Local Bridal Guide: Add a Sweet Touch to Your Wedding With Macarons From One of These 8 Philly Bakeries
If macarons were as trendy as they are now back when I was in Paris seven years ago, there is no doubt that I would have spent every minute of my free time camped out in Ladurée or any other darling shop that sold the little treats. Unfortunately though, macarons had yet to cross my radar, but since discovering them a few years ago, I’ve made up for lost time by devouring them by the dozen at every chance I get.
Lately, we’ve seen the French sweets—which, by the way, are like tiny little cookie sandwiches made from airy, and oftentimes colorful, almond meringue and a variety of flavored fillings—making their way onto the wedding scene in a big way, whether it be as part of a dessert bar at your bridal shower or as favors for your guests. After all, macarons are super pretty and an easy treat to pop into your mouth (although, as someone who has made them before, I’ll advise you that they are much easier to eat than to make at home), so it was only a matter of time before a bride incorporated them into her Big Day.
If you’re thinking of having macarons at your wedding—we suggest getting them to match your color scheme and filled with your and your to-be’s favorite flavors—you’re in luck: There are quite a few Philly shops that can whip up these goodies for you. Take a look at the options we’ve rounded up below.
Where: 145 North 11th Street, Chinatown
What: Penn grad Audrey Chang opened her Chinatown bakery earlier this year and her macarons—which are inspired by Asian flavors—are as unique as they come. Head to Chang’s shop for varieties like miso caramel popcorn, black sesame fluffer nutter, and coconut Thai tea. You can find all of the requirements for bulk orders here.
Aux Petites Delices
Where: 162 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne
What: No French bakery is complete without macarons, and this suburban spot is serving them up in classic flavors like almond, raspberry, and pistachio. Chef Patrick Gauthron may be known for his gorgeous wedding cakes, but we recommend you treat your guests to his macarons, too.
Where: 1437 East Passyunk Avenue, Passyunk
What: The bite-sized macarons at Belle Cakery are seasonally inspired, so you’ll find flavors that run the gamut from chocolate raspberry to vanilla cherry. For your Big Day, owner Jessie Prawlucki can whip up a custom batch of any color and flavor combination you desire.
Where: 1108 Taylorsville Road, Washington Crossing
What: This gourmet shop can tackle all of your catering needs, but we prefer to stop here for their amazing dessert selection. The sweet, chewy macarons they bake here are popular among Philly Mag staffers and we even featured their pistachio and vanilla bean varieties in last year’s Spring/Summer issue.
Garces Trading Company
Where: 1111 Locust Street, Washington Square West
What: Jose Garces’s assorted macarons are almost too pretty to eat, but after one bite you’ll surely be ordering seconds. From colorful swirled shells to yummy flavors like pumpkin and salted caramel, these treats deserve a spot on your dessert menu.
Where: 204 South 17th Street, Rittenhouse
What: The macaron selection changes daily here (they currently have over 15 varieties in store), rotating between flavors like honey orange blossom, blueberry lemon, cafe au lait, and earl grey chocolate. Plus, if you want something a bit special for your Big Day, the Miel Patisserie team can build a macaron tower for your reception or any of your pre-wedding events.
Where: Mobile truck open Monday-Friday at 38th and Walnut/Sansom, University City
What: The Sugar Philly truck and its head chef Dan Tang have made headlines nationwide for the rave-worthy macarons they crank out on a daily basis. Their milk & honey macaron is a constant hit, but you’ll also want to try the many creative flavors that Tang cooks up (Fruit Loop and Cinnamon Toast Crunch macs anyone?). For your wedding, let the team create a custom treat just for you, or better yet, have the Sugar Philly truck pull right up to your venue.
Where: 636 Belgrade Street, Fishtown
What: Whipped Bakeshop’s custom cookies are hard to beat, but their adorable macaron favor boxes are a fabulous option as well. Based on your preferences, they’ll color the shells and fill them with bittersweet ganache or one of their meringue buttercream flavors.
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