Vive la France: Laduree

I was lucky enough to study in Paris for a semester while attending NYU, and quickly became besotted by the French pastry institution Laduree. Founded on the Rue Royale in 1862, the pastry shop and tea room quickly became a hit with the creme de la creme of Parisian society. They are know best for their ethereal macaroons, little tea cakes that come in every flavor imaginable. Their aesthetic is purely Parisian, with decoration equally as decadent as their pastries.

Their macaroons are seriously one of the most delicious things I've ever had. The texture is indescribable, and the variety of flavors is mind blowing. My personal favorites are pistachio and rose. (yes, you heard it right, rose!)

One of their iconic boxes; it's a more modern version of their traditional mint green and gold, but oh so chic, and a shame to throw away after the pastries are gone!

Here's the original location on the Left Bank. I used to spend quite a lot of time and money here... how quintessentially French is that scene?

Here's a photo of the beautiful new Tokyo outpost; it would be so surreal dining in such an uber-french setting in the far east, don't you think?

Who knew that a truck could ever be so lovely?

They recently opened a bar at their Champs d'Elysee location with pastry-inspired cocktails. I love how they've fused the super modern with the decadent Baroque. It keeps it from feeling stuffy.

Laduree supplied all of the pastries and candy for one of my favorite films, Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Looks like heaven to me!

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