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Where to Find the Best Macarons in Los Angeles

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgEaster is fast approaching. Instead of giving cream-filled eggs or chocolates no one is going to eat, why not give boxes of pretty and petite French macarons? They come in all of the right colors and some very interesting flavors. Find, below, a handy map of the best macaron shops in LA.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Little Next Door

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8142 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 951-1010
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Pastry Chef Romain Drocourt makes macarons in all of the important flavors, and the fillings are some of the best in town: vibrantly colored and flavored.

2. 'Lette Macarons

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122 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 469-3620

'lette may have the most impressive display of macarons in town. Owner Paulette Koumetz's partnership with pastry wiz Christophe Michalak has led to flavors as diverse as New Orleans praline and violet cassis.

3. Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market

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6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-7792
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Monsieur Marcel doesn't make their own macarons. Instead, they order them each week from Glendale-based wholesale pastry shop Les Macarons Duverger. These are especially pillowy, with very chewy centers.

4. XT Patisserie

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1403 E Lambert Rd
La Habra, CA

Although they can be too sweet, XT Patisserie makes an impressive assortment of macarons and also offers macaron cakes and tarts.

5. Bottega Louie

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700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 802-1470
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It almost seems as though Bottega Louie is most famous for their macaron display, which isn't really fair, given the breadth of pastry prowess in the kitchen. And while the fillings aren't as full of flavor as they could be, the variety will keep fans coming back for more.

6. Twelve Centimeter

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429 N Western Ave. #5
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 871-8393

This shop surprised the neighborhood when it opened on Wilshire, near Rosewood. But the macarons are delicate and light, with the wasabi standing out as a clear favorite.

7. The Buttercup LA

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11301 W. Olympic Blvd Ste 106
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 478-7999
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Right now, The Buttercup has their display set up to look like an Easter basket, with macarons piled onto the green "grass" like pretty little eggs. The vanilla and chocolate here are plain and perfect.

8. Bouchon Bakery

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235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 281-5699
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Bouchon Bakery makes larger macarons in only the essential flavors: raspberry, lemon, pistachio, vanilla and chocolate.

9. Euro Pane Bakery

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950 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106-2300
(626) 577-1828

Though Euro Pane's macarons rarely look perfect, their rough edges are somewhat charming. The fruit flavors are filled with jam instead of buttercream, which is true to form.

10. The Larder at Tavern

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11648 San Vicente
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 806-6460

Suzanne Goin's Larder at Tavern has been putting out macarons since they opened. The best part is that they've infused American flavors into the traditionally French treat. The peanut butter is a winner.

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1. Little Next Door

8142 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Pastry Chef Romain Drocourt makes macarons in all of the important flavors, and the fillings are some of the best in town: vibrantly colored and flavored.

8142 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

2. 'Lette Macarons

122 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

'lette may have the most impressive display of macarons in town. Owner Paulette Koumetz's partnership with pastry wiz Christophe Michalak has led to flavors as diverse as New Orleans praline and violet cassis.

122 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

3. Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market

6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Monsieur Marcel doesn't make their own macarons. Instead, they order them each week from Glendale-based wholesale pastry shop Les Macarons Duverger. These are especially pillowy, with very chewy centers.

6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

4. XT Patisserie

1403 E Lambert Rd, La Habra, CA

Although they can be too sweet, XT Patisserie makes an impressive assortment of macarons and also offers macaron cakes and tarts.

1403 E Lambert Rd
La Habra, CA

5. Bottega Louie

700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

It almost seems as though Bottega Louie is most famous for their macaron display, which isn't really fair, given the breadth of pastry prowess in the kitchen. And while the fillings aren't as full of flavor as they could be, the variety will keep fans coming back for more.

700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017

6. Twelve Centimeter

429 N Western Ave. #5, Los Angeles, CA 90004

This shop surprised the neighborhood when it opened on Wilshire, near Rosewood. But the macarons are delicate and light, with the wasabi standing out as a clear favorite.

429 N Western Ave. #5
Los Angeles, CA 90004

7. The Buttercup LA

11301 W. Olympic Blvd Ste 106, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Right now, The Buttercup has their display set up to look like an Easter basket, with macarons piled onto the green "grass" like pretty little eggs. The vanilla and chocolate here are plain and perfect.

11301 W. Olympic Blvd Ste 106
Los Angeles, CA 90025

8. Bouchon Bakery

235 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Bouchon Bakery makes larger macarons in only the essential flavors: raspberry, lemon, pistachio, vanilla and chocolate.

235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9. Euro Pane Bakery

950 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106-2300

Though Euro Pane's macarons rarely look perfect, their rough edges are somewhat charming. The fruit flavors are filled with jam instead of buttercream, which is true to form.

950 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106-2300

10. The Larder at Tavern

11648 San Vicente, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Suzanne Goin's Larder at Tavern has been putting out macarons since they opened. The best part is that they've infused American flavors into the traditionally French treat. The peanut butter is a winner.

11648 San Vicente
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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