Complete Guide to Macaron Day Paris – 2021 Edition

With the budding arrival of Spring on 20 March, it’s also the official date of Macaron Day Paris 2021.

Initiated in 2005 by Pierre Hermé, dubbed the ‘Picasso of Pastry’, Macaron Day is always a charitable event organised by high-end pastry chefs throughout France, Europe and the World over who are all members of the prestigious Relais Desserts group.


UPDATE 19 March 2021: Following the announcement about lockdown around Paris 20 March to 18 April, the GOOD NEWS is that the event will continue tomorrow, as patisseries will remain open during this time.

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This post was published on 10th March 2016 and I’ve published various editions over the years. As last year’s event was cancelled, I’m now happy to say this one is updated and the 16th year is on – welcome to the 2021 edition!

Macaron Day Paris 2021

Now in its 16th year, Macaron Day 2021 is a smaller affair than previous years – and last year, due to the  pandemic’s lockdown in France, it was cancelled. This year, the charitable project is organised with photographer, Stéphane de Bourgies (President of Zazakely Sambatra) and Relais Dessert pastry chefs Pierre Hermé and Vincent Guerlais (Relais Dessert’s President). For their second year running, the Jour du Macaron‘s chosen charity is for the children of Madagascar.

What is Zazakely Sambatra?

Zazakely Sambatra, meaning ‘happy children’ in Malagasy, is a public association founded in 2004 by Véronique de Bourgies following the adoption of two children in Madagascar. After Véronique’s tragic disappearance during the Paris terrorist attacks on 13 November 2015, her husband, Stéphane has continued to keep the flame burning for the children of Madagascar.

One of the poorest countries in the world, 92% of the Malagasy population lives on less than a dollar a day. Half of the population of Madagascar is made up of children under 14 years old. The association works to provide Madagascar’s youth with the necessary development – through training, exchanging, community organising, to help realise their potential. This includes extracurricular activities, learning about health and nutrition and, in line with Relais Desserts’ strive for Excellence, passing down knowledge and savoir-faire.

Macaron Day Paris 2020

Limited Edition Box: Macaron Day 2021

Inspired by the textile designs of Madagascar, these limited edition boxes were designed by Malagasy stylist, Sih Rakout. EACH BOX WILL CONTAIN SIX MACARONS (starting at 9 euros) by each member of Relais Desserts participating in Macaron Day 2021 – see list below.

Each macaron will conjure up the magic flavours of Madagascar: vanilla, chocolate and spices.

Macaron Day Guide Paris

Plan your Spring Macaron Day Paris 2021

So on 20th March, if you’re able to participate in Macaron Day Paris 2021, please do help raise funds by tasting at least one limited edition box of 6 delectable macarons from the following participating patisseries around Paris in aid of Zazakely Sambatra. 100% of sales from these boxes will go to the charity. Please note all closing times are at 6pm in Paris due to the governmental curfew.

Pierre Hermé

With an infinite gourmet choice of his macarons, anyone who has tasted them is bound to have their favourites. Creations that spring to my mind include Chloé (chocolate-raspberry), Infiniment Chocolat, Infinitely Rose or Passion Fruit or Orange or Grapefruit… What could be in the running in that box with his house signatures? Infinement de choix…

  • 4 rue Cambon, 75001 Paris (Tuesday- Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday/Monday closed)
    39 avenue de l’Opéra, 75002 Paris (Monday-Sunday: 11am-6pm)
    4 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris (Monday-Sunday: 11am-6pm)
    18 rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris (Monday-Sunday: 11am-6pm)
    72 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris (Monday-Sunday: 11am-6pm)
    126 blvd Saint Germain, 75006 Paris (Monday-Sunday: 10am-6pm)
    53-57 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris (Monday-Sunday: 11am-6pm)
    Publicis Drugstore, 133 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris (Monday-Sunday: 12pm-6pm)
    89 boulevard Malesherbes, 75008 Paris (Monday-Sunday: 11am-6pm)
    Lafayette Gourmet, 35 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris (Mon-Saturday: 9.30am-6pm; closed Sunday)
    185 rue de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris (Monday-Sunday: 11am-6pm)
    58 avenue Paul Doumer, 75016 Paris (Monday-Sunday: 10am-6pm)

Aoki macarons Rue Saint Dominique Paris

Sadaharu Aoki

This Japanese-French pâtisserie is highly Japanese with spectacular flavours such as Matcha Green tea; Black Sesamé; Genmacha; Hojicha; Yuzu; but what will be in that box?

  • 56 Boulevard de Port Royal, 75005 Paris (Tuesday-Sunday 11am-2.30pm/3.30-6pm; Closed Monday)
    35 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris (Tuesday-Sunday 11am-1.30pm/2.30-6pm; Closed Monday)
    103 rue Saint Dominique, 75007 Paris (Tuesday-Sunday 11am-1.30pm/2.30-6pm; Closed Monday)
    Lafayette Gourmet, 35 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris (Mon-Saturday: 9.30am-6pm; Closed Sunday)
    25 rue de Pérignon, 75015 Paris (Tuesday-Sunday: 11am-6pm; Closed Monday)

Laurent Duchêne

With his classic macarons including chocolate yuzu, I’ve loved his pear-cardamom and gingerbread macarons, just to get the spices going.

  • 238 rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris (Tuesday-Saturday: 8.30am-6pm; Sunday: 8am-1.30pm; closed Monday)
    2 rue Wurtz, 75013 Paris (Monday-Saturday: 7.30am-6pm; closed Sunday)
    45 Rue Raymond du Temple, 94300 Vincennes (Tuesday-Sunday: 8.30am-6pm; closed Monday)

 

Macarons Paris Jean-Paul Hevin chocolates

 

Jean-Paul Hévin

Jean-Paul Hévin’s macarons specialise in chocolate and I’m guessing that we’ll see Tana (Grand Cru ganache from Madagascar) and Vanill’in.

  • 231 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris
    41 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
    3 rue Vavin, 75006 Paris
    23 bis avenue de la Motte Picquet, 75007 Paris (all 4 boutiques open Mon-Saturday: 10am-6pm. Closed Sunday)
    Lafayette Gourmet, 35 Boulevard Haussemann, 75009 Paris (Saturday: 9.30am-6pm; Closed Sunday)

Arnaud Larher

Try his classic selection: my favourites are Pistachio; Mango-tangerine; or Coffee and chocolate cream laced with strong coffee.

  • 93 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris (all shops: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm; Closed Sunday/Monday)
    57 rue Damrémont, 75018 Paris
    53 rue Caulaincourt, 75018 Paris

LeNôtre

The legendary house, LeNôtre has always put their Madagascan Bourbon vanilla pride of place – and no doubt we’ll discover their other classics including chocolate and bitter coffee.

  • 10, rue Saint Antoine, 75004 Paris (Mon-Sun 9am-6pm)
    15, boulevard de Courcelles, 75008 Paris (opening times as above for all boutiques)
    22, avenue de la Porte de Vincennes, 75012 Paris
    61, rue Lecourbe , 75015 Paris
    44, rue d’Auteuil, 75016 Paris
    48 avenue Victor Hugo, 75016 Paris
    121, avenue de Wagram, 75017 Paris

Christophe Roussel

Montmartre chocolate pastry walk Christophe Roussel

Aren’t we lucky that the pastry and chocolate star of France’s west coast, Christophe Roussel, also has a boutique in Paris’s Montmartre? His boutique, ‘Creative Duo Avec Julie‘ (Christophe’s adorable wife) at the bottom of the hill known as the butte de Montmartre, always has a most sumptuous selection of macarons to choose from.

Please – if you ever see Christophe or Julie serving at the Montmartre boutique, please say bonjour from me! I’ve been so privileged to be part of his JURY twice now for the amateur pastry competition in La Baule – it’s always the most deliciously fun event (last time in 2019 was with Mercotte, Christophe Felder, Raphaël Haumont & Eric Guérin).

I see Christophe Roussel and his team have released the cutest chocolate sculptures this year – check out their new 2021 Easter collection here.

Back to the Parisian macarons! I personally love his Salted Caramel Coated with Dark Chocolate; Passion Fruit and Tarragon; Vanilla, Coffee, Chocolate, Gingerbread and Cheesecake macarons too. Och – try them ALL!

  •  5 rue Tardieu, 75018 Paris (Monday-Sunday: 10.15am-1.30pm/2pm-6pm)

 

Rest of France: Participating Macaron Day Patisseries

For a list of other participating patisseries in the rest of France, see this complete list from Relais Desserts.

If you’re able to participate in Macaron Day Paris 2021, we’re counting on you to help by tasting at least one limited edition box of 6 delectable macarons on 20th March!

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19 replies
    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Well, it has been quite dramatic since I posted this, since our First Minister announced a 3rd lockdown starting 20 March to 18 April! It has been quite a marathon to pin down the powers at be to find out if it IS going ahead and even during the best of times, it’s difficult to get any news about the event each year.

      Luckily, as patisseries will still be open during confinement around Paris, the good news is that Macaron Day is going ahead.

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Jings – I never answered you! How times have changed – would do anything for you to be able to come over this year. I’ll buy a few macarons in Paris Saturday and zoom with you x

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  1. Betty
    Betty says:

    Oh Jill! What fun to read about Macaron Day, even after the fact! So many fun flavors to try and for such a good cause! I do so hope to be in Paris for this special day some year.

    Thank you for the great macaron-hunting inspiration!
    Betty

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  2. David
    David says:

    Oh, I wish I were there to participate! (Is there any way to make a donation from afar?) What a wonderful way to raise funds! And so pleased to see so many wonderful shops participating.

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      David – have a look at the Relais Desserts website and they have a list of your nearest participating boutique for Macaron Day.

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  3. Jamie
    Jamie says:

    *swooooon* How I wish I was in Paris! This is most definitely the complete list! And sadly I can’t even be in Nantes for Vincent Guerlais’ macarons. I must either make my own or try those of the local Chinon pastry chef. Perfect list! And I LOVE Carol’s drawings!

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Thanks for popping in Jamie. Yes, there’s still more happening for Macaron Day outside of Paris – even in our Banlieue we have Grandin participating too from Saint Germain-en-Laye. Hope you manage to find the time from your busy hotel schedule to take part in Relais Desserts in Chinon.

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  4. Thomasina
    Thomasina says:

    I love Carol Gillot’s maps. I love macarons – absolutely all the flavours I can get. I love Paris too and I wish I could be there for macaron weekend. Thank you Jill for all the macaron information.

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Glad to be of help – and even if you can’t make it for Macaron Day, hope you come soon to taste them for yourself in Paris and become Mad About Macarons 😉

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  5. Liz
    Liz says:

    What a terrific cause—and excuse to buy lots and lots of macarons (well, donate and get free macarons :)). If you happen to see Mardi, give her a hug from me—and a big one for you, too!!! xo

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Thanks Liz. It’s a lovely thought to enjoy macarons and give to a good cause at the same time. Hugs back to your side of the pond!

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Love so much your map, Carol, but dear to the heart is the one you did in Teatime in Paris, bien sûr. Talented girl!

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