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Laduree?

From the website, Laduree looks like a charming place for breakfast or afternoon tea. What do Chowhounders think? And do you prefer the location on Rue Royale or the Champs Elysees?

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  1. I've only been to the one on rue Royale, and I like it for Afternoon Tea. The macarons are wonderful!

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    1. re: ChefJune

      I see there is also one on Rue Bonaparte...I would probably be partial to the quietest and prettiest, if Chowhounders can comment....

      1. re: shopwinedinefine

        I usually go the one on Rue Bonaparte, but that's just a question of convenience.
        The one on Rue Royale is too stuffy IMO, and the Champs branch, well, I hardly ever go there.

    2. the champs is much bigger, has an actual restaurant, whereas the others are more tiny, More "salon de the". If you want to spend time and be quiet, les Champs is better. Plus you can watch a movie before or after and have a gastronomic meal in a starred restaurant. But it is on les Champs Elysees.

      What do you find so charming? In the same style, you might like Carette for a breakfast on the place du Trocadero, for example.

      1. The original on rue Royale is the most authentic and has more of a worn feel. The low ceiling second floor eating area is extremely crowded during lunch hours and somewhat claustaphobic. I don't care for the big one on the Champs, more of a restaurant than a salon de the and not particularly inviting for breakfast. The Bonaparte branch has more of a quiet precious feel. It has a separate entrance for their chocolate shop. But I most purchase to take with me. Their lunch menu is very expensive.

        1. The hot chocolate is some of the best I've ever had - sinfully good. I wasn't so impressed with the pastries, but I didn't care. I just loved sitting in that room (Rue Royale location) and drinking that hot choc and people watching.

          Does anyone know their hours on Saturdays, and if they are open on Sundays?

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          1. re: LulusMom

            You can find the exact hours of each branch on their web page. They are all open on Sundays except for the ones located at the Printemps store.
            http://www.laduree.fr/index_en.htm

            1. re: Dodo

              Thanks so much Dodo, I guess I *should* have figured that out for myself, but I really appreciate your help.

          2. Laduree was the worst food experience I had in Paris this past spring. I went to the original on Rue Royale for brunch, and experienced the most incredibly rude service. Our server was practically throwing the cutlery on the table and gave us looks like she wanted to murder us. My French mother was beside herself with rage and indignation. The pastries and omelettes were VERY average-stick to getting some macaroons at the counter, and AVOID, AVOID, AVOID for lunch/brunch.

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            1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

              Well, getting a perfectly cooked omelette isn't all that easy, as simple as the dish may seem. Not surprised, Ladurée isn't an exception for a bad example and too bad you pay an exorbitant price for it... Soemtimes, the little corner café just about anywhere makes it much better and cheaper.

              Agree with getting just some macaroons. Incidentally, that's what I do.

            2. I agree completely with LulusMom. Go to the Rue Royale location for wonderful hot chocolate and macaroons. That's enough. The Belle Epoque ground floor tea room is one of the prettiest places in Paris and the people watching is fantastic. I would definitely go there rather than the Champs Elysee which is mostly tourists.