Friday, 20 November 2009

Ladurée

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Ladurée is to me what Tiffany’s is to Holly Gollightly, a place to visit to combat the mean reds. My last visit was to rue Royale in Paris, this time Harrods in London.

Although photographs were not allowed, I did manage a couple of sneaky shots and of course I bought goodies to return home.

Ladurée has everything I want from an afternoon tea. The chance to relax in feminine, romantic, stylish and very French surroundings whilst eating the most decadent sweet treats with charming cups of tea.

On this visit, I ate a lovely praline sweet along with my favourite macaroon flavours, rose, pistachio and caramel with salted butter, Rose tea was my flavour of choice. These were also my buys from the shop afterwards.

But mostly for me, the appeal is in the presentation, I’m a sucker for beautiful packaging and presentation. Even a simple jug of water was brought out in a stylish manner. A crackled glass jug filled with water, a glass tumbler filled with crushed ice, a tray of thinly sliced lemon segments with cocktail sticks and a beautiful wine glass from which to drink.

As an Afternoon Tea lover, I have sampled many but none live up to Ladurée, it is surely in a class of its’ own.

29 comments:

E(ileen) said...

I feel the same way, I went to the one on the Champs-Elysees and DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN.

You can see one of my polaroid photos of it here.

Ribbonlicious said...

Ladurèe is awesome, I should post a review too. I went this summer the first time to Laduree in Paris and bought some macarons, so yummy! :D

VestedBeeVintage said...

everything looks sooo beautiful and yummy!!!

Candlelight said...

Selfridges is my Tiffanys. Oh, and The Wolesley. Have you had afternoon tea there? If not, check it out. xx

Sher said...

You are brave to try taking pics there! I've been to both Laduree in London and Paris, I honestly felt like I stepped into another world!
Once again, gorgeous pics:)

*Valentine* said...

Ladurée is so chic!
I love that place, and you went to one of the nicest in Paris (rue Royale), the one rue Bonaparte is the most beautiful, to me.
The ceilings are painted, like in Versailles!


You're photos are sublime : I always try to take some in secret, but when they see me, they ask me to stop...Grrrrr!!!

Lets_go_find_a_Rain_beau! said...

Oh my!

Those pictures are gorgeous & I LOVE the little case which holds those beautiful coloured macaroons!

Just too pretty!

I would love to go there one day!

Lovely post
S*

Oh, and I do love afternoon tea as well, especially when it gets cold & dark outside!

suzannah said...

oh that little case is just so pretty dear, i can honestly say i have never tried macaroons, but i really want to, i need a trip to laduree! also, i love your design to your blog dear, it is so unique and creative, suits your blog name perfectly! much love, from suzannah ♥

Tights Lover said...

Looks like such a great place. I loved the pictures. Have a nice weekend!

S.Elisabeth said...

This looks so lovely and luxurious! I love it. And those macaroons makes my mouth water.

Kashaya said...

Beautiful pics, I'm to much of a chicken to take pics were I'm not allowed...

Yeah it was a great friday,=)

Kristin said...

OMG, that sounds incredible. I adore afternoon tea, although I'm sure it's a pale comparison to what you find overseas!

Maria Confer said...

These photos are so elegant!! I want to go there.

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Electric Lady said...

i know what you mean. it's all about the presentation. those macaroons look tasty, wish they had them in california. hmmm i gotta find a french shop for that, maybe in sf??? cute lil bird too, i love glitter!

ThESliMGiRL said...

Love the photos. Happy weekend!

Lottie said...

oh this all looks so adorable:)

Becky said...

I love Ladurée, the last time we were in Paris my boyfriend and I went every single day!

Harriet said...

oh wow that looks so yum! I have never tasted a Laduree macaroon yet, but I tihnk I'm going to have to rectify this asap!

Winnie said...

The packaging is so beautiful. I've not had any from London but Laduree is amazing! I love the pistachio ones the most :)

jess said...

Everything looks so delicious.

claire eloise said...

i so want to go here! everyone raves about it, but despite being to both paris dozens of times and having lived in london it's never happened! x

theswellelife.com said...

Ladurée is heaven. I go to the Champs-Elysees whenever I'm in Paris and even had a 22 euro cocktail in their stunning bar! (It was really strong and I had trouble finishing it but at that price I forced it down!) Your pictures are gorgeous and make me long for it so much it hurts!

Denise ♥

PinkBow said...

e - thanks for that link, i had to favourite it!

ribbonlicious - i would love to see your review too!

candlelight - i have not been to the wolesley, it will go on my list of places to visit

sher & kashaya - i was very naughty taking pics but that is part of the fun of the visit! i didn't even know there was a no pic policy. when i was in the paris store i was pic crazy - ignorance is bliss i guess!

valentine - i have not heard of the rue bonaparte store, maybe the next time i visit paris

rain_beau - i have started a collection of laduree boxes. everytime i go, i must buy something

suzanne - thanks so much for your comments on my blog re-design

becky - that is some bf you have there to visit girly heaven every day!

harriet & claire eloise - you really have to visit - you will not be disappointed!

swelle - it should have been out of this world for 22euro!!!

Carrie said...

Beautiful pictures! It shows a lot of great detail and colour.

Becky said...

They actually sell nice 'proper food' too, he liked the omelettes! And we were only there for three days so daily visits weren't too excessive I don't think!

My New Favourite Thing said...

I was in the one on the Champs-Elysees last weekend! Took lots of sneaky photos which I have to get around to posting, then ate ALL the macaroons I'd bought on the Eurostar back to London. oops.

PinkBow said...

becky - i think if you had been there a fortnight, a daily visit would not have been excessive :)

fav thing - same here, those macaroons don't last long!

PetSugar said...

Wow that macaron picture is stunning! Ive been obsessed with macarons lately... why did I wait so long to try something so cuteee

Image said...

Love the little crystal bird :)