“I just want to slap people when they say Ladurée or Pierre Hermé make the best macarons in Paris,” says Adam Wayda, the sharp-tongued sweet freak behind the website Paris Pâtisseries. “It’s not that they don’t have great macarons. It’s that there are so many amazing macs that putting one shop ahead of the others is like choosing a favorite child. It’s unseemly. You need to spend time with them all.” We’ll take that slap, having just named Ladurée and Pierre Hermé among our Five Great for Macarons, but we need to know: what other
children macarons does Adam want to eat?
Adam Wayda’s Top Five Paris Macarons
- Hugo & Victor - Mangue. The mango macaron “stands out as the most perfect realization of macarons’ potential… an intoxicatingly transcendent mélange of black pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, star anise, and nutmeg. The fruit and spices echo back and forth off of one another in the most mind-bendingly symphonic ricochet of tones and nuances you could never have otherwise imagined.” >read his full post
- Ladurée - Fleur d’Oranger. The orange blossom mac “is like eating springtime. Put another way, one might say that Vivaldi’s Primavera revs into full orchestral mode right on your tongue…It is at once intensely floral, yet sophisticated and soothing.” >read his full post
- Sadaharu Aoki- Violette. Aoki’s violet mac is “the greatest celebration of the violette parfum, among all the Parisian pastries that attempt to harness its majesty,” Adam told us via email.
- Café Pouchkine - Fraise Coeur Pistache. This strawberry mac with a pistachio center is “is texturally perfect, and the flavors are nothing short of exquisite,” says Adam. ”And who doesn’t love a festive dot in the center of their shell? It’s different without being weird or overthought – the best type of design sensibility.” >read his full post
- Un Dimanche à Paris - Coquelicot. “A sublime distillation of the poppy flower essence,” Adam told us via email.
Wanna slap us, too? Don’t worry, we kind of like it. Tell us what we and Adam overlooked in the comments below.