Where to buy macarons in Paris (the truth about Paris macarons)
If you are in Paris, you may want to try some French pastries, and you are wondering where to buy macarons in Paris, macarons are delicious and colorful little pastries made of sugar and almond, you can find them in many different tastes.
So, where to buy macarons in Paris? You can find them in many bakeries but also in macarons shops dedicated to the little local pastry. Some of them are famous worldwide while others are as good but less famous and less expensive. And the best part is, you can do all these as you shop in Paris!
There is the regular macarons, but some bakeries have what we can call “big” macarons. I suggest you to take a private tour to check out the bakeries with macarons.
This pastry is very complex to cook, but this is this complexity which makes it so good. It is the reason why it is always pretty expensive, even if in regular bakeries it is less – way less – expensive than in pastry shop dedicated to macarons. However, most of the time, it is less tasty and less good. The texture is too chewy or too soft, they use too many artificial tastes, etc.
I’m not saying that they are all bad, but usually it is less tasty than in a cake shop.
Here are little tips to know if the macaron is good or not:
- It should not be too flashy or too pale. A good baker knows how to use food coloration.
- Macarons should not be big, the best are the little ones and they are also the hardest to realize.
- If there are many macarons in the shop window, macarons should all have the same size.
- The top of the macarons should not have bubbles or be broken.
- Macarons should have a pretty ruffled feed.
With all that advice you should be able to determinate if the macaron in front you is good or bad!
Today, macarons in Paris are becoming some kind of luxurious dessert that everyone wants to try. It is the star of French pastries, like the Chanel n°5 is the star of flagrance. Everyday you can find new flavors and new specialized boutiques. The price of those little sugary delight is also raising like crazy. So what is all of this hiding?
The truth about the Paris macarons
There is one very famous brand of macarons that everyone is looking for: Ladurée. Their marketing team is quite good and they have managed to put macarons in many movies or tv ads. They are the one that became first famous, they created the fame of the macaron by glorifying the object itself (a nice little box, specialized shops, and an image very easy to recognize).
Ladurée started their success with homemade macarons and using simple natural ingredients. Today their success has force them to industrialize the production and there’s more than 100 different ingredients in their macarons and from the name of each ingredient the macarons contain they do not sound organic at all. Here is the list in French: “gomme de guar“, “xanthane“, “benzoate de sodium“, “anhydride sulfureux“, “dioxyde de silicium“, “orthophosphate de calcium“, “tragacanthe“, “gomme arabique“, “propylène glycol“, “carraghénane“, …
So, where to buy macaron in Paris, and I mean real the good ones?
That is why we would rather recommend macarons made by real “chefs” of pastries and who won awards.
#1 – the most celebrated macaron maker in Paris: Pierre Herme
He started his training with the best chefs at the age of fourteen years old. He opened his first shop in 1996 and got immediate success. His specialty is to surprise you. He is innovative. He can also make the regular one flavor macarons. But my favorite is the olive oil + tangerine. You will find “foie gras” macarons as well.
#2 – the chocolat specialist: Jean-Paul Hévin
Awarded in 1986, Jean Paul Hévin is traditionally a specialist of chocolate. But guess what? Macaron and chocolate make a magnificent mix. So he got the best chocolate macarons award in 2012.
#3 – the traditional: Dalloyau
The oldest macaron maker in that list. Rumors has it they use to make pastries for Louis XIV, the Sun King while in Versailles. This macaron maker is for those who love the real classical macaron simple tastes but top-notch products!
Now that you know where to buy the best macarons of Paris, here are little advices to keep them as long as possible. If there are any left anyway…
– Keep them in the fridge;
– Keep them in some kind of tupperware box to keep them from other smells;
– Take them out of the fridge one hour before eating them (that’s a tough one);
– You can keep them maximum one week but I’m sure that’s more than enough.
So now that you know where to buy macarons in Paris, I hope you will enjoy those little French pastries! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything! Feel free to share your own tips and recommendations! Tell us where you’ve bought your favorite macarons while in Paris! See you soon in Paris!