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Joy Macarons in Bishop Arts.
Joy Macarons in Bishop Arts.
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10 Places to Indulge in Dallas's Finest Macarons

The trendiest dessert of the moment.

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Joy Macarons in Bishop Arts.
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If you don't closely follow dessert and pastry trends, you may have missed the memo that cupcakes are decidedly out, and macarons have taken their place as the patisserie du jour. Don't confuse these fussy French cookies with the coconut macaroons from your past, though, because they are completely different. Because the delicate almond meringue French cookies are rather finicky, you won't find them among the offerings at many of the city's bakeries; nonetheless, there are plenty of places to find an excellent macaron when you're craving something that's a little swankier.

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Kate Weiser Chocolate

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Kate Weiser’s retail shop in Trinity Groves may be brand spanking new, but Weiser herself is no stranger to the Dallas pastry scene. After working at Chocolate Secrets, Weiser is now doing her own thing, and that includes her classic-yet-artistic approach to macarons. Flavors here are innovative, like strawberry basil hibiscus, peach and popcorn, and most oddly, black truffle. Go ahead and buy one of each, because Weiser’s creations are completely irresistable.

Rush Patisserie

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Pastry chef Samantha Rush has some serious chops when it comes to pastry. After studying in France at Le Cordon Bleu, she made her way to Dallas and has been making some of the city's best French-style pastries ever since. Her macarons are no exception. Rush tends to stick to more traditional macaron flavors, like raspberry and pistachio, but you’ll find an occasional experimental gem in the case. Whatever you choose, it’s likely that you’re going to be satisfied.

Chocolate Secrets

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Chocolate Secrets is highly praised for their intricately made and hand-painted chocolate bonbons, but they also offer some pretty solid macarons. On any given day, you’ll find a mix of flavors that range from the traditional to wacky, like buttered popcorn and strawberry balsamic. Order a few macaron, a bonbon, and a glass of wine for the complete experience

Crème de la Cookie

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Creme de la Cookie is pretty darn good at making cookies of all types, and their macarons are no exception. You’ll find a pretty standard slate of flavors here, like lemon and vanilla bean, but these macaron are anything but ordinary. Select a few fresh macaron from the brightly colored options in the case and you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Toni Rivard

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This bakery kiosk from Creme de la Cookie owner Toni Rivard, located outside Neiman Marcus on the ground floor, is known primarily for hawking cakeballs, but the macarons are significantly better than what you might expect to find in a mall. There aren’t a lot of experimental flavors, but you can’t go wrong with a sleeve of pistachio and caramel.

Tart Bakery

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This whimsical bakery in University Park has the kind of French charm that makes you feel good about ordering the macarons on the menu, and you certainly won’t be disappointed. The intensely flavored passion fruit macaron is an interesting departure from some of the more traditional flavors. Pick up a sampler pack of 12 to help you better make a decision about what your favorite flavor is, because science.

Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie

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Long a fixture at the White Rock Local Market, Bisous Bisous now has its very own retail shop in the swanky West Village. Expect flavors like chocolate, hazelnut, coffee, PB&J, pistachio, and toasted coconut, plus rotating seasonal selections. They're $2.25 each, or get them boxed up for a gift ($13 for 6 or $25 for 12).

Joe the Baker

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Local pastry wizard Joe Baker (yes, that's his real name) is currently still crafting his French macarons in his home kitchen in Irving, but that shouldn’t deter you from seeking out what are likely the most authentic macarons in town. Order directly from his website, get 'em at Bolsa Mercado, or find him weekends at the Coppell Farmers Market. His flavors rotate seasonally, but you can always find a basic chocolate and vanilla option on his website for order. He may even consider your custom flavor suggestions, so if you’ve got a creative idea for a great macaron, this would be your guy. Past flavor creations have included dreamsicle and tutti frutti.

Haute Sweets Patisserie

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Haute Sweets' red velvet macaron is a serious hidden gem, flavored with intense dark cocoa and with a perfectly-sweet and tangy cream cheese filling. These macarons are perfect for any special occasion dinner or baby shower.

Joy Macarons

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One of Dallas's trendiest neighborhoods, Bishop Arts, is now home to a bakery specializing in the trendiest pastry of the moment — seems appropriate, right? Macaron master Liz Lanier offers a variety of flavors for every palate from classics like pistachio, raspberry, and almond to more exotic selections like violet-black currant, rose-lychee and honey-lavender, plus salted caramel, Italian cream, and chocolate chip, all priced at $2 each. Closed Mondays.

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Kate Weiser Chocolate

Kate Weiser’s retail shop in Trinity Groves may be brand spanking new, but Weiser herself is no stranger to the Dallas pastry scene. After working at Chocolate Secrets, Weiser is now doing her own thing, and that includes her classic-yet-artistic approach to macarons. Flavors here are innovative, like strawberry basil hibiscus, peach and popcorn, and most oddly, black truffle. Go ahead and buy one of each, because Weiser’s creations are completely irresistable.

Rush Patisserie

Pastry chef Samantha Rush has some serious chops when it comes to pastry. After studying in France at Le Cordon Bleu, she made her way to Dallas and has been making some of the city's best French-style pastries ever since. Her macarons are no exception. Rush tends to stick to more traditional macaron flavors, like raspberry and pistachio, but you’ll find an occasional experimental gem in the case. Whatever you choose, it’s likely that you’re going to be satisfied.

Chocolate Secrets

Chocolate Secrets is highly praised for their intricately made and hand-painted chocolate bonbons, but they also offer some pretty solid macarons. On any given day, you’ll find a mix of flavors that range from the traditional to wacky, like buttered popcorn and strawberry balsamic. Order a few macaron, a bonbon, and a glass of wine for the complete experience

Crème de la Cookie

Creme de la Cookie is pretty darn good at making cookies of all types, and their macarons are no exception. You’ll find a pretty standard slate of flavors here, like lemon and vanilla bean, but these macaron are anything but ordinary. Select a few fresh macaron from the brightly colored options in the case and you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Toni Rivard

This bakery kiosk from Creme de la Cookie owner Toni Rivard, located outside Neiman Marcus on the ground floor, is known primarily for hawking cakeballs, but the macarons are significantly better than what you might expect to find in a mall. There aren’t a lot of experimental flavors, but you can’t go wrong with a sleeve of pistachio and caramel.

Tart Bakery

This whimsical bakery in University Park has the kind of French charm that makes you feel good about ordering the macarons on the menu, and you certainly won’t be disappointed. The intensely flavored passion fruit macaron is an interesting departure from some of the more traditional flavors. Pick up a sampler pack of 12 to help you better make a decision about what your favorite flavor is, because science.

Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie

Long a fixture at the White Rock Local Market, Bisous Bisous now has its very own retail shop in the swanky West Village. Expect flavors like chocolate, hazelnut, coffee, PB&J, pistachio, and toasted coconut, plus rotating seasonal selections. They're $2.25 each, or get them boxed up for a gift ($13 for 6 or $25 for 12).

Joe the Baker

Local pastry wizard Joe Baker (yes, that's his real name) is currently still crafting his French macarons in his home kitchen in Irving, but that shouldn’t deter you from seeking out what are likely the most authentic macarons in town. Order directly from his website, get 'em at Bolsa Mercado, or find him weekends at the Coppell Farmers Market. His flavors rotate seasonally, but you can always find a basic chocolate and vanilla option on his website for order. He may even consider your custom flavor suggestions, so if you’ve got a creative idea for a great macaron, this would be your guy. Past flavor creations have included dreamsicle and tutti frutti.

Haute Sweets Patisserie

Haute Sweets' red velvet macaron is a serious hidden gem, flavored with intense dark cocoa and with a perfectly-sweet and tangy cream cheese filling. These macarons are perfect for any special occasion dinner or baby shower.

Joy Macarons

One of Dallas's trendiest neighborhoods, Bishop Arts, is now home to a bakery specializing in the trendiest pastry of the moment — seems appropriate, right? Macaron master Liz Lanier offers a variety of flavors for every palate from classics like pistachio, raspberry, and almond to more exotic selections like violet-black currant, rose-lychee and honey-lavender, plus salted caramel, Italian cream, and chocolate chip, all priced at $2 each. Closed Mondays.

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