Pierre Herme macarons

Our favorite: Pierre Hermé macarons

Jardin Marin macaron from Pierre Hermé with Thé Vert, Girolle & Citron

Jardin Marin macaron from Pierre Hermé with Thé Vert, Girolle & Citron

Ladurée macarons by Meg Zimbeck

Ladurée macarons by Meg Zimbeck

Chocolate macaron from Gregory Renard by Barbra Austin

The chocolate macaron from Grégory Renard by Barbra Austin

Jean-Paul Hévin -- Crème Brûlée Macarons

Crème Brûlée Macarons from Jean-Paul Hévin - photo by Adam Wadya

Pierre Herme macaronsJardin Marin macaron from Pierre Hermé with Thé Vert, Girolle & CitronLadurée macarons by Meg ZimbeckChocolate macaron from Gregory Renard by Barbra AustinJean-Paul Hévin -- Crème Brûlée Macarons

Paris is a playground for lovers of macarons (even those who can’t pronounce the word) – those little treats with the quick-dissolving shells, creamy centers, and wacky flavors. Macs in Paris are easy to find, but not all cookies are created equal. We asked our panel of contributing editors to weigh in and name their favorite sources for that quintessentially French sandwich cookie.

Five Great Places for Macarons:

  1. Pierre Hermé – With unusual flavor pairings like foie gras + chocolate, or his current offering of green tea + girolle mushrooms, the macarons from Pierre Hermé are anything but boring.
  2. Ladurée – With more chocolate & less liver in their cookies, Ladurée is the safe & pastel choice.
  3. Gérard Mulot – Less expensive than Hermé and Ladurée, Mulot is the everyman’s macaron.
  4. Gregory Renard – An underdog specializing in chocolates and delicious chocolate macs.
  5. Jean-Paul Hévin – A chocolate master who follows Hermé’s lead with pairings like mango coriander.

Runners up: DalloyauSadaharu AokiEric Kayser, Maison du Chocolat

About our process: For each topic, we begin with a little research to identify options. We then ask our readers, by posting a question in the forum, to offer additional suggestions. From that discussion, we compile a list of candidates and ask our panel of contributing editors to rank their top choices and identify any rejects. Their rankings are weighted, analyzed, and compiled into a new Five Great post every week.

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