“Lovely afternoons are made of cafe au lait and french macarons…” ♡
Decadence, in its highest form, is what any girl who longs to be a princess can appreciate…
Whilst most of us cannot even contemplate the notion of transforming into royalty like Grace Kelly, we can indulge in dainty delicacies which make us feel pampered and regal.
My favourite place to pursue this whimsical fantasy is Maison Ladurée.
With pretty pastel pink and green interiors, candy-coloured boxes filled with delectable macarons and tied with bows, stunning chandeliers and charming cakes lining each cabinet, it’s difficult to not fall in love with Ladurée.
The history of this charming tearoom is an extraordinary one. In 1862, Louis Ernest Ladurée created a bakery in Paris at 16 rue Royale. After a fire in 1871, an opportunity emerged to re-design the bakery and pursue the art of patisserie. Jules Cheret was responsible for redecorating and took inspiration from the Sistine Chapel and Garnier Opera House for his designs. The infamous Ladurée macaron was born in the mid-nineteenth century when Pierre Desfontaines conjured the idea of taking two macaron shells and joining them together in a delicious ganache filling.
Whilst I am yet to venture to the tearoom in Paris, I have visited the Ladurée parlours in Rome and London. In today’s post I am going to share my recent visit to the Ladurée in Covent Garden and Harrods.
Ladurée Covent Garden ♡
“Take time to indulge in all things sweet; feel like a fairy princess and dress up in a ballerina ballgown, sample rose macarons and sip floral teas…” ♡
The petite Ladurée nestled in the heart of Covent Garden is a true delight. I have visited twice before to purchase a selection of macarons in their Green Napoleon box. Stepping into the tearoom is akin to immersing yourself in a Parisian daydream.
From the pastel pink china tea cups and plates and crystal chandeliers, to the rows of satin ribbons, everything is utterly perfect.
In the main parlour downstairs there were so many irresistible treats that I couldn’t help capturing. Sweet treats were encased in glass cabinets and they gleamed like hidden jewels…
We were seated inside the ‘Traveller’s Tea Room’ section of the restaurant which houses magnificent paintings and sculptures ~ the grandeur of the setting definitely made me feel like Marie Antoinette. How dreamy are the pretty pink menus?
Each table was made from a grey marble which was laid with a green, Ladurée embossed placemat. I decided to order rose and vanilla macarons which are my two favourites.
The rose smells and tastes as sweet as a flower garden and the vanilla is luxuriously creamy and indulgent.
To accompany the macarons, I opted for my favourite tea, the Marie Antoinette. Ladurée describes it as a “blend of Chinese black tea, rose petals, citrus fruits and honey. Reminiscent of a sun-drenched stroll through Marie-Antoinette’s estate at Versailles.”
My mother chose the elegant Rose Religieuse which looked as though it had emerged from Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006.)
The Rose Religieuse is a dainty choux pastry filled with fluffy rose custard cream and fresh raspberries. It is then coated in a pink rose icing and finished with a delicate swirl of fresh cream.
Pretty Purchases ♡
I decided to purchase the Marie Antoinette tea bag set as I already own the loose-leaf tea but I thought it would be nice to own it in both forms.
Ladurée Harrods ♡
After a whimsical morning at the ‘Dior: Designer of Dreams’ exhibition (which I discuss here) and an afternoon of luxury shopping in Dior, my mother and I decided to visit the Ladurée in Harrods for the first time.
The surroundings and atmosphere of this Ladurée felt even more grand and wonderful as the first.
Glass cabinets were adorned with a vast array of treats like the raspberry Saint Honoré made from angelic puff pastry and raspberry fruit tarts floating in rose syrup.
As macarons are my favourite sweet treat, I decided to get another set of vanilla and rose with my beloved Marie Antoinette tea.
I absorbed the moment whilst reading extracts from the Dior: Little Dictionary of Fashion and I felt like I had transformed into a Parisian princess.
After soaking up our surroundings and treats, I knew I couldn’t leave with a box of macarons!
I chose the Cannage pink box which fits eight elegant macarons; the flavours i selected were…. rose, vanilla, rose cardamom and strawberry candy floss! The splendour of this tearoom was significant in comparison to the quaintness of covent garden. However, both are equally beautiful, it just depends on the experience you are hoping for…
I’m wishing you all a week filled with pink champagne truffles and strawberry fondant fancies 🌸🍥🌸
Lots of love,