Love at First Bite: My Ladurée Macaron in London

When I was in London with my friends, we were checking out Covent Garden, which is a shopping site/marketplace. I knew there were several locations around London, but I didn’t know there was one at Covent Garden. While we were wandering around, my friend spotted a Ladurée restaurant and my excitement level escalated immediately! Ladurée is known to be the inventors of the French pastry, macaron. They are known to have one of the best selling macarons in the world. Of course, I had to buy them.

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laduree macaron tower

 

macaronsandmischief laduree

 

Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take photos inside the restaurant, so I could only snap a few outside photos. There was quite a few of macaron flavours to select from and each macaron costed £1.80 (approximately $2.88 CAD.) To get a box of 6, it costed  £12.80 – which means that the box costed  £2 extra. Since I was eating one of the best macarons in the world, I decided to get the box with Ladurée on it , and kept it as a souvenir.

laduree macaron box

 

I had an extremely hard time to decide which flavours I wanted. After a long debate, I settled on:

(From Left to Right): Yuzu Ginger, Rose Petal, Salted Caramel, Coffee, Pistachio, Pure Origine Chocolate from Ghana

 

laduree macarons

When I opened the box, I seriously thought they were the most beautiful, colourful edible things I’ve had in my hands for a while. So, did they live up to the hype?

macaronsandmischief eating macarons

Yes. The quality and delicateness of the Laduree macaron is indescribable- it’s love at first bite. Virtually no strength is needed to bite the macaron and have it disintegrate it in the taste buds. Once the macaron broke down with pressure from biting down lightly with my upper jaw, the buttercream in the macaron was a burst of authentic flavour. I swear I needed some sort of background music and when I took my first bite. The pistachio macaron was one of the few macarons I tasted that actually tasted pistachio bits, rather than artificial flavouring.

My favourite macarons from Ladurée  was the Yuzu Ginger and Rose Petal. I don’t know why, but there is something about floral flavoured desserts that tastes sweet and exotic.  For equally delicious macarons in Vancouver, I would recommend Kitchening & Co. and J’Adore Les Macarons.

My friend had a Strawberry Candy Macaron

My friend had a Strawberry Candy Macaron

 I will continue my search for macarons not only in Vancouver, but around the world and document it here. One macaron at a time.

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macaronsandmischief

An engineer, lipstick hoarder, obsessive tea drinker, and dessert lover.

  • http://www.nailsandcupcakes.com/ Isabelle

    I recently tried Laduree Macarons in Antwerp and I personally think they are way too hyped up.. I’ve had better ones :(

    • http://macaronsandmischief.com/ Whitney

      Oh no :( Sorry to hear that! What flavours did you have? Sometimes I find that macarons in Vancouver is full of artifical flavour compared to Laduree so I was super happy with these ones!

  • http://sherbetandsparkles.wordpress.com/ Charlotte

    I can’t believe they wouldn’t let you take photos inside!! And also omg yuzu flavour?! That is my favourite flavour of things!!

    • http://macaronsandmischief.com/ Whitney

      I know! :( I was super bummed out because I would’ve loved to share the photos with everyone and the cute cakes they had! Yuzu is one of my favourite flavour things ever too! Yuzu + dark chocolate stuff is also amazing!

  • macaron lover

    Mmm, they look delic!! Ladurée macarons look and taste sensational. I also recommend The Macaron Master http://www.TheMacaronMaster.com to all the macaron lovers looking to master this cute cookie! :)

  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    My favorite is salted caramel! Rose Petal is good too, but caramel is my biggest obsession!

    • http://macaronsandmischief.com/ Whitney

      I swear, there’s some sort of salted caramel movement now! It’s going crazy!!!

  • annabelle

    Oh my gosh you are so lucky!! I would love to visit Europe one day!!

    • http://macaronsandmischief.com/ Whitney

      You should in the future! It’s an unforgettable experience if you find a country you really like :)

  • CokaRabbit

    OMG!!!! This is my dream bakery!!! I’m soooo jealous!! they must taste amazing!!!

    • http://macaronsandmischief.com/ Whitney

      You MUST MUST go there one day! It was quite amazing! I wanna try their cakes :(

  • http://MyLuciteDreams.com/ MyLuciteDreams

    Omg! Yay for Laduree! I’m glad you got to try. The Rose Petal sounds so interesting! I tried my first Macaron this summer! I thought of you :-) pistachio was a favorite, so very good.

    • http://macaronsandmischief.com/ Whitney

      Aww haha I feel so humble to be thought of when you had a macaron! XD I’m so jealous that New York has lots of great food!!!

  • Naomi Tse

    :O So jealous!

    • http://macaronsandmischief.com/ Whitney

      Wish I was back there again :(

  • http://0023am.blogspot.com/ Louise (0023am)

    Your blog is so cute and delicious, haha! Cute photos, and I definitely agree: Ladurée does live up to the hype, although it’s probably because the hype is created by people like me who always try to find a Ladurée in a city where they’re situated. Haha! Great choices too, I haven’t been fortunate enough to try out the yuzu ginger, but I bet it was delicious!!

    • http://macaronsandmischief.com/ Whitney

      Thank you Louise! I’m on the same boat as you, trying to find the best of the macarons when I’m in a foreign city! The Yuzu ginger was great! I’m a sucker for any zingy types of taste + citrusy stuff, so it was a winner! Hope you can try it sometime :D