Pierre Herme – King of Le Macaron
Tucked away in Knightsbridge between Knightsbridge station and Sloane Sq is a little gem of a pastry boutique sporting the illustrious name known the world over as one of the kings of the macaron; Pierre Herme. Many, including the fashionable P’trique ,have commented on the ultimate battle for macaron supremacy between Pierre Herme and Laduree.
For me Laduree has the most beautiful and opulent cafes and tea houses (along with the best club sandwich I have ever had) but Pierre Herme wins the title of the King of Le Macaron. Here’s why: The flavours are more delicate and sometimes experimental (lemon and hazelnut, basil and vanilla?! My tastebuds were boggled…) and the creme in the middle is so soft and light, melting a tiny bit into the biscuit so that you feel like you are truly eating fairy food. Laduree’s macarons are also delicious but have too much creme and in a thicker more gummy texture which I dislike.
Perhaps I am biased because my very first macaron was from Pierre Herme’s shop near the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris…Jasmine flavour…it shifted my perspective on pastries to say the least. No wonder the entire colour palette of Sofia Coppola’s movie, Marie Antoinette, was based upon those delicate pastel macarons! While Pierre Herme was known originally, when he opened his first shop in 1998 in Japan, as a chocolatier, his macaron skills keep me coming back for more.
If you do visit, try the summer collection called ‘Les Jardins’ as well as the fruit gummies which melt in your mouth in an explosion of tropical flavours. THIS is why they call it a ‘treat’.
Pierre Herme macarons can be found in London at Selfridges or in their own store at 13 Lowndes Street London SW1X 9EX (shown above). In the photo, the flavours left to right are: Pistachio, Lemon Hazelnut, Basil Vanilla, Jasmine, Rose, Salted Caramel, Salted Caramel.