A local pointed us to this place and told us about something that sounded too good to be true on a sweltering day: a macaron ice cream sandwich.
Miss Gla Gla, I love you. Please don't ever leave.
really expensive macarons in a pretty store... while some of the flavors were unique and exotic - passion fruit macaron anyone? the meh service along with the dry shells made this a pass for me.
ps - their macarons are colored like bikinis!! :P
I was going to give Pierre Herme 4 stars but then I remembered how they transformed my wife into liking macaroons. Before we stopped in on a recent honeymoon to Paris, she hadn't ever had a true macaroon because how could you not like them! These are expensive little treats so don't get too hooked on them. My cousin swore these were the best in Paris, so we got a selection of four of them. I can't compare to any other shops in Paris, but according to the high reviews and the taste of them I can't imagine anything much better. They have a little crunch to them with a perfect soft yummy middle. The flavors were also very powerful with our favorite being the passion fruit one. There are multiple location around Paris so make sure you pick up a few if you are a tourist because they probably won't taste this good back in the US!
This should be your first stop in Paris. It really should because then you will dream of going back to Paris just to try their macarons. The shop isn't as beautiful as Laduree but I think the macarons are better. The pretentiousness of the staff really gets me but I'm guessing they deal with constant foreigners (like myself). Pistache, Rose, Citron were all really delicious. I'm a huge fan of floral and fruit flavours. I did try the Passionfruit/chocolate and I wasn't a fan.
Wow! Pierre Herme macaroons are simply delicious! The pistachio was my fave and the most delicious savory/sweet taste! Yummmmm! Come here for a sweet treat!
Delicious macaroons! Got the mysterious flavor one and a couple other unusual flavors. The macaroons were so light and flaky.
Pierre Hermé has THE best macarons ever. Without a doubt, it is better than Ladurée.
Those little suckers will cost you a pretty penny, but they're worth every cent. The pairing of flavors for their macarons meld well and are usually unexpected. If you don't care for more unique or exotic flavors, then perhaps Ladurée and the others will do. But even then, just based on texture alone, PH wins- it's chewy and not flakey, which I think makes it more consistent than Ladurée.
I tried as many as I could when I was in France, and I particularly liked this one macaron with olive oil. I also like how there's a nice fruity center for some of them. What makes Pierre Hermé different is that it always comes up with cool flavors- they brought out the yogurt line, which really did taste like that tart froyo you get at those ubiquitous stores.
I also tried their sorbet- the lychee, rose, and raspberry combination, which is quite a popular trio of both Pierre Hermé and Ladurée. That was good and refreshing, and big enough to be shared. On the other hand, their ice cream sandwiches were just so-so and a mess to eat. Sadly, I don't think I tried their other goodies... maybe a croissant, but no recollection of it if so.
I tried as many pâtisseries in Paris as I could, from those local ones in the various arrondissements to the more popular and well-known ones, and I can confidently say Pierre Hermé has the best and innovative macarons.
These macarons are definitely interesting in their flavors and colors. Compared to Laduree, it is slightly smaller in size but tastes just as good! They got the right amount of chewiness!
I'm giving it 4 stars because it is a little more expensive than Laduree and they don't have the classic pistachio flavor. If you are in an adventurous mood for unique macarons, these delectables will definitely satisfy your cravings.
Pricey, but the most delicious macaron I've ever had. I had the salted caramel...slightly crisp exterior, soft and chewy, with a generous amount of cream inside. Not the largest variety of flavors, more original, but the highest quality.
After doing a side by side comparison of Laduree and Pierre Herme, I think the winner in my mind goes to Pierre Herme. And this is after doing a fairly deep assessment (6 from Laduree, 7 from Pierre Herme).
What makes Pierre Herme different? I honestly think I see the biggest difference in the flavours, fillings they create, and the amount of filling they put in is seriously substantial. I created a box of 7, and selected two types of chocolate macarons, salted caramel, praline, rose, vanilla, one mystery one that I wasn't able to identify, and finally, a fresh mint and red fruit macaron. Sure the rose, salted caramel, and praline ones were good, but honestly, my friends and I agree that the fresh mint and fruit macaron was what really sold us.
These little delicacies are truly life-changing. Please come to the U.S., I don't know how long I could live without having more of these in my life!
Really awesome chocolate shop! The macaroons are amazing. My favorites were the Rose, Lemon, Chocolate, and the Mint/Red berry ones. They have several interesting flavors for all tastes and the texture is perfect - not crunchy or flakey, nice and soft and slightly chewy. If you can, go ahead and get a box of them. They're cheaper in numbers.
I also got the 20 euro box of chocolates. Very unique flavors and fruity types. I have yet to bite into one that I dislike, but some of them are surprising and intense.
The shopkeepers there were very polite and tolerant of my American affliction. The interior was sleek, and communicated perfectly what the goods were all about. Certainly recommended.
Pierre Herme changed my taste buds towards macaroons. Never cared for those colorful delights but one bite into Pierre Herme's bitesized connection it was life changing.
Drop by and try one, you won't be disappointed. Your wallet might be though lol.
Loved the salted caramel, chocolate, cafe, citron lime with yogurt. That lime and yogurt was a citron burst in my mouth. Surprising first with the overwhelming flavor of lime but refreshing really between all those other sweet flavors. The rose was also good with a hint of rose and light middle. Even the chocolate with passion fruit was mighty delicious.
This location is so close to the Westin where we stayed at during our trip that we came here everyday for our daily dose of macarons. Thanks to my husband who agreed to get dragged along to Pierre Herme everyday. But hey, even he ended up loving PH macarons.
Pierre Herme is the god of macarons and the macarons were the best I've had. They were so delicate and beautiful. The employee told us that the flavors rotate according to the season. In addition to the seasonal flavors, there is a special flavor every month. We were in Paris at the end of Aug and beginning of Sept so we got to try the August-only and September-only flavors, as well as the seasonal summer-only flavors.
Note that this location does not have pastries (croissants, cakes). They carry mainly macarons and chocolates.
Ditch Laduree and get your tushy to PH! Less crowds, no disgruntled workers, and much better tasting macarons.
Loved it so much that I brought back a bunch home and it survived the 10 hr flight vs the Laduree macarons that coudn't survive the walk from Arc de Triomphe to hotel. I was left with pieces of it.
Pierre Herme is tad less sweeter and a whole lot more richer. They don't skimp on the good stuff! Definitely get their cafe and chocolate flavors.
forget bouchon, forget laduree, HELLO Pierre Herme -- i have fallen in love with Pierre Herme's macarons.
i bought 3 because they are a bit pricey. I got:
MOSAÏC - Pistachio, Ceylon Cinnamon & Morello Cherries
MOGADOR - Milk Chocolate & Passion Fruit
INFINIMENT JASMIN - Jasmine Flower & Jasmine Thea
all of them tasted heavenly. The Jasmine was so light but you can taste the jasmine flavor, it's like you're drinking jasmine tea.
The passionfruit one was good, very strong passionfruit. I often have macaron with passionfruit but it's always not strong enough. However out of the three macrons, i liked this one the least, perhaps it's cuz it was the least unique.
The mosaic was very good, that pistachio and cinnamon was just wow. the cinnamon didn't overpower other flavors, it was just right.
the cookies were perfect, they weren't crumbly. and the ratio of the cookie and the filling was just right. Overall these macarons were not overly sweet and each flavor does taste like what they are called. I've been to places were the flavor doesn't taste the same as what they're called.
The flavors here are more tasty than the ones in Laduree. Some of the flavors found in laduree are just too weird. I would recommend people to buy a macaron from Laduree and another from from here and compare which one is better.
I loved the look of this place when I went to Paris! They package their macaroons in such nice packages and their flavors are delicious! The filling is a perfect fluffy consistency too!
No pastry lover's trip to Paris is complete without a stop in Pierre Hermé.
At Pierre Hermé, a cake is more than a cake -- it's a work of art. Colors, flavors, and textures are combined to create masterpieces for the palate and the eyes.
You must throw all pastry caution to the wind and fully embrace the unique flavor profiles to truly appreciate Pierre Hermé. Strawberry and tomato tarts? Sure, why not? White chocolate and olive macarons? I suppose that could be good...
I was eager to compare the the macarons here to the ones I loved so much at Laudurée. I must say the flavors at Pierre Hermé are more distinct, and I'd definitely classify them as "adult". These aren't sweets for kids, the caramel macaron was a dark and salted caramel, near to the point of being burnt. Those who love a strong flavor profile will definitely appreciate what Pierre Hermé has to offer.
I brought some chocolate back for some of my friends, who scarfed it down and proclaimed it the best ever. I also purchased some (expensive) apricot preserves that were confiscated at the airport. Looks like I'll have to go back to Paris to actually try them!
When you are in Paris either of the Hermé shops are a must. Or both. In our case, we couldn't resist the siren song while passing by this one.
Of course they are well known for their Macaroons, they do have them in varied and interesting flavors such as Wasabi and Pate. Quite... different. If you are picky stick to the flavors you know and love, because any other can be again, different.
I do recommend the chocolate and any other pastries that catch your eye, these all are amazing and wonderful. Such a treat.
Beyond doubt PH has the best macarons in town (way better and less sweet than Laduree macarons in case you're wondering). The outer crust is just crispy enough, but the soft tender filling is what makes it perfect. One bite and you're in heaven.
It's a little expensive but definitely worth the price!
All flavors are good (try new ones!), and but my personal favorites are: rose, green tea, and jasmine.
Side note: March 20 is international Macaron day! You can enter any PH store and get a macaron by "donating" any $ amount (a proportion of all sales will be donated by Pierre Hermé to the Autism cause).
This is a dream come true for any sweet lover, it is dangerous to go in there you want to eat everything you see. Higher prices compared with macaroons in regular stores, but a world of difference in quality and flavor. I don't have more to say that if i had a last wish will be a box of macaroons
Yum! My French friend told me these were worth the hype and she was right!
I bought 6 macaroons and a few chocolates. My favorites were the rose and the salted butter! There flavors are a little more unique than Laduree. Good thing I only bought one of each because these were quite delicious little morsels.
There was a line out the door the afternoon that I went... But it's worth the wait!
I'm just starting to sink my teeth into this confection and people have recommended Laduree and Pierre Herme as two of the best. I'd have to say that they definitely are richer and less sweet that Laduree. I couldn't recommend this place any higher if you were in Paris and happened to walk by. (we planned a trip to the Opera and it was en route!)
We had the olive oil and vanilla, the passion fruit one, rose, salted caramel and a cappucino.
Easily one of the best things you will ever taste in your life. You may have had macarons before, but nothing is like the genius flavors of Pierre Herme. And if you've never had a macaron before, then you're in for an unforgettable experience.
As for flavors, it simply does not matter what you get as they are all so good. They're not cheap, but at least get a couple. Be adventurous. One of my favorites was the passion fruit, but the flavors rotate, so don't expect to be able to find anything recommended. Just enjoy what they have, that's the beautiful thing about it.
Along with your macaron, you also get a little booklet that has the seasonal flavors and pictures of the macarons. This way, you can eat and compare the colors of the shell with the pictures in the booklet. What a simple wonderful idea and it doubles as a little souvenir from the trip.
A trip to Paris, hell, Europe, is not complete without a trip to one of the many Pierre Hermes.
My favorite place for macarons! The strength of Pierre Herme lies in its fillings. The crust, to be honest, is not as crispy as Laduree's. The fillings however, compensate for this weakness. I highly recommend the Caramel au Beurre Sale, and the Chocolate & Foie Gras flavor.
The packaging of Pierre Herme is not as glamorous as Laduree, but I also feel that it's less commercial. In any case, this is a must-try when you're in Paris!
In such close proximity to all the museums you must come here if you are a fan of macaroons. After getting some Laduree macaroons i needed something to compare them to. This location is small but the girls were very sweet and helped me pick out some great gifts. i also picked up a pack of small praline cookies. I can't say which macaroons i like best but these are very good.
Price wise they are about the same as Laudree but you should decide for yourself whose macaroons reign supreme.
Ooh La La! That's about all the French I know, but after visiting Pierre Herme, I want to learn more so that I may profess my love in the appropriate romance language.
Let me say that, although I am no expert on macarons, seldom even thinking about them, PH made me a convert. They induced a true "Anton Ego taking a bite of ratatouille" moment. We had purchased conficture, chocolates and a few macarons to try on a recent visit. We walked down the street, found a seat on the steps of the Église Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption and opened the cellophane package containing three macarons. The first, chocolate, was divided in two and placed in our mouths. That's when the rapture hit! Was it the slight crisp on the outside that gave way to a tender, tasty pastry or was it the dense, cold, creamy chocolate filling that instantly made our eyes bulge, our mouths stop chewing and a curl form a blissful smile on our lips recognizing that we had found our sweet Nirvana? The only thing missing was a choir of angels triumphantly singing, "La Marseillaise".
We quickly devoured our final two macarons: olive oil with vanilla and peach with saffron. They were equally delicious, so much so that I went back the next day to purchase 20 more macarons for our trip back to the US.
Pierre Herme's macarons are perfection--the best in all of Paris!
I've always been a huge fan of the other popular Parisian macaron shop, Lauduree, but Pierre Herme definitely gives Laduree a run for its money and offers unique flavor combinations that you won't usually find at other places. The Caramel au Beurre Sale & the Citron and Praline Feuillete Noisette are to die for.
The girls who work here are friendly and helpful. This is a great location next to upscale luxury boutiques, so stop by in between shopping.
Don't leave Paris without buying a box...or five.
This place is macaron heaven!
I bought the box of seven and had so much fun picking out the flavors to go in my box. My favorites were the pistachio, the passion fruit & the lavender. Each macaron was light as air with a tasty gelee. Every bite that we had was extremely flavorful, you could spend an hour just taking tiny little nibbles of it!
The Mecca of Baked Pastries and Macaroons ....I like to call this place a HIGH END Boutique Pastry and Chocolate SHOP
There are tons of pastries places at almost every block or two blocks from each other... and ALL taste amazing.
I consider myself not a big sweets type of person before I walked into Pierre Herme's...
Everything is excellent especially their baked goods...
My favorite was their - cranberry croissant with cranberry jam glazed with with dry bits of cranberry -
**** It was seriously the best croissant I have ever had in my life.. Not too sweet, but it had all the elements of strong cranberry taste with the jam and glaze... it was total harmony
The second must try was the - real glazed strawberry pistachio sponge cake with pistachio cream filling... OUT OF THIS WORLD.. GOOD!! I had to sit down because my taste buds were in cloud 9.. I literally stopped and didn't want to eat it anymore..
And of course, MACARONS.... My personal favorites were the pistachio, passion fruit and lavender, and strawberry.. every flavor is a must try once.. Excellent tasting with a lot of bold smooth flavors. The filling is not too sweet and creamy.
While my stay in Paris, we had to find the best tasting macarons. We tried Aoki, Laduree (in London), and Pierre Herme (at this location and London).. My personal option the Pierre Herme at this location with the selection and the macaron flavor and taste is the winner..
TIP (1) :: The baked goodies is finished when they run out, and so try to get there early if you want to try that croissant..
TIP (2) :: The macarons are told to be good for 4 days if refrigerated. So it is probably not a good idea to bring back the goodies abroad. (Don't try it because we thought about it... And customs don't like food from abroad)
TIP (3) :: Just if.. you think you can get Pierre Herme's abroad.. you can in London.. BUT it is not the same. (We tried to seek it out, in which we did so, and experienced a major difference) SO please do yourself a favor and try the real deal in Paris and not in London.. London does not have the original flavors or the baked pastries.
TIP (4) :: You just gotta try this.. It changed my whole outlook on sweets and pastries.. It is a must.. You will thank me later!!!
This place is on par with Laduree with their quality of macarons. I would pick this place over Laduree. The flavors are in general much more palatable whereas Laduree had some weird flavors. Their macarons had all the qualities of a good macaron: fluffy cookie, not too sweet, filling had good texture and overall it has the flavor they claim to have.
Coming here is like shopping for jewelry. VERY expensive jewelry. You want it all. The question is, are you going to buy it all?
Everything here is beautifully displayed and stylized like little jewels. Empty decorated jewel boxes await your choices so that they can be filled and then return home with you. Macaroons with vibrant colors and bold flavor combinations are eyeopening and mouthwatering. My personal favorites of the macaroons: Cassis, Huile d'Olive & Vanille, Abricot Pastiche, Caramel a la Fleur de Sel. Everything is so extremely well executed, the flavors, colors and combinations just work and are a joy to experience.
One thing is for sure, coming here is more than just a must, it should be a ritual. PH and his staff are the forefront of what's what in pastry. Not just chocolates and macaroons, but all forms of pastry, cakes, sweets, biscuits, all of it. You want to know the trends in pastry? Take a look at PH. He does it all and he does it in one of the best ways possible.
The strawberry, rhubarb, and passion fruit macaron is the best macaron I've ever had. Too bad I could only afford one as macarons here are even more insanely priced than Laduree (yes, it's possible!) at almost $6 for each tiny cookie. Pierre Herme has more adventurous flavors such as "carmamelized fennel and lemon" that sets it apart from the many other macaron shops in Paris. The store is very minimalistic and almost barren looking compared to Laduree, which is much more ornate and sells mostly single flavored macarons. If Pierre Herme and Laduree were the same price, I'd prefer Pierre Herme, however I think Laduree is just as good minus the crazy flavors. I personally wouldn't recommend the caramels. At $25 for a dinky can of 12 caramels, I was expecting these caramels to be morsels of heaven. I wasn't too impressed. Use that money to get caramels at Jacques Genin instead.
Bonjour! One of each flavor, s'il vous plait! That's just how you have to do it when you try Pierre Herme for the first time. As someone who simply adores macarons, this place was at the top of my "go to" list on our first trip to Paris. I am smitten with you, Pierre, to say the least!
So forget my previous review about Paulette. Don't get me wrong, they still the best in SF for macarons, but this is the papa of all macarons :) Chantal (previous owner of Paulette) and I even discussed how Pierre Herme has the best macarons in all of Paris. This is Parisian pastry perfection at it's premier.
If only they shipped outside of Europe, sigh...
Pierre-Herme, the macaron king.
He does have some interesting flavors, which he changes up based on the season. We were really partial to the tea flavored ones, followed by the flower scented ones. Of course, you can NEVER go wrong with plain vanilla, which is anything but
Macarons appear to be the French equivalent to the U.S. cupcake trend. I like it! I prefer this shop to Laduree, it felt less of a "tourist-must-check-off-my-list" and there was no mob scene. These are even better, with some different textures, beautiful colors (one was deep pink and touched with gold!) and the boxes are nice little keepers.
Its Raspberry, Rose and Lychee croissant is AMAZING!!! You have to go when you are in Paris! Not of its locations have these croissants, so check before you go.
I stopped in PH to purchase a package of macaroons. I selected olive oil & vanilla, rose, chocolate & honey and celeste, which is a mix of passion fruit, rhubarb & strawberry flavors. They were good, but not great as I expected. I was impressed by the various flavor options, but would have also liked to see the "usuals". I would definitely stop in again to see what is included in the next round of flavors.
Oh my goodness is all I can say!!
A place to die for when it comes to macarons! I personally liked it better than Laduree because the of the clean taste and the texture of the macarons wasn't as nutty / rough as Laduree's. The store was less crowded than I expected and took less than 5 mins to get our box of macarons (7 pieces were approximately at 17 euro). I'm a fanatic fan and would definitely visit again when I'm in Paris.
13 flavors to choose from -- got a box of 7 for 17 euros.
so now i understand how a macaron is supposed to be. perfect shell--super smooth and delicate, crumbles very easily (extremely thin flat crisp outer part) but not flakey nor any chewiness at all (just airy), amazing flavor with a perfect blend from shell to ganache inside -- a noticeable difference from other chewy macarons
also they actually last for a couple days but do start wilting in high temp.
tried caramel, chocolate, pistachio, rose, violet, passionfruit, arabesque (not that good)
Laduree is all over, but this place has the perfect macaron.
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