I had no plans to visit the Ladurée in New York.
Hard to believe, I know, but apparently there wasnâ€™t room in our bloated itinerary of things to do in New York for a trip to â€˜a sweet shopâ€™.
So there I was, having a nice stroll in Central Park on my way to Belvedere Castle when I spotted a cute couple perched atop a rock having a little picnic, I stopped when I spotted the pale green bagâ€¦ and with a daringness usually reserved for people I know, I asked them where the Ladurée shop was.
â€œ71st and Madisonâ€ they said, â€œitâ€™s pretty close too, you could be there and back in twenty minutes topsâ€
Thatâ€™s all I needed to hear â€“ I cut through the park, meandered through the Upper East Side and minutes later I was in pastel coloured confectionery heaven…
The macarons are flown from Paris everyday, which I guess works, because macarons are best eaten two days after they are baked.
Luckily, the wait wasnâ€™t long; they were unfortunately out of the salted caramel (my favourite).
I went for the classic vanilla, pistachio and rose.
The macarons were delicious â€“ smooth, slightly chewy and soft.
And I added another jewellery box to my collection of cute Ladurée boxes.
Maison Ladurée, NYC
864 Madison Ave
(between 72nd St & 71st St)
New York, NY 10021