Famed pastry chef Pierre Hermé (nicknamed the Picasso of pastry) created the first Macaron Day in Paris in 2005, and the beloved event has been going strong ever since. In 2010, François Payard brought the celebration to New York City encouraging people to discover macarons around the city. Now that is a premise we can get behind. Dare we even say this is shaping up to be one of our favorite holidays of the year?
Here, our favorite spots around the world to celebrate.
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Chantal Guillon Macarons in San Francisco
All of these macarons are created locally in San Francisco, meaning when you eat one you can be assured of its freshness. Expect flavors like green tea and lavender poppy along with seasonal flavors like raspberry lychee.
437 Hayes Street, San Francisco, chantalguilon.com
Ladurée in Paris
When folks think of the ultimate macaron experience Ladurée likely comes to mind. While the French brand has opened up outposts around the world including in New York City and Geneva, we prefer the Paris original. Be prepared to wait in line and make sure to try the lemon variety (you can thank us for the recommendation later).
75 Avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris, laduree.fr
Bisous Ciao in New York City
Owner Tanya Ngang studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, falling in love with macarons in the process. When Ngang moved to New York City she opened Bisous Ciao offering between eighteen to twenty-five flavors of macarons a day. There are "classic' options like chocolate, a "floral" collection that includes flavors like jasmine and rose, and a "seasonal" collection inspired by what is fresh at the market.
101 Stanton Street, New York City, bisousciao.com
Chez Cima in Tokyo
This old time Tokyo patisserie makes some of the best macarons around including flavors like green tea and cassis. Macaron enthusiasts swear by their caramel flavor.
160-0022 Shinjuku, Tokyo, chezcima.co.jp
Le Gouter Bernardaud in Hong Kong
This bakery is responsible for bringing the macaron craze to Hong Kong. Try one, and it is easy to understand why. The best part is that these picture perfect macarons come wrapped in Easter egg blue boxes, perfect for gift giving.
Shop 2028-29, International Finance Centre, Hong Kong, legouter.com
Macaron Magnifique macarons come in flavors like cheesecake, coffee, and lemon and are as tasty as anything you can find in Paris. The best part? Order these macarons online and they'll arrive at your door in three days.
For more information visit macaronmagnifique.com
Les Macarons Duverger in Los Angeles
Started by Paris to LA transplant Claire Becker, these macarons are organic whenever possible and have the perfect smooth and crisp exterior and firm yet soft bite. Becker, who has an background as an artist, uses her talents to create the most elegantly colored macarons around.
3250 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, duvergermacarons.com
On Cafe in London
These macarons are so beautiful you might be tempted to not eat them. They come decorated by Chef Tip Bettelli with a distinct Asian influence. Pretty enough not to eat though? Definitely not.
43-45 Baker Street, London, oncafe.co.uk
Pierre Hermé in Paris
Macaron enthusiasts regularly argue about whether Pierre Hermé or Ladurée is the gold standard when it comes to macarons. Regardless of your opinion, it is next to impossible to go wrong here (lines to get in demonstrate this). Patrons regularly wax poetic that Pierre Hermé is the Picasso of pastry, a point that is hard to argue with.
185 Rue de Vaugirard, Paris, pierreherme.com
Lette in Los Angeles
Flavors like sweet wedding almond, passion fruit, and early grey, have made this spot a celebrity hit. We for one are in love with the sorbet like colors.
9466 Charleville Boulevard, Los Angeles, lettemacarons.com