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Ladurée Georgetown and All Its Macaron Glory Now Officially Open

The Parisian cookie parlor debuted May 2

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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

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.