Les Marquis de Ladurée

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The weather in Paris since I returned has tested my tolerance for the low grey ceiling overhead. While happy for the snow, it was accompanied by heavy drops of chilling rain that unpleasantly beat against my face each time I tried to marvel at the falling snow flakes. Needing a reason to make the rain something to celebrate, I decided to take my new raincoat from London for its debut outing. With class wrapping up a bit early yesterday, I opted for a walk down the luxurious Rue Saint Honoré.

Aimless as I was, I quickly realized I was walking straight to some of my favorite chocolate and pastry places in Paris. Then I recalled my conversation which lingered over macarons and pastries with the very beautiful Carin from Paris in Four Months. She recently shared her inspiring and chocolate-filled visit to Les Marquis de Ladurée, a new boutique to the Ladurée branch not far from Place Vendôme. Rain forgotten, I decided to take a peak for myself and maybe bring home a sample treat.

If Cinderella got tired of her life in the castle and decided to pursue a more domestic lifestyle, Les Marquis de Ladurée is exactly how I would imagine her chocolate shop. The reflections décor in silver, mauve pink and a greyish blue glisten in the mirror-covered walls, a luminous crystal chandelier overhead. But the rows upon rows of chocolates and chocolate pastries are the real attraction. Each one more decadent than the next, I took my time deciding between the towering Religieuse Cassis-Chocolat, the Saint-Honoré Chocolat or a chocolate éclair complete with chocolate pastry and gold leaf. A bit out of character for me, I decided to go for the éclair. And out of precaution, I added a Rocher to weigh down my bag against the strong winds on my way home.

Les Marquis de Ladurée

Les Marquis de Ladurée

Les Marquis de Ladurée

As happy as I was to investigate the newest addition to the Ladurée empire, I have to admit I still prefer supporting the smaller patisserie where the quality of the pastries made on site is attentively monitored by a single chef. None the less, I thoroughly enjoy the decadent interpretations of classic French pastries, especially when it comes to adding just a little bit more chocolate.

Les Marquis de Ladurée
14 rue de Castiglione
Metro: Line 1, Tuileries

8 comments… add one

  1. Melinda January 16, 2013, 5:29 pm

    Thank you for your lovely photos and posts! I’m heading to Paris tomorrow for a long weekend. I may have to stop here for a treat :)

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    1. Stephanie January 16, 2013, 10:00 pm

      If you have Ladurée and French patisserie already in your plans, it’s definitely worth the stop! Have a great time!

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  2. Murissa @TheWanderfullTraveler January 16, 2013, 8:11 pm

    How delicious but I do agree with you that sometimes, despite reputations and sales, the smaller artisan or chocolatier in this case, can make a better tasting and personalized product where you can taste the difference between it and the commercial.

    Lovely writing as usual!

    Murissa

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    1. Stephanie January 16, 2013, 10:01 pm

      Thank you Murissa! I hope to find you in Paris soon enough to stop by. How is the trip planning going?

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      1. Murissa @TheWanderfullTraveler January 16, 2013, 11:43 pm

        Good thank you.
        I have started a #WTFrance2013 campaign where readers and fellow bloggers can help me do the planning and suggest things I might otherwise miss.
        I am starting the giveaway Feb 1st and I do hope you join in. The prizes are homemade/handmade/artistic goods from artists on Etsy.com

        P.S. if you know anyone who makes special items and might want to sponsor a giveaway send them my way.

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  3. balenciagamos January 16, 2013, 8:42 pm

    How do you say “chocaholic” in French? :)

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    1. Stephanie January 16, 2013, 10:03 pm

      Great question! I think it applies to me! I would probably say “Je suis accro de chocolat” though I imagine my French friends looking at me like I’m just another silly american.

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  4. Susan January 22, 2013, 2:20 pm

    I am drooling…can’t wait to check it out myself!

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