I am frequently asked for travel tips for Paris and I had been diligently working on a guide when Paris by Ladurée by Serge Gleizes (Vendome Press/Scriptum Editions, October 2016) arrived in the mail. After I read it, I concluded there was no need for me to finish mine because this newly published guidebook is essentially the guide I would have written!
While the iconic patisserie is world famous for their colorful macarons, it’s their distinctive French style that made me a fan decades ago. Their beautifully decorated salons in Paris were always one of my favorite meeting spots for breakfast or lunch. So I knew even before opening Paris by Ladurée that I would be in agreement with their recommendations but what I didn’t know was just how much.
Paris by Ladurée gives us all of their favorite hotels, restaurants, shops, museums and cultural spaces in Paris. It is divided into four sections: Gourmandise (Gastronomy), Mode & Beauté (Fashion & Beauty), Décoration (Interior Design), Culture (Culture) and includes plenty of wonderful photographs and illustrations.
What makes it such a perfect guide is that it is so comprehensive; it includes all of the mandatory Paris classics as well as the favorite spots of locals that are lesser known to tourists.
In all honesty, there isn’t much more I could add or change. My favorite cafés, boutiques, patisseries, brocantes…. they’re all there! I have personally been to most of the places in the book and can recommend them without hesitation. As for the rest, I will be adding them to my list for my next trip.
So there you have it, Paris by Ladurée is the ultimate guide to Paris that I would have written. The softcover and size make it perfect to take with you on your next trip to Paris too.
(Photos and illustrations by Pierre-Olivier Signe.)
Review copy provided by Vendome Press.