Ladurée – Vancouver

About 2 months ago, we stumbled upon a Ladurée while we were in Dublin. We just had to stop by for some French macarons in Ireland! 😝

Now that we are back home in Vancouver, we had to try the Ladurée here! Ladurée opened in Vancouver on March 24, 2016, to huge lineups! With that kind of hype and the tasty macarons that we had in Dublin, how could we not stop by the Vancouver Ladurée for a treat!

The shop is decorated like all the other Ladurée boutiques in the world, with the iconic pale green and gold colours throughout the shop and the display windows. It was all very whimsical, elegant and pretty! (And tempting!)

In the front part of the boutique is the pastry counter – cakes, sweet treats, chocolates and, of course, the world famous macarons placed neatly in colourful rows.

There were lots of tasty treats to choose from, but we were there for the macarons this time! With 15 different macarons flavours to choose from, it was difficult to choose! Here is the ‘menu’. Each macaron is priced at $3.15.

After some careful discussion ( 😉 ), we decided on 4 macarons to share.

The first two macarons were the Melon and the Cherry Blossom.

  • The Melon was a really light and refreshing treat – being the perfect macaron for a hot summer’s day!
  • The Cherry Blossom was really tasty as well – it had a floral flavour that was delicate but very distinctive!

Next we went for the Rum Vanilla and… the macaron that we loved in Ladurée Dublin – the Strawberry Candy Guimauve. Unfortunately we were a bit disappointed with these two. 😦

  • The Rum Vanilla almost tasted like rubbing alcohol to us. We couldn’t taste the rum or the vanilla, since the rubbing alcohol taste was so overwhelming.
  • We really liked the Strawberry Candy Guimauve macaron that we had in Dublin, but not so today. The guimauve filling (marshmallow) was actually really tough and chewy. Of course, the texture of a marshmallow filling will be different and not as smooth as a ganache, buttercream or jam filling. But this one was almost hard to bite through. Since the macarons are flown in from Paris and we are an ocean and an entire continent away, I wonder if that had anything to do with this macaron?! The taste of the meringue shell was still good though.

Behind the pastry counter, is the tea room. We didn’t sit in the tea room today but it looked to be very pretty, posh, prim and proper.

With our macarons in hand, we headed out of the pretty boutique and took one last peek at the window display.

And being the silly person that I am, I couldn’t help stopping for a photograph! I did forget my tutu and my pointe shoes at home though… Next time, I’ll come prepared with my ballet gear and stop for another photograph! I’m also missing a huge box of Ladurée goodies to hold over my head! So I’ll have to pick that up too!

Happy Foodie Friday!

From Vancouver with Love,

Ioana and Natalie

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Ladurée – Dublin

We’re back home in Vancouver – after enjoying our day in Dublin and our 2 weeks in Italy! Italy is so beautiful – with the breathtaking scenery, the incredible history and the amazing architecture. We didn’t want to leave! Having said that… we were itching to get back to the slightly cooler temperatures of Vancouver (Roma was 37C!!) and the refreshingly delicious water back home (The water anywhere else just doesn’t taste the same!!).

While we were in Italy, we – along with our backpacks (Mine is named Jamie Fraser…) got around by train quite a bit, which provided plenty of time for staring out at the window at the passing countryside, thinking, reflecting, napping and… even some blogging! But blogging with my little old smartphone made it harder to format posts and photographs, so I’m definitely happy to be back home and back on my laptop again! (Might have to figure out how to stuff the laptop into the backpack on our next trip!)

So without another long winded story, here’s our next post – started on the train ride from Firenze to Venezia!

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After having ice cream from Murphy’s in Dublin, we stumbled upon a Ladurée down the street. It felt a bit strange to be having French macarons in Dublin, but when the shop was right there, we knew we had to stop in for a treat. Since we had just finished our ice cream, we decided to come back later that evening to try some of their famous macarons.

After doing some (window) shopping on Grafton Street, we wandered back to Ladurée.

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They always have such lovely shops! This one was similar in decor to the one that I visited in Paris – but on a smaller scale. A Ladurée recently opened up in Vancouver but neither of us have had the chance to visit it yet.

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We walked up to the counter, where were perhaps a dozen different flavours of macarons in the display case. Again, being very indecisive, it took us a while to settle on some flavours.

We finally ended up with these: Rose Petal, Marie Antoinette, Lemon and Strawberry Candy.

The Rose Petal:

This had a really distinctive rose flavour but it wasn’t overpowering at all. Soft and delicate – just like a rose!

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The Marie Antoinette:

This was inspired by their Marie Antoinette tea, which is described as – “A delicious marriage of Chinese and Indian black teas combined with rose petals, citrus fruit and honey.” It had a strong tea flavour, which was very interesting to taste in a macaron. (It also had an interesting colour, which may have been what drew us to it initially!)

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The Lemon:

This macaron had a nice and refreshing lemon flavour. It was enjoyable and classic but it wasn’t very special or unique.

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The Strawberry Candy:

This was our favourite! It smelled like strawberries and candy and tasted even better! It had a strong strawberry flavour and the filling was marshmallow! The marshmallow filling was chewier and stretchy – different from the fillings of the other marcons. All in all, we enjoyed it and this macaron tasted very much like a strawberry marshmallow candy!

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These macarons were the perfect early evening snack to tide us over to dinner! 🙂

If you want to try something different in Dublin, we definitely recommend going to Ladurée for a small treat 😉.

Ioana and Natalie

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