Paris Desserts: Sadaharu Aoki and Pierre Herme macarons

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Mhm macarons! Before we even flew to Paris, I made a list of all the dessert shops I wanted to visit. Sadaharu Aoki, check. Pierre Herme, check. The fact that both were within relatively close proximity? Walking dessert tour time!!

After an early morning of sightseeing to the Pantheon, we took a walk to the Jardin de Luxembourg. Everything in Paris is accessible by metro, but frequently what will be two “stops” on the line is really just a 5 to 10 minute walk. Head south from the Panetheon and voila! You’ve run smack into the Jardin de Luxembourg park. We cut through rather quickly, as I was salivating at the thought of picking up some Asian flavored French pastries at Sadaharu Aoki. Sadaharu Aoki is not as well known here in the U.S., but he is a Tokyo born and trained patissier who moved to Paris and now lives in France. I first heard about the pastry shop from Paris in Fourth Month’s blog and knew I had to try their matcha flavored mini cakes and tartes. While in the store, we picked up four macarons to sample and a light, perfectly sweet but slightly tart matcha cake. The real macaron feast was yet to come…

Next, we set out to find Pierre Herme, the Picasso of Pastry and master extraordinaire of the macaron. Did you know Herme started out with a pastry boutique in Tokyo? I hope he opens one here in NYC soon! After walking a bit (some of it in the wrong direction) we quickly came to the right area and zoned in on the shop by the line forming out. the. door. Pierre Herme macarons are so delicious that on a very regular Tuesday afternoon, there was a sizable number of Parisians and non-Parisians alike in line to get their fix. The store staff were very friendly and made some flavor suggestions for which to try. I was especially intrigued by the half/half combos – one shell mandarin orange, one shell olive oil. Other combos include fresh mint & red berries; passion, fruit rhubarb & strawberry; and rose, lychee & raspberry. For more on their current flavors and flavor of the month, check out this flavor map here. We got one of each to try and justified the giant bag of macarons by calling it the fault of the store’s credit card minimum.

That night in our hotel room at the Prince de Galles, we gorged on a dessert feast. And this was after a very delicious dinner at Le Potager du Pere Thierry (more on that to come).. We made sure to walk around Paris extensively the next day!

Do you like macarons as much as we do? Let me know in the comments if you have any other pastry shops to recommend!

For more amazing eats, check out this Paris food guide and this Berlin food guide!

MelanieMarch 26, 2014 - 7:20 am

Omg I love the macaroons from Pierre Hermes! They have very interesting combo there!

I haven’t tried Sadaharu Aoki! It sounds delightful! Would love to try!


la domestiqueMarch 26, 2014 - 9:58 am

Oh this looks like heaven! I still treasure my macaron box from Laduree Paris.

KatherineMarch 26, 2014 - 10:37 am

Hi Sher! Thanks so much for your kind comment, what a fun coincidence! It looks like you tried out way more at Sadaharu than I did, I am jealous! I am taking notes for next time :)

SherMarch 26, 2014 - 1:17 pm

they do have the cutest packaging dont they? i always buy the box version even though it’s of course more expensive haha

SherMarch 26, 2014 - 1:17 pm

thanks for stopping by here as well! :)

SherMarch 26, 2014 - 1:18 pm

right? such ingenious creativity over at pierre herme. the flavors come across so strongly too, it’s delicious!

AlessiaMarch 27, 2014 - 11:59 am

Thanks for your comment on our webzine! I LOVE macaroons, I had them as dessert at my wedding last year and my husband and I went to france for our honeymoon and ate them often.. So they’re not only delicious but they have a sentimental value too! :D

SherMarch 27, 2014 - 12:31 pm

oh wow! that must have been so pretty, a tower of pastel macarons

LeeLeeMarch 28, 2014 - 3:19 am

It all looks so divine and of course delicious! I will have to check out Sadaharu Aoki the next time I’m in Paris.

SherMarch 28, 2014 - 5:21 pm

just hopped over to your blog, wow you’re based in Italy! what a lovely and foodie country to live in – i’m jealous! :)

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EllenApril 7, 2014 - 8:42 am

Your pictures of the macarons are so good that they make me want to reach into the picture and take a macaron ;)


SherApril 7, 2014 - 12:32 pm

aw thank you! i’m so glad you liked them

Steffy FogainNovember 18, 2014 - 12:48 am

I love Pierre Hermé! I always wonder why so many people rave about La Durée when the real MVP is Pierre! I will definitely stop by Sadaharu Aoki next time I’m in Paris. Great pics, I love the quality :)

SherNovember 18, 2014 - 9:09 am

Steffy – ahh I feel exactly the same way! I go to Laduree because it’s all we have in NYC but oooh Pierre Herme is just a whole ‘nother level of amazing!

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