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Macarons are sweet little sugary pieces of pure goodness. If you want to live it up in France — where you can live like god, culinarily speaking — you just have to have sampled them. And if you happen to visit Strasbourg, here’s where you can find the best macarons in the Alsatian metropolis.
Strasbourg is beautiful! Although reasonably large (just shy of 280,000 inhabitants), it is both urban and quaint at the same time. There are quite a few things to do and see — the cathedral, the Palais Rohan, the European Parliament, the old town La Petite France, a host of museums and numerous great restaurants.
Sightseeing in Strasbourg requires a fair amount of perambulating. And what could be better than to top off your enjoyable walk by the river with one of the tastiest treats in all of France — macarons? Combine them with a shot of espresso, and you are good for another couple of hours of sightseeing.
The Best in Town
Of course, you wouldn’t want to have just any macaron. So, let’s go for the best! Close to La Petite France you will find Elisabeth Biscarrat: Macarons & Inspirations, a boutique dedicated solely to the art of macaron confectionary making. The eponymous owner has quite a cachet for making the best macarons: Winning the 2011 edition of the French version of Masterchef.
Macarons & Inspirations
1 Rue de la Vignette, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Artisanal macarons by the winner of 2011’s French Masterchef TV show. Fresh, tasty, gluten free and perfect for living it up culinarily in France. Numerous flavours.
Prices: 1,60 Euro per macaron (a little surcharge if you take a chest)
Opening hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Pieces of Art
The boutique, with its white and pastel coloured interior, makes the bright macarons shine! The atmosphere is artisanal, giving you the impression that you are about to consume a piece of art rather than a mere item of confectionary. And tasty little pieces of art these macarons are. The melt in your mouth just like they should, still slightly moist and sublime.
You can choose from a wide variety of flavours — all made fresh and from quality ingredients. Gluten free as well! Here are a few flavours: Dark Chocolate, milk chocolate with passion fruit, salted caramel, foie gras and noisette, vanilla, pistachio, citron, raspberry milkshake, violet and cassis, coffee, orange, and rose water. Quite some choices to make!
Luckily, you can (and should) have more than one. While not on the inexpensive side (1,60 Euro a piece), go ahead and treat yourself. Little chests of 8, 12, 16 or 25 are also available to bring some enjoyment to those waiting for you at home — if you can muster the self-restraint and not eat all the macarons before you get back.
Your tasty treats in hand, you could either get an espresso right at the boutique and sit at the little bistro table outside, or you could take your booty, grab a coffee on the way and enjoy them in the sunshine, looking out over the river Ill, at the Ponts Couverts or any other of the numerous enjoyable sights in beautiful Strasbourg. So, go ahead and enjoy the best macarons in Strasbourg!
Do you agree or disagree? Do you enjoy macarons and know other good places? Just leave a comment below!