In 2006 while watching the film, “Marie Antoinette” for the very first time I sat amazed by the colors, costumes but most of all the confections.
The pastries and macarons for the film were made Laduree of Paris. Since then it has been a dream of mine to visit Laduree in person.
Years ago I could only dream of going to Laduree as the only locations were in Paris, France. However, thanks in part to the movie “Marie Antoinette,” Laduree’s popularity exploded. A few years later, Laduree expanded and began opening up stores in the United States.
After years of waiting for a Laduree to open near me, it finally happened.
A few weeks ago my dream finally came true and I visited Laduree in Georgetown, DC for the first (and definitely not last) time.
Upon stepping into the patisserie you truly feel like you are in a French film. Light blue walls with intricate crown molding surround the room while crystal chandeliers drip from the ceiling. Pastel boxes and ribbons line a whole wall and in front, a glass case holds hundreds of brightly colored macarons and pastries. These are the desserts which Laduree has become famous for.
One of my favorite moments was watching my children’s eyes light up as they took in the sights. We all “oohed and aahed” and my husband and I took WAY more pictures than we should have.
After browsing the delectable macarons and pastries in the glass case, we decided we should probably start with some lunch.
We were sat at a marble table with beautiful velvet chairs. While the seating area was quite small the ambiance was still lovely. I especially loved the hot air balloon wallpaper adorning the side wall.
My husband decided to order the Eggs Benedict, while I chose a salad (whose name escapes me) and our two children ordered the french toast.
My husband’s hollandaise sauce was buttery and smooth and the best I’ve ever tasted. The children’s french toast was made perfectly with bread they make daily in-house using
My Salade Royale was fresh and was topped with slices of preserved steak. Artichoke hearts, tomatoes, arugula, corn and pumpkin seeds made up the rest of the salad. It all blended together perfectly with a light and zesty dressing.
Heads up, if you are staying in the restaurant to eat dessert there is an upcharge of $2-$3 for table service on all pastries.
For dessert, we had a selection of macarons and pastries. Here is a small sampling of what we had;
So do the desserts taste as delightful as they look? Absolutely.
The macarons are texturally marvelous and beautiful to look at. There are both seasonal macarons and pastries and a permanent collection to chose from.
Each pastry we selected was loaded with flavor and picture perfect.
In fact, I loved Laduree so much I have already planned my next trip. In a month I will celebrate my birthday there with another lunch and pastry tasting. I am counting down the days!
Until then, I will be spending my days daydreaming of rose water whipped cream pastries and chocolate lavender macarons.
3060 M. Street NW
Washington D.C., 20007
Monday -Thursday 9am-7pm
Friday Saturday 8am-8pm