When I was in Paris this past April I visited Laduree for the first time. My childhood neighbor and pseudo-brother, Ethan, showed us some Parisian favorites that we hadn't originally planned on seeing. At the top of that list was Laduree Café, which is conveniently located on Les Champs d'Elysees near Louis Vuitton where he works.
Because he's a local he was able to get us quick seats at the back bar area instead of standing in line for hours to sit in the front café area. The menu in both locations was the same, and we beat the crowd and had quick service. That day I ended up having 6 of their macaroons in total: 2 at the café and another 4 over at Louis Vuitton when I was purchasing a handbag from Ethan. They were absolutely out of this world and I was sad to fly back to DC from Europe and away from such a sweet and delicious place.
About a month later I saw an article on Washingtonian that had me more ecstatic than I'd been in awhile: Laduree was opening a café in Georgetown! It would be only a 15 minute walk from my apartment rather than a 7 hour flight across the pond. Talk about a dream come true.
Laduree Georgetown opened about a month ago so Hannah and I just HAD to check it out when we were out shooting some Fall pictures. We decided to dive in and have a full meal with dessert and o man were we happy we did.
I ordered the croque monsieur with a hot chocolate as my meal. The hot chocolate was like drinking chocolate and is almost the best I've ever had. The only better was from Angelina Café in Paris which is simply the best in the world, so I'll take this as a close second right down the street! The croque monsieur was made in sandwich rolls which made them crispy and delicious on all sides. It came with a side order of fries which had the making of Belgian frites. It was simply TO DIE for, and I plan on taking my mom back this weekend while she's in town.
To go I ordered two macaroons (honestly I don't remember which two because I've popped in the store quite a few times not just to grab a macaroon). They are all delicious and so well made. I haven't yet tried their other baked goods but I can only imagine how good they are.
Next time you're in Georgetown, or Paris for that matter, you MUST visit Laduree. It has the Haley stamp over approval and will forever be one of your favorite spots.