Ladurée Beverly Hills for a Chic Brunch & the Best Macarons

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When we were invited to review Ladurée during our Beverly Hills California luxury escape, I couldn’t help but think: “no, not a bakery!” You see, Anthony and I do our best to stay clear of complex carbs and sugars and even though he’s about as Italian as it gets, we rarely eat sweets or pasta, even when its homemade. (trust me there are many exceptions, especially at authentic Italian eateries)

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“It’s a French bakery,” I found myself murmuring to myself, as if that would somehow justify tasting everything they might be willing to throw our way. A follow up voice said, “but you must at least see what they have. And they have world famous macarons after all.”

The Ladurée Experience

It turns out that our visit was a little rushed due to an appointment we had in Santa Monica early afternoon, one which we couldn’t switch. So, we didn’t have the honor of leisurely eating our way through everything on the menu or staring at the insanely delicious looking pastries through the clear glass of their counter, where people order macarons and chocolate cakes to go.

Simply put, Ladurée is so adorable and fun, it’s a must visit regardless of whether macarons is your “thing” or not. And, while macarons are the order of the day, they have plenty of healthy low carb options to choose from as well if you opt to stay for lunch, as well as other pastries and to-die for chocolate cake concoctions.

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A lunch salad at Ladurée is incredibly fresh!

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Above 4 savory dishes, courtesy of Ladurée US

If you want a l’il more decadence, try their creamy Risotto. The one pictured below is a Pumpkin Risotto, which I imagine is seasonable, so check their menu before you head over. Locals speak highly of their Quinoa salad which we didn’t have time to try, but it’s a good balance between a classic salad and a heavier pasta dish.

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Risotto Decadence

Ladurée Decor: Whimsical Ambiance

The ambiance at Ladurée is so Alice in Wonderland-like that if you show up for a cappuccino and box of macarons to go, you’ll wish you dined in.

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Above two photos, courtesy of Ladurée US

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Quirky but oh so lovely tables will make you want to want to stay

The Ladurée Beverly Hills space has a touch of 1970’s retro which is both whimsical and elegant with mirrored daisy patterns on the ceilings and walls.

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Looking inside the Ladurée cafe from the entrance

As for their macarons, there’s no shortage of flavors to select from. My favorites? Pistachio, Coffee and Lavender in that order. Yes, please!!

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Pistachio heaven

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Chocolate heaven

Pastries at Ladurée

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Managers at work at Ladurée Beverly Hills

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Pastry Art at Ladurée

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Our lunch at Ladurée

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Macarons at their best: Ladurée Beverly Hills

Make time for a leisurely lunch and try their Chocolat Viennois served with Chantilly cream,  If you’re there on a weekend, go for brunch and order a Mimosa. They also have a lovely Bel Air offering, which is Champagne and passion fruit as well as a wide variety of specialty teas.

We love this cafe so much, we included Ladurée on our Beverly Hills Food Guide as well, so be sure to check out our Guide for other great Beverly Hills (and beyond…) picks.

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From left to right: Adam Martinez | sous chef Jaryn Lunasco | Clement Chevance

Next time you head to the Los Angeles area, order some savory and sweet gems and have fun people watching at their newest location in Beverly Hills.

Details:

Ladurée
311 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Our pals over at Beverly Hills tourism have a great summary of them.

 

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