Lately I’ve really been missing creating more informational posts for you guys, so with this post, I start again! Today I will be discussing the less talked about aspect of the famous Parisian sweet shop Ladurée: the chocolate side. Some of you guys might know that I have a nut allergy, so sadly macaroons are off limits for me. That however won’t stop me from enjoying what this world-wide known shop has to offer! Recently while wandering the streets around the Louvre, I stumbled upon Les Marquis de Ladurée. Unlike the other Ladurée shops, which specialize mainly in macaroons and other pastries, this one sells a wide range of chocolates, to be purchased individually or together in a box. After careful deliberation, I forked over 25 Euros for a pretty pink box (pictured above, and let me add though, there is nothing as darling as a pretty box) and 24 chocolates, each flavor selected by moi! And let me tell you, it was worth it in every way. Read on for more details about my purchase, my experience at the shop, and recommendations if you ever decide to take a future visit.
When you walk into this store, you immediately feel like you’ve entered a world of luxury. Not only does the place smell amazing, but the staff greets you warmly, offers you help, but also leaves you alone if you just want to browse. When the time comes, they will help you out in either French or English, and you’re not given any attitude if you can’t speak their mother tongue (a rarity in many Parisian shops). One glass case holds the store’s famous macaroons, another baked goods such as delectable chocolate croissants, and another 3-4 hold an impressive chocolate collection. As seen above, several boxes are pre-put together and ready to buy. Many types of chocolate are available, from the individual “Chocolate Medallions” (what I bought) to wrapped up chocolate bars.
I ended up going for the Camees Epee Gift Box. What drew me in was not only the stunning pink packaging (just look at the photos above), but that fact that I would be able to fill up my box of 24 with the 10+ flavors of Chocolate Medallions. And, 24 chocolates for 25 Euros meant that I was only paying 1 Euro for the box, who could ever pass up on that deal? I’d even consider it cheap by Paris standards. A very patient man helped me as I picked out my 24 pieces. While I have forgotten every individual flavor I tried, I can most certainly tell you my recommendations: Camée Marquis Cinnamon, Camée Marquis Dulcey, Camée Marquise Caramel, Camée Marquise Violet , and every dark chocolate option available. And the ultimate standout, the creme de la creme? Camée Marquis Cinnamon. You have not lived until you have tried this flavor. If you end up going and can only afford one thing, spend a euro on this little drop of heaven. I promise, you won’t regret it.
This is what the Chocolate Medallions look like. Each comes complete with it’s own little details, either a man or a woman’s face stamped on the front. These bite sized pieces are incredibly decadent, 1 (tops 2) will be enough as an end of the workday treat. I bought the box over a week ago, and still have more than half of it left.
For me, this experience is completely worth it not only for the incredible sweet treats, but also for the details. From the treatment you get in store (and let me tell you, I was not looking fresh when I visited. Literally soaking wet, I had gotten caught in a downpour only minutes earlier) to the little extras of your purchase (silver on the box, everything wrapped up with a beautiful bow, and the most beautiful business card I have ever seen) you always feel like you got something extra special. Put this place on your must see (or eat) list when you visit Paris, Les Marquis de Ladurée is not something to miss out on.
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