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Our 9 favourite places to eat the best macarons

Updated on January 2, 2024.

This popular dish is one of the symbols of French culture throughout the world. It first appeared in the 19th century and quickly became popular as a small, colorful, round cake with a creamy center between two crunchy almond shells. A world day is even dedicated to it on 20 March.

As we are big foodies at Colivys, this day was the perfect opportunity to share our favorite addresses with you!

Ladurée: The iconic house

If there is one house that needs no introduction, it is Ladurée. This luxury pastry shop is renowned throughout the world for its macarons. Founded in 1862 by Louis-Ernest Ladurée, it has expanded its range to include a wide variety of macarons, pastries, cakes, chocolates and other confectionery, all made using traditional, high-quality techniques. It is not for nothing that French people, but also tourists from all over the world, flock to Ladurée‘s Parisian shops to taste these little wonders!

📍 Paris

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Pierre Hermé: The must-have

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Pierre Hermé has been the first pastry chef to change pastry-traditional codes with creations that were each one more inventive than the last one. He is notably at the origin of macaron day! A leading French pastry chef, named the world’s best pastry chef in 2016, the ‘king of macarons’ has successfully made a name for himself in the industry. And for a good reason: he has made his mark at Fauchon and Ladurée, two emblems in the field. His numerous shops all over France offer classic flavors that are both masterful and original, such as the Ispahan with rose and lychee. Gorgeous!

📍 Paris, Strasbourg et banlieue Lyonnaise

La Grande Épicerie de Paris: The pioneer

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An essential part of the first Parisian department stores’ “Le Bon Marché”, La Grande Épicerie de Paris has an established reputation. Located in the heart of Paris, it has its own gourmet bakery and therefore, its own selection of macarons. Macarons with classic flavors such as vanilla, chocolate and raspberry, or with more unique ones such as salted caramel, lemon basil and pistachio, which have nothing to envy the masters mentioned above.

📍 38, rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris

Les macarons de Caroline: The most southern

Meilleurs macarons de France

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Our southern friends are lucky to have Les macarons de Caroline right next door. This independent bakery has made a name for itself thanks to its delicious macarons. These little bites of happiness are available in original flavors, both sweet, with notes of pear and tonka bean, orange and cardamom, and savory ones, with foie gras, blue cheese or even pata negra ham. Enough to satisfy even the most demanding gourmets!

📍 12 rue Montigny, 13080 Aix-En-Provence

Macarons & Inspirations: Grand-Est region in the spotlight

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If her name rings a bell, it’s probably because you are a fan of cooking shows too! Elisabeth Biscarrat, a former Masterchef contestant and winner, opened her Macarons & Inspirations pastry shop a few years ago in the capital of Europe. She offers classic and mastered macarons, with notes of coffee, lemon or vanilla, but also more innovative flavors like poppy / poppy seed or rose / fresh raspberry.

📍 1 rue de la Vignette, 67000 Strasbourg

Le Lautrec: The reference

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Chocolatier as its first love, Le Lautrec has gradually expanded its business to create its own range of macarons. As a chocolate and macaron maker, this reference brand offers authentic macarons with straightforward and sourced flavors. Your sweet tooth will be satisfied with notes of Guatemalan coffee, coconut, lemon or vanilla. If you are much more adventurous, Le Lautrec also offers original and gourmet flavors: pear / jasmine, champagne / raspberry, or chocolate / citrus.

📍 Paris, Lille, Strasbourg et Lyon

Pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki: When Japan meets France

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Have you ever dreamed of tasting macarons that are out of the ordinary? This is what Japanese pastry chef Sadaharu Aoki offers. A graduate of a culinary school in Japan and with a passion for France, he arrived in the country and opened his first workshop at the end of the 90s. His gourmet creations have made him famous and have been tasted by the biggest fashion houses… like Kenzo, Dior, Chanel, Ungaro: all have called upon this genius of pastry. If this has whet your appetite, know that his 5 namesake patisseries are full of macarons with explosive ganaches such as yuzu, chocolate/caramel and azuki (this little red bean), green tea, black sesame, wasabi, or sometimes more classic flavors like coffee, chocolate, pistachio, or raspberry.

📍 Paris (Rue de Vaugirard, Boulevard Port Royal, Rue Pérignon, and Rue Saint Dominique) and Avenue Augustin Dumont in Montrouge

Jean-Paul Hévin: The Maverick of taste

Macarons au chocolat

Originally from Mayenne, Jean-Paul Hévin quickly made his mark in the club of French chocolatiers. After training with some of the greatest, such as Joël Robuchon, he won the title of Best Craftsman in France in 1986 in the pastry and confectionery category. As you might have guessed, his specialty is chocolate, which features in his various products, especially his macarons. If you are a chocolate fan, you should visit one of his 6 stores to taste these little gems. Colombia, Ecuador, Yaoundé, Chanchamayo: these evocative names contain dark or milk chocolate beans from the world’s leading producing countries, which you’ll find in almost all of his recipes. Crème brûlée, violet, mango orange: a variety of delicious and fruity flavors will make your mouth water.

📍 Paris

Arnaud Larher: The exception in the chocolate aisle


Last but not least, let’s end this article with Arnaud Larher. Also a Best Craftsman of France, this Breton by origin honed his skills in major French houses like Dalloyau and Fauchon. In his 3 Parisian shops, he offers everything that makes a master renowned: cakes, tarts, chocolates, ice creams, and the famous macarons. Carambar, apricot, pistachio, calissons: delightful combinations that pay homage to fruits and childhood memories. Rose Turkish delight, olive oil and citrus, fine champagne: more daring recipes for your refined palate.

📍 Paris

As you’ve seen, there’s something for everyone, but the best macaron shop will depend on your tastes and desires. We still hope these addresses will delight you!

We hope you’ll enjoy these addresses! If you like pastries and bakery, find our favorite Parisian bakery spots 😉