What is it about macarons that have captured the hearts of Melburnians? Is it their crispy, thin outer shell that delicately protects a chewy, sweet center? Or is it the colours, flavours, and luxurious aura that surrounds them? Whatever it is, we're smitten and there's no sign of us falling out of love anytime soon. So if you've been bitten by the soft, chewy macaroon bug, then here's a handy list of places you can go to get your sweet fix of those addictive, little gems.
It's like you died and went to macaron heaven. This little French patisserie offers nothing but macarons, and delicious ones at that. You'll find an interesting range of flavours here including Caramel a la Fleur de Sel, Cherry Blossom and Sake, and Mariage Freres Earl Grey Chocolate. Some of the macaroons can be a little light in flavour but one things for certain, they're all rather sweet. They also offer an assortment of teas to accompany your designer macarons.
Le Petit Gateau can only be described as a cake lover's paradise. The desserts here feature a complex combination of textures and flavours which explode on the palate. And the macarons are no exception. However, the danger is that the cakes are so impressive you maybe swayed into trying one of those instead. In fact, the cakes really are the stars of the show here, while the macarons are more like delicious supporting cast members.
These guys don't make macorons everyday, but and when they do they run out quick. These macarons may not be the prettiest ones around town but they do satisfy a sweet tooth. If you happen to visit on a day when they're macaron empty, then don't worry because they also have a killer breakfast and lunch menu, which is seriously worth taking advantage of.
When you come to Luxbite, expect to find some beautiful desserts with a tasty twist. Amongst their many macaron flavours, such as Kaya Toast, Rose Lychee, Kaffir Lime, and Watermelon Yoghurt, they also feature larger, special macarons like the Oriental Love - coconut macaron filled with pineapple curd, pandan cream, caramelised banana and peanut brittle. To test out some of Luxbite's regular macarons you can also head to one of the following stockists:
These award-winners take chocolate to a whole new level. They'll be plenty of sweets, drinks, and desserts to tempt you but if you can resist you must try the macarons here (and if you can't just make sure to leave room). Their legendary Black and White macaron that measures an impressive 6cm in diameter and 2.5cm in thickness was the winner of Melbourne's Best Chocolate Macaron 2010. It's kind of hard to beat credentials like that, unless you're the next cafe on this list.
Cacao are the winners of Melbourne's Best Macaron 2010 and Melbourne's Best Designer Macaron 2010. I must say they do have one of the most interesting and incredibly creative macaron flavours ever. Their cherry tomato consommé with strawberries and basil macaron may not tickle everyone's fancy but you must admit it is a thing of beauty.
Yes, I know I've left out a hundred other places. So why don't you leave a comment and tell me where you like to go and get your macaron on.