If you’re after sweet treats, Parisienne chic and a wee bit of Scottish banter then Mademoiselle Macaron‘s your gal. Nestled away down a cobbled street in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, this lovely little patisserie recently celebrated its first birthday so I headed along with some other bloggers to help mark the occasion. We spent the evening sipping wine, sampling macarons (both sweet and savoury) and admiring the super cute shop. Mademoiselle Macaron has been on my to-visit list for ages and I can’t believe it has taken me a whole year to finally get round to it… but this definitely won’t be my last visit!
Although there are lots of delicious things on offer, like crepes, quiches, eclairs and cakes, it is – of course – the macarons which are the star of the show. There are traditional flavours like raspberry, pistachio or rose, as well as more unique flavour combinations like Innis & Gunn beer or Hendrick’s Gin. Of the flavours I tried, I think my favourites were chocolate & passionfruit and salted caramel – but there are plenty more I still need to sample on my next visit (Irn Bru being top of the list). We also tasted some savoury macarons which were something I didn’t even know existed. Mini burgers with salami & rocket sandwiched between two macaron shells? Yes please.
Mademoiselle herself, aka Rachel, lived in Paris and studied at the Alain Ducasse cookery school to perfect her macaron making skills and now she’s brought back all she knows to Edinburgh. The cafe is a perfect mix of the two cities, with an Eiffel Tower feature overlooking the counter and street map murals on the wall. B-e-a-utiful. If relaxing on the chaise longue and nibbling your macarons isn’t enough for you, you can also book yourself a macaron making class to learn some tricks of the trade and take some recipes home with you. Mademoiselle Macaron also do catering for events like weddings and birthdays if you’re looking for something a little more interesting than boring old cake.
Have you been to Mademoiselle Macaron yet?