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.
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