It’s 2024 and These are the Best Macarons in Paris

We know that you came to Paris for these seductively round, winsomely pastel, (really giving away my Thesaurus.com manuevers here), rockstars of French pastry — LES MACARONS… An (almost) everyday extravagence hiding a questionable origin story (Italian nuns? French nuns? No nuns at all?) We’ve got receipts, yo.

While vast majority of places offer only sweet macarons,  often a daringly savory version can be found, — think provacative offerings like caviar, foie gras, or –holy hell —  blood sausage, (at l’Avant-Comptoir wine bar at Odéon).  Dare to lick them all! In the meantime, reach a ~sweet + crunchy nirvana~ by consulting our masterlist below. Just do us all a favour and don’t ever call them ~macaroons~ again. Sacrebleu!

Stohrer

This place holds the title for the old­est bak­ery in Paris. Opened in 1730, they are still con­sid­ered one of the best places to go get that French pas­try that you’ve always want­ed to try. You know those eclairs and mac­arons that you dream (and see Pin­ter­est pho­tos) about? They look extreme­ly sim­i­lar to the ones you can find at Stohrer. If you don’t mind the ele­vat­ed price (a quick reminder that you are in Paris and that in itself comes with a price), then this small bak­ery is the one for you.

ADDRESS: 51 Rue Mon­torgueil (2nd arr.)

MÉTRO: Éti­enne Mar­cel (line 4) or Sen­tier (line 3)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Les Halles

NUMBER: +33 1 42 33 38 20

INSTAGRAM: @stohrer

Le Lautrec Chocolatier

Are you a lit­tle bit crazy about mac­arons and you’re sure « you’ve had them all »? Or maybe you find the whole ~pump~ about those cook­ies obnox­ious? That’s when La Lautrec comes in. Here you can try fla­vors like Vio­lets, Bora Bora, or Cot­ton Can­dy (lit­er­al­ly called « dad’s beard » in French, which we all, as a col­lec­tive, decid­ed not to com­ment on). Their best fla­vors, how­ev­er, are ephemer­al, one for every month and each bet­ter than the for­mer: sheep cheese with cher­ries for April, straw­ber­ry moji­to for sum­mer months, mulled wine for Novem­ber… Thanks to Lautrec, every month is a new adventure.

ADDRESS: 60 Rue du Roi de Sicile (4th arr.)

METRO: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Le Marais

NUMBER: +33 1 71 93 18 08

INSTAGRAM: @lelautrec

Pierre Hermé

Pierre Her­mé start­ed the new wave of cre­ative mac­arons, when it became obvi­ous that the mac­arons from Ladurée were becoming…ubiquitous. Now there are two camps: The tra­di­tion­al­ists who remain loy­al to Ladurée, and the bobos who lean more Pierre Her­mé. You should taste them both regard­less; and when at Pierre Her­mé, do not miss his sig­na­ture mac­aron fla­vor, the ‘Ispa­han’: a secret mix of rose, rasp­ber­ry and lychee flavors.

ADDRESS: 4 Rue Cam­bon (1st arr.) / 18 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bre­ton­ner­ie (4th arr.) / 126 boule­vard Saint-Ger­main (6th arr.) / 43 rue Saint-Placide (6th arr.) / Place de la Résis­tance (7th arr.) / 1 cour de Rome (8th arr.) / 86 avenue des Champs-Elysées (8th arr.) / 133 avenue des Champs Elysées (8th arr.) / 40 boule­vard Hauss­mann (9th arr.) / Place Louis-Armand — Hall 1 Galeries des Fresques (12th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Arc de Tri­om­phe / Champs-Elysées / Concorde

NUMBER: +33 1 45 12 24 02

INSTAGRAM: @pierrehermeoffcial

Carette

The first Carette resto and tea room has appar­ent­ly opened way back in the 1920s and became an instant hit through the chic inhab­i­tants of Tro­cadéro quar­ter. Now, with three dif­fer­ent loca­tions around the city, it’s high­ly like­ly you’ll see at least one lucky per­son walk­ing with that beau­ti­ful magen­ta box full of mac­arons down the road. Carette has late­ly earned a cer­tain sta­tus on social media and is cur­rent­ly being flood­ed with tourists (espe­cial­ly in their Place de Vos­ges loca­tion), but this should­n’t dis­cour­age you, cer­tain­ly not from their great mac­arons. I always go for the black cur­rant or hazel­nut, but even the pain vanil­la is total­ly worth try­ing out. Don’t miss out on their hot choco­late, and if you’re feel­ing like grab­bing a bite, they def­i­nite­ly know their ways around the eggs as well.

ADDRESS: 25 Place des Vos­ges (3rd arr.) / 4 Place du Tro­cadéro et du 11 Novem­bre (16th arr.) / 7 Place du Tertre (18th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Haut Marais

NUMBER: +33 1 48 87 94 07

INSTAGRAM: @caretteofficiel

Hugo & Victor

The own­er and for­mer stu­dent of Guy Savoy, Hugues Pouget, rep­re­sents a new school of the mac­arons. He prides him­self in using only sea­son­al, region­al ingre­di­ents and nat­ur­al aro­mas and col­orants (which in case of mac­arons… well, is unfor­tu­nate­ly not always obvi­ous). Apart from  the mac­arons (the pome­lo and black cher­ry are your go-to), you should get some of their home­made marsh­mal­lows — your hot choco­late will nev­er be the same.

ADDRESS: 40 Boule­vard Ras­pail (7th arr.)

MÉTRO: Sèvres — Baby­lone (lines 10,12) or Saint Sulpice (line 4)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Sèvres — Babylone 

NUMBER:+33 1 44 39 97 73

INSTAGRAM: @hugovictor_paris

Pierre Marcolini

Bel­gian super-star Pierre Mar­col­i­ni is known for his choco­lats, but his mac­arons do not dis­ap­point either. With his shops all around the world, he def­i­nite­ly has a way of get­ting all the ingre­di­ents right at the source. While the fla­vor palette is pret­ty tra­di­tion­al (do not con­fuse with basic), def­i­nite­ly go for the sig­na­ture home-made choco­late (with a hint of vanil­la), or rasp­ber­ry with milk chocolate.

ADDRESS: 89 Rue de Seine (6th arr.) / Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées (8th arr.) 35 Boule­vard Hauss­mann (9th arr.) / 64 Rue du Com­merce (15th arr.) 

NEIGHBORHOOD:Champs-Elysées

INSTAGRAM: @pierremarcolini

Dalloyau

Dal­loy­au has a very posh his­to­ry. Found­ed in 1682 by Charles Dal­loy­au, who not only had the high­est gas­tron­o­my posi­tion in the French court (the com­pa­ny has occu­pied its Faubourg loca­tion since the ear­ly 1800s), but also invent­ed the con­cept of take­out (Oui/LOL). The House of Dal­loy­au also claims to have invent­ed the Opera cake.

Today Dal­loy­au oper­ates as a rather dis­tin­guished estab­lish­ment, com­posed of a restau­rant, gourmet gift ser­vice, recep­tion hall and bak­ery, while occu­py­ing sev­er­al loca­tions in Paris. There’s a rumor that, for the oral por­tion of your French Cit­i­zen­ship exam, if you can pro­nounce « Dal­loy­au » cor­rect­ly five times fast with a Parisian-lev­el of con­fi­dence, you are basi­cal­ly IN. Oh, and DO get their mac­arons while you are there.

ADDRESS: 9 Rue de la Mon­naie (1st arr.) / 101 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Hon­oré (8th arr.) / 35 boule­vard Hauss­mann (9th arr.) / Quai Hall Seine — Gare d’Austerlitz (13th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Champs-Élysées

NUMBER: +33 1 42 99 09 08

INSTAGRAM: @dalloyauparis

Fauchon

First, a bit of his­to­ry: Baby-faced Cédric Gro­let (he of Parisian pas­tries super-star fame), came up on the mean streets of the Fau­chon kitchens, where he was tasked with slav­ing away at the mac­aron dough mix­ers, a noto­ri­ous­ly bor­ing task. Since then, the mac­arons here do seem to have been blessed by the gold­en hands of Mon­sieur Gro­let, so don’t skip them.

ADDRESS: 11 Place de la Madeleine (8th arr.) / 35 Boule­vard Haus­mann (9th arr.) / 64 Boule­vard Haus­mann (9th arr.) / 18 Rue de Dunkerque (10th arr.) / 2 Place de la Porte Mail­lot (17th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Grands Boule­vards

NUMBER: +33 1 70 39 38 00

INSTAGRAM: @fauchon_paris

Ladurée

Ladurée is the grand-dad­dy of the mac­aron uni­verse. It’s hard NOT to find these mac­arons some­where. They’re even at the air­port. They are still good after all these years, but let’s face it: they are mass-pro­duced. The added bonus advan­tage of going for Ladurée is get­ting the eye-can­dy from those gild­ed tra­di­tion­al interiors.

ADDRESS:  14 Rue de Cas­tiglione (1st arr.) / 99 Rue de Riv­o­li Emplace­ment M11 (1st arr.) / 14 Rue de Bre­tagne (3rd arr.) / 21 Rue Bona­parte (6th arr.) / 47 Rue Cler (7th arr.) / 41–43 Rue de Varenne (7th arr.) / 75 Ave des Champs-Élysées (8th arr.) / 16 Rue Royale (8th arr.) /13 Rue Lin­coln (8th arr.) / 62 Bd Hauss­mann (9th arr.) / Gare de Lyon (12th arr.) / 15 Rue Linois (15th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Con­corde

NUMBER: +33 1 42 60 21 79

INSTAGRAM: @maisonladuree

Jean Paul Hevin

Not a lot of peo­ple treats choco­late as seri­ous­ly as JP Hevin. Every 3 months he picks one of his favourite and makes 3 new cre­ations out if it, one of them being a sweet sweet mac­aron. I won’t (and not plan­ning to) be objec­tive if I say that these are the most beau­ti­ful ones you can find in the whole city (or in Japan or Tai­wan for that mat­ter). With dou­ble coloured shells and names that can stand as sen­tences on it’s own, their taste is just like a small fire­work show but with taste buds. Check out all the cool mix­es or go for the sig­na­ture Grand Cru dark choco­late — worth every pen­ny you def­i­nite­ly *will* spend on these lit­tle deli­cious bastards.

ADDRESS: 108 Rue Saint-Hon­oré (1st arr.) / 231 Rue Saint-Hon­oré (1st arr.) / 41 Rue de Bre­tagne (3rd arr.) / 3 Rue Vavin / 23bis Avenue de la Motte Pic­quet (7th arr.) / 93 Rue du Bac (7th ar..) / 35 Boule­vard Hauss­mann (9th arr.) / 101 Rue de Cour­celles (17th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Lou­vre / Riv­o­li / Tuileries

NUMBER: +33 145 51 45 99

INSTAGRAM: @jeanpaul_hevin

La Maison du Chocolat

Call­ing your­self a choco­late lover, are we? Well, we’ve got some­thing for you, Sweet­ie. La Mai­son du Choco­lat (lit­er­al­ly: The House of Choco­late) lives up to his name and offers this sent-by-god-to-help-with-pms-and-breakups deli­cious­ness in var­i­ous shapes and sizes. Their mac­arons are no dif­fer­ent, with flavours like: plain choco­late, rasp­ber­ry choco­late, vanil­la choco­late, cof­fee choco­late, caramel choco­late… You get it. 

ADDRESS: 99 rue De Riv­o­li (1st arr.) / 14 Rue De Bre­tagne (3rd arr.) / 19 Rue De Sèvres (6th arr.) / 225 Rue Du Faubourg St Hon­oré (8th arr.) / 52 Rue François 1Er (8th arr.) / 133 Avenue Des Champs Elysées (8th arr.) / 8 Boule­vard De La Madeleine (9th arr.) / 35 boule­vard Hauss­mann (9th arr.) / 120 Avenue Vic­tor Hugo (16th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Lou­vre / Riv­o­li / Tuileries

NUMBER:+33 1 42 27 39 44

INSTAGRAM: @lamaisonduchocolat_paris

Papy Bio

The Spe­cial Mac­aron Award (we just made that award up, but it’s valu­able nonethe­less) goes to…Papy Bio.

I pass by Papy’s (that means Grand­pa en Français) lit­tle work­shop on my dai­ly com­mute as he and I have been neigh­bors for almost 5 years. You can rec­og­nize Papy as he’s chillax­ing with his soap operas in between batch­es and looks like a sailor with his beau­coup tats — but instead of Mom and naked ladies he’s got a tow­er of mac­arons on his neck. The Orig­i­nal Gangs­ta of the bak­ing scene, Papy can teach you to make your own mac­arons, or you can just buy them by the box­ful — he sells what­ev­er is left­over from his cater­ing oper­a­tion so fla­vors vary. Vanil­la is blue for some rea­son but the taste is legit.

You’ll find him not only giv­ing work­shops in his ‘sui gener­is’ lit­tle ‘ate­lier’ but also bask­ing in the glow of count­less French celebri­ties who have signed auto­graphs for him, thank­ing him for his famous pièces mon­tées — mac­aron tow­ers made for spe­cial occa­sions. For being a mod­est lit­tle spot off of Place Sainte-Marthe (Paris’ most insoumise lit­tle square) his mac­arons can go crust to crust with the big guys from the fan­cy parts of town. It’s like the com­mu­nist par­ty entered a souped-up Lada in the For­mu­la 1, dri­ven by the coolest Boomer in the hood, and placed in the top 5…

ADDRESS: 20 Rue Jean et Marie Moinon (10th arr.)

MÉTRO: Belleville (lines 2, 11) or Colonel Fabi­en (line 2)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Sainte-Marte / Combat

NUMBER: +33 06 45 74 17 13

INSTAGRAM: @ateliermacarons / papybio.fr

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