Ladurée is a French patisserie founded in Paris on rue Royale in 1862. Ladurée patisserie is the originator of the modern macaron that we know and love today! Although the macaron biscuit has been around for hundreds of years, it was Louis Ernest Ladurée’s cousin who had the idea to combine two biscuits together with ganache between them. Ladurée macarons are now well known and loved throughout the world.

the front entrance to patisserie Ladurée on rue Royale
the front entrance to patisserie Ladurée on rue Royale

Although Ladurée has expanded to have locations all over the world, it has been a French dream of mine to enjoy a macaron from its founding patisserie in Paris. Walking in, the first thing you notice are rows and rows of beautiful, vibrant macarons along with other pastries.

In my opinion, Ladurée macarons are the best in Paris, and therefore I believe the best in the world. They are certainly the best macarons I’ve ever had! They’re light but chewy, flavorful but delicate. When you first take a bite, it’s a very delicate flavor, then as the cookie dissolves in your mouth and your taste buds react, there is a burst of flavor on your tongue. It’s honestly one of the most beautiful things to experience and I’m not quite sure how they do it!

colorful Ladurée macarons aligned in a row
a counter of colorful Ladurée macarons

Some people complain about the price, but a lot of love, effort, and talent go into making Ladurée macarons. I’d happily pay for them any day. They are worth the price and worth the visit when in town. The packaging is also beautiful and one of my favorite keepsakes to admire and remember my time in Paris.

My top 5 favorite Ladurée macarons are:

  1. Marie-Antoinette Tea – Honestly, I’d love anything inspired by Marie Antoinette, but this flavor is their best. According to the Ladurée website, they describe it as “Two light blue macaron shells filled with a smooth cream infused with Marie-Antoinette tea. A Ladurée creation, reflection of the Marie-Antoinette tea : marriage of black tea from China and India, go well with rose petals, citrus, and honey” (Ladurée Paris, “Our Macaron Flavors”).
  2. Vanilla – Almond and vanilla shells filled with vanilla ganache
  3. Pistachio – Almond and pistachio shells filled with pistachio butter cream
  4. Chocolate – Almond and chocolate shells filled with chocolate ganache
  5. Caramel – Almond shells filled with salted caramel
a box of Ladurée macarons next to a pink box

You can find Ladurée macarons at several locations across Paris:

PARIS ROYALE: 16-18 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris, FRANCE (the original patisserie)
CHAMPS ELYSÉES: 75 Avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris, FRANCE
VICTOR HUGO: 4 place Victor Hugo, 75016 Paris, FRANCE
BONAPARTE: 21 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, FRANCE (located in Saint Germain)
RUE DE BRETAGNE: 14, rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, FRANCE
PRINTEMPS: 62 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, FRANCE
BEAUGRENELLE: Paris Beaugrenelle, 15 rue Linois, 75015 paris, FRANCE
CARROUSEL DU LOUVRE: 99 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, FRANCE
VALLÉE VILLAGE: 3 cours de la Garonne, 77700 Serris, FRANCE
RIVOLI: 232 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, FRANCE
GARE DE LYON: Gare de Lyon – Traveler retail, Place Louis Armand, 75012 Paris, FRANCE
GARE MONTPARNASSE: Ladurée Gare Montparnasse, 17 boulevard Vaugirard, 75015 Paris, FRANCE
VERSAILLES: Château de Versailles, Place d’armes, 78000 Versailles, FRANCE
JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG: 4 place Edmond Rostand, 75006 Paris, FRANCE
ORLY locations

We got our macarons at…

We first stopped at the original location on rue Royale. With it being breakfast, I was in the mood for a pain au chocolat and my husband got a croissant. And if we’re talking about it, this was also the best pain au chocolat I had in Paris as well! Look at that dreamy photo with the flaky pastry and warm, gooey chocolate. My mouth is watering just looking at it.

While at Versailles, I was feeling dizzy after being on my feet all day, so we stopped at the Ladurée location there for some soda and macarons. It was the perfect afternoon treat!

Finally, we got our big macaron haul at the Saint Germain location (Ladurée Paris Bonaparte). There was no line and the customer service was excellent. We got macarons for us and also as gifts for our family. With it being November, they had a seasonal Christmas flavor available which we got to try and which was also delicious. It was cold that day so we got a hot chocolate to go, which ended up being just okay. We couldn’t wait for the macarons and snacked on them as we walked. I know this is a big French faux pas, but I just couldn’t resist!!

No matter where you are in Paris, I don’t think you’re ever far from a Ladurée location. A couple of months later, my mom was even able to stop to pick us up some during a layover at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

I love Ladurée and can’t wait to go back to Paris to make a reservation in their dining room and try more sweet treats that they have to offer. Visiting their stores is a real experience.

Overall, I rate Patisserie Ladurée as…

5/5 – I feel like I’m in France!

Probably because I am 🙂

Ladurée is a must try if you go to Paris. Pick half a dozen or a dozen, or even more. You will want to try them all! This was honestly a dream come true. One more thing checked off my bucket list! I will most definitely be back on my next trip there!

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