Ladurée swung open its ornate doors to Georgetowners Tuesday morning, revealing an authentic slice of Paris with no passport required.
Located at 3060 M Street NW, the 1,110-square-foot, soaring art-deco space features a pastel paint job, smooth white marble bar, and downstairs “pastry lab” where its iconic macaron-making magic happens.
“We want you to feel like you are in a Parisian house,” said Elisabeth Holder Raberin, co-president of Ladurée USA.
Sweets line the mirrored walls, including flavored macarons, homemade ice cream, other desserts, and a signature line of chocolates.
Unique to the Georgetown location is a $21 six-piece cherry blossom gift box of macarons and a Spring Spritz (vodka, champagne, cherry blossom water topped with cherry macaron, for $18).
The location offers breakfast, lunch, brunch, afternoon tea and aperitif, as well as coffee, cocktails, pastries, and savory meals. Daily specials range from poached cod on Mondays to beef-stuffed tomatoes on Wednesdays. Risotto, lobster rolls, and mini tofu burgers are also in the mix.
Not all the pristinely packaged goods are edible; there’s also perfumed candles, totes, room sprays, and key rings.
Entrees like the $40 Tournedos Ladurée with foie gras aren’t cheap, but customers can try a taste of Ladurée for as low as $2.80; that’s all the dough required to snatch up individual servings of seasonal and traditional macarons (think: caramel with salted butter, and orange blossom).
D.C. is expected to get a second (and trés petit) Ladurée soon; another shop is headed to Union Station.
Status: Certified open. 3060 M Street NW; website.