Friday, December 30, 2011

Tea, Chocolate and Macarons at Laduree Champs-Elysees, Paris

Laduree the patisserie branch of LVMH is doing very well these days. It’s most popular branch on Champs-Elysees is a tourist attraction itself. Each day the patisserie shop has a lengthy line that extends outside to the street, and to get a table at the café restaurant is another dragging challenge to endure.

Very cute pastel coloured menu booklets. On a side note, I am sure the Dutchman would not want to be caught dead hand ordering coffee or tea here, haha. He always say, 'I am not gay, go pick one of your girlfriends.'

Tourists, tourists, tourists. A French colleague once told me, Laduree is just a name, that's all.

Blondine ordered hot chocolate drink and mine is a pot of tea goodness. These are delicious macarons, especially the pistachios!

Another picture of us because the friendly neighbour saw me struggling to make a shot for us two =)

The macarons at Laduree are of course no better than the everyday normal macaron’s sold on the streets of Paris. People flock here like seagulls, mostly tourists, because of the brand. Everyone wants to savour the Laduree macaron (or cakes) and sit in the café. Including us haha.

Luckily we didn’t have to wait long to be seated and we were given a table at the outdoor terrace. Pink is my least favourite colour but the pairing between pastel pink and mint green with a touch of gold for Laduree is quite elegant and catchy.

As for the macaroons, the pistachio macaroon is probably the yummiest of them all.

After tea, Blondine and I lined up at the patisserie retail shop. The line was still long but at least it did not stretched outside the door. I did not buy anything, two macarons are enough for me to last a while, but Blondine did.

Next time I will come here at Laduree Champs-Elysees, I will have tea inside so I can enjoy the lavish and royal interior design.

Long line at the patisserie.

Arc de Triomphe on Champs-Elysees.

Inside Laduree patisserie. One of the ladies behind the counter asked me not to take pictures. I mean why? I am sure Laduree is not insecure enough that their pastry designs will be copied? I mean if they are Laduree, they are Laduree.

Arc de Triomphe and traffic at night.

Travel Period: October 2011
Destination: Paris, France

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