We travelled to Paris last month to take in the joys of the city in early Spring.
We had focussed mainly on the La Rive Gauche, passing Jardin du Luxembourg and La Sorbonne.We had planned on sitting down for a drink in Saint Germain des Près. Two places had been recommended; Les Deux Magots or Cafe de Flore but I believe that this is more about appreciating their appeal to their literary clientele of days gone by than actually having a nice refreshment. I suppose it's a good location for participating in the national activity of people watching or if you like going places "to be seen", but I am afraid that just does not do it for me.I wanted something better and was set on walking a few metres further to seek out the Salon de thé, Ladurée.
Opened in 1947, this tea salon is a thing of beauty.The gold embossed signage and shop frontage denotes superior quality and its period of origin is enhanced further by the very classic French lantern hanging outside.
Inside, the shop is buzzing with activity as ladies queue up to purchase a Ladurée gift box containing innovative macaroon flavours or to indulge in one of the many gateaux masterpieces on display. Firmly agreed that we are here longer than just a few passing moments, we head upstairs to the parlour on the first floor.
|Inside the Salon de Thé|
There is no question over what I am here to order; Macaroons, the challenge will be; which flavour?
The choice is endless; "Macaroons of the Season":
Madagascar Chocolate Ganache, Granny Smith Apple, Chestnut, or, those from "La Collection"; Liquorice, Orange Blossom, Salty Caramel.
Compared to some of the flavours on offer, I opt for the more traditional, Hazelnut and Almond macaroon.Instead of having one mega macaroon, (they have sold out), we are offered 4 mini ones! The selection of tea is also an extensive list and I am spoilt for choice. I take time to consider the various options; Orange Blossom and Magnolia or Cardamom,Cinnamon,Pepper and Ginger. I play safe and choose Cocoa, Caramel and Vanilla!
|Hazelnut Praline Macaroons:|
Check out those babies!
|Cocoa, Caramel and Vanilla Tea|
Catching up on his need for caffeine, my hubby ordered a double espresso. He wasn't to be disappointed. Packing a punch, rich in flavour and generous in measure, this coffee was one to remember!
All in all, it cost us around 19€ which I thought was quite reasonable considering the quality produce, the pleasant surroundings and the alternative options aforementioned.
Call me an old romantic fool, but as night fell, we headed towards Le Pont Des Arts, a bridge famed for couples declaring their undying love for one another by attaching their padlocks to the metal railings. Ah Paris! Je t'aime! Anyway, I digress......
|Le Pont Des Arts|
For further information click the links below:
Covent Garden Stand alone tearoom
Paris, Left Bank (I strongly recommend):
Ladurée, Rue Bonaparte, Paris