Pierre Hermé Macarons at the Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

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Last week’s Macaron Day had two effects on us… We got inspired to visit Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris for Pierre Hermé macarons, and we fell in love with the colorful French treats even more.

But can you blame us? Macarons are delicious, and when made by the confection king himself, plunge you into a universe of flavor combinations you might not have thought of, but will definitely love…

Think raspberry, lychee and rose water, or better still, milk chocolate and passion fruit with his siganture Mogador collection. The good news is: Even if you missed Macaron Day, you can enjoy these creations any time of year. Just drop by any of his 30 boutique locations around the world.

Pierre Hermé at Le Royal Monceau

He is known as the Christian Dior of desserts with many deconstructions of classic French pastries to his name. Pierre Hermé is a man who needs no introduction, and the most artistic place to stop by for a taste of his creations- and macarons- is Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris. Maybe it’s the location of the hotel, just steps from the Champs-Élysées, or maybe it’s the playful luxury of the Michelin-starred Il Carpaccio restaurant where Pierre Hermé serves his desserts, but there is something about the setting of Le Royal Monceau that makes the pastry chef’s already beautiful macarons look and taste even better.

Our coup de coeur was the Ispahan, made- and decorated- with rose petals, whole raspberries and litchi. Look how pretty…

Then, of course, you have the other must-try flavors, including the salted butter caramel, the olive oil with mandarin orange and red berries (yes, you read that right) and the candied blackcurrant.

While you’re here

Le Royal Monceau, with its private art gallery and bookstore, is a hotel that’s all about art, so if you’re coming here for some downtime, you might as well take a tour of its 350 pieces of artworks. Designer Phillipe Starck also did a wonderful job renovating the 1928 grande dame, infusing it with a playful, contemporary flair that makes walking around the spaces a lesson in modern Parisian luxury. The chandeliers in the lobby are a sight to behold, and the hand-picked art and photography gives the Louvre Museum serious competition.

Did we mention the dedicated Art Concierge? It’s the only one of its kind in town, and is the place to head to for assistance with all things creative, from gaining entry to an exhibit or concert, to crafting the perfect itinerary to visit the many auctions, artist studios and museums of Paris.

Le Royal Monceau’s other claim to fame is its spa, a state-of-the-art rejuvenation space with the longest hotel pool in Paris. It’s a temple of well-being by Clarins, and there is nothing quite like it for a lazy afternoon of peace and relaxation in the heart of Paris…

About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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