When living in Paris, I was a frequent visitor to the numerous patisseries and boulangeries. Every street seemed to hold its own treasure trove of sweets, and I ate far more than I would like to admit. Almost every bake shop I passed displayed the adorable circular cookies that have become increasingly popular stateside. Macarons are one of those “must eat” treats to get in Paris. Here are some of the most popular macaron shops in Paris and my reflections on their strengths!
This French brand has expanded to the United States, but this outpost is still a Parisian staple. You can take macarons to go, but I think the best way to enjoy Laduree macarons is in the store. If you’re looking for a truly French tea experience, I highly recommend stopping for tea at the Champs Elysees location. The interior of this building is so ornate and beautiful. Favorite flavors: Marie Antoinette Tea, Salted Caramel
I love the inventive or seasonal flavors that Pierre Herme offers. My favorite location is in the Galeries Lafayette. I know there are plenty of great locations throughout the city, but where else can you shop for the best brands in the world while snacking on delicious macarons?! Favorite Flavors: the seasonal selection (changes often)
Fauchon is one of my favorites bakeries in all of Paris. I think it is absolutely exquisite. There are so many great pastries (and the croissants are some of the best in Paris), and the macarons are no exception. Grab some and stroll around the area, though the Madeline and the nearby flower market. Favorite Flavors: metallic chocolate praline(pretty shiny shell!), Afternoon Tea
Angelina is one of the more famous patisseries in Paris. I highly recommend going to the take away window by the Tuileries, grabbing some of the famous hot chocolate and a couple macarons and walking through the Tuileries gardens on a nice day. Favorite flavors: Early Grey, Chocolate Hazelnut
Honorable Mention: Taking a macaron class and making your own! I went to the macaron class as Le Foodist and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a really neat experience while in Paris!