Macarons! Stories, the frenzy and famous Paris stores

Let’s go from a disputed origin to the American frenzy that made macarons a pastry of cult. Let’s find out more about these petits

The origin

Even to this day we don’t know if indeed macarons were brought from Venice to France by French queen Catherine de’ Medici or they were actually created in (France). If they are Italian, they’re from Venice. If they are French, they were born in a monastery and made popular by two sisters, called the Macaron sisters who sold them to pay for housing

In America

In America, macarons where “nonexistent”, zero, and completely unknown until the film Marie Antoinette was released in 2006. The film by Sofia Coppola showcased through and though many French delish, delicatessen and cute to death French pastries, including Macarons! So, they became the hottest sensation after this

Places in Paris

For the movie, the Parisian Pâtisserie Ladurée created all the macarons. This was the first one store in Paris selling the macarons as we know them today: a sandwich cookie made of egg whites and almond, where colors and flavors go hand by hand. You can find Ladurée ’address down below. They sell today around 15,000 macarons daily all around the world

Among many more remarkable Boutique Pâtisseries in Paris for Macarons, it’s the now worldwide famous Pierre Hermé, who has made it widely to Japan and has one location at NYC. Pierre Hermé is considered the fanciest of Parisian macaron stores, where critics have said that quantity never diluted the quality, and the macarons look literally as small treasures in beautiful boxes.

Some other very well-known ones is Carette, another chic place to eat macarons in Paris. Opened in 1927, by a man named Jean Carette and his wife, Madeleine, in Place du Trocadéro.

And last but never least, a place called Angelina.  Famous teahouse founded in Paris in 1903 by Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer. Along with serving decadent macarons, they serve a famous hot chocolate (chocolat l’Africain). Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel used to hang around at Angelina, just saying 😉



Bonaparte : 34 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris 
Champs Elysées : 75 Avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris  Ladurée Royale : 18 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris 
Ladurée Aéroport d’Orly : Terminal Orly Ouest, zone publique Hall 2, 94396
Ladurée Aéroport de Roissy CDG : Terminal 2F, 95700 Roissy CDG 

Pierre Hermé/
72 Rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris
86 avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris
61 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris
4 rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris
46 Rue cambon 75001 Paris
39 avenue de l’Opéra 75002 Paris

25 Place des Vosges 75003 Paris
7 Place du Tertre 75018 Paris
4 Place du Trocadéro 75016 Paris

226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France
108 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France

Pierre Hermé in NYC
8 E 50th St, New York, NY 10022

You can pick up Macarons in NYC shipped from Paris through Potbelly, here

The pics

La Durée Pyramid
Pierre Hermé
Pierre Hermé Special Editions “Jardin”
Pierre Hermé Les Incontournables de Paris box
Carette Paris’ macarons
Angelina in Paris
At Angelina, Paris

*images taken from these Pâtisseries official websites

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