I didn’t make it a secret that our trip to Paris would be something of a macaron tasting weekend. I think in total we had macaroons from over 10 different patisseries or specialist shops and though while most were delicious, there was definitely one clear winner.
With three locations in Paris, Arnaud Delmontel simply blew us away with their magnificent macarons. Though the selection might not be as experimental as some shops in the French city, each macaron had the look of perfection, and fabulous, colourful gift boxes to take them home. Any where I go, salted caramel and rose are generally my favourites and the two at Arnaud Delmontel were flawless. The part-buttercream, part-caramel centre of the salted macaron was fantastic, and with a slightly chewy core to the sweet meringues, it’s probably the best macaron I’ve ever had. The rose was equally good, with a subtle yet lasting flavour, and from chocolate to passion fruit and more, the whole selection is delicious.
Arnaud Delmontel have shops at 39 rue des Martyrs, 75009, 57 rue Damrémont, 75018 and 25 rue de Levis, 75017, Paris.
Where the other of Paris’ big names, Ladurée, falls flat, Pierre Hermé does stand up to its reputation, and with seven boutiques across Paris, you don’t have to walk far to find your next stop. With limited edition flavours to keep you coming back when you think you’ve tried it all (you won’t be surprised a salted caramel and rose concoction thrilled me no end), Pierre Hermé can go a little more experimental but still fall back on a very solid signature range, and the taste and quality is, almost, second to none.
For location please visit the Pierre Hermé website: http://www.pierreherme.com/