The first time I tried Macarons (just remember with one “o” ma-ca-rons) it was few years ago and I immediately fell in love with them (obviously!). The light crunch, the soft inside and the tasty filling… just divine! Imagine when I found out a new Macarons place was opening in Edinburgh! I was so excited, and there was a lot to be excited for… oh la la!
This wonderful new pâtisserie is located on Grindlay Street, a lovely Edinburgh corner whose background is the majestic castle. As soon as you step into the shop though, you forget you are in the Scottish capital and you feel like you are entering a petite sweet boutique in Paris.
When I first arrived I was welcomed by the lovely Mademoiselle Macaron Rachel, the clever mind behind the business, and Caroline, a sweet french lady who creates amazing vintage dresses (many of them showcased in the cafe) . I was clearly overly excited and I was probably being a bit too loud with my OOHHHH’s and AWWWWW’s at the view of this rainbow pyramid of Macarons .
A part from the colourful macarons of course, the thing that catched my eye was a beautiful handmade Tour Eiffel sculpture.
At Mademoiselle macaron you can not only taste amazing macarons but you can find other sweet treats like eclairs and croissants. The cafe offers a good choice of coffees, you can opt for chocolate or tea so you just need to grab a comfortable seat and relax listening to some french tunes.
Macarons come in a big variety of flavours so the choice is yours (although I highly recommend to taste every single one of them because they are divine): pistachio, rasperry and fleur d’orange, just to name a few but if you are more tempted to try something different then go for lavender or chocolate and passionfruit or .. hendricks gin, aaargh I love them all!
So much attention to details has been put into this shop. This place is not a simple cafe, it is the ultimate french Macaron experience! In fact while you sip your tea or coffee you can relax on one of the chaises long while admiring the view on Edinburgh castle. I mean seriously, how many places can offer Paris and Edinburgh in one go?
If you are up for the challenge Mademoiselle Macaron runs classes too! You can learn all the secrets of how to make these beauties in a 3 hours course where you will make 5 different flavour macarons and have the opportunity to take plenty home for your friends and family to enjoy!
I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening soirée and I had so much fun not only tasting these lovely treats but meeting gorgeous, incredibly friendly people, For everyone who was keen to change hairstyle for the night, two super talented ladies from Lipstick Lashes and Locks were ready to transform you and get the Brigitte Bardot look with a quick but effective beehive, the typical hair look from the 1960’s. How wonderful!
If you going in for a treat, have a look as well at the wonderful fabrics on the wall and why not have your measurements taken and get your next vintage dress custom made by the lovely Caroline from La Robe à Caro.
If you are in the area and on the go then you can grab these Take away coffee with Macaron inbuild!
How fabulous is this Macaron Tower?
I seriously cannot wait to visit again this place: the tasty macarons, the chic decor, the friendly customer service, you will fall in love with Mademoiselle Macaron too. Fabulous place, another gem you cannot miss in the lovely Edinburgh.