Christophe Roussel Macarons at Montmartre Paris

Did you really think I’d tasted enough macarons in Paris after the last post? Admittedly, I make my own macarons at home but when I’m asked regularly which macarons I prefer in Paris, I should be able to help you out. That’s a sign of a macaronivore. There are so many pastry shops that sell macarons, it’s difficult to get around them all. I’ll leave that to you but I can’t let you come to Paris – or go to Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur – without stopping in for macarons and chocolate at Christophe Roussel. It should be part of every guide’s spiel on the petit train in the area to mention this too.

I first tasted Christophe Roussel’s macarons at the Paris Salon du Chocolat in October last year. What was particularly impressive was that each macaron was half dipped in Valrohna’s Guanaja chocolate (70% cacao.) What’s more, I appreciated his main store was in La Baule in France but only recently discovered that he’d opened up a new boutique in rue Tardieu in the 18th, just a few macaron feet away from Montmartre’s steps and the queue to the Fenicular Cable.

Stepping in to this snazzy boutique that was once another souvenir shop, I could see something going on backstage for all to see: Christophe Roussel, the pastry chef in person, placing the final touches to his giant raspberry and lime-basil-raspberry macarons. Adding spots of intense raspberry compôte, he finished off with his unique supplier’s stock of Tulameen bionic raspberries. Who wants another Eiffel Tower lighter or pencil sharpener from a touristy souvenir shop when you can feast your eyes and go up to Montmartre tasting this?

This fourth boutique opened last year and together with his talented aroma-professional-tasting wife, Julie, they have a real creative duo here as the shop’s name implies, ‘Christophe Roussel duo créatif avec Julie‘. Can you imagine waltzing in to such a classy pâtisserie, being able to chat away with the creative genius couple as they offer tasting samples to curious tourists, lured in by the macaron sign and Marie-Antoinette style dress in the window?  I can tell you that in Paris, there are not many boutiques like this that give everyone such a friendly welcome!

While relishing in a tasting of the lemony cheesecake and passion-tarragon macarons (with the passion lingering on the palate for a full couple of minutes, followed by the hint of tarragon), I couldn’t choose. Do you have problems making decisions too?  So I ended up buying one of each. That way I could share them with the family. They deserve it, I guess. Go for the marron-cassis (chestnut-blackcurrant), raspberry, passion-tarragon, cheesecake, chocolate-banana, coffee and caramel-ginger.

As Christophe was adding a chocolate-raspberry creation to his pastry line-up, I had my eye on his Religieuse. I love how he does a retake on the normal classic of 2 choux buns: he adds a third and I’ve often seen his wacky versions including a macaron shell with a gigantic raspberry on top, presenting a magnificent mitre look.

I take my hat off to the salted caramel Religieuse, with the bottom sablé pastry hiding its gem of ginger. This crafty combination also works well in his caramel macaron just like it, using salt from the Guérande (also another boutique there.) Incidentally, they don’t give fancy titles to their pastries: just helpful descriptions. No wonder they chose the mango dome with passion and citronella for their wedding: that did it for me since the flavours were sublime but the whole experience was so light. Then there’s the Mango compôte with caramel cream, ginger jelly and Indian vanilla. My only complaint? I needed just one spoon so that nobody else could get at it.

Now this is what I call class: choose from the gourmet chocolate bars – an ‘Electro’Choc’ – have it packaged individually, and indulge at the top of the Montmartre steps. Sounds a good program? That Tiramisu one is a great pick-me-up, and orange-speculoos (cinnamon.)

On the right are one of his Buttes de Montmartre (Montmartre mounds). Coated ivory chocolates with a oh-so-fruity peach jelly inside. He also has one that fizzes in the mouth.

For the romantics, you must try his kisses – they’re nothing like the Hershey ones. These are flamboyant lips!  Creation obviously reigns in the family, as Julie’s brother fashioned this chocolate bar, housing different varieties of tablets.

So before you race up these steps up to Sacré-Coeur, take a breather of chocolate and macarons then head up that hill. He’s also near the Eiffel Tower (10 rue de Champ de Mars) so you have the same sweet program of what to do when in Paris.

Then perhaps a kiss or two at the top?

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More Best Macarons in Paris

Fête du Macaron – Macaron Day in Paris 2012

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29 Responses to Christophe Roussel Macarons at Montmartre Paris

  1. ASSEL November 30, 2014 at 19:37 #

    Dear Jill! Is it possible to get the information about equipment for making French macaroons. I need the automatic divider. Thanks a lot

    • Jill December 1, 2014 at 16:59 #

      I’m afraid I’m not the right person to ask for professional machinery for macaron-making on a large scale. The book is aimed at home bakers like myself with a good recipe that works in a non-professional kitchen. Why don’t you contact Christophe, or other professional bakers in the field?

  2. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite June 17, 2012 at 21:45 #

    On. My. List. for VERY VERY SOON!!!

  3. Samantha St.Germain (now Cohen) June 10, 2012 at 03:49 #

    Once again, Jill, your chocolate tour was our favorite part of visiting Paris! Noah and I went by Pierre Herme’s twice more last week. We tried the Infiniment Vanille tart and my goodness! That was the most delicious morsel I’ve ever tasted! Thank you for the recommendation.
    Today I attempted to make macarons for the first time using a recipe from David Lebovitz. They came out tasting delicious, but looking very unmacaron-like. I think my batter was too thick and my oven temp too high. I guess I’ll just have to practice some more!

    • Jill June 12, 2012 at 09:25 #

      Great to hear from you, Sam, and glad you enjoyed the walk. I’m sure your macs were fabulous. Let me know how you get on next time!

  4. Magic of Spice June 9, 2012 at 00:20 #

    Oh wow, such delights!

  5. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 8, 2012 at 15:59 #

    This was not there the last time I was in Paris – I don’t think I would have missed this. :) What a great post. One day I’ll get good at these magic bites of delight.

    • Jill June 8, 2012 at 18:51 #

      Go for it, Maureen!

  6. Amy @ fragrantvanillacake June 8, 2012 at 03:58 #

    Jill, I am so jealous of all of your sweets and macaroon tastings! I can only enjoy through the wonderful photos you have here, which are awesome! Looks like you got to try many delicious things :) !

    • Jill June 8, 2012 at 13:56 #

      Amy, see: you run and bake your sweet things. I bake my sweet things, then run around Paris eating more sweet things. Don’t be jealous. I’m needing to calm down, as I’m forming a muffin around the belt.

  7. Jerome in Glasgow June 7, 2012 at 21:51 #

    Merci Jill! Super post comme d’hab!
    J’espère qu’ils ne seront pas fermés quand on doit venir en juillet! :-)

    • Jill June 8, 2012 at 13:54 #

      Merci. Je ne crois pas, Jérôme. C’est en août que Paris ferme ses portes, n’est-ce pas?

  8. Cucina49 June 7, 2012 at 21:27 #

    What a gorgeous boutique and desserts! I usually go to Pierre Herme and Laduree, but it’s good to have another option!

  9. kale June 7, 2012 at 19:08 #

    Beautiful creations! Especially love those Religieuses!

    • Jill June 8, 2012 at 13:52 #

      So did I, I have to ‘confess’…

  10. Nice article :) ! And your pictures are great too! Christophe Roussel has a chocolate bar at our hotel, nearby the Eiffel Tower, and everyone love it! We hope to see you next time :) !
    And your blog is great!

    • Jill June 7, 2012 at 18:40 #

      Merci beaucoup. I’d love to come and say hello, especially as Antoine & I used to live around the corner for 5 years in another life before the children were born. I have fond memories of your quartier. A bientôt!

  11. Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen June 7, 2012 at 14:19 #

    Another gorgeous song to the delicious treats of Paris, Jill. I envy Christophe and his wife their lovely business. How wonderful to wake up each morning and go to a job that you just love doing!

    • Jill June 7, 2012 at 18:37 #

      That is so true, Hester. You can tell they’re so passionate about what they’re doing. Bit like us, really? ;-)

  12. Nami | Just One Cookbook June 7, 2012 at 01:39 #

    Um… looking at the last picture I got confused because the night view of the buildings is somewhere in Tokyo downtown, then I realized that’s just a wallpaper or some sort?? Very trendy shop. I definitely want to try Religieuse. It’s a pretty and elegant tower indeed. The jelly in chocolate sounds very sophisticated too. Are macarons for French people like cupcakes for Americans? Do you bring these treats mainly to visit someone or give as a gift (of course for yourself, too)?

    • Jill June 7, 2012 at 10:13 #

      Hehe. Thought it would confuse you and yes, it’s jazzy wallpaper. Isn’t it incredible? I think macarons are not just for the French now – but yes, they’re ideal as gifts since the packaging is also pretty special, Nami.

  13. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious June 7, 2012 at 01:23 #

    Wow! Looks like a macaronivores dream palace..personally I’d be more ga ga meeting you than some famous pastry chef ;)

    • Jill June 7, 2012 at 10:10 #

      It is a dream palace where you’re treated like royalty. Consider yourself Jilled for that last comment though, Gerry.

  14. Tina@flourtrader June 6, 2012 at 21:36 #

    These places really look to be all class and talent! They have that magical aura about them. Being magical is something that Disney claims, but I would say for a foodie these places are it.
    Delicious and amazing treats, I envy the day you must have had. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Jill June 7, 2012 at 10:11 #

      I wish it was for a day, Tina! But who needs Disneyland and queues when you have places like this to visit in Paris?


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