6 Best Places to Find Macarons in Paris
Original article posted on May 21, 2014 by Johanna. Article updated for accuracy in 2019.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ve come to the right place. French pastries are delicious, and my personal favorite has got to be the mythic macaron. Now, I’m not talking about the President, or about those cookies made with coconut.
Traditionally a macaron is made of three pieces: two biscuits that sandwich a bit of cream. It comes in many flavors, such as chocolate, coffee, vanilla or pistachio. Or, you could go for a more gourmet treat with parfums such as olive oil or strawberry-mint!
Today, I’m going to be giving you some advice on where to go to have the best experience of macarons, one of the finest pastries made in France. A lot of places sell it in Paris but only a few are truly exceptional.
1. Gérard Mulot
Gérard Mulot has been serving up his delicious pastries in Paris for years now! He now has 2 shops in the city, one in the 13th arrondissement, and the other in the 6th.
My personal favorite has got to be his location in the 6th arrondissement in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area. Not only is this one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris, it is teeming with yummy creations!
In addition to classic flavors like chocolate and coffee, the shop changes it’s menu with the season. You know that everything you’re munching on is made from the freshest local ingredients! Need I say more?
My recommendation: Ananas-gingembre (pineapple ginger)
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-7:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-7:30pm, closed Monday
Address: 93 rue de la Glacière 75013
Metro Station: Glacière
Maison Mulot – Saint Germain des Prés
Opening hours: Every day 7am-8pm
Address: 76 rue de Seine 75006
Metro Station: Odéon
Like most of the choices on my list, Dalloyau has shops all over the city. My personal favorite is their location on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in the 8th arrondissement.
Here, you’ll find a place that is so much more than just French pastries. It’s a real tea salon where you can enjoy some of the best macarons in Paris over a cup of tea or hot chocolate. They sell the macarons by the box of 4, 9,14 or 40, catering to all of your macaron needs!
My recommendation: Ananas-Menthe-Coco (pineapple, mint, coconut)
Dalloyau Boutique Historique
Opening hours: Every Day 9am-9pm
Address: 101 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
Metro Station: Saint-Philippe du Roule
Less prestigious than the Dalloyau house, Lenôtre is still one of the best places in Paris to buy macarons.
Note that they also have cooking classes where you can learn to make your favorite pastries! They have 10 shops that cover all of the Parisian ground, and my favorite is their location next to the Eiffel Tower for obvious reasons. A tasty macaron with a view of one of Paris’ most famous monuments? Sign me up.
My recommendation: Pistache Sicilienne (Sicilian pistachio)
Lenôtre école militaire
Opening hours: Every Day 9am-9pm, Thursday 9AM-8pm
Address: 36 Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, 75007 Paris
Metro Station: école militaire
Now, we are getting really close to my favorite! I always have a hard time deciding whether I like Pierre Hermé or Ladurée the best. More on Pierre Hermé up next!
Ladurée first opened in 1862. They became really famous with the opening of a shop on the champs Elysées, and then tea a house rue Bonaparte. I like their rue Bonaparte location. Nestled on one of the most famous streets in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, pick up a few macarons for the road and explore the neighborhood.
My recommendation: Citron vert basilic (basil lime)
Ladurée Paris Champs Elysées
Opening hours: every Day 7:30am-11pm
Address: 75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
Metro Station: George V / Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ladurée Paris Bonaparte
Opening hours: Every Day 8:30am-7:30pm, Saturday 8:30am-8:30pm
Address: 21 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
Metro Station: Saint-germain-des-prés
5. Pierre Hermé
I have to admit that Pierre Hermé is my favorite! For me, these are the best macarons in Paris in my opinion. Pierre Hermé used to work as the head baker at Ladurée, so I think I understand why I like Ladurée so much too! Many of the other shops I’ve mentioned so far sell fairly classic macarons. This is not the case with Pierre Hermé.
His pastries are art experiments. His collection changes every semester for new tastes, so you’ll never get bored of Pierre Hermé!
My recommendation: Ispahan. A mixture of rose, litchi and raspberry.
Opening hours: Every day 10am-7pm, Friday-SAturday 10am-8pm
Address: 72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
Metro Station: saint-Sulpice
6. Take a macaron making class in Paris
If you’re looking for some great cooking classes (in English!) in Paris, Cook’n With Class should be your go to. This cooking school has been in the biz since 2007. Today, they offer a large selection of class options in their Montmartre location, as well as a school located in the South of France in Uzès!
I tried out their Macaron Class a few months ago and I was super impressed. Their chefs are knowledgable, patient and above all, talented! Not to mention, you get to take your creations home with you. How fun is that?!
If you’re coming to Paris with your children, you’re in luck! Cook’n With Class also offers a course called Macaron en Famille, the perfect place to learn how to make macarons with your kids…and bond while you’re at it!
Cook’n with class paris
Opening hours: Open daily. visit their WEBSITE to make a reservation
Address: 6 Rue Baudelique, 75018 Paris
Metro Station: simplon / marcadet – poissonnieres
Now you know, the best places to find macarons in Paris! Save this list for the next time you’re in this beautiful city.
And one last thing! In all those shops, remember to keep the boxes, they are all so pretty! And if buying all these macaroons still hasn’t lowered your craving for them, consider these other cooking classes to learn how to make them yourself!
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