#32 – Have some hot chocolate at LaDurée. Accomplished!
So many people have told me since I arrived in France, “Go to LaDurée. You will not be disappointed.” La Durée is principally known for its macarons, but they also house a cozy little tearoom/restaurant where you can order breakfast, lunch or dessert.
We arrived on Saturday afternoon for some dessert (and hot chocolate, which I had been told was the best in France). After a brief wait in line, we were escorted inside and upstairs.
The first thing that struck me about LaDurée was the scent, a mix of sugar and heaven. It took forever to decide on a dessert – the menu is pages long and EVERYTHING sounded delicious. Luckily, they served us our drinks first.
I’m not sure if I would hand LaDurée the prize for France’s best hot chocolate, though it was delicious! It wasn’t like any hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted… it was, quite literally, as though someone had heated a bar of the highest-quality chocolate to liquid – it was SO thick and rich!!
For dessert, I decided on “Saint-Honoré Rose-Framboise.” A puff pastry with rasberry filling, rose-icing, and ROSE flavored whipped cream!! It was dangerously delicious and very filling. And yes, that is an actual rose petal perched atop the pastry.
If you are ever in Paris, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to dessert at LaDurée once. Yes, its expensive, but you will NOT be disappointed.