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What is "Ladurée"?
Ladurée is a Paris-based pâtisserie and salon de thé, which was founded in 1862 by Louis Ernest Ladurée. Jeanne Ladurée, who was Louis Ernest’s wife, is credited with having founded the tradition of the French ‘salon de thé’ by combining the Parisian café with a pâtisserie. This proved to be a hit, especially with women, who were able meet and socialize in a luxurious public setting without impugning their reputations in any way.
Ladurée makes many fine pastries and confections, but its name if forever linked to the macarons it helped popularize and modernize. Ladurée was the first pâtisserie to color the macarons, and sandwich them together with a ganache or buttercream filling.
The Ladurée website is here – it is a delight to visit!