Best Macarons in Paris

As author of Mad about Macarons, I am asked often what are the best macarons in Paris. Of course it’s subjective. However, having lived here for 30 years, I’ve probably clocked up enough tastings to finally share my favourites.

It’s too mad to name absolutely every Parisian pâtisserie or bakery that makes top quality macarons. With about 1600 shops in the Paris area alone, I’m not even going to try (and my sweet tooth has a limit). How can I just mention a few when there are just so many to choose from?

So rather than just give you my top 5 or 10, here are my TOP 20 – my ultimate local guide. I hope the following shows you that there are more than just two famous houses that produce them really well.

holding a Parisian macaron next to a French bicycle

First, as a Scot, I’ll apologise for perhaps making you hungry with the following Mac Eye candy (groan)…

How Much Does a Macaron Cost in Paris?

I often get asked why macarons are so expensive. Well, they are a labour of love. A batch of 40 homemade medium ones of the same flavour takes 2 hours with a crucial resting time of 24 hours for the filling to work its fondant magic.  So, if you see many flavours, I’ll let you imagine just how much time it all represents.

Medium is the standard size of macaron in Paris and around France, particularly in the high-end pâtisseries. Many bakeries produce large ones too. So this article generally refers to the medium size.

As a result, a macaron can cost anything from one Euro in local bakeries to €4. Chain bakeries (e.g. Eric Kayser, Paul)  tend to be at the cheapest price range for quality macarons, with the least expensive at McDonalds, but this article is based on the high-end pâtisseries. Although slightly smaller than average, Georges Larnicol’s macs (see below) are even less than a Euro! I’d say the cheapest way to get best quality macarons is to buy a few in a box. A box is not only better value but if walking around Paris, it keeps them more intact, as they’re fragile to transport. Be prepared on average to pay €2.50 each.

What are Macarons Made Of?

Made with finely ground almonds (almond flour), egg whites and sugar, macarons are gluten free. Between the two macaron shells with their characteristic frilly ‘foot’ (pied), lies the filling which flavours the macaron. Fillings typically range from fruity jam-like; dark, milk or white chocolate ganaches; and buttercream.

What are the Worst Macarons in Paris?

Conversely, others can be downright disappointing: too dry, too sweet or over-perfumed with synthetic flavourings. Macarons should be slightly crispy on the outside with a soft and fondant inside – not chewy.

Alas, they do exist even with the expensive price tag, which has often led me to make my own macarons at home! One rule of thumb and easy to spot: avoid over touristy areas, overly-synthetically coloured macs, often sitting out in the heat. If unsure, buy one just to taste then return for more. They should be slightly crispy on the outside and fudgy fondant inside, full of flavour.

Are Ladurée or Pierre Hermé the Best?

Another question I get asked – and almost every time when I led chocolate and pastry tours – is, ‘Are you more Ladurée or Pierre Hermé?’

Look, it’s like music; it depends on your mood, the weather, your location. Each have their speciality flavours and so try some from each. Ladurée are more into classic flavours and Hermé experiments more with flavour combinations, some pretty adventurous. So read my own preferences below.  Most of the time, it will work for you too.

rows of colourful macarons in a patisserie

Why is Ladurée so Famous?

Quite simply, for creating the modern, Parisian macaron. Pierre Desfontaines, second cousin to Louis Ernest Ladurée (the house’s original creator in 1862 in Rue Royale) is credited as inventing the Parisian gerbet macaron in the early 19th century.

For much more on the history and on the different kinds of macarons in France, see my article,
Macarons vs Macaroons: What’s the Difference?.

Are Ladurée Macarons Worth it?

In short, yes – even if it’s to try a few classics and experience the historical ambience. Since 2020, chef pâtissier Nicolas Haelewyn has taken over as international creative director, following Claire Heitzler. As a Breton, he has already made a name for himself with legendary salted caramel with his boutique, Karamel (see my article on Best Bakeries in Rue Saint-Dominique).

For those of you like me who love light macarons made with French meringue, Ladurée’s macarons are slightly crispy with just enough soft, fondant centre. Some flavours are more up-front than others. I do prefer those that pack a wham-in-the-mouth tasting punch but not that make you feel like you’ve downed a few drops from a perfume bottle, either.

Their best-selling classics such as orange blossom, lemon, and vanilla are still my favourites, now with salted caramel. Seasonal macarons include chocolate hazelnut completely coated in milk chocolate (a technique also used by pastry chef, Sébastien Bouillet with his Maca’Lyon and Christophe Roussel). Although I have an aversion to eating blue macarons, their Marie-Antoinette tea is a delicious exception. There’s even a caramel coconut vegan macaron from their seasonal collection.

Maison Laduré

trays of brightly coloured macarons

Pierre Hermé

Pierre Hermé’s macarons are so different to Ladurée. For the fan of the softer Italian meringue macaron with a generous filling as big as the shells, his macarons are much richer than the others.  I personally find 2-3 in one sitting is more than enough.

“With pleasure as my only guide”, Pierre Hermé has revolutionised a universe of tastes in the world of Haute-Pâtisserie. There are two main collections: his Signatures and Infiniment (meaning infinitely, as these flavours are concentrated). His seasonal theme, Les Jardins, are always on the move as he adapts and creates new flavours every couple of months.

Most macaronivores go for his classic Isaphan, the rose-raspberry-lychee creation he made while at Ladurée, inspired by the Isaphan rose that grows in Iran. Don’t leave without trying Mogador (passion fruit and milk chocolate) and Infiniment Vanille or Pistachio.

For more about Ispahan, see my recipe for Ispahan Macaron Trifles.

rows of chocolate macarons in Paris

Where Can I Try the Best Savoury Macarons in Paris?

During festive season, Pierre Hermé usually adds some savoury macarons, such as fig or chocolate with foie gras. As it’s seasonal, they do tend to change flavours, so keep an eye open.

Richart also make the smallest, cutest mini macarons with savoury flavours such as Tapenade Noir (black olive spread), Chèvre-Thym (goat cheese & thyme), fig and foie gras. More on Richart below.

This is where I was inspired to make my own mini savoury macarons too, as they are so much fun (especially with spice: tikka macsala, Thai curry, beet horseradish etc.).

To get an idea, see my article on How to Serve Savoury Macarons.

parisian macarons in many colours in the window

Jean-Paul Hévin

Jean-Paul Hévin is Meilleur Ouvrier de France and chocolatier with many stores around Paris. What’s more, he participates in the annual charity event, la fête du macaron run by the pastry chefs of Relais Desserts every first day of Spring.

All are made without colourings and his fillings with chocolate ganache; from intense chocolate ganaches (les Grands Crus du moment) to a combination of fruity ones. My personal favourites are Tana (Grand Cru ganache from Madagascar), Vanill’in (not too sweet), Crème Brûlée (plus one with coffee), Pistach’in, and Violette (infused with blackcurrant). If you love your chocolate extra intense, enjoy the Super Amer.

For more, including his addresses, see my Annual Guide to Macaron Day in Paris.

orange macaron shell with a yellow mango filling

Pascal Caffet

Pascal Caffet is Meilleur Ouvrier de France in pâtisserie, twice over world champion in pastry and chocolate and specialist in the best French pralines. Moreover, he makes exquisite macarons.

Amongst my favourite flavour are praliné noisette (hazelnut praline), Chocotartiné, Chocolat passion, coconut, raspberry, caramel, cassis-violette and café – or should we say Caffet? His passion fruit and seasonal mango have the most incredible acidity with a lovely mouth-feel, like tasting a fabulous wine that lingers on the palate.

For much more, see my article on Pascal Caffet’s Best Pralines in Paris.

rows of chocolate macarons

Laurent Duchêne

Laurent Duchêne’s motto is that his cakes should look as good as they taste. As Meilleur Ouvrier de France (1993), he now has three boutiques in Paris, with the first opening in 2001 in the 13th arrondissement. Also participates in the annual charitable Macaron Day in Paris event.

With his Japanese pastry chef wife, Kyoko, it’s no surprise that there are some incredible Nippon influences with extraordinary attention to detail. I particularly love their more acidic fruity flavours: citron (lemon) and framboise (raspberry). The café/coffee is also worth a special mention as well as other classics.
Also try their latest cardamom and pear, gingerbread (pain d’épices) and chestnut (marron) from the 2022 winter collection.

green tea macarons

Sadaharu Aoki

Award-winning pastry chef, Sadaharu Aoki has been amazing Parisians with his distinct Japanese influences on French pâtisserie since he arrived in Paris in 1991.

His tea-infused macarons are extra special such as Earl Grey, Hojicha grilled Japanese tea, and genmaïcha – which is a green tea combined with roasted brown rice. I honestly can’t pick just a few since the wasabi, houjicha and sesame are all exquisite. Looking to taste them with Japanese tea? The good news he has a quiet tearoom on rue Saint Dominique. En plus, chef Aoki participates each year in the annual Fête du Macaron charity event.

More in my article on Sadaharu Aoki’s macarons.

colourful Paris cookie decorations in a box

Pierre Marcolini

Don’t be fooled by his lifelike artificial macarons on display. On the contrary, they’re kept away from the shop floor to preserve their freshness in the fridge. Known for making his own chocolate from cacao bean to bar, Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini makes his macarons with a little patience and plenty of passion. Ingredients are carefully sourced using single-origin ingredients: lemon from Sicily, passion fruit from Brazil, pistachios from Iran…

En plus, I recommend tasting his house blend chocolate macaron with a touch of Madagascan vanilla, and his Belgian Speculoos (Biscoff) speciality.

holding a little packet of 3 macs


Pastry chef, Guy Krenzer, twice over Meilleur Ouvrier de France (1988 and 1996) continues the tradition of Gaston Lenôtre, founder of the pâtisserie-traiteur business in 1957. This is where macaron towers are popular and can be found decorating parties and special events around the city.

Like most houses, flavours change according to season: Spring’s vanilla and strawberry, for example, will soon be replaced with a summer inspiration. However, classics (vanilla, hazelnut, raspberry) are always popular, including their 3-origin Chocolate ganache from Ghana, Sao Tomé and Tanzania. I’m still dreaming of the gold tinted jasmine flower they made, Saveur Royal to honour jasmine-loving Queen Marie-Antoinette.

macarons lined up in a pastry shop window

La Grande Épicerie

Like Fauchon, this is another historical reference in the city. Their luxury food halls have an impressive pâtisserie counter and there’s always a huge choice of flavours with limited edition seasonal favourites.

I’m in awe of their more citrusy flavours, such as lime and ginger plus a seasonal apple (façonpomme-tatin’) plus their classics, coffee and vanilla.

shiny little macaron cookies in a Paris store


Founded in 1682, Dalloyau pride themselves with making their macarons from quality Spanish almonds from Valencia. They must be the most shiniest, pretty macarons on a visual scale too. Soft and dainty, try their raspberry, exploding with fruit pulp thanks to their own jam and the 70% Venezuelan chocolate macaron. Earl Grey tea fans will love the bergamot, not too sweet and floral.

They also participate in the annual charity event, La Fête du Macaron in Spring.

For more on La Grande Épicerie, Dalloyau and Angelina,
see my article on Rue du Bac, Paris Pastry Street.

biting into a lemon macaron at afternoon tea


Another top reference for macarons in Paris is at Carette’s original 1920s art déco tea salon in Trocadero or on Place des Vosges. This is where you can sit and enjoy them with tea or hot chocolate and either nibble daintily on one medium sized, go up to a large size – or go for the tiered assorted macaron plate.

Like their particularly acidic lemon tart, the lemon flavour is a delicious pick-me-up in the afternoon. The salted caramel also worth a long, satisfying nibble.

For more, see my Guide to Parisian tea salons


Like Carette, it’s where you can sit for tea and enjoy macarons ‘sur place’ as well as take them home. Don’t miss the Mont-Blanc, its macaron version of their signature pastry since 1903. This classic is a mound of vermicelli made of chestnut paste which encases light whipped cream and a heart of meringue. So Mont-Blanc macarons are with chestnut and vanilla in meringue-like macaron shells.

For much more, see my article on Angelina’s Pastry Collections

biting into a fondant and crispy macaron in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

La Maison du Chocolat

Since 1997, this chocolate shop has continued in the footsteps of chocolate maker Robert Linxe under the talents of creative chef, Nicolas Cloiseau, Meilleur Ouvrier de France. Like chez Hermé, macarons are given names to conjure up their mysterious flavours. Special mentions go to Abyssinie (chocolate-coffee), Macapuno (chocolate-coconut-lime), Guayaquil (chocolate-vanilla) and Rigoletto (chocolate-salted caramel) which will be music to many taste buds.

Pascal le Gac, previous creative director here for 24 years, continues to make the best macarons in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, just west of the city. Perfect for a day trip, read more about St Germain’s pastry and chocolate shops in this royal town.

bag of 4 little sandwiches colourful macs

Georges Larnicol

A Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Georges Larnicol is hugely popular for his Kouignettes®, mini Kouign Amman cakes from his native Brittany. To date, however, I’ve not been a fan of his macarons; I used to call them Dolly Partons due to the pointed tip each one had.

Things have changed. They’re perhaps smaller than average but great value for money, and all fabulously fondant and fruity. Violet, passion fruit, vanilla and pistachio are worth a special mention.

window of chocolate and cream macarons

Jean-Charles Rochoux

The macarons at Jean-Charles Rochoux are striking.  All ganache flavours are presented with a chocolate shell base and topped with a cream shell garnished with a pretty decoration to resemble the flavour.  It’s pure art before even tasting them and the line-up of choices is impressive. I admit I still haven’t tried them all but I need to have this goal to strive for on a walk to his boutique between Saint Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse.

Try his ‘Rose des Jardins de Grasse‘ with a white chocolate ganache and the basil and dark chocolate (give your friends a blind tasting with this one – it’s magic!). Any rum-raisin fans like my husband will also be happy macaronivores – and don’t leave without tasting the caramelised pistachio praline.

boxes of the smallest mini macs in the window


The smallest, most intense macarons you’ll find in Paris are at Richart. Known as micro-macarons, they’re also the cutest and look too good to eat! They’re also not the cheapest at a euro each for their size but then, knowing how much work goes into making the smallest macarons (I make mini savoury ones as small as I possibly can), they’re great value. All the flavours are stunning. With their small sizes, it’s best to buy in their pre-packaged boxes.

They also come in a regular medium size but the smallest also come in savoury, ideal for an apéritif (with pre-dinner drinks). I go crazy for Roquefort-walnut and parmesan-honey.

raspberry pink macarons on the patisserie counter

À La Mère de Famille and Stohrer

There are five boutiques where the oldest Parisian chocolate shop (1761) joins together with the oldest pâtisserie in Paris. This is where you’ll find their macarons. Particular mention goes to raspberry.

35 rue Cler Paris 7th near Rue Saint-Dominique; 95 rue Cambronne Paris 15th; 58 rue de Lévis Paris 17th; 23 rue Lepic Paris 18th in Montmartre (and in Boulogne-Billancourt)

For more, see my article on chocolate and pastries in Montmartre


salted caramel macaron in front of a carousel and basilica of Sacre-Coeur in Paris

Christophe Roussel

Don’t think about going to Montmartre without stopping for macarons at Christophe Roussel’s Duo Avec Julie in rue Tardieu. Lucky for us, he has a shop here, as he’s the pastry chef and chocolatier star of France’s west coast by la Guérande. So, try the salted caramel coated entirely in dark chocolate and the ‘plain’ salted caramel from the Guérande; Passion Fruit and Vanilla, Coffee, chocolate and, above all, luscious lemon.

Each year, the Roussels are particularly generous for the charitable Macaron Day event. This year they gave all their macaron proceeds in aid of Ukraine for a whole week with blue and yellow lemon macarons.

For much more, see my article on Christophe Roussel in Montmartre

Chocolat Illéné

Looking for something really original and a bit unusual? Since 2015, Koreans Hyunsoo Ahn and Hyejin Cho both created Chocolat Illèné in Montmartre following a star-studded chocolate-pastry career in Paris.

Choose from seasonal flavours or the favourites at all times of year: pistachio, caramel, sesame, black sesame and soya milk. I was most intrigued by l’Armoise. Yes, you can even taste a MUGWORT herbal macaron, which I believe should have a more scrumptious name in English, don’t you?

Don’t be put off with bumpy or cracked looking macarons here, as they are a mix between the classic Parisian gerbet macaron and the artisanal old-fashioned French macaron (more about this in my article, Macarons and Macaroons).

rows of colourful Parisian macarons

Arnaud Larher

A Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Arnaud Larher has worked with the greats, including Peltier, Dalloyau and Fauchon. Since 1997 he set up his own shop in Montmartre’s rue Caulaincourt and, since 2000, has another in rue Damrémont (other in rue de Seine).

Try his classic selection: personal favourites are Mille Fleurs, Apricot, Madagascan Vanilla, Coffee (café Grand cru from South India) and Gianduja praline with hazelnut and milk chocolate. You may also fall for his macaron porcelain too. Larher also generously participates in the annual charity event, Fête du Macaron.

Plus there are fabulous macarons at Une Glace à Paris, the exquisite ice cream parlour in rue des Abbesses.

For more on the above, see my chocolate and pastry online tour in Montmartre.

How Long Can I Keep Macarons?

The good news is that you don’t have to eat your way through these best Parisian macarons all in one go!  To eat like the French avec modération, keep them stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Although many patisseries say consume within 4 days, I have often kept them 5-6 days and they’re still great.  Just check with each boutique when buying.

To enjoy them at their best, take them out of the fridge 15 to 20 minutes prior to serving to appreciate their full flavours.

rows of colourful macs in a popular Paris store

Jill Colonna

Jill has lived in Paris since 1992 and is author of both Mad About Macarons (the book and blog) and Teatime in Paris,
featuring 50 step-by-step macaron recipes combined in both books – including baking tips and more about best Parisian macarons.

This post was first published 27 May 2012 but is now completely updated

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49 responses to “Best Macarons in Paris”

  1. What a wonderful, extensive blog post, Jill! So much research (of the nicest kind) went into this (it’s apparent!) and it’s helpful for those visiting Paris to make some of these patisseries their destinations! Our own experience was quite limited, but it has made us confirmed fans of these beautiful little creations. We did like Pierre Hermé, for his innovative flavors (and for other things, such as his tea and pâte de fruits), but we did love Ladurée’s macarons. We had a round assortment box and since we were there on May Day, we did get to try their surreally delicious Muguet des Bois (which of course is not made with any actual lilies of the valley!). It’s a wonderful world of creativity there in Paris from so many perspectives and this is just one of them! Thank you, Jill, for this wonderful blog post!

    • So happy you had the experience of popping in to various macaron shops to enjoy, Betty – and love how you found them ‘surreally delicious’. Here’s to your next trip to try the others too. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences.

  2. Pierre Herme. And nobody else. When real life starts to be too much and I’m having a break from making macarons, I go to London Selfridges to buy a box of macarons, a small bottle of champagne and then I go back home and spend hours talking to my partner, eating macarons and sipping champagne. Pierre Herme’s flavours are so innovative like trufles & hazelnut, rose, lychee & raspberry, cherries, tonka bean & lemon, mandarin & cucumber water, I mean my heaven looks like his shop.
    And there’s some unashamed lust in his macarons. Once my partner and i went to Paris especially to try his new creation (honey & chocolate) and we were lucky enough as it was The Macaron Day so we had a walk thorugh all macaron shops in Paris and tried so many that we couldn’t eat the dinner.
    I’m not a huge fan of Laduree’s macarons. I’m very sorry if i hurt somebody by writing that, but for me Laduree is just using the name as the quality of the macarons is not as great as the brand itself. The macarons are falling apart upon slightest touch, the feeling is chewy and stringy. Well, maybe there is someone who loves their macarons, but for me, it’s not what I am looking for in a macaron.

  3. Hi Jill,
    We are planning our first trip to Europe and planning to spend a few days in and around Paris. While I am excited to try some of the “tourist” macaron shops, what are some of the lesser known shops that would be worth a try? I am so looking forward to this trip and would love some tips. =)

    • Jenna, to be honest most of the places are mentioned here since Acide, Christophe Roussel, Marcolini, Pain de Sucre etc. are not touristy and have good macarons. Where I live at St Germain-en-Laye (worth a visit only 25 mins on RER out of Paris) I would highly recommend Pascal le Gac’s macarons. I swoon just looking at them in the window. Enjoy your trip!

  4. For me the small local shops have much tastier and more delicate macarons than the glitzy mass-produced ones. I tried 30 shops in Paris; Ladurée and Pierre Hermé did not even make my top 10. The best was Pascal Pinaud at 70 rue Monge in the 5ème. Unrivalled for flavour, texture, and particularly the balance between the outside and the filling, neither of which should dominate. These are less sweet than the more ”famous” shops, so that the flavours can speak for themselves. Of course everyone has their own preferences. If you want a “shopping experience”, a long queue, and beautiful packaging, and “creative” flavours, go to Ladurée or Pierre Hermé. But if you want macarons that are lovingly handmade by one guy, with an outside that is delicate but does not simply vanish as soon as it hits the tongue, and an inside that is rich but does not over power the outside go to Pinaud and tell them “On tutoie les anges”.

    • Eugenia, thanks so much for sharing the address on Pinaud and the expression to speak to the angels, “on tutoie les anges” is brilliant – I’ve heard that before describing Champagne, so we’re on the same wavelength! I didn’t mention it in my post here but I have some personal favourites outside Paris here around St Germain-en-Laye that are not known on the tourist macaron trail and I can tell you that they are GOOD. But would tourists be willing to jump on a train and visit St Germain, 25 mins out of Paris? There are so many other things to see here too… Next time I shall detour in Paris in the 5th!

  5. This is exactly the information I was looking for! We are planning our first trip to Paris in September and I am extremely excited. I don’t know if my family will agree, but I am secretly planning an entire day of Macaron exploring!

    Thank you again for this valuable information and I am glad our paths crossed from the Mactweets blog : )

  6. Jill unfortunately the only macarons I have tasted are those I made from your cookbook and loved them. Travelling abroad is not an option for us Greeks any more, so I will have to imagine them through your descriptions.

    • Ivy, it’s not unfortunate. You can still enjoy macarons and make your own concoctions with Greek favourites. Even better, I would say, but let’s keep that to ourselves, shh…

  7. The Chocolate Walk sounds like a blast Jill! Last time I was in Paris I went to the Sadaharu Aoki counter in Galeries Lafayette. The only problem I couldn’t just stop at having the macarons, I had to try a few extra gateaux, well you know how it goes 🙂 I didn’t know about
    Pierre Marcolini macarons so I’ll be heading there for my macaron feast the next time je suis a Paris 🙂

    • I know the problem only too well, Jacqueline. Oh, aren’t these the best problems? I’ve just bitten into an amazing Java, spicy hinted chocolate (Criollo) from Marcolini. See? I was tempted not just with the macarons…

  8. I’ve never been to Paris which is such a shame! I’ve been wanting to go for a long time but there’s never a change to go…
    I have been to Laduree in Tokyo though and I absolutely loved that. Would love to go on a macaron tour in Paris some time. 🙂

    • Jenny, let’s hope you can come to Paris sometime soon. I’ve always wanted to go to Tokyo!

  9. Oh what a treat!!! I just love the colors of the macs, and when I come to Paris (someday!!), Liv and I are going to take your tour!!
    Love the idea of a macaron bag…
    Wish we were having your warm temps, while it’s nice here, I’m ready for some summer heat!

    • I’d love you to come too! What happened to our heat? Perhaps since your comment we’ve done a heat swap. Paris has cooled down again. Quoi?!

  10. Jill, I totally get the obsession with macarons! You are blessed to live in the vicinity of so many wonderful treasures as these gorgeous macarons! The best part is the inspiration you must get from experiencing these gems. No wonder you are the queen of macarons!! (not the queen of “macaroni” that my spell check wants you to be)

    • You get macaroni too? Too cheesy, our computers. Thanks Lisa. Yes I am lucky for the inspiration here. I’m no queen. Just having fun!

  11. Dear Jill, I sincerely hope you are going to organize a Jour du Macaron tour next year. Can I please make a reservation for 4 girls already? I would love to find out the less ‘famous’ patissiers and would be great to go out there with you!

    • Thanks! I need to plan, Yvette, since there are a fair number already! Only one thing: Jour du Macaron doesn’t necessarily include the less ‘famous’ pâtisseries: it depends which ones decide to join in the game on the day; the less known ones I can cover at any time, thankfully! I’ll get organizing.

  12. Hojicha, Genmaicha (both green tea!), and yuzu!!! Those macarons of course got my attention. I’ve seen yuzu but the first two are SUPER unique!! My gosh I think I need one week just to taste at different stores there. Not to mention I want different kinds of macarons at each store, you know. How many can you eat at once? I probably better not to tell my number until you tell me! LOL.

    • Nami, I’ll be dead honest with you: I can only eat 3 at a time (or less, depending on how heavy the mac is!) That’s why I take away, relish the flavors, enjoy and then make myself and so go at my own pace.

  13. Oh, wow!!! SO many options…what fun! You know you’ve put me in the mood to do a mass sampling…and in less than a week, I plan to eat my fair share 🙂 Wish we could have worked in a chocolate walk…LOL, it sounds fabulous… especially with you at the helm!

    • Never mind, Liz. I mentioned this too late by the time you organized your short trip but that gives you another excuse to return…

  14. Wow…look at all of these delicious macarons! Jill, you are making me hungry with this post! I so wish I could come with you on your tour, it sounds like so much fun…and getting to taste all of this deliciousness would be wonderful!

  15. I would have such a sugar stomachache to sample all of those macarons. I like the classic flavors so I guess that it a start. As always, stunning photos.

    • Emily, I agree. That’s why I need to taste them for you. Anything to help. 🙂

  16. I’m trying to decide how to explain to my husband that I would like a very expensive trip to Paris solely to eat macarons.

    • Claudia, if it helps your argument, many chocolates are also involved – and pastries, with a dusting of history, techniques, discussions…

  17. What a fantastic tour that will be! I’ll start saving my pennies and buy a drool cloth so I’m prepared when that happens.

    • Maureen, on the tour there is no time to drool so no need to buy extra gadgets 😉

  18. After seeing this, I have decided that it would take about 3 lifetimes to sample all the wonderful different kinds of macarons out there. You do have some magnificent choices here. Also, congrats on the Docent gig-very fitting for you I would say! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    • Thanks, Tina. And as the macaron seasons change, there are even more to taste and compare and discuss… I am so looking forward to doing these chocolate walks!

  19. This post should be printed and tucked into everyone’s luggage who travels to Paris. If I ever do go back there (lived in France as a child) I will be trying some of these macarons you mentioned…after I have my fill of French breads and cheeses that is 😉

    • Don’t get me started on the breads and cheeses and hams and so many other French specialities… so much to appreciate here. Lucky you to be here as a child. It’s a mecca of tasting sensations, Paula.

  20. What a gorgeous maca…rainbow, Jill. If you need an assistant for your next macaron tasting tour of Paris, I’m free!

    I am intrigued by the flavours of the Aoki macarons but each and every one of them look delicious. I also love the Les Jardins theme. Lovely post!

    • So many themes, seasonal macaron changes, so much to keep up with – I wish you could assist me, Hester. It’s tough.

  21. Jill I wish I could cast a vote but have only ever tried Laduree macarons and those I made myself. I much preferred the homemade because they weren’t as dry. You’re the expert so besides your own can you share your favorite or maybe it’s best not to?

    Anyway how fun to be a docent and tour all the macaron boutiques in town. They should charge a bit more so they can walk away with your book.

    • I think many people that come to Paris just make for Laduree or Pierre Hermé – but there are so many more amazing places to visit, Vicki. I’ve mentioned some above, but much more and my favorites are revealed on the tour (apart from the homemade, of course ;-))

  22. YIKES!!!
    I need a few hours to study this exhaustive etude!
    wow wow wow
    The pain of eating all those maccies..I feel for you.
    I love the half eaten ones…
    you have been PINNED!

    • Pinned up or down? 😉 I was exhausted just eating through them all, Carol… somebody had to do it.

  23. Jill this couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for me. As I start to think PARIS (just over a month to go!) and plan my time around my La Cuisine Paris classes, I am on the lookout for new tours to take and this seals the deal for me! Booking one of these right now! Though I suppose it won’t be you leading it in July? Thanks also for the “bonnes adresses” for macarons. I needed some new ones! Printing this post out and placing it in my Paris file!

    • Glad to be of service, Mardi 🙂 I figured that with so many people coming over to the City of Light for holidays soon, this would be useful as a starting point, although I go into far more detail on the walk. If you would like me to lead you on a tour, you can specify it on the website at Context Travel and I’ll do my best to accommodate! Otherwise, there are many other docents who could look after you.

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