Founded by miller Louis-Ernest Ladurée in 1862 and transformed into its modern-day iteration on the Champs-Elysées in 1997, Ladurée is the Rue Royale-born tea room and patisserie known for its famed macaron. The signature almond-meringue cakes bookend a creamy, ganache center, and are offered in dozens of flavors — and thus colors. With double-digit locations in France alone and over 50 across six continents (sorry, Antarctica), Ladurée sells over 15,000 of the tiny, colorful cookies a day. The Beverly Grove outpost is the patisserie’s first Los Angeles location, but the same rule applies no matter which store you’re at: order no less than half a dozen, and eat them immediately.
By Lisa Elbert