Thanks for the feedback on Friday’s design dilemma, mes amies! Looks like it is French Industrial for the win. Now its just a matter of finding an example that is slightly closer to my price range…
In the meantime, join me back in France. I last shared about our itinerary for 4 days in Paris, and today we’re going back to our afternoon spent shopping on Rue Saint-Honoré (near the Champs-Élysées) – a sweet afternoon, because it included a trip to Maison Ladurée.
There are a few locations of the famous macaron shop in Paris. We visited the one at 16-18 Rue Royale
75008 Paris, France, which also happens to be in the location of the original bakery built by founder Louis-Ernest Ladurée. Located in the 8th Arrondissement between the Madeleine Church (and metro stop!) and the Place de la Concorde, this was also simply the most convenient location for us when we were in need of a sugar boost during our shopping.
Be forewarned when you approach the doors – for there are two – that in that spot stands not only the bakery but also a tearoom. Of course, I entered the tearoom first and quickly felt betrayed that I would need to sit down for a full tea service to enjoy a simple macaron. I’m in Paris! During the Summer Sales! There is shopping to be done, and no time for proper afternoon tea! The kind gentlemen at the door quickly set me straight, and off we went to the next door on the block which was, in fact, the bakery counter.
Later, I learned how the tearoom came to be. Evidently in the early 20th century as the bakery climbed to fame, custom had it that only gentlemen could sit in cafes. A tearoom offered ladies an opportunity to gather outside of their homes, in the company of other ladies, and in this case also the company of delightfully colored macarons. But for us, for this trip, the bakery counter was the destination.
So once you find yourself in the proper shop, spending a few minutes in the expectant line of hungry customers brings you to the front of the counter and a shockingly large array of the pastel pastries. We tried two of the classic chocolate, as well as pistachio and rose petal flavors.
In truth, if I truly want a dessert then a macaron isn’t my first choice. But as a petit mid-afternoon treat, for that little light and airy boost to keep up your shopping energy, the macaron delivers. And the pretty pastels make it hard to resist. So if you find yourself on the Rue Saint Honoré for a little afternoon shopping, don’t miss a visit to the Maison Ladurée for a macaron of your own!
P.S. Possibly my favorite part of this visit was the drool-worthy display of ribbons. While our pastry bag of delicacies didn’t require a ribbon, I simply couldn’t leave without. The sweet sales clerk obligingly cut a length of lavender embossed with the iconic gold emblem for me. The perfect souvenir!