The great macaron hunt is not for the faint hearted. In order to accomplish this one would need to have determination, excellent navigation skill and most of all great passion for macarons.
Now macaron hunters, put on your most comfortable shoes and your cravings for macaron. Because once you start, you are strapped in for a journey of sugar rush and aching legs. Tips: bring a box to collect the macarons if you like
Stop1:Hardware Society For one to have the ability to walk long journeys one must first defeat the evil of hunger. Head off to the secluded café at Hardware Lane for a fulfilling brunch. Try their amazing scrambled eggs, which will be served in a small frying pan. Dig in and say yum. Then make eye contact with the waiter and ask for your first macaron. Once macaron is served, observe it with great intensity and think, 'This is the first macaron of the day.'
Comment:Hardware Society does not make macaron everyday. It's better for you to call and ask are they making any today. However, if they don't, go in for their breakfast. It is definitely worth trying.
Stop 2: La Belle Miette Just a 5 minute walk from Hardware Society. La Belle Miette is the new macaron shop in town. The shop dedicate itself to sell only one thing. Macaron.
'La Belle Miette means the "beautiful crumb" or, more broadly, "beautiful small thing".'
Observe the delightful macarons screaming for you to try them. They came in 72% cocoa single origin chocolate (Venezuela), cherry blossom & sake, ginger & macadamia, jasmine petal, lemon, lychee, olive oil & vanilla, pink grapefruit, pistachio, raspberry ganache, rose, violet & blueberry and even wasabi. The greatest part of it is the box they use to pack the macarons.
Comment: The macarons sold out very very quickly so you'd better be quick. The rose flavour is worth trying. If you are thinking of getting someone a gift buy six macarons with different flavours and place them in the box. It look as though you are giving someone a rainbow.
This glorious cake store will make you forget that you are on a macaron hunt and cause you to try their other cakes. Though I must say they do look amazing. Look at the decoration and the chocolate on cake. Yum. Wait, Focus. Focus!
Comment:Le Petit Gateau changes the flavour of their macarons everyday. Try their Ouzo (a Greece liqueur) flavour macaron. They are different and unique. The macarons at Le Petit Gateau have a more chewy texture. I think it is because of the different temperature they use to store the macarons.
They are not open on a weekend. If you miss this shop because of the weekend, you have to go back on the weekdays. Yes, it is that good.
You have only one business here and it is the lavender flavour macaron. Taste the fragrant flavour of lavender busting in your mouth (though I will only recommend the brave to try it, it really taste like biting a real lavender).
Stop 5: Luxbite
You might need a tram ticket to get to this stop. But this is a place where you definitely must go. Luxbite offer the loveliest most colourful and exotic flavours among the all. They even have kaya toast flavour macarons! The staff are the friendliest among the shops.
Kaya toast and watermelon flavour macarons
Comments: The kaya toast macaron is a macaron you must try. Watermelon is a very unique one as well. For those whom don't want to go too far for Luxbite, their macarons are available at Toby Espresso and Settebello Cafe. However, the selection there are fewer comparing to the Luxbite store at Toorak Road.
Stop 6: Scholotte
The Grand Finale. Indulge in their award winning macarons. Order two flavours, the peach and apricot and the white chocolate macaron. Then choose which one you like most. My vote goes to the peach and apricot - the centre is filled with small pieces of fruit. No doubt the greatest macaron of all time.
White and Dark chocolate macaron
Peach and apricot flavour macaron
Lastly, enjoy the rest of your night with dreams of macarons.
Where:Hardware Society - 120 Hardware St, Melbourne; La Belle Miette - 30 Hardware Lane, Melbourne; Le Petit Gateau - 458 Little Collins Street, Melbourne; Ganacha Chocolate - 245 Collins Street Melbourne; Luxbite - 38 Toorak Road, South Yarra
La Belle Miette make some amazing macarons! Havn't tried Shocolate but they look good! I also recommend The Macaron Master if you want to learn how to make macarons at home - www.themacaronmaster.com/ :)
By Anonymous Monday, 11th of June @ 08:53 am
Why not all addresses are mentioned in this review?
By frada0 - reader Sunday, 29th of July @ 12:03 am