Where The Best Macarons in Paris Really Are

best macarons in paris

If you’re visiting Paris for the first time, Ladurée would be the obvious stop for authentic French macarons. Founded in 1862, they practically invented this delicate dessert of two crispy shells with a creamy ganache or jelly centre. Their photogenic confections are famous in pop culture (they supplied the pastries in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette), and their pâtisseries, tea rooms and mint-green packaging are so adorable. But do they really have the best macarons in Paris?

The answer seems favourable if judging by Ladurée’s long queues, but macaron connoisseurs would probably point you to Pierre Hermé, whose magical creations will turn even the most indifferent of tasters into macaron believers.

“The macarons, though only a few grams, agitate our senses. The eyes have already devoured them. Fingers skim their surface, the flavors are gently smelled. When their fine crunchy shell is crushed, the ears are excited by the sound. Then the mouth experiences a delicate grace…” – Pierre Hermé

Refer to this list if you are ready to up your macaron game. If anything, do not leave Paris without visiting no. 1 & 2.

 

no. 1 Pierre Hermé

pierre-herme-ispahan-macarons4 rue Cambon, 75001 Paris

Vogue dubbed Pierre Hermé the “Picasso of Pastry”—and for good reason. His creations are bold and innovative, with unconventional combinations like chocolate and foie gras, or olive oil and mandarin orange. The ingredients are distinguishable while staying perfectly balanced. They’re so soft they practically melt in your mouth.

If you think Ladurée is overrated and you still don’t care for macarons after trying Pierre Hermé’s inventions, then there is no hope for you.

 

no. 2 Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI 

Sadaharu-Aoki-Macarons-Paris56 boulevard de Port Royal, 75005 Paris

Sadaharu Aoki gives conventional French pastries a twist with traditional Japanese ingredients. After opening several boutiques around Paris, he now has two locations in Tokyo as well. Try the Matcha, Earl Grey, and Sesame Noir macarons. His pastries and chocolates are also out of this world.

 

no. 3 Jean-Paul Hévin

jean-paul-hevin-coffret-macarons231 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris

Jean-Paul’s chain of boutiques in Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong specializes in high-end chocolates. It’s no surprise that they’re said to have the best chocolate macarons. You might as well try his award-winning chocolates while you’re at it.

 

no. 4 Carette

carette-paris-macarons4 place du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris

Carette is a fashionable cafe serving light lunches, hand-made chocolates, pastries, and macarons. Their macaron selection is smaller, but they are rich and intense, with some of the conventional flavours beating out Pierre Hermé’s in taste tests. Sit down for a hot chocolate and macarons in one of their two prime locations: place du Trocadéro, overlooking the Eiffel Tower, and Place des Vosges, which is the oldest and finest square in Paris.

Any places missing from this list? Let me know in the comments below!
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