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LADURÉE’S NEW MAC­ARON MAέSON IN GE­ORGE­TOWN PRO­VIDES A HEAV­ENLY BACK­DROP FOR ITS CLOUD-LIKE CON­FEC­TIONS.

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Ladurée’s new mac­aron maî­son in Ge­orge­town pro­vides a heav­enly back­drop for its cloud­like con­fec­tions.

Dessert in DC just got sweeter and a whole lot chicer. Ladurée—the most fa­mous name in Parisian mac­arons—has opened not one but two new

Wash­ing­ton shops, in­clud­ing a gor­geous pow­der-blue maî­son in Ge­orge­town.

Who can re­sist a few mac­arons or an af­ter­noon tea with a tower of fin­ger sand­wiches? Filled with chan­de­liers and or­nate mir­rored walls, the Ge­orge­town lo­ca­tion has an al­most jewel-box feel. It of­fers more than just pas­tries (though you’ll want to linger over the cream-filled cherry-blos­som re­ligieuse, gar­nished with morello cher­ries): The shop also pro­vides sit-down break­fasts, lunches, and din­ners, serv­ing clas­sic French dishes such as omelettes and cro­ques. Lo­cated in Union Sta­tion’s Main Hall, a sec­ond Ladurée bou­tique of­fers hur­ried trav­el­ers prepack­aged op­tions, in­clud­ing sand­wiches, sal­ads, and boxed mac­arons (the per­fect grab-and-go host gift).

Of course, the mac­arons are the main draw, in­clud­ing a cherry-blos­som fla­vor that’s ex­clu­sive to DC—just one of the 100 va­ri­eties Ladurée makes in its shops around the world, says owner and co-CEO Elis­a­beth Holder Raberin. “We have the very tra­di­tional pas­tries [and] some modern in­ter­pre­ta­tions,” she says.

“We love to have fresh and sea­sonal fla­vors, so we’re con­stantly cre­at­ing new ideas,” Holder Raberin adds. “Our goal is to make French food ap­proach­able and ac­ces­si­ble to Wash­ing­ton.” 3060 M St. NW, Ge­orge­town, 202-737-0492; Union Sta­tion, 202-789-5960; laduree.com

For its Ge­orge­town shop, Ladurée switched up its clas­sic pal­ette of pas­tel greens for some­thing airier.

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