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Head up Rue Royale to­wards the grand neo­clas­si­cal 19th-cen­tury Church of Madeleine, built in the style of a Ro­man tem­ple, with 52 65-foot Corinthian col­umns bear­ing the weight of the roof. Pop in if you have time – there is a beau­ti­ful fres­coed half dome over the al­tar – then stop off at Ladurée, at num­ber 16, and pick up a box of pas­tel-col­ored mac­a­roons. The lit­tle round cakes, which come in all man­ner of shades, from frothy pink to pis­ta­chio green, are made from al­monds, eggs and sugar, with a layer of smooth ganache be­tween two squishy shells. Although the patis­serie dates back to 1862, it now has branches all over the world (in­clud­ing two in Man­hat­tan and one in Mi­ami), and the ad­ja­cent salon is a charm­ing place to en­joy a cup of tea. Open 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM Mon-Thurs, un­til 8:00 PM Fri-Sat, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sun.

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