Ladurée's new Macaron Maîson in Georgetown provides a heavenly backdrop for its cloud-like confections.
For its Georgetown shop, Ladurée switched up its classic palette of pastel greens for something airier.
Dessert in DC just got sweeter and a whole lot chicer. Ladurée—the most famous name in Parisian macarons—has opened not one but two new Washington shops, including a gorgeous powder-blue maîson in Georgetown.
Who can resist a few macarons or an afternoon tea with a tower of finger sandwiches? Filled with chandeliers and ornate mirrored walls, the Georgetown location has an almost jewel-box feel. It offers more than just pastries (though you’ll want to linger over the cream-filled cherry-blossom religieuse, garnished with morello cherries): The shop also provides sit-down breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, serving classic French dishes such as omelettes and croques. Located in Union Station’s Main Hall, a second Ladurée boutique offers hurried travelers prepackaged options, including sandwiches, salads, and boxed macarons (the perfect grab-and-go host gift).
Of course, the macarons are the main draw, including a cherry-blossom flavor that’s exclusive to DC—just one of the 100 varieties Ladurée makes in its shops around the world, says owner and co- CEO Elisabeth Holder Raberin. “We have the very traditional pastries [and] some modern interpretations,” she says.
“We love to have fresh and seasonal flavors, so we’re constantly creating new ideas,” Holder Raberin adds. “Our goal is to make French food approachable and accessible to Washington.” 3060 M St. NW, Georgetown, 202-737-0492; Union Station, 202-789-5960