Friday, January 18, 2013

Paris diaries: Ladurée

My love for macarons knows no boundaries, and it comes as no surprise that a visit to the enchanting world of Ladurée was on top of my list of things to do in Paris. I've been stalking their website for weeks prior to my trip, learning more about about their business and daydreaming about all the loveliness they offer: macarons, of course, but also inspiring cookbooks, deliciously scented candles and bliss-inducing tea. And of course, I put together a mile long wish list.

I had an immense pleasure of visiting two Ladurée boutiques, both almost too beautiful for words. The one near Madeleine (pictured above) was brimming with gorgeous sweet creations, but it was the one at Rue Bonaparte that stole my heart. The place is truly magical: with high ceilings and walls decorated with tapisseries, little round tables and antique chairs, pastel colored china and brass teapots, and decadent macarons and pastries wherever you look: this is the closest I've come to culinary heaven (you can see the snapshot of our feast here). It's a place that makes your head spin and your heart beat a little faster.

Besides savoring the most decadent and delicious pâtisserie I could dream of (Ispahan is THE thing to try when in Ladurée), I also indulged in shopping for one too many delicate and adorable goodies that have been making me smile ever since I got back home from my favorite place on earth. Don't you agree that the signature shades of green and pink look fantastic together, creating the perfect Marie Antoinettesque palette? I thought so!

Did you say eye candy?

The loveliest signature soft green packaging.

Macarons (you will have to excuse the lack of color: I devoured raspberry, rose and violet ones before I remembered to snap the pictures. You can't really blame me...)

I'm already looking forward to trying Ladurée's signature sweet (Sucré) and savory (Salé) recipes at home.

Macarons, candle and magazines.

Paris candle and delicate Marie Antoinette tea (a blend of delicious Chinese black tea, rose petals and citrus notes).

Secrets de beauté (beauty secrets): very inspiring and shopping envies-inducing magazine.

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  1. Laduree my love!! I'm absolutely obsessed with their macaroons and scented candles!!
    I can not wait to visit Laduree in Paris, so far I've been only to one in Stockholm.

  2. :) I never had a real macaron in my life because they don't really make them here in Austria, but I'm planning on going to Ladurée the second I set foot into Paris :D

    xoxo Cent4urThoughts

  3. I really need to go into one of these, I missed all of this when I went to Paris...rubbish guide...but next time, I am hitting the streets and seeing all of this :))) Gorgeous pictures doll xx Have a wonderful weekend xx

    The Dainty Dolls House

  4. You are still in heaven :-)) I have to visit Laduree in Geneva and buy those amazing candles!

  5. I can only imagine how divine! The closest Laduree to me is in NYC and I don't live anywhere near there. I need to learn how to make them lol! What a great post and you were so right--it deserved its own! Have a great weekend!

  6. Hi Ivana, it must have been a dream going to the store, everything looks so decadent and beautiful, like a page out of Hansel & Gretel! I didn't know you could get savory ones too. What is your favourite flavor?

  7. Oh those pastels colors are just amazing!!! Hope you have a great weekend Ivana!!! MUAH! xoxo

  8. Ladurée was one of my favorite shops to visit the last time I was in Paris and your photos are bringing back all sorts of delicious memories. The shop on Rue Bonaparte is indeed a delightful haven of magical wonders. So hard to leave no? It's awesome you were able to prolong your enjoyment with all the goodies you bought. We are lucky to have a shop in NYC but it doesn't come close to the ones in Europe. I'm just glad I don't live anywhere near it cause I'd be there all the time :)

    Have a beautiful weekend Ivana!

    Rowena @ rolala loves
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  9. Oh, it's all so beautiful! I love every bit of it. :)

  10. Ivana, this post was so delicious, I almost feel as if I've been sitting here munching on macarons while reading it! Soooooooo can't wait to go to Laduree in Paris myself one day. Love everything about their beautiful pastel image! Thanks for sharing your discoveries there with us sweet (and thanks for stopping by for the first Friday post!) Kisses ~S

    SANDY M Illustration

  11. Hi IVana! IT could be my paradise as well!! It will be for sure a thing that will do next time will visit Paris! I also love to visit often the website and just dream about all that yummy goodies^^ Well done dear! Kisses! xo

  12. I love Ladurée and we're lucky to have three here in London - though I have to be careful not to go there too often ;-) Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog, have a wonderful weekend xo

  13. i love maracons!

    i just posted a new outfit of the day. I would really love it if you check it out and tell me what you think!

    i would also appreciate it if you follow my blog too!

  14. OMG I love so much macarons!!
    Your blog is amazing. Wanna follow each other?

  15. Wow. BEYOND exquisite! Happy Saturday Gorgeous!!

  16. Can anything be lovelier.....I love anything that is soft, sweet & lovely ....LADUREE nails it each time!!!


  17. laduree is my absolute favorite! i'll be going to paris again this summer and i can't wait to visit again!


  18. Laduree is my favourite for macarons. Amazing purchases.


  19. One of my favorite places in the entire world :) The packaging is just beyond perfect. One of these days I'm going to have to purchase some of their gifty items instead of just the macarons...

  20. I need to go to Ladurée and try them before I die. My husband always asks me what am I going to do if end up not liking them, but I don't care if I don't, I just need to eat them and feel their cuteness going down my throat, hahahaha!

    Kisses, Ivana! <3

    Girls that glitter love the dark


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