Paris – Les Meilleur Macaron

It seems to me like the whole world and its brother, considers Ladurée the Mecca of fine macarons. I personally know several people whose only request to friends visiting Paris, is to bring back a box of Ladurée goodies. 

So off I went to Ladurée on our first trip a few years ago, with the greatest expectation of tasting my first ever sandwich macarons. I walked out bewildered by all the hype! There might be a sacrilegious trip report floating out there somewhere, where I swore off macarons forever. (Confident in the knowledge that at the time, there were none to be had at home in any case, apart from the cardamom flavoured, cashew meringue rocks from Mangalore, that we call macaroons.)

Fast forward to this past summer, when I tracked down Georges Larnicol based on an online lead, and I had to eat my words. Not even Pierre Herme’s macarons came close (that’s double blashphemy!!) to Georges’ fabulous, feather light, pastel discs, encasing the most tantalising fillings you can think of!

Georges is a chocolatier, better known for his Kouignettes –  his version  of the flaky, syrup soaked Breton butter cake, Kouign Amann –  that were too sweet and sticky for my liking.  His confectionery however is mind blowing! And his artistic skill evident in the row upon row of sculpted chocolate figures. But for me his macarons, with their sherbet hues and delicate flavours, were the highlight, making this Marais chocolaterie a mandatory daily stop.

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Georges Larnicol Boutiques in Paris:
Marais: 14 rue de Rivoli, 75004
(Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm; closed Sunday)

Saint Germaine: 132 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006
(Hours: Every day, 9am-11pm)

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Paris – A Moveable Feast
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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

61 thoughts on “Paris – Les Meilleur Macaron

  1. I feel like just wanting to grab those treats looking at the pictures, and then just eat my iPad now. And I promise I won’t leave any crumbs. 😀

  2. Very inspiring captured photos – Georges Larnicol have as far as I know 22 stores in France – outside France it is selected retailers who sell his product range – I has only been in the Menton one and the one in Rennes – some of the things are too sweet for my taste – but there are many delights… 🙂

  3. no matter how they taste…the pictures are mighty pretty !

  4. Ok, now you’ve done it Madhu! I may have to rearrange my traveling list to accommodate tasting these little jewels. 🙂

  5. They almost seem too pretty to eat. I haven’t tried these particular macarons, but in general, don’t care for them. Maybe I just haven’t had “the good stuff.”

  6. Hi.. this is an amazing coverage..being in F& B myself, my taste buds are awakened yet again..period..gungho..!!

  7. Damn … sure that reading about “chocolate & related” (just after drinking a cup of espresso) gave me a huge desire for sweets!
    Unfortunately I haven’t tasted the creations of “chocolatiers” that you mention, but for me Läderach Swiss is and will remain the best!
    A big hug (slowly I restart visiting the web) 😀 claudine

  8. I’m not into macarons nevertheless, the pics are mouth watering 🙂 My children – all three of them – love macarons.

    All good wishes Madhu,
    Eric

  9. Oh, Madhu, I love your unaffected blasphemy…and I’m on your page, most macaroons I have tried remain a feast for the eyes only! 😉

  10. Oh My! What delicious photographs! 🙂 Now I want one too – And I don’t even know what macarons taste like! 😀

  11. Now I am salivating and wanting a WHOLE box of macaroons, what will I do???

  12. Great post, Madhu. I think I gained two pounds just looking at the photos :). I thank you though for sharing them. As long as I can’t get to them, I think I’m safe. -Max-

  13. Those little coloured disc macaroons look wonderful but in my view they have little flavour. I was encouraged to try ones from a chain in Sydney everyone was raving about but like the French jobbies, they had little flavour too.
    I try and seek out the larger discs, far more peasant than Parisien, sweeter and flavoured with almond or coconut. I’m going to make some tomorrow!
    GR8 blog!

      1. Oh my goodness I can feel the pounds piling on just by looking at your sumptuous photos! I think one would probably be enough for me 🙂

        1. I find it’s like that when I go to Italy or Spain, their pastry and confectionary shops are equally fattening to the eyes, and of course absolutely delicious to look at and to eat!
          Last year I got to visit one particular confectioners in my mother’s home town in southern Spain, I haven’t been there since I was a child. But they still did my favourite sticky meringue cakes, and the taste just took me back instantly to when I was seven years old. Just for that the whole trip was worth it!

        2. You have such a marvellous blog Madhu, a veritable feast for the eyes, and not just when you photograph macaroons. I keep catching glimpses of that ancient Egyptian ship in your side bar, how lucky you are to have seen that. Egypt must be soon to be top of my travel list I think 🙂

        3. Thank you! Egypt is one of my all time favourite places. Breaks my heart to watch what is happening there.

        4. Yes it’s terrible, but in some ways the rules governing archaeology have relaxed because of the social unrest, and they’ve discovered yet more pyramids that had been hidden under the desert sand, and a whole new temple just off the Great Pyramid itself which is now undergoing excavation. It would never have been discovered before the troubles, not that it justifies the horror, but I think it’s just part of the changes that are happening there.

  14. Oh Madhu, you’ve got me salivating! We made the same discovery and nearly swooned. I’m just counting the days until we go back! 🙂 Beautiful (and mouthwatering) post. ~Terri

      1. We’re heading to Eastern Europe on the 17th, but unfortunately we’ll miss Paris this trip. Hopefully next. 🙂 ~Terri

    1. Thanks Patti. We would buy a half dozen of the smaller ones every day to the amusement of the salesperson 🙂

  15. The photos are mouth-watering! We tried the Laduree macarons and without much else for comparison thought they were wonderful but now I must get back to try these!

    1. I am always looking for excuses to return Kat. Keep thinking one more visit should get it out of my system 🙂

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