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Ladurée, Champs-Elysées: Part 1 Macaron Decisions

You could be forgiven for missing the Arc de Triomphe when you stroll along the Champs-Elysées and your eyes inevitably lead you to the  macaron temple. Ladurée, in all its gilded grandeur beckons the visitor to stop in their tracks and forget the other Parisian landmark looming ahead.

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I stop to admire the ornate entrance with the distinctive green hue and I am immediately drawn to what lies behind the vitrines.

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Inside the dimly-lit interior, the eyes adjust to the master creator’s constructions of gâteaux and the rows of colour morph into macarons. I stand admiring them in awe when a melodic voice interrupts my dream-like state.

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“C’est pour les macarons?”

I nod. The hostess points me to pre-packaged boxes, les boîtes cristal with assorted macarons, in lot of 8, 24 or tous les parfums, she adds, as she shows me the sampler box with all the flavours. She explains that I can bypass the long queue and be served immediately.

Reluctantly, I agree. She hands me a paper invoice to present to the cashier. Before I proceed to pay, I ask if I could take a look around at the collection behind le comptoir des gâteaux. I notice Mr G slip towards the back of the boutique to steal a look at Bar Ladurée.

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Cocktails with macarons? Next time, perhaps…

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Meanwhile, I stand in place entranced by my surrounds. Much to my advantage, the queue moves very slowly. I see three dimensional constructs made of sugary goodness leering at me from behind the comptoir. Like the petite gourmande I am, I want to try all the gâteaux. The people in the queue begin to shift revealing a treasure behind the glass and I find myself slipping into dream mode.

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I am lost in the choice of collectors’ boxes: Arabesque, Pampille, Bonaparte, Napoléon III, Prestige, Cristal. I am dazzled by the kaleidoscope of macaron flavours: Praline, Cedrat, Chocolat griotte, Myrtille, Muguet, Framboise, Cassis Violette and more.

Macarons begin to float over my head in an orbit. My thought patterns turn to ground almonds. My vision blurs into whipped egg whites.

What is a gourmande to do?

Part 2 concludes here.

Ladurée Champs Elysées
75008 Paris
Métro: George V

Edit 17/9/2012: Ladurée Sydney is now open


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.