On Thursday November 19th at 3pm, my mom and I had the lovely experience of having dessert and tea at Laduree in Soho. I have my boss to thank for the recommendation, this was definitely my favorite thing I did in New York. Well this and Gentleman’s Guide of course (blog post on this coming soon!!). Anywho, Laduree is fabulous and a total “me” thing. I’ve been into Parisian culture for a long time, so much so that I took French in middle school and high school (I had terrible teachers so really I only know how to say my name and that I like ice cream). On top of that, I loved (LOVED) the Madeline stories when I was younger, Monet is my favorite painter, and now my love for French culture has only grown with my obsession of Diptyque. Laduree is known for it’s amazing dessert but you can also have drinks and have a full dining experience as well. It’s similar to having a British high tea, in fact I believe Laduree is technically a French teahouse as it started off as a Parisian tearoom and now it has numerous locations all over the world. Laduree is not just a pastry place as they also sell beauty products, although the location I went to did not sell them.
The architecture and décor of Laduree was absolutely stunning. It was very detailed and intricate with my favorite part being the ceiling in the room next to us. I should have taken a photo to show how the chandelier; the molding above the chandelier, and painting of clouds on the ceiling went together to create something truly eye-catching. We sat in the back patio while it was raining as it was covered and had heaters so we would stay dry and warm. We sat at a table that looked out to the outside area and we were able to watch the rain and enjoy our desserts with tea. There was something comfy and peaceful about it all. In a way, I felt like a local walking through the rain to enjoy a nice afternoon of tea and desserts with my mom while she was visiting. Hopefully I will be able to say this one day!
I had four macarons for dessert (raspberry, lemon, coffee, and rose petal) with rose flavored tea. I was stuck between earl grey or trying a French tea, I went with the French rose tea since our waitress was explaining how the French are all about the rose everything! Made sense as Chanel’s lipsticks smell like roses (which I love)! Funny thing about that, my rose petal macaron pretty much tasted what I imagined a Chanel lipstick would taste like. The taste of the macaron matched the scent perfectly. If I could I would have gone back and got a box filled with the rose petal and lemon macarons as those were the best in my opinion.
I cannot recommend this place enough to any dessert loving person or even to the foodies as they do serve lunch here as well. Anyone who admires French culture or likes high detailed fancy experiences would enjoy dining at Laduree. I definitely will be returning here when I visit New York again or maybe even one of their locations in Europe. I can’t believe they do not have one in San Francisco, I would be there at least once a month! It would probably be my go to place to catch up with friends if there was one there. Laduree! I definitely think you should consider setting up shop in San Francisco. I think there is a market here for you. Have you had a similar dessert/tea experience? If so where, I would love to hear about it!