It all began in 1862, when Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from France’s southwest, created a bakery at 16, rue Royale in Paris. The decoration of the pastry shop was entrusted to Jules Cheret, who found inspiration from the painting techniques used for the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the Garnier Opera.
At the beginning of the 20th century, La Duree became - not just a bakery - but one of the first tea salons in town.
Nowadays La Duree is a French institution, where people stand in line forever to obtain the lovely pastries but most off all for the macaroons they sell. La Duree is a feast for the eyes and even if you do not have a sweet tooth, you should definitely buy something just to get your hands on one the beautiful boxes in which they serve their pastries.
Hereby a sneak peek into the dreamworld of La Duree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnJuytCu1MU
Since there a few La Duree's in Paris, check their website for the nearest address!