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15,000 macarons! That's how many Laduree sells daily at Paris' most famous patisserie and inventor of the macaron.
The history of Laduree and, in fact, of Parisian tea salons began in 1862, when Louis-Ernest Ladurée, a miller from southwest France opened a boulangerie at 16 Rue Royale.
During that year, the first stone of the Palais Garnier Paris opera house was laid, and the area around the Madeleine was quickly developing into an elegant business district.
In the dark months of the Paris Commune of 1871, an intentional fire destroyed his bakery. Ladurée decided to rebuild on the same location, only this time he envisioned a patisserie.
He turned to Jules Cheret, a famous 19th-century painter, to design it. Drawing inspiration from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the Garnier Opera, Cheret created a romantic room with cherubs dressed as pastry chefs and celadon green as the cornerstone of the color palette.
It was Louis-Ernest's wife, Jeanne, who had the idea of combining a Parisian café with a patisserie, giving birth to one of the first tea salons.
The salon de thé was an instant hit, especially with women who up until then were prohibited to gather in Paris cafés!
However, it wasn't until 1930 that Ladurée's grandson, Pierre Desfontaines, made the first Ladurée macaron — a double-decker cookie filled with creamy ganache. Today, Ladurée is a tea salon, patisserie, restaurant, chocolatier and home to the most famous macarons in Paris, and probably the world.
16 Rue Royale Paris, 75008
Metro: Madeleine, Concorde
Saint-Germain des Pres
21 rue Bonaparte, 75006
In Le Printemps Paris
64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009
Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 11:00 pm Saturday, 7:30 am to midnight
Sunday, 7:30 am to 10:00 pm
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