A trip to Paris wouldn't be complete without a visit to Ladurée so I thought the world famous luxury baker deserved a post in its own right. Laduree is famed for producing some of the best macarons in the world, known for its emphasis on single flavoured varities in candy coloured shells.
There are six locations in Paris, including the flag-ship store along the Champs Élysées. You can dine in the restaurant, but they also have a counter making it easy to purchase some delicious treats to take away with you afterdwards.
Don't be put off by the daunting queue outside, the buying process here is a well-oiled machine. Your order will be taken, hand-selected and expertley packed into a beautiful Laduree boxes. There's a reason why Laduree is so well sought after, a great amount of attention & care goes into each order.
Taking a peek into the cabinets of patisteries makes you feel like a child in a sweet shop again. Rows of perfectly hand-decorated cakes and pastries in uniform lines ready to be selected by hungry customers. The show-stopper for me was the Ispahan, a rose flavoured macaron filled with rose petal and lychee cream, and embellished with fresh raspberries, simply stunning!
As it would have been rude not to bring a box home with me so I chose a box of six macarons containing rose, pistaschio, ginger, raspberry, lemon & red fruit flavours. It took very strong will power to refrain from taking the whole cabinet with me! I adore lemon so this was my favourite, light & airy whilst having a subtle sharp flavour.