For an elegant and sweet taste of Paris, but in the middle of Edinburgh, look no further than Mademoiselle Macaron.
As the name implies, the small Parisian themed café specialises in macarons, NOT macaroons. I’m one of those people who corrects others when they make this mistake because come on, the two are SO different! Let’s get this straight: macaroons are lumpy cookies made with shredded coconut, whereas macarons are smooth meringue-based treats made with ground almonds. They don’t look anything alike. But I digress…
At Mademoiselle Macaron, you’ll find macarons in a variety of colourful flavours including vanilla, raspberry, salted caramel, chocolate passion fruit, rose, and fleur d’orange. But you’ll also be enticed by some of the more unusual flavours like Hendricks gin, Innis & Gunn beer, and Earl Grey. Intriguing, I know. These can be enjoyed in the café with a coffee or they can be taken for the road. If macarons aren’t your thing, pastries, tarts, and crêpes are usually available, and if macarons are really your thing, but you live further afield, you can order the goods online.
Now let’s get down to brass tacks. The seasonal flavours lure me in like there’s no tomorrow. Summer flavours include elderflower and rhubarb. Christmas flavours include chocolate peppermint and gingerbread. But for me, Easter and October are when this place shines. Why? Easter is a time for the glorious Crème Egg macaron. I LOVE IT! The light almond crunch paired with their magnificent Crème Egg ganache is perfection. I will definitely be trekking to Mademoiselle Macaron this coming Easter season just for these bad boys (as long as they make a come back). I’ll take a Crème Egg macaron over a chocolate egg any day!
Then October sees the rise of – you guessed it – the pumpkin pie macaron. It’s a dream treat! I not-so-secretly want it year-round. Whenever I have acquired a box of pumpkin pie macarons, I make sure to enjoy them slowly and to appreciate the flavour because damn, they are good. I’m making it a personal tradition to get these just for myself every autumn. The past 2 years, I’ve gotten a box of 4 and it never ends up being enough. I always wish I had gotten 8 instead. I’ve learned my lesson and will get 8 (if not more) next October. Mark my words.
I love that the owner Rachel incorporates seasonal flavours into her line of macarons. Variety is the spice of life, right? When it comes to food, thinking outside the box is oh so appreciated. So keep it up Miss Macaron!