The luxury of Parisian dessert is gracing the shores of Australia with the opening later this month in Sydney of Ladurée, the illustrious patisserie, chocolaterie and salon de thé that is steeped in a rich French history.
Originating as a bakery in 1862 run by Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from the southwest of France, the humble pastry shop has since flourished into one of the most iconic images of Paris. Indeed, some of the most prestigious names in fashion have been linked to Ladurée, with Christians Lacroix and Louboutin and Sonia Rykiel all having contributed designs.
But Ladurée is similarly revered for its spectacular interiors, originally decorated by Jules Cheret, the fin-de-siècle painter who became renowned for his Belle Époque poster art. Drawing inspiration from the painting techniques of the Sistine Chapel and the Opera Garnier, the spaces have always maintained the elegant sensibilities of a private maison.
President David Holder’s objective has been to pay homage to the refined classics of Parisian gastronomic creativity – in particular, to Pierre Desfontaines’ famous macaron. Desfontaines, second cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée, had the idea to join together two macaron shells with a luscious ganache filling in the middle of the 20th century. The delicate texture and flavour of Ladurée macarons is unsurpassed, and Desfontaines’ original recipe remains unchanged to this day.
From the Royal Court of the Château de Versailles to Australia, the Sydney Ladurée will open at Westfield Sydney in late July (we hear that it will around the 24th, but we’ll keep you posted), and present their exquisite macarons, together with an assortment of the most delectable chocolates, teas, confectionary, scented candles and delicate home fragrances.