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Macarons and Easter

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First of all, I can’t believe I missed Jour du Macaron.  Since 2005, after premier macaron house, Pierre Hermé, declared March 20th Macaron Day, venues across New York City (and around the world) graciously hand out free macarons to their patrons and raise money for certain charities.  Despite missing this holiday, the post still seems relevant because these treats are the perfect Easter gift.  Don’t their pretty pastel and sparkly flecks remind you of Easter bunnies and peeps (and rainbows and unicorns)?

Today the LATimes posted a recipe for homemade macarons (PASS).  Why would one ever want to spend time trying to perfect those decadent rounds balls of chewy, sugary, pastel fluff when masters like Pierre Hermé and Ladurée (in Paris) and Bouley Bakery and Madeleine Patisserie (in New York City) make them so well?

Click here (or peep after the jump) for macarons spots

p.s. I brought a box of macarons back to NYC from the Pierre Hermé in Paris this past summer and they got smushed.  They tasted great but just be aware – they don’t travel long distances too well.

p.p.s. The Pierre Hermé tea, however, held up quite well.

p.p.p.s. Happy Holiday everyone!

Photos: Courtesy of Serious Eats – Above – Pierre Herme, Below – La Maison du Chocolat

Where To Get Macarons Around the World


Arnaud Delmontel
Arnaud Larher
Gérard Mulot
Grégory Renard
Jean-Paul Hévin
La Maison du Chocolat
Pierre Hermé
Sadaharu Aoki

New York City

Almondine (Brooklyn, DUMBO)
Bouchon Bakery (Columbus Circle)
Adour (Midtown)
Bouley Bakery (Tribeca)
Dessert Club Chikalicious (East Village)
Financier (Financial District)
Georgia’s Bake Shop (Upper West Side)
J’ Chanceux Macaron (Nolita)
Joyce Bakeshop (Brooklyn, Prospect Heights)
Jacques Torres (Soho and Brooklyn, DUMBO; seasonal availability; check with the store before you visit)
Kee’s Chocolate (Soho)
Macaron Cafe (Chelsea)
Madeleine Patisserie (Chelsea)
La Maison du Chocolat (Midtown, Upper East Side)
Payard (Upper East Side)
Silver Moon Bakery (Upper West Side)
Something Sweet (East Village)
Tisserie (Union Square) CLOSED
Trois Crepes Patisserie (Upper East Side)


Paulette (Beverly Hills)
Boule (LA)
Milk (LA, make macaron ice cream sandwiches)
Macarune (North Beach, custom order)
Bay Bread (San Francisco)
Miette (San Francisco)
Jin Parisserie (Venice)
Bouchon (Yountville)


Fortnum & Mason
Ladureé at Harrods
Maison Blanc
Selfridges Food Hall

Rest of the USA

Sweet Pea Bakery (Phoenix, AZ)
Essence Bakery Cafe (Tempe, AZ)
The Market (Denver, CO)
Maison Robert (Atlanta, GA)
Pacific Place Tea Garden (Honolulu, HI)
Bonjour Bakery and Cafe (Chicago, IL)
Bittersweet (Chicago, IL)
Vanille Patisserie (Chicago, IL)
Sucre (New Orleans, LA)
Patisserie Poupon (Baltimore, MD)
Le Nôtre (Las Vegas, NV)
La Tulipe (Mount Kisco, NY)
Mrs. London’s Bakery and Café (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Pix Patisserie (Portland, OR)
Miel Patisserie (Philadelphia, PA)
Gesine (Montpellier, VT. They seem to make the original French style macaron cookies, not the filled sandwich kind.)
The Essential Baking Company (Seattle, WA)
Le Panier (Seattle, WA)
Michel Patisserie (based in the Washington D.C. / Virginia area, but ship nationwide)
L.A. Burdick (Have shops in NH and MA but ship all over the country. They refer to their macarons as Luxembourger/Luxemburgerli, which aren’t exactly the same thing, but are close enough.)
Mad Mac (Ship all over the country)


Bizu (Manila)
Le Goûter Bernardaud (Hong Kong)
Fauchon at Lotte Department Store (Seoul)
Canelé (Singapore)
Gobi (Singapore)
Macaron (Singapore)
Evan’s Kitchen Ramblings (Singapore, custom order)
Mad Baker (Singapore, custom order)
15ème Patisserie (Taipei)
Franciacorta (Taipei)
Liz Gourmet Corner at the Landis Hotel (Taipei)
Ratafia (Taipei)
Saisons Patisserie (Taipei)
Chez Cima (Tokyo)
Dalloyau (Tokyo)
Jean Millet (Tokyo)
Le Chocolat de H (Tokyo)
Madame Toki (Tokyo)
Pierre Hermé (Tokyo)
Sadaharu Aoki (Tokyo)

Rest of the World

Töertchen Töertchen (Berlin)
Ladureé at Galeries Lafayette (Berlin)
Au Bouquet Romain (Brussels)
Pierre Marcolini (Brussels)
Wittamer (Brussels)
Nectar Desserts (Calgary)
Pascal (Oslo)
Cafe Pistachio (Salmabad, Kingdom of Bahrain)
Adriano Zumbo (Sydney)
Lindt Concept Store (Sydney)
Laurent Bakery (Melbourne, Sydney)
Ganache Patisserie (Vancouver)
Thomas Haas (Vancouver)
Fauchon (Locations worldwide)


Written by doorr

April 2, 2010 at 11:48 am

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  1. dont forget about columbus:


    April 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

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