Ladurée rue BonaparteParis | France

  • added: Apr 12 2010
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Once you enter the house, you are immediately confronted with the most picturesque and irresistible scene – an array of beautiful pastry and the most colourful choice of infamous macaroon! Did you know that ...

Laduree is more than just a brand name on the French gastronomical scene. It was a family of Laduree who played a key role in the establishment of Parisians Tea salons. It all began in 1862, when Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from France’s southwest, created a bakery at 16 rue Royale in Paris. And if you decide to visit this address nowadays, you would be pleasantly surprised as you can have a cup of tea at this 1st Parisian tea salon.

I, however, prefer Laduree on Rue Bonaparte, in the district of Saint-Germain-Des-Pres. It is situated on a small road and has a certain cosy & relaxing appeal to it. Once you enter the house, you are immediately confronted with the most picturesque and irresistible scene – an array of beautiful pastry and the most colourful choice of infamous macaroon! Did you know that that there are annual competitions in Paris among macaroon makers? It is a serious professional competition & a feast to the macaroon lovers... Macaroons at Laduree are a special treat: besides traditional flavours, each season you are able to taste a new creation, a new taste and thank goodness – still the same shape! Some of the new flavours were bergamot, jasmine mango; seasonal flavours range from chestnut, lemon cedrat to mint, spice and soft fruit and many more to try! Besides these colourful and absolutely irresistible temptations, you can find an impressive selection of beautifully presented cakes & pastry. There is a mouth melting L’ Ispahan – a certain specialty dish of this tea house; and I prefer a recently introduced Le Divin. Both cakes are made of the same base as macaroons and served with fresh raspberries; however, each has a very distinct flavour & even textures tend to vary due to different ingredients used.

Hopefully you get very hungry looking at these little wonders on the display & you may want to take a moment to savour these masterpieces. Should this be the case, then a lovely tea room is at your disposal. For lunch time, we recommend to book in advance and for later tea time, you may come without a reservation and be seated at a table; the worst case scenario you may need to wait a bit. Once you are in, you may chose between two floors of comfortable, hushed and intimate rooms recreating the charm and elegance of a private house. The menu would offer you an interesting selection of teas as well as coffee drinks to go with your sweet selection. The a la menthe is a beautiful accompaniment to the sweet flavours; or you may go French & ask for an espresso or a noisette to accompany a desert of your choice. For those of us who are more hungry, Laduree offers a significant choice of cold & warm plates. It is ranging from various traditional salads to a choice of meat, poultry or fish for the main course. All dishes are beautifully served and quality is guaranteed.

If you want a special Parisian treat, come to this place for breakfast. This is a unique experience not to be missed. It already starts when you walk outside early in the morning – the streets of Paris are enveloped in the smell of freshly baked bread & freshly brewed coffee. This is a beautiful aperitif before breakfast & once you enter into the Laduree all your senses are  awakened and can hardly wait to be let loose...

Don’t forget to bring a small box of pastries back home or share with friends at work. Laduree is a long lasting experience that people often come back to.

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  • Gerhard : Aug 12 2010 13:33

    If you ever get there, try their Isfahan ...

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