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Ladurée: Succulent macarons and beautiful tea salons in Paris.

Created in the late 19th century, Ladurée—inventor of macarons—is one of the oldest Parisian tea houses. Today it counts several tearooms/pastry shops/restaurants in Paris and abroad. Ladurée is to Paris what sourdough bread is to San Francisco, catfish to New Orleans, BBQ to Texas and fried green tomatoes to the southern United States… It is part of the Paris’ culinary identity. As if Ladurée needed any publicity, Sofia Coppola’s visually stunning movie, Marie-Antoinette, made the Parisian tea house famous all over the world. Now the lines are even longer and sometimes stretch all the way around the street corner as if we were in cold war-era Russia. If you plan on eating at Ladurée on the Champs-Elysées I highly recommend reserving your table online [1]. You can choose your day and time, and avoid the ridiculous wait in line. The online reservations will soon be extended to the other tea salons. Ladurée serves breakfast (morning pastries, bread, eggs any style, French toast, fresh fruit salads, juices…), brunch (it is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 3.30pm and will cost you 35€) and lunch as well as dinner (main dish at 29€, menus at 34€ and 42€, club sandwiches from 15,50€ to 23€). Pastries and teas will coast you around 7€ each.
If you are visiting Paris in winter and wish to warm up in a cozy and elegant atmosphere, Ladurée is the place to be: it is sort of overheated and makes you kinda melt. And then you melt some more when you see the list of pastries.

Ladurée [2]
6th arrondissement
Ladurée Bonaparte
21 Rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris
Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
open 7/7
M-F: 8.30am-7.30pm
Sat: 8.30am-8.30pm
Sun: 10am-7.30pm
*Chocolate counter, open 7/7
M-Sun: 10am-7pm

8th arrondissement
Ladurée Royale
16 Rue Royale
75008 Paris
Metro: Madeleine, Concorde
open 7/7
M-Th: 8.30am-7.30pm
F, Sat: 8.30am-8pm
Sun: 10am-7pm

Ladurée Champs-Elysées
75 Avenue des Champs Elysées
75008 Paris
Metro: George V
open 7/7
M-F: 7.30am-11pm
Sat: 7.30am-12am
Sun: 7.30am-10pm
*Restaurant, open 7/7
M-Sun: 7.30am-12.30am

9th arrondissement
Ladurée Printemps Department Store
62 Boulevard Haussmann
75009 Paris
Metro: Havre-Caumartin
M-Sat: 9.35am-7pm (until 10pm on Thursday)
Closed on Sunday