Where Are the World’s Best Macarons?
From Paris to Tokyo, New York and your hometown, tell us about the most memorable, most indulgent macaron you've ever tasted.
Updated, July 31, 2013—It’s the ultimate indulgence: the watercolour tint, delicate texture and refined flavour of the macaron.
Its light-as-air, flaky outer shell and smooth, moist interior elevate a simple base of almond, sugar and egg white to an objet d’art. When set off with a coordinating or contrasting flavour of jam, ganache or buttercream filling—creating a gerbet—the result is a pastry passion that well deserves the international ardour it’s inspired in recent years. The coveted confection’s petite size makes the experience of eating it all the more precious.
The macaron also enjoys intense popularity in Asia. Several French pâtissiers, including Dalloyau and Pierre Hermé (which opened its first boutique in the city in 1998), have multiple, ever-bustling boutiques in Tokyo.
In the Americas, the debate continues over where to find the confection’s best representatives. In New York City, for instance, many prefer the Stateside outposts of Paris’ La Maison du Chocolat, while others contend that smaller local shops like Vendôme Macaron and Bisous Ciao are the true gems.
There’s no doubt that macaron perfection can be found beyond Paris, so tell us: Where are your favourites?