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In search of the Best Macarons in Paris

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After the cupcake craze that swept America (and beyond) what now feels like an eternity ago, it began to seem as if the idea of a full sized cake would forever rest in peace to give way to these mini cakes made popular by New York bakeries. Then in a sudden switch of fate, a small almond cookie known as the macaron came out from the woodworks of France (despite recent popularity across the world, these little gems have long been famous in France) and quickly took over as the world’s most sought over sweet treat.

In an age of Instagram and colour pops, the macaron has beaten the odds and stood the test of time: and so it appears here to stay! If you find yourself in the macaron capital of the world, Paris, you’ll need a full guide of where to get the best macarons in the city (and thus the world!) Fear not, we’ve got you covered.

Carette

I’m going to go against the grain here and make a bold statement: Carette has the best macarons in Paris. Despite what you may have read in guidebooks or been informed by fellow travellers, Parisians will be the first to back me up in saying that the lines at Laduree are not necessarily worthwhile, as you will find equally good (if not better) macarons around Paris at local haunts such as Carette (visit the Place des Vosges location for authenticity – ideally located in Le Marais).

25 Place des Vosges, 75003
+33 1 48 87 94 07
Open every day from 7:30 AM to Midnight

image by Faye Bullock for World of Wanderlust

Ladurée

That said, you will indeed find a very well made macaron at the patisserie that appears to have started the macaron craze as we know it today: Ladurée. If the lines and the price don’t put you off, you’ll find a variety of flavour choices here, however it must be said that the flavours are on the safe side. For adventurous flavour kicks that you never could have imagined would actually taste good, read on.

75 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008
+33 1 40 75 08 75
Open every day from 8:30 AM to 11:30 PM

Image by Faye Bullock for World of Wanderlust

Pierre Hermé

Of course I am hinting toward the man of macarons himself: Pierre Hermé. If you hadn’t already heard, Pierre is the man responsible for skyrocketing Ladurée to worldwide success in the macaron hall of fame and after feeling complacent with the flavour combinations, Pierre set out to open his own (more inventive) patisserie. If you’re after fun flavours and incredibly made macarons, this is the place to go. Many (okay, most!) say these are the best macarons in all of Paris.

72 rue Bonaparte, 75006
+33 1 43 54 47 77
Open every day from 10 AM to 7 PM

Image by Faye Bullock for World of Wanderlust

Aoki Sadaharu

Speaking of inventive flavour combinations, if you are feeling bold and brave after leaving Pierre’s patisserie, then consider stepping it up a notch for a visit to Aoki Sadaharu. This patisserie is known for their anything-but-traditional macaron flavours, with a strong hint of Japanese influence to boot.

35 rue de Vaugirard, 75006
+33 1 45 44 48 90
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 AM to 7 PM, Sundays from 10 AM to 6 PM, closed on Mondays

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Gérard Mulot

With fun flavours and colourful macarons, this patisserie offers an exceptionally well-made macaron (with the help of machines!) There are oodles of goodies to choose from away from the macaron, so don’t be afraid to venture out of the box!

76 rue de Seine, 75006
+33 1 43 26 85 77
Open daily except Wednesday (closed) from 7 AM to 8 PM

Image by Faye Bullock for World of Wanderlust

Café Pouchkine

Undeniably one of my favourite patisseries in Paris to pass time is Café Pouchkine. This gorgeous Russian import is one of the most beautiful spaces to enter, offering a delicious selection of patisseries and of course, macarons.

155 Boulevard Saint Germain, 75006
+33 9 67 28 58 44
Open daily from 9:30 AM to 8 PM, except closures on Sunday

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Fauchon

For those who prefer a crunchier macaron, Fauchon is for sure the place to visit. The macarons are well priced and this is a great spot to visit if you prefer to avoide lines and crowds.

24-26 Place de la Madeleine, 75008
+33 1 70 39 38 00
Open Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 8 PM, closed on Sunday

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Lenotre

If a fluffy macaron is more to your liking, you’ll find just that at Lenotre. Here you will find a more natural macaron, leaving you with a little less guilt as you walk away with a box or two!

36 Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, 75007
+33 1 45 55 71 25
Open everyday from 9 AM to 9 PM

Angelina

And of course this list would not be complete without mention of my all time favourite tea house in Paris; Angelina. Although not my favourite patisserie for macarons, they’re still not bad at all and Angelina also offer some of the prettiest pastry items in all of Paris!

226 rue de Rivoli, 75001
+33 1 42 60 82 00
Open every day from 8:30 AM to 7 PM

The Best Macarons in Paris | World of Wanderlust

Over to you! Where do you place your #1 for macarons in Paris? 

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  • justine.f.cross@gmail.com'
    Justine
    January 7, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I recently tried my first macaron in Morocco … yes I know, I know! How can I have gone 26 years not eating them?! Anyway, I’m now bookmarking this post for my next trip to Paris – thanks for sharing the deliciousness! <3

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    anna
    January 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    That’s funny, I actually went to Angelina 🙂

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    Joanna
    January 4, 2017 at 12:41 am

    this post made me hungry! awesome list, we’ll try to visit some when we go to Paris on May 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.

  • avamariecarmichael@gmail.com'
    Ava
    January 3, 2017 at 9:56 am

    This was HEAVEN! I went to Laduree when I was in Paris but I didn’t know about these, so.. THANK YOU!

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    Marie - Miles of Happiness
    December 29, 2016 at 10:06 am

    All right all right, next time I go to Paris I have a lot of work to do!! 🙂

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    Ganesh names
    December 25, 2016 at 1:41 am

    MYYYY BROOKE WOW I LOVE THIS MOUTH-WATERY MACARONS

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    Elles Nijland
    December 23, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Totally love your blog. You have different can’t of subjects on your blog than the most travel blog I know wand I really like it. Can’t wait to follow you along. Pura Vida!

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    Kari
    December 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Pierre Herme gets my vote! I make a beeline straight there whenever I arrive in Paris!
    Kari

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    Annabelle
    December 22, 2016 at 6:09 am

    I looove macarons! Attempted to make them once myself, didn’t turn out all that great haha. Great post!

    x Annabelle

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    December 20, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    mmm.. what a great exploration! love macarons:)

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    Kamran Ali
    December 20, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Hello BROOKE Thank You for your posting Great Idea and Great fun! Double enjoy from a posting.

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    Neni
    December 19, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    That´s a handy list. Thanks for sharing your favourites! I will have to try them all next time I´m in Paris.

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    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    December 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Awesome reference guide. I’ve only ever heard of Laduree and Pierre Herme, and have only had their macarons in Hong Kong (Pierre Herme beats Laduree IMO!). Would love to try the other places when I go to Paris. I LOVEEE macarons so much!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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    Tiffany
    December 19, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Paris has the best pastries! I love Sadaharu Aoki 🙂

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    Peta Kaplan
    December 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Now we are talking!! This is a post after my own heart and um stomach! My husband is originally from Paris and on one trip we did a search for the perfect croissant. Of course it is all such very hard work to do! The hardship. Love the photos and comprehensive guide to those sweet little goodies!

    Peta

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    Katie
    December 19, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I’m a sucker for Ladurée, but I agree that Pierre Hermé has the best flavor combinations!

    Katie // thekatiebaker.com

    • megan.a87@gmail.com'
      Megan A.
      December 19, 2016 at 11:07 am

      I agree! There were actually a few flavors from Ladurée I didn’t care for at all. I loved the unique flavors from P.H.!

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    Stefanie
    December 19, 2016 at 9:07 am

    This is such a helpful post! I heard about Aoki Sadaharu from my friends and was very surprised that a japanese bakery would do so great in Paris ! #AsianPower

    Stefanie ♥

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    the adventurer
    December 19, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Macrons are my favorite! Thanks for sharing this list =o)

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    Krista
    December 19, 2016 at 7:46 am

    ok but the packaging for Carette is so adorable! I love macarons, one of my favourite treats <3

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    Joyce
    December 19, 2016 at 7:44 am

    What a cool list! I’ve only tried some of these and can’t wait to go back to Paris to try the rest! I love Carette!