Fodor's Expert Review Ladurée
Founded in 1862, Ladurée oozes period atmosphere—even at the big Champs-Élysées branch (No. 75)—but nothing beats the original tearoom on Rue Royale, with its pint-size tables and frescoed ceiling. Ladurée claims a familial link to the invention of the macaron and appropriately, there's a fabulous selection of these lighter-than-air cookies. Classic flavors include pistachio, salted caramel, and coffee; others, like violet–black currant, chestnut, and lime basil, are available seasonally. When you've worked your way through the macaron menu, try a cup of the famously rich hot chocolate with a flaky mille-feuille. Unfortunately, service has lagged at all three of the tearooms in recent years (including the charming upstairs room at 21 rue Bonaparte), and the crowded room feels ever more like an ersatz tourist destination than the historic tearoom that it is. Still, Ladurée’s stylish boxes filled with sweet treats make memorable gifts.