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Macaron obsession: where to get them in Atlanta

Alon's

Alon's

At Thanksgiving, they were cornmeal with a molasses buttercream and Christmas brought peppermint with dark chocolate ganache filling. Such has been my recent obsession with macarons (not to be confused with coconut macaroons).

Making macarons requires a little skill, practice and definitely patience. If that’s a challenge that doesn’t tempt, you can find macarons at several bakeries throughout the metro area.

Here’s the scoop on where to get these gluten-free goodies around town. They might make a nice alternative to chocolates for your Valentine this year.

Alon’s

Alon’s has one of the most extensive collections of macaron flavors ranging from the simple almond to a bluish-purple black currant. Well puffed, the macarons have the hallmark crisp crust and sticky interior. Fillings are generous and not overly sweet. Try the creamy-filled coconut macaron. You’re welcome. $1.99

Douceur de France

This bakery/cafe, with locations in Roswell and Marietta, serves two kinds of macarons: “color” and “flatter.” The flatter ones certainly live up to their descriptor. Although they lack the puffy fullness and crisp shell, these sticky-top macarons are somewhat addictive. They come in the usual flavors — raspberry, lemon, chocolate and more — but each has a fudgy quality resulting from the softness. My daughter and I agree that the salted caramel macaron here is one of the best tasting in town. $1.20

The Bakery at Cakes & Ale

Cacao

Cacao

You may find one or two flavors of macarons in the case at this bakery each day. They disappear quickly, so grab one fast. Today may bring passion fruit, tomorrow chocoate pistachio. These well-made classic macarons showcase concentrated flavorings, yet retain the perfect amount of almond texture and flavor. $2.00

Joli Kobe

Nestled in a sea of beautiful pastries, the macarons at Joli Kobe come in flavors like caramel praline, vanilla tea, cassis, and caramel sea salt. Order one of each and they will come in a ribbon-wrapped, doily-lined box suitable for a shower favor. You might have to taste a few to find your perfect flavor. The puffy and crisp shell folds into a soft middle, but some of the flavorings ring with an artificial note. Star with the super minty chocolate-filled macaron. $1.25

Cacao

A pastel tower of macarons stands out among a backdrop of dark-toned chocolate at Cacao. Playful flavors include a chocolate-filled orange reminiscent of The Varsity’s Frosted Orange, a delicate lavendar and a chocolate rose that’s light on the floral. The macarons here are likely the sweetest of the ones I sampled across town. I tend to gravitate to anything pistachio and the pistachio-cherry macaron at Cacao doesn’t disappoint with a surprise bit of fruit concealed within. $2.00

Star Provisions

Star Provisions

Star Provisions

To sample the macarons at Star Provisions, I placed a special order 48 hours in advance. They may also have them available in the case on Fridays and Saturdays. I sampled the pistachio and the chocolate, though most traditional flavors can be ordered. The pistachio has a crisp and crumbly cookie, but the creamy pistachio filling wins my heart. The chocolate is softer and leaves you with the subtle flavors of dark chocolate.

Ali’s Cookies

Ali’s Cookies makes more than just cookies. Macarons are among their specialty items. For now, they are a special-order confection, but may appear in bakery cases soon. Taught by a French chef, the baker at Ali’s Cookies makes a range of traditional flavors like chocolate and jam-filled strawberry. These high-domed macarons are of the crispy variety.

Henri’s

Looking at the plastic sleeves lined with patterns of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry macarons, visions of carboard-boxed Neopolitan ice cream spring to mind. No matter the flavor, each macaron I tasted from Henri’s bore an unmistakable refrigerator tang. $1.10

Please chime in if you know of other great macarons in our city.

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–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

19 comments Add your comment

1164mgc

February 13th, 2013
9:41 am

Are those prices per macaron?

Jason

February 13th, 2013
9:58 am

Maison Robert has great macarons.

Jason

February 13th, 2013
10:02 am

And Cafe Mozart has good ones too.

A

February 13th, 2013
10:19 am

Yup, those prices are per macaron. They are not cheap, but good ones are so worth it!

Chloe

February 13th, 2013
10:33 am

Most of the Korean bakeries in the metro surprisingly puts out French macarons worthy enough to be on this list. One such place is Hansel+Gretel in Duluth. Mozart on Pleasant Hill comes second. And let’s not forget White Windmill on BuHi and Vincent on Peachtree Pkwy. There are other locations for these bakeries but the ones I mentioned are where the macarons are best.

Chef

February 13th, 2013
10:34 am

Maison Robert has some of the best. Surprised it is not included.

Polly M

February 13th, 2013
10:43 am

I agree with previous posters. Maison Robert’s macarons are wonderful. Should have been at the top of the list.

Kdub

February 13th, 2013
11:27 am

The best macaron I’ve ever had used ice cream as the filling. As it was the first 1 I ever had, I was saddened when I realized this was not the norm. This was over in Paris, where even McDonalds serves pretty decent macarons!

1164mgc

February 13th, 2013
1:07 pm

Thanks A, I’ve never even seen a macaron around where I live, but have always wanted to try one. I’ve got a good list now for next time I’m in Atlanta!

Edward

February 13th, 2013
1:16 pm

I agree with the Vietnamese bakeries being one of the better locales for getting a great macaron here in Atlanta. Mozart and White Windmill are my favs.

PJ

February 13th, 2013
1:30 pm

There is someone who comes to the Riverside Farmers Market in Roswell – she makes matcha macarons that are amazing & so pretty.

Darin

February 13th, 2013
7:24 pm

I’ll put in another vote for Maison Robert’s! They should really be on this list.

Bill

February 13th, 2013
11:33 pm

Hot Chocolatier in Chattanooga has great macarons.

lorielle

February 14th, 2013
2:49 am

I’ll chime in as well. Maison Robert’s. How could you have left them off the list? Sigh.

Jenny Turknett

February 14th, 2013
3:42 am

I’m glad to know Maison Robert has macarons. When we were out tasting for the Fall Dining Guide, I specifically asked about macarons and I was told at the store that they didn’t make them. I’ll be sure to try them! And good call on the Vietnamese bakeries, too!

James

February 14th, 2013
10:52 am

Even if Maison Robert doesn’t have the best macarons in town, he certainly has the best PR team (albeit an extraordinarily whiny bunch)!

Rebecca

February 14th, 2013
1:38 pm

Love the chocolate ones at General Muir which just opened in Emory Point.

Zack

February 14th, 2013
1:48 pm

Rebecca – General Muir doesn’t have traditional french macarons. They have chocolate dipped macaroons.

Dawn

February 15th, 2013
6:31 pm

My husband recently returned from a business trip to Paris with macarons from La Durée. The rosewater flavor was by far the most amazing. He recently had the ones from Alon’s and was disappointed. I think when your first taste of them was from Paris, nothing in Atlanta can live up to it. But, I’m glad to know there are options other than Alon’s and will have to go on a macaron binge and explore.