Travel Nibbles: ‘Laduree’ Paris Review

Bonjour Nibblers!

Kelly and I find ourselves in Paris this week. I have amazing family there and after almost two weeks without any means to a washing machine, we couldn’t wait to arrive. It was a horrible 8 hour / overnight train trip from Berlin to Paris but the thought of the amazing pastries, sweets, bread it was well worth the little bit of discomfort. This is my second time in Paris in Winter. But, Kelly and I went at the most perfect time. We didn’t have to wear the 6 layers we were wearing in Berlin and were able to cut back to two layers and even were able to wear sunglasses if I had them (I left mine in London.) Anyway, when in Paris, ‘Laduree’ is one of the main food attractions. Depending on the time you go, the line could go well outside the door so aim for early morning or late lunch hours (3-4PM). We didn’t dine here as we we were short on time but did purchase quite a few goodies.

‘Laduree’ Review
Where: 75 avenue des Champs-Elysées – 75008 Paris                                Website: http://www.laduree.com/douceurs/

Such simple but beautiful packaging

I don’t even know how to start with this review. Let’s  just start off with looking at some of the sneaky shots Kelly and I took in Laduree while we were waiting in line.

Macaroon flavours
Inside the magic of Laduree
Gift ideas
Almost at the front of the line!
We couldn’t help but buy a gift box for my family. The boxes were so pretty!

I’ll start with service. The lady that served us was amazing. We didn’t really understand how the whole system worked but she took her time and was very patient with us. You also don’t have to worry about language barriers here because most of the customers inside were tourists so communication was easy. I also loved how everything was laid out and labelled so it was just easy to navigate when ordering.

         Kelly and I decided to grab ourselves a box of 8 macaroons. You can grab just one but if you buy 4 or more they pop it into a Laduree box for free! Since we waited for about 20 minutes, we wanted to go all out and invest in these 8 macaroons. I can’t remember the exact pricing but it was roughly €2.60 each (approx. $3.70 AUD).

Our Macaroon purchase

We each picked 4 flavours each. We ate half of each macaroon over the 4 days we were in Paris just so we could enjoy the flavours together They were:
Chocolate
My favourite! I did not expect it to be my favourite as Kelly is the chocoholic of the family. But it was not too sweet and the ganache was just perfect. Melted in my mouth and honestly the best macaroon I’ve ever had.
Caramel with Salted Butter
      Kelly’s favourite! It was a hit of creamy caramel as soon as you bite into it and then the salty butter hits you after. While I thoroughly enjoyed this half, I thought it was a bit too sweet for me. But eaten as a half was amazing.
Coffee
Great coffee flavour, not too sweet and would be so great with a warm cup of tea.
Green Apple (seasonal flavour, we were there in Feb)
I love apples but, this was one of my least favourites. The apple flavour was intense which is great but, it didn’t hit it with me. Too fruity for winter.
Rose Petal
It tastes exactly like a rose petal. I like the rose petal scent but when it comes too flavour, I can’t eat a lot of it. It tastes odd to me as it’s a flavour I’m not usually accustomed to. But, if you love the rose, go for it.
Pistachio
I loved the minty colour of this macaroon. It tasted nutty as it should but compared to the others, would not be a stand out.
Vanilla
A very typical vanilla flavour. The Madagascar cream I felt was a bit grainy in texture. It was again a bit too sweet for my liking.
Coconut
Too sweet for me but the strong coconut flavour as soon as you bite in was amazing.

As a whole, the macaroons were amazing. Every macaroon was equal in size and proportion. What I loved was every time I bit into one of those macaroons, the meringue was still so light and crispy and the ganache/cream fillings were full of flavour. They’re such a perfect match for each other and even after a few days, it still tasted as if we had first bought them. I’ve seriously have not had a macaroon better than these Laduree ones. I’m not too sure about the other world-wide branches but I do want to compare them sometime in the future.
When we were about to check out we also saw an Eclair for sale. There was a Coffee version and chocolate version. We opted for the chocolate. It was about €3.50 (approx. $5 AUD) which is definitely not cheap so we were expecting great things. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to it’s name. While it was light and crispy, it didn’t have the same ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ wow factor we were after. Also, I felt we could have paid less for an Eclair else where.
But, despite the little fall on the Eclair, we did have an amazing time scoffing it down while watching the sunset at the Eiffel Tower and witnessing the first sparkle of the night.

Sunset at the Eiffel Tower – Trocadero

Hope you’re all having an amazing week! I sure know how good it feels to be putting a blogpost up. Last uni assignment are out of the way and only a few exams more to go before celebrations are in order.
Leave a comment down below if you have had an awesome Macaroon experience like mine and what you had!

Nibble Away,
               Jo x.

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