know of any place with good french macaroons in LA?
I've had some from Boule, which are pretty good (still nothing compares to Pierre Herme or Laduree in Paris - I am making a pit stop in London next week just to run into Laduree at Harrod's!) There is also Jin Patisserie in Venice - I haven't tried the one's there yet, but they looked pretty.
Jin's macarons are half the size of the ones Boule and Paulette sell, and the flavors, with the exception of the black sesame, aren't as sharp or creative as either store's. At $1.25 each, they just aren't worth the trip or the money. Of course, with all the reports of inconsistency and just plain bad products at Boule these days, Paulette might be the safest bet, even though Boule had been putting out the best macarons before. The macarons at Paulette are $1.50 each, while I believe a dozen at Boule set me back about $24 last time.
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
9466 Charleville Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
420 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Nooooooo! Diet starts Wednesday? I was already planning on a Vito’s slice after Dr. appt. at Cedars tomorrow. Recently had my first taste of macarons brought back from Paris from a family friend…know of Boules and other’s on Westside. Thank god not in close driving distance, could become an addiction. Do I dare do both? Are Boules ( and others) comparable to what you find in France?
Edit- Hungryhyena beat me to the punch, thanks for info, I think i had Pierre Herme..
I would recommend Jin's although I'd ask when the macarons were made - I've had a stale-ish experience over there. I agree on Boule's as well. I thought Hot Cake's version was decent. My brain is freezing but there's also another bakery on Pico borderlining the Westside that offer pretty good macarons as well.
I think LMDP are the best macarons in LA (tried all the other places) because they are far less sweet as Boule and Paulette and don't taste as artificial as Paulette o (I'd get Boule over Paulette, BTW, and Jin over Boule, and forget la Provence). They were also always consistently fresh at LMDP with a perfect ratio of cookie-to-filling.
BUT call LMDP before heading there because they don't offer macarons on a daily basis. I had the chocolate, pistachio, blackberry and lemon at LMDP and they were all great.
I am a total Macaroon fanatic and have tried them all.
Went to Paulette today. Game over. Best macaroon in LA EVER. You have to go to Pari to find their equal. Less sweet and lighter than Boule. Perfectly fresh, not overly chilled like some. Great variety.
9466 Charleville Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Paulette's pretty good. The flavors tasted true. The only nit I have is that it doesn't have enough crunch. Seems a lot softer than the ones I had in Paris and the Luxemburgerli in Switzerland.
We tried chocolate, lemon and coffee (more like a strong espresso). Still have to go through the tropical, praline at home. Hoping that maybe the crunch will increase as it ages.
The last time I was at Boule, they had these really CRUNCHY macarons, which is completely different than the macarons at Jin, and in France, La Duree and Pierre Herme. I don't know why some places have the super crunchy ones versus the soft, subtly crunchy and chewy (the french expression is moelleux I believe). I'll have to check out Paulette in the near future!!
Torrance/Lomita is probably out of your way, but Patisserie Chantilly's macarons (esp chocolate) is one of the closest I've come to Pierre Herme's chocolate macaron.
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I just brought back a box last month from Tokyo's PH boutique, but they were all gone by the next day :) I'll have to check out Paulette this weekend. Thanks for the info!
Just sampled Chantilly's chocolate, macha green tea, and lavender macaroons. I liked their texture better than Paulette's - closer to the ones in Paris (and Bouchon). The chocolate flavor is comparable to Paulette's though. Just reminds me of a chewy brownie.
Well, we tried to make a trip of it by going to La Espanola and Penzey's nearby. Also tried out Gaja's next door.
Just did a survey around town (am planning to have macarons at my wedding and wanted to find the best in town). Here are my thoughts:
1. Jin Patisserie
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 (310) 399-8801
Great. Unique, flavorful, pretty and the texture was absolutely perfect.
2. Paulette Macaron
9466 Charleville Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (310) 275-0023
These were great too, a close second. They are more flavorful and larger than Jin's, but texture is slightly more rubbery.
3. Boule Pastry Shop
420 N La Cienega Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90048 (310) 289-9977 (9-7)
Unique flavors but way too sweet and overpriced.
4. Hotcakes Bakes
4119 S Centinela Ave Los Angeles, CA 90066 (310) 397-2324
Not too bad. Nothing special but good if you've got a craving.
5. La Maison Du Pain
5373 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90019 (323) 934-5858
Eh, a little rubbery. Nothing special.
6. La Provence Patisserie
Ste 110 8950 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (310) 888-8833
How can a macaron be both dry and rubbery? I do not know, but somehow they've done it.
Haven't made it to Chantilly or L'Artiste yet...
I've seen French caterers use macarons from a bakery in San Diego called Opera and they have great things to say about them. Alain Giraud handed some out at some event he was catering last year, but I didn't get my hands on one (note to self: stop talking and focus on the eating). Any word on those?