Macarons are easily one of my favorite things to treat myself to, especially while in Paris.

If you’ve never tried one before, let me explain a bit about these delicious and delicate treats.

Basically, it’s a small round meringue based cookie with cream sandwiched in the middle.

Until recently, I thought it was a dessert that originated in France, but turns out they actually first made in Italy.

Catherine de Medici’s Italian pastry chef introduced them to the French court during the Renaissance. 

Now that you’ve had a bit of a history lesson, let me get right to what you really want to know.

Below you’ll find the ultimate guide to finding the best macarons in Paris. 

I can almost guarantee it’ll leave your mouth-watering!


Pierre Hermé


You’ve absolutely heard me shout out Pierre Herme in other posts as being a must-eat macron any time a store is nearby. They are soft, decadent, and my all-time favorite macron!

Besides all the typical flavors, they specialize in unusual flavor combinations. 

I recommend trying the Ispahan. It’s a combination of rose, lychee, and raspberry. Also, get the Mogador, it’s a milk chocolate and passion fruit macron that is out of this world!

I always walk away from this place with a box of at least six macrons to enjoy on an impromptu picnic by the Seine. 

If I’m being totally truthful, I should admit that I will return to collect another six for the long-haul plane ride home. 

They have multiple locations around Paris, making it an easy errand to run.

Local’s Tip: If you visit in the morning, grab yourself an Ispahan croissant. It’s drizzled with candied rose petals and filled with raspberry lychee pâte, making it one heavenly breakfast.

Address: 39 Avenue de l’Opéra, 75002 Paris, France



Ladurée


Ladurée is one of the most well-known macron shops across the world. 

Louis Ladurée’s shop opened in Paris in 1862 and quickly became the place to socialize and enjoy beautiful food in Paris. 

It now has over 50 shops around the globe, with multiple locations in Paris.

This is another shop that offers an array of flavors that are all light and chewy. I always go for the Rose Petal and Orange Blossom macarons when ordering.  

Fun Fact: Ladurée’s macarons have been featured in Sophia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette, and as Blair’s favorite treat on the TV show Gossip Girl

Address: 21 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France



Dalloyau


With multiple stores in Paris, and several scattered throughout France, Dalloyau is well-known amongst locals for boasting a macaron recipe that has been handed down over 300 years. 

Are you wondering how they have a recipe that old?

The Dalloyau family has been creating and serving macarons since their relative Charles Dalloyau became the royal pastry chef for King Louis XIV in 1682. 

Once the French Revolution hit, and royal pastry chefs were no longer needed, Jean-Baptiste Dalloyau opened a bakery that would become a long-run family business. 

These macarons are a must-try, especially for anyone who wants to brag that they’ve enjoyed the same recipe that French royalty loved so much. 

The caramel macaron is especially swoon-worthy!

Address: 101 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France



Carette


Carette is a spot that’s been around since the 1920s. You can either dine-in for a full breakfast and lunch, or simply hit up the bakery for a to-go order.

I prefer ordering to-go if it’s a beautiful day, then enjoying my treats near the Eiffel Tower. 

I always grab an earl grey tea, plus a caramel and raspberry macaron to enjoy with it.

Carette’s macarons are firm, yet soft enough to easily melt in your mouth. 

If you want to enjoy macarons with a view of the Eiffel Tower, then head to their Trocadero location. I’ve listed it below for you. 

Address: 4 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris, France



Sadaharu Aoki


The macarons at Sadaharu Aoki have a Japanese flair that makes them stand out in a sea of traditional desserts.

The matcha tea, umeboshi, and wasabi-horseradish macarons are all delicious and precise with just the right amounts of flavor to balance the treat. 

Don’t stress if you want something more traditional, they also serve flavors like pistachio, strawberry, and chocolate. 

They have a few locations scattered around Paris, but the one I listed below is the most popular.

Address: 35 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France



Gérard Mulot


Hidden on a side street near the Seine, you’ll find Gérard Mulot with its brightly colored pastries and cakes. 

They have a couple spots to sit and enjoy your food, but mostly this is a takeaway spot. 

Their coffee, pistachio, and chocolate macarons are all especially delicious and bursting with flavor.

Their lemon tart is also another favorite of mine, especially if I’m planning on picnicking later that day. It’s delightful on a summer evening by the Seine with champagne.

Address: 76 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, France



Angelina


Angelina is a chic Belle Époque style tea room where Coco Chanel, Proust, and locals all gathered in the 1900s. 

Today it’s as well-known for its signature Mont-Blanc pastry and the famous hot chocolate “L’Africain” as it was back then.

They also have some seriously delicious macarons to enjoy with their signature hot chocolate. 

It’s right next to the Jardin des Tuileries, making it a prime place for takeaway if the weather is nice. 

Though this tea room is so stunning, I always try to dine inside. 

Address: 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France



Café Pouchkine


This is another spot that does a great afternoon tea service with a Belle Époque inspired interior.

Café Pouchkine mixes Russian specialties with the well-known dishes and desserts of France, giving the diner a truly unique experience.

Because of this, they offer some pretty unique macaron flavors, like Russian tea blend, cranberry, and cheesecake.  

Address: 6 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France



Fauchon


Fouchon’s original location opened in Place de la Madeleine back in 1886, and they’ve been delighting Parisians ever since. 

This gourmet food store is home to some pretty delicious macarons that stand out for their slight crunch as you bite into them. 

I’m fond of their lemon, blackcurrant, and chocolate passion fruit macarons, and recommend you try them. 

The best part of visiting Fauchon is that you can easily pick up champagne to go along with your macarons, for the perfect picnic anywhere in the city.

Address: 11 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France



Maison Lenôtre


For over 50 years Maison Lenôtre has been serving up delicious cakes, chocolates, and of course macarons.

Their macarons take up about half the dessert case and come in six classic flavors. My favorites are the pistachio and coffee ones. 

Biting into them, they are light and fluffy, with a little less crunch compared to others in the city. 

With multiple locations in the city, this is one bakery that’s an easy choice. I’ve listed my favorite location below for you.

Fun Fact: Gaston Lenôtre, the original owner, was a master pastry chef. Pierre Hermes was one of his students, who eventually went on to great acclaim opening his own flagship store. 

Address: 10 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris, France


Last Bites

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Okay, so full disclosure, I’m majorly craving macarons after writing this, and especially after choosing the images to feature.

In fact, I stopped writing halfway through to beg my sister who bakes, to please have a macaron baking night while I’m home next week. 

I’m majorly desperate to get back to Paris simply to devour macarons from all of the places listed, especially the Mogador and Ispahan ones from my all-time favorite Pierre Herme!

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite macaron flavor is, and if you have a favorite spot in Paris to indulge in them!

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