Ladurée

Needing to pick up a small gift for a friend, I headed to Ladurée on the Upper East Side. I mean, who wouldn't want to receive a pretty little box filled with yummy macarons?!

The store itself is an eye-candy of sorts.  I love the girlie, pastel-colored decor, which gives the space a calming effect. It also helps that there's no longer a queue to get into the shop. Ladurée opened a second location in SoHo earlier this year. The SoHo location has an eat-in tea salon. I can't wait to go there for afternoon tea.

 Beautiful Display Window

Beautiful Display Window

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Aside from macarons, the shop also sells a variety of french patisseries.  However, I did not see anyone partake in these patisseries during my visit.  Sometimes I wonder if they are for decorative purposes more than anything else. 

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In case you are wondering, Ladurée macarons are not made stateside.  They are actually flown in from Paris!  With so many flavors to choose from, I always have a hard time deciding which flavors to get.  I was told that the most popular flavors are pistachio, salted caramel, rose, and vanilla. My favorite flavor is the salted caramel, but I always like to try some of their seasonal flavors too. 

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Although Ladurée macarons aren't my absolute favorite, it is as good as it gets without having to get on a plane!  Here's hoping that Pierre Hermé will open a store in NYC soon.  

Ladurée
864 Madiston Avenue (Between 70th & 71st Street)
https://www.laduree.com/en_int/