by Mar Yvette - 482 Reviews - 150 List
If you're craving a little taste of France, we've got just the thing for you--macaroons, France's most delicious contribution to the world. (Along with fries and kissing, of course.) From Paulette in Beverly Hills to Bottega Louie downtown, we've uncovered the top spots for French macaroons in LA. (Or, macarons, as the French spell it.)
Updated: July 15, 2010
More than just a sweet shop, this Zen-like tea garden on Abbott Kinney is where owner Kristy Choo creates Asian-inspired twists on pastry classics. Her famous bite-sized (read: minuscule) macaroons come in 10 core flavors like chocolate, caramel, pistachio and rose, but there are also unusual rotating flavors like Japanese plum, yuzu and violet-raspberry.
This tiny cottage-like space owned by Farshid Hakim (a pastry chef who honed his skills at the Hotel de Paris) offers lots of macaroons every day in flavors like caramel sea salt, lavender, lemon and rose ($1.90 each) as well as seasonal twists such as pumpkin spice in autumn and egg nog in winter.
Hidden away from the flash of Rodeo Drive is where you'll discover this bright little boutique that's all macaroons, all the time. (Really. It's all they make here.) Owned by Parisian transplant Paulette Koumetz, the shop displays row upon row of the $1.60 treats, made by hand daily, in just about every color of the rainbow. Try the pink wedding almond flavor--you'll live happily ever after.
Get thee over to this pretty little South Bay spot where pastry chef Keiko Nojimahe whips up gorgeous Japanese-inspired pastries and macaroons ($1.25 each) in ten rotating flavors like lavender Earl Grey, mocha, sesame, green tea and passion fruit.
This cheery cafeteria-style spot beckons customers with affordable dishes that range from gourmet salads and soups to heartier American fare. The giant macaroons behind the glass display come in four flavors--pistachio, chocolate, caramel and lemon--and cost $3 each. But they're the biggest macaroons you ever did see.
Downtown LA's beautifully expansive commissary and gourmet market serves up more than just Italian fare. The front-end bakery is where you'll find a temptingly colorful array of macaroons for $1.75 each. Flavors include classics like lemon, chocolate and lavender, but the raspberry is by far the best with its tangy, chewy center and fall-apart crispy shell.
This charming Parisian patio cafe and gourmet market (it's the Little Door's little sister) might grab your attention with its sandwiches, housemade jams, condiments, coffees and wine, but it also turns out tasty macaroons. Grab a few to go like the unusual (when available) dulce de leche or foie gras flavors.
Near-fanatical followers who swear by this hole-in-the-wall bakery can't get enough of the macaroons here. Priced at $1.65 each, the flaky, chewy treats come in six different flavors including caramel, sea salt, hazelnut, pistachio, blackberry and raspberry.