Just in case you don’t know what a Macaron (or Macaroon) is, let’s start with the basics: A macaron (pronounced mack-a-ROHN) is a confection made up of two round, flat, almond-flour-based cookies sandwiching an emulsified filling like ganache or jam. Any variation in color or flavor is simply a variation in the filling, plus some food coloring added to the shells. A macaroon (two os; pronounced mack-a-ROON) is a mounded cookie made with shredded coconut and often dipped in chocolate. Two very different cookies, two very different appearances, flavors, and recipes—but with remarkably similar names. And in Austin, there’s one place to go for the best - La Pâtisserie
Macaroons are so hard to describe to someone who has never had one before. The outsides have an eggshell like crunch, and the inside is soft and gooey like a marshmallow. There is a delicate cream filling in the center and the flavors are often soft and subtle. These two bite treats are so light and airy that you can eat a million before you even realize it. But it's ok since they are made with egg whites, meaning they have zero calories and are practically health food.
La Pâtisserie, there is a check in offer for yelpers to get 2 free mini macaroons with a $7 purchase. They were out of those when I went so they gave me one full size for free instead. Can I just say how amazing their display case is? Homemade pop tarts, lovely cakes, macaroons the colors of the rainbow, and chocolate croissants, oh my! They also make ‘frou frou’ coffee drinks that look delicious, too.
There were no flavor signs by the macaroons but the awesome lady behind the counter took the time to list each one off for me. Some of their seasonal flavors right now include caramel apple, gingerbread, and two types of peppermint ones (I believe one with white and one with milk chocolate fillings, but not entirely sure).
For myself I chose two vanilla ones because they are my favorite, one champagne, one caramel apple, and one espresso. The champagne one blew me away. I was not expecting it to be bright pink and almost shimmery in color, but it was phenomenal!! Honestly, I thought they all were! I would love to come back here again for a cappuccino and a chocolate croissant. The inside is cozy and smells divine. What better gift idea than a few macaroons for the people you love most? I know it would be a gift I would be more than happy to receive!!
But again…their macarons!!! So good. A bit pricey, but they are larger than the usual macaron, and they have unique flavor combinations. Really yummy!
Two locations to choose from – south and north Austin for your convenience. Open 7 days a week, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
602 W Annie St
Austin, TX 78704