Laduree in Paris, France

My last full day in Paris, the weather proved to be fickle. One minute, I was improving upon my tan. The next moment, I was purchasing an umbrella at a tacky souvenir shop for 5. C'est la vie! 

I mentioned in an earlier post that it took a real push to research things I hadn't done yet in Paris and then yet another push to get me moving in the right direction. What better motivator than a luxurious dessert I'm definitely too poor to afford on the regular, at an establishment I'm clearly not fancy enough to be a patron of, right? 

As soon as you walk through the doors of Laduree on the Champs de Elysee in the heart of Paris, you feel enveloped in decadence. There are walls of silk ribbon used to tie up boxes of purchased macaroons and madelines. The interior of the dessert boutique is filled with Italian marble tiles and countertops. There is also a very long line of hungry people desperate to see if the world famous sweets live up to their hype. 

They do. 

At €30 a box, I felt incredibly out of my element. I was clearly the poorest girl in the shop, though the servers treated me as if they didn't notice. I opted to purchase 3 single macaroons instead of splurging on a full box {I knew I wouldn't eat a box anyway}. 

I picked a lavender, a pistachio, and a chocolate macaroon. Then shut my wallet and ran out the front door after snapping a selfie to document me being a brave broke girl in the face of absolute wealth and luxury. 

Genuinely, they were the most delicious sweets I have found in Europe. I don't crave sweets, but I'm still dreaming about these babies. The lavender and pistachio were fantastic. I found the chocolate too rich for my tastebuds, but for anyone who loves heavy fudge would absolutely devour a box of them. 


Street address: France, 75 Av. Des Champs-Elysees, 75008 Paris, France

Hours of operation: Monday thru Sunday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.