Fodor's Expert Review Ladurée
Founded in 1862, Ladurée oozes period atmosphere—even at the big Champs-Élysées branch (No. 75)—but nothing beats the original tearoom on Rue Royale, with its pint-size tables and frescoed ceiling. Ladurée claims a familial link to the invention of the macaron, so it's no surprise that there's a huge selection on offer. Unfortunately, service has lagged at all three of the tearooms in recent years, and the crowded space feels more like an ersatz tourist destination than the historic tearoom that it is. Still, Ladurée’s stylish boxes make memorable, delicious gifts.