I think I’ll be posting about Paris for years to come. It’s good fodder when I’ve become so busy I don’t have time to take pictures. Also now that I have those lights, my dinner shots that I haven’t written about look so blah in comparison.
I had about 15 food related things mapped into our itinerary. Ladurèe and Pierre Hermè were the must sees. I’ve been having macarons here in Toronto and I wanted to try the Real Deal.
There’s an ongoing debate on which place has the better macaron, Ladurèe or Pierre Hermè (there’s a couple more that are in the mix, but most often it’s these two names that come up). So I had to try both and see.
First stop was Ladurèe. We were in the Champs Élysèes area (and snagged an awesome memento by purchasing a Peugeot pepper and salt grinder) so it was easy to fit into our schedule.
Again, a line up almost to the door:
I restrained myself and only got the macarons. I wish I had time to try all the other pastries here, they looked fantastic!
I chose 6 flavours: chocolate, salted butter caramel, pistachio, raspberry, cassis, and rose. My order got messed up and I ended up with 2 chocolates instead of cassis. I usually judge how good a food is if R makes a comment about it. He’s not the kind of guy to roll his eyes in the back of his head while he moans about how great a food is. “That’s good.” were all the words that was spoken. That means he was very impressed with these macarons. My favourite was the salted butter caramel. The other macarons, in particular the pistachio and raspberry had a very intense flavour to them. I also didn’t find the macarons as sweet as others.
Pierre Hermè is right by Sacre Cour so it was also an easy destination to get to. It’s a much smaller shop than Ladurèe which is why the line up was out the door this time!
Pierre Hermè is known for his macarons all sorts of interesting flavours that can’t be found elsewhere. Again I limited it to 6 flavours: salted butter caramel, olive oil and vanilla, rose petal, jasmin, cassis, and I can’t remember the other flavour.
The olive oil and vanilla was surprisingly tasty and another favourite was the rose petal one. But really, they were all good. I did find the macarons at Pierre Hermè slightly sweeter than Ladurèe’s. I also liked the salted butter caramel better at Laduree.
So who is the macaron winner here? I think if you’re looking for traditional macarons, Ladurèe is the one to go to and if you’re looking for new and interesting flavours to try (foie gras macaron anyone?) Pierre Hermè is the place to go. Because Ladurèe’s macaron are slightly less sweet, I prefer them over Pierre Hermè’s. But I would never pass up a chance to eat a Pierre Hermè macaron.by