I made a nice little introduction to French macarons on Serious Eats that took me a little too long considering that it's not very detailed and only mildly informative, but IT HAS PHOTOS? IT HAS PRETTIES? YOU CAN HAZ THE MACS?
Yes. Thank you! Support me! So I can keep my job!
I know posting this entry will push the other one down the page and that makes me sad because I rather liked the other entry ("This was the day I just sat around and peed," is my most favorite quote ever), but I need some help. Like within the next 10 hours. I need to make A GIANT LIST OF PLACES WHERE YOU CAN BUY MACARONS!
Read more to see what I have so far. And the contribute, if you please. Also if you think I should remove anything from my list because it sucks, let me know. I want to recommend decent macarons.
A bunch of places to get macarons
This is an extremely inconclusive list seeing as you can get macarons seemingly everywhere. Here are the ones that I've been to or have been recommended. You probably shouldn't go to more than 12 patisseries anyway, right? I mean. Um.
New York (Manhattan unless noted otherwise)
This list doesn't include fancy pants restaurants, which I have a feeling would make the best macarons. You just have to eat an expensive meal first. Sigh.
La Maison du Chocolat
Jacques Torres (Seasonal availability; check with the store before you visit)
Silver Moon Bakery
Georgia's Bake Shop
Joyce Bakeshop (Brooklyn)
Pix Patisserie (Portland, OR)
Sweet Pea Bakery (Phoenix, AZ)
Sucre (New Orleans, LA)
Mrs. London's Bakery and Café (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Gesine (Montpellier, VT. They seem to make the original French style macaron cookies, not the filled sandwich kind.)
Le Panier (Seattle, WA)
The Essential Baking Company (Seattle, WA)
Bittersweet (Chicago, IL)
Vanille Patisserie (Chicago, IL)
Miel Patisserie (Philadelphia, PA)
Mad Mac (Based in NYC but ship all over the country)
L.A. Burdick (Have shops in NH and MA but ship all over the country. They refer to their macarons as Luxembourger/Luxemburgerli, which aren't exactly the same thing, but close enough.)
Pierre Hermé (Tokyo)
Sadaharu Aoki (Tokyo)
Le Chocolat de H (Tokyo)
Mad Baker (Singapore, custom order)
Evan's Kitchen Ramblings (Singapore, custom order)
Le Goûter Bernardaud (Hong Kong)
Rest of the World
Fauchon (Locations worldwide)
Ganache Patisserie (Vancouver)
Thomas Haas (Vancouver)
T&0uml;ertchen T&0uml;ertchen (Berlin)
Ladureé at Galeries Lafayette (Berlin)
Adriano Zumbo (Sydney)
Lindt Concept Store (Sydney)
Laurent Bakery (Melbourne, Sydney)
Cafe Pistachio (Salmabad, Kingdom of Bahrain)
I'm having trouble with "Elsewhere" as you can see. Someone told me that in London you can only get them at Ladurée and Paul (or maybe those are the most convenient places), which are both French stores anyway. I know there must be more places in Asian—at least I think there are a few places in Taipei that make them—but I don't really know. And of course, there's the rest of the US. And Canada. Ahhh. I had a macaron at Patachou in Toronto, and while it wasn't bad it wasn't...awesome either.
I'll update this list as suggestions come on.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP, YOU ARE AWESOME! AND YES, MAYBE I AM CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY.