is almost as sweet as their selection of treats on offer. Macaron flavours to purchase include firm traditional favourites such as pistachio, raspberry, lemon, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and more!
Jean-Paul Hevin, 72 rue de Bonaparte, 75006, Paris
Best known for their chocolate concoctions, Jean-Paul Hevin easily has some of the best macarons in Paris. Homemade, fresh, and available to purchase in a variety of sized boxes, Jean-Paul Hevin’s macarons come in different selectors such as ‘Tutti Frutti’ (for the fruit lover), or simply ‘total cocoa’ (perfect for the chocoholic).
Pierre Hermé, 4 Rue Cambon, 75001 Paris
If you’re looking for some of the most delicious French sweets in the city, you need to look no further than Pierre Hermé. Pierre Hermé himself worked for Ladurée before setting up on his own and helped to create many of the iconic tea house’s signature collections. As a result, Hermé has a huge wealth of experience behind him that he’s utilised to create some pretty crafty and innovative macaron flavours. In Hermé stores, you’ll even find half-half combinations such as macarons with one shell fresh mint, and the other red berries.
At around twenty euros for a box of twelve, Lenôtre macarons are certainly not the cheapest French sweet on this list, nor are they the most expensive. For those seeking a more naturally flavoured macaron, Lenôtre is the place to go.
Sadaharu Aoki, 35 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
Wander into any given patisserie shop of the Sadaharu Aoki chain, and you’ll find beautiful French desserts blended with a Japanese influence. Tokyo born Sadaharu Aoki moved to Paris where he set up shop as a train patissier. The flavours found in his patisserie stores are inventive, and here you’ll find beautiful combinations such as matcha flavoured macarons.
Head into Café Pouchkine, and you can expect to find Russian inspired delicacies in store and online. Specialty macarons include those in the ‘scent of Russia collection’; with flavours such as cranberry and Russian blend tea remaining firm favourites. The café also offers a huge range of other carefully crafted patisseries.
The history of the macaron is a long one. And in another era, the Dalloyau family once served up French sweet treats to the Royals. First ‘discovered’ by Louis XIV in the 1600s, the house of Dalloyau created concoctions for the French Royal Family in Versailles right up until the French Revolution. Following the Revolution, they opened their first ‘Maison de Gastronomie’ to the public and have been delighting with their sweet patisseries ever since.
Fauchon, 30 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris
I’ve saved my absolute favourite place to find Parisian macarons until last… because much like macarons, this post is sweetest in its anticipation. The very best macarons in Paris can be found at Fauchon. Arriving in a variety of flavours, personal favourites include pistachio, raspberry and chocolate.