They say that Ladurée is the inventor of the macaron (not to be confused with macaroons) and that 15,000 are sold every day. Maybe that's true and maybe it isn't, but indisputably Ladurée is the chicest place on the Champs Elysées to buy your cake, tarts and - obviously - macarons.
Although the company was founded at the end of the 19th Century, the outlet on the Champs Elysées is barely 10 years old. Nevertheless, its reputation is well known globally: people often queue right out the door to get one of the 26 different flavours (not counting limited edition macarons) and they were even featured in Sofia Coppola's film 'Marie Antoinette'! Be warned though that they keep four days maximum, so if you're planning on taking some home, drop in at the end of your stay.
A new addition to Ladurée on the Champs Elysées is the Ladurée Bar at the rear of the shop, with extraordinary décor by Roxane Rodriguez that you really must see. It's one of the smartest places to eat a quick lunch or light dinner before going to the cinema or the Lido.
One of the best attractions in Paris during Christmas festivities is the Champ Elysées Market. For the holiday season, the avenue looks like a Christmas village.
Christmas market on the Champs Elysées stretches from Concorde Square to the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées. This year more than 200 chalets will welcome you to for shopping for souvenirs, gifts, traditional crafts and gourmet products.
Just stop for a vin chaud, or hot mulled wine. The Christmas market is opened from 10 AM to midnight.