There are few better confections than the French macaron. Crisp little disks of almond-based meringues give way to richly flavored fillings that work together to create the most beautiful interplay of textural contrast, and the pastry's gem hues make them a surefire way to brighten anyone's day. We asked Eater readers for their favorite macarons in the city, and curated this list with some of the best.Read More
14 Exceptional Macaron Spots in Los Angeles, Updated
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1. Bottega Louie
Perhaps the most well-known macaron shop of the bunch, this perpetually packed downtown hotspot is made all the more magical by its gorgeous pastry display. Not only is there a colorful abacus of macarons that come in early grey, praline, and fruity varieties, but it also offers le grand macaron, an oversized almond cookie filled with vanilla cream and fresh raspberries.
All the pastries are made in-house at this Downtown lunch hot spot. Special flavors can include strawberries and champagne, and aren't as cloyingly sweet as some varieties. Is there a better afternoon pick-me-up for the local office crowd? We think not.
3. The Rose
The Rose pastry chef Christina Hanks worked with her mentors Alen Ramos and Carolyn Nugent, responsible for the macaron program at Bottega Louie, on the Venice restaurant's iteration of the French confection. Here the flavor is PB&J, adding a sophisticated touch to your favorite lunchbox treat.
4. La Provence Patisserie & Cafe
You wouldn't guess that some of the best macarons in LA are tucked away in a little South Beverly Hills strip map. This longstanding patisserie offers beautiful iterations of classic flavors, and is a very necessary trip for macaron lovers.
5. Bouchon Bakery
It isn’t a surprise that Thomas Keller’s tiny pastry counter makes some of the best French macarons in the city. These large macarons come in only the essential flavors: vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, caramel, and a few seasonal options.
6. 'Lette Macarons
Flavor is the name of the game at ‘Lette, where the gorgeous French cookies come in passion fruit, red velvet, sweet wedding almond, and seasonal flavors. With locations in Beverly Hills, Glendale, Larchmont Village, Little Tokyo, Pasadena, and Sherman Oaks, it’s a convenient way to indulge in the sweet treat.
Yes, you'll wait in a very long line, but after treating yourself to a red velvet, Thai tea, or cookies and cream macaron ice cream sandwich, you’ll be glad you did.
8. Napoléon's Macarons
Is there a better afternoon pick-me-up from a hard day of shopping than a few macarons? Located in both the Americana at Brand at the Westfield Topanga Mall, Napoleon’s offers creative flavors that you typically don’t find elsewhere. Think champagne strawberry, lemon meringue pie, blueberry lavender, and chocolate-covered creations like the coconut maca’leon.
9. Little Next Door
Stepping into Little Next Door is not unlike walking into a petite Parisian bistro. And while the pastry counter temps with a variety of confections, you’re really here for the macarons. These delightful sweets have some of the most vibrantly flavored fillings in town, and can be enjoyed both in the café supplemented by a nice espresso, or can be taken to-go, but they may noy last the car ride home.
10. Frances Bakery & Coffee
Los Angeles, CA 90012
While this Little Tokyo staple may be better known for their cronuts, their well-executed macarons are certainly no slouch. Go for the sesame and green tea if you’re looking to break away from the standard flavors.
11. Euro Pane Bakery
Pasadena, CA 91101
While you’ll certainly be grateful that Euro Pane makes their macarons especially large, the inflated size does more than just help to satisfy the ravenous sweet tooth. The centers are chewier, and the edges are crisper, exhibiting a mastery of textural contrast that certainly merits a visit to this Pasadena shop.
12. Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market
While the macarons at Monsieur Marcel are actually from Les Macarons Duverger, the pillowy cookies are a nice treat when spending time near the Original Farmer’s Market.
13. IOTA Brew Cafe
Is there a more adorable macaron than the ones at IOTA? They may not be the best you’ve ever had, but when the sugary cookies are decorated with panda and tiger faces, who can really complain.
When soft macaron cookies are filled with powerfully flavored gelato, you know you have a real winner on your hands. This post-cronut era hybrid comes in mango, vanilla, raspberry, coffee, pistachio, chocolate, and caramel flavors.