Ladurée is a little more “high class” than “no cash,” but it’s one of my favorites for what I consider an extravagant Parisian experience. Inventor of the macaron, Ladurée is a gilt jewel box of a pastry house, with several locations throughout Paris, my favorite being the one in Saint Germain on Rue Bonaparte. The black currant and orange blossom macarons are hands down my favorite, although the hazelnut and lemon also come in quite close behind. Whenever I leave Paris I buy a small sampler of six — I enjoy the macarons on the way home, and the gilt box they come in becomes a perfect souvenir.

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