Where to buy macaroons in London
Also known as a macaron and French macaroon, these colourful almond treats are worth hunting down – here are the best places for macaroons in London.
- La Maison du Chocolat
La Maison du Chocolat sell both chocolates and pastries worldwide in boutique chocolate shops, and fortunately for us do an all-chocolate-based range of macaroons. Ganache is at the heart of La Maison du Chocolat and the chocolate cream filling of the macaroon fillings are often enhanced with other flavours commonly used in truffles. The range includes Quito (chocolate macaroon filled with ganache), Guayaquil (vanilla macaroon filled with a vanilla-infused ganache), Romeo (coffee macaroon filled with an Arabica coffee-infused ganache), Salvador (raspberry macaroon filled with fresh raspberry-infused ganache) and Rigoletto (caramel macaroon filled with salted caramel ganache). A macaroon costs £1.90. La Maison has a counter at Harrods and a boutique in Piccadilly.
With Parisian tea salons around the world, Ladurée has four houses in London – the perfect indulgent setting to enjoy a macaroon or two. Permanent flavours include vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, rose, raspberry, coffee, salted caramel, liquorice and orange blossom. They also have seasonal flavours including passion fruit and dark chocolate, raspberry, dark chocolate and lime, and dark chocolate for Easter. Macaroons are £1.85 each and as the packaging is almost as beautiful as the product, they make an ideal gift.
- Pierre Hermé
In February 2010, Pierre Hermé Paris crossed the Channel and opened an exclusive boutique at Selfridges, selling collections of macaroons and chocolates. They have since opened a shop in Belgravia. Chef Pâtissier Pierre Hermé has a lifelong relationship with the macaroon starting in the mid 1970s and has produced a selection of macaroons for the Selfridges boutique including Rose, Pistachio, Chuao (dark chocolate and blackcurrant with blackcurrant berries), Medelice (lemon and hazelnut praline), Coing (quince), Mogador (milk chocolate and passion fruit) and Imagine (matcha green tea and sesame nougatine). Each piece costs £1.95 each.
PAUL, the French family bakery and patisseries, started as a small family bakery near Lille in 1889. They now have bakeries worldwide 2000 opened a shop in Covent Garden, and have gone on to open over 20 in the capital. No French bakery would be complete without macaroons and PAUL’s best-loved treats come in two sizes and six different flavours. Their soft Valencia almond biscuits are sandwiched with smooth butter cream filling; while the mini macaroons come in bags of 12 for £9.95 including chocolate, coffee, vanilla, pistachio, raspberry and lemon flavours. Large macaroons cost £3.30 each, and come in chocolate, pistachio, praline and coffee.
The Michelin-starred Yauatcha in Soho specializes in dim sum but has been making waves selling a selection of Asian-inspired macaroons. Created in 2004 by Alan Yau, the tea-house-restaurant was a new venture following his Japanese fast food Wagamamas and Busaba Eathai Thai restaurant chains. The combination of dim sum, macaroons, cocktails and tea has Yauatcha packed to the rafters day and night. There’s a whole range of macaroon flavours including hazelnut, passion fruit, milk chocolate, yuzu chocolate, blackcurrant, earl grey, coconut, raspberry and lemon. One piece costs £1.50; a box of 6 is £7; and a box of 12 is £14.
- Ganache Macaron
If you’re planning a larger gathering or simply don’t want to leave the house, then Ganache Macaron’s handmade premium macaroons could be just the ticket. The company specialises in supplying macaroons for events – think macaroon towers and lovely displays. However you can also order gift boxes of macaroons from their online store in quantities as small as a 16 count for £27.
- Learn how to make macaroons at… L’atelier des Chefs
We recommend the L’atelier des Chefs two hour ‘Marvellous macaroons’ class that runs on Saturdays from 15:00-17:00 for £72, and one mid-week class a month. Recipes include the classic macaroon with salted butter caramel, vanilla and praline macaroon, chocolate macaroons with honeyed ganache and raspberry and rose macaroons. Keep an eye on the website as classes sell out very quickly!