My love affair with Ladurée…


Ladurée is one of my guilty pleasures and it was undeniably, one of the highlights of my trip. Are you familiar with this little slice of heaven? If not, imagine an upscale ‘salon de thé’ filled with meticulously displayed sweets, all of which, when purchased, would be presented to you in utterly swoon-inducing packaging. Ladurée is, of course, most famous for their macarons… and oh, how I {heart} macarons! Inside, the décor is very French – ornate detailing can be found on every piece of furniture, picture frame, mirror and lamp. Even the ceilings were decorated with intricately-carved crown mouldings.

We arrived in Paris in the evening, so we did not have much time to do major sight-seeing that day. Lucky for me, our hotel was within walking distance of Ladurée on Champs Elysées. I dragged Peter to go with me, for pure gawking pleasure. Although we were too tired to actually have dessert that night, it didn’t stop me from staring longingly at the storefront, peruse through the menu and and press my face against their window display…





A couple days later, we finally went in for our afternoon tea and macarons. When I was presented with their full gamut of macaron flavours, I secretly wished that I could take a bite of each one, but finally, I narrowed my selection to Caramel with Salted Butter, Coffee, Blackcurrent and Orange Blossom. By far, they were the best macarons I’ve ever had. The texture was perfectly crisp on the outside and delectably gooey on the inside. Each flavour was so aromatic – the fragrance would literally bloom with each bite you took. The teas were the same way – fragrant in aroma, mild in taste, and quite simply, divine…




After our afternoon tea, we wandered into the adjacent Ladurée boutique where I admired rows and rows of beautifully crafted desserts in an array of shapes, colours, and textures. C’est jolie, n’est-ce pas?



The highly coveted packaging is probably one of my favourite characteristics about the Ladurée experience. Every cake, macaron, and chocolate was carefully wrapped in tissue paper and packaged into a beautiful giftbox.



And did you know that Ladurée sells candles and fragrances as well? Trust me, I was so tempted to purchase a couple of them, although the rational me thought about the nuisance of lugging heavy items to Barcelona afterwards. I’m actually surprised I was able to restrain myself because Ladurée is definitely not a place for restraint. If you’ve been there, you’d know.


Have you been to Ladurée? If so, what part of the experience did you covet the most?

xoxo,

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  • http://www.flavourfiesta.com Divya

    Oh Connie – this looks AMAZING! It must have been a wonderful experience to visit Laduree. I want to go someday… I’ve heard that the macarons are to die for. Of the flavours you tried, which one did you like the most?

    • Connie

      It was unbelievable. I was so inspired being there – from the food, the packaging, the decor, the attention to detail! Oh… I really couldn’t stop taking pictures… at least they were good about it! Hmm, difficult to pick just one flavour, but I would have to say the orange blossom and blackcurrent were my favourites. I don’t think any other macaron will taste quite the same now…