On my last trip to Paris, I had a few Marie Antoinette moments as I sampled macarons from the pastel coloured Ladurée boutiques. The Champs-Elysées boutique seemed the most popular and is located on the most famous Parisian shopping avenue. There was a quite a queue, the boutique frowned on photographs and it was interesting trying to pronounce some of the delicate flavours in French, like Fraise Coquelicot. If you want to take time to admire the dainty pastries, we found the Louvre boutique quite a contrast to the Champs-Elysées. The macaron display tower was also mimicking the glass pyramid below the Louvre.
For a light lunch, we visited the Ladurée Royale boutique located near La Madeleine. To provide an historic afternoon tea atmosphere the ceiling is decorated with frescos bordered by gold trimmings and complemented by ambient lighting. I indulged in a Butterfly which was the month of July speciality from the 150th Anniversary pastries. Perfectly compiled with sweet strawberries and piped cream in between the signature Ladurée macarons, this was French pâtisserie heaven.
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