Jonathan's Worldly Eats: Confessions of a Foodie - Boulangerie Ladurée
Founded in 1862, Boulangerie Ladurée is the single best bakery and pastry establishments on Earth. They are credited for having inventing the quintessential French cookie, the two-layered macaron. Several locations exist across the globe, even reaching as far as Dubai and Tokyo; but the main shop on Champs-Élysées is by far the most breathtaking. You may dine-in or take the far less expensive option of taking your French delicacies to go. The to go room features a long slab of black marble in which the day's freshest offerings are proudly displayed... do your best not to drool. The macarons are unforgettable, with their creamy centers filled with fresh fruit or exotic chocolate and brittle, pastel colored cookies. But do not limit yourself to merely the macarons, truly every item on their menu will be among the most delicious sweets of your life. Let your eyes take control and do not worry about leftovers... for no matter how much you order, there will not be a single crumb remaining~
Ladurée Champs Elysées
75, avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris
To Go Shop open daily from 7:30 am to 11:00 pm
Cafe open daily from 7:30 am to Midnight, except on Sundays from 8:30 am
Visit Boulangerie Ladurée's website at www.laduree.fr/index_en.htm
*A version of this article appeared on worldlyeats.blogspot.com on May 7, 2009
Not to mention that I'm not sure the term "Boulangerie" is the most appropriate.
I also don't agree that it's the "best" anything, but that's (at least partially) a matter of taste... and also the fact that it's always dangerous to label anything as "the best", even if I'm regularly guilty of doing so.
Oh well, I guess my comment is to take with a grain of salt, as I've always been better at criticizing than producing anything anyway!
Re this resurrected rec from an article dated May 2009, I also agree with Maximilien and Olivier that Ladurée is good, but not the best even of Paris, let alone the world.
I would also not visit the reenactment Ladurée on the Champs and prefer the original one on rue Royale.
I am reminded of the time Patricia Wells "did" HK and decreed some of the few restaurants she tried there "the best" Chinese restaurants in the world. Had the entire HK cratching head.
I was about to ask when Laduree started baking bread. That's what boulangeries specialize in. The Laduree with which I am familiar has always been a Patisserie. Maybe one could stretch to include Confiserie.