{favourite five : owner of ladurée, elisabeth holder}



No winter evening’s rendezvous on the Champs-Elysées, with its glittering shoppes and glistening holiday lights is complete without a stop at our most favourite “fabricant de douceurs & gourmandises”: Ladurée, in all its gilded grandeur.


In the early 1900s, Pierre Desfontaines, cousin of Ladurée‘s founder, Louis Ernest Ladurée, took two almond meringue cookies and joinied them with a divine ganache filling, creating the macaron as we know it.


Prior to that, macarons were simply cookies, which were first brought to France by Catherine di Medici and her pastry chefs in 1533.


These little round cakes, which made their onscreen debut in the film, Marie Antoinette, are crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle, and are made every morning by Ladurée’s pastry chefs who measure precisely, the required amounts of almonds, eggs and sugar, and a touch of magic . . .


Ladurée, which began as a tea room near the Place de la Concorde in 1862, has since expanded within Paris, then to other parts of the world, including England, Monaco, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the Arab Emirates, and its most recent location, in New York’s Upper East Side, where we met Ladurée’s owner, Elisabeth Holder, who is also the sister of the Chairman of the company.


The NYC shop, located just down the street from Dior and Chloé, is a jewel box of pastel green, displaying traditional decorative accents, busts, mirrors and classical paintings, showcasing chocolates, crystallized flower petals and of course macarons, all imported from Paris each day.


Elisabeth, who began her career working in the fashion industry for the likes of Hermès, moved to New York recently to run the affairs of the newest Ladurée boutique.


Elisabeth has said that “The macaron is a grand classique of the pastry arts — it’s not an accessory. It’s an experience of pleasure.” And so, during our meeting with her, we just had to ask for her:

{top five favourite macarons}

01 | Fleur D’Oranger — I love it because it reminds of Morocco.

02 | Petale de Rose — This is one of my favourites because it is a traditional flavour for candles, cakes and tea. Also, it is special because it is associated with Marie Antoinette!

03 | Cassis Violette — This macaron is so delicate! When you bite it you first feel the black currant and then the delicate flavour of the violette.

04 | Caramel à la fleur de sel — This one is just tasty and that is why I love it!

05 | Chocolat — Such a classical flavour for a macaron!


. . . and if you weren’t already convinced of our love affair with the delectable sweet, see here and here, and here, and of course here . . . and don’t miss here


{images :one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine; quote via here}

Laily Mesbah
Contributor, New York City

Laily lives in NYC and began contributing to This is Glamorous in 2011 - interviewing designers for a popular series called Favourite Five. Her background ranges from studying documentary photography at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan to founding Project Flora, a company that works with florists, event planners, and socially-conscious brides and grooms to resell flowers after events, donating a part of the proceeds to charity. She currently runs a digital media and marketing company servicing an array of clients, including Flower Girl NYC and Lushlife Nailworks. Her new column, La Fête, explores trends in the world of event design and planning.

21 Notes
  • Hello Lovely,

    Just want to wish you an ever sparkling New Year. Love your blog btw, I’m your newest follower =)

    -Mia xoxo

  • realelinkling — perhaps one of the most lovely & poetic comments ever — thank you x

  • Another wonderful post my friend, so nice to catch up again. Sending you special wishes for a very Merry Christmas Day and look forward to keeping in touch in 2012.

    Always Wendy

  • Your blog is like a beautiful dream.

  • Beautiful pictures! so nice!

  • What a fascinating post, through and through!

    Ladurée is so beautiful and special, and I really enjoyed learning more about its beginnings, and more about the owner now as well. When I visit next I must try the caramel à la fleur de sel maracon—but I bet I will leave with a whole box of them if I do :)


  • My most favorite flavor is Caramel à la Fleur de Sel. It had the most delectable flavor that was so unexpected. Sweet with a hint of sea salt. My husband and I travel quite a bit and I adore Paris…I love France period. Although, he’s asked no more trips there for awhile {so many cities to see other than Paris}…there is no way I can be in Europe or France for that matter without a visit to my favorite place to have the most delectable macarons ever…Ladurée and of course a museum or two. Happy Holidays.

  • Perfect perfect perfect post, as always.
    The photos are enchanting and my heart beats for Paris! I long to live there someday.

  • I love your posts! I went to pastry chef school and have to agree that the macaroon is a piece of art and a fantasy itself. I mean, look at them! Does it get more lovely?!

  • Cause really, is there anything more lovely than a box of Laduree Macaroons….

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  • What a spectcaular post. Sending this to my mom who I know will so enjoy it too. Beautiful!

  • I love the soft light in all of the photos! I also love macarons… especially the Petale de Rose.

  • Thank you for this amazing post! Perfect!

  • There is nothing more delicious!
    Thank you for sharing your visit.

  • I love macaroons and this is such a beautiful post to encapsulate the Laduree feeling perfectly! Loved reading it and hope to visit the NYC store soon! Thanks so much for sharing Laily xo

  • Roséline,
    This is one of my favorite posts you’ve ever done. I just recently taught myself how to make French macarons (for a Ladurée-inspired birthday party)and my favorite flavor that I make is pistachio with lemon buttercream-delish. Perhap,since I live so far from the real Ladurée, I will try my hand at the cassis-violette~ that flavor sounds divine!

  • Thank you! Love this post! I also posted about macarons today and mentioned Laduree cause I first fell in love with macarons in Paris on an excursion to Laduree. It was so pretty in the shop I din’t want to leave. I’m so excited they’re in NYC now even though the line can be super long sometimes. I was just there last week. The Petale de Rose is a favorite and I’m also loving the new Praline flavor.

  • oh Paris, pastry art and luxury all in one… laduree
    Beautiful post!

  • I love everything about this post! While I was in Paris, which I adore, I frequented Laduree for a couple macaroons, with Petale de Rosebeing one of my favorites!
    Much love,

  • Oh I love this post and interview. All of the mages are so lovely and completely embody the spirit and flavor of ladurée. Thanks for sharing!

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