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Ladurée

France
The name Ladurée may spark visions of colorful macarons, but those weren’t the Parisian institution’s first claim to fame. Founded by baker Louis Ernest Ladurée in 1862 and reimagined into a pastry shop and café soon after, it originally found its niche as a tea room frequented by members of high society. Legend has it Louis' grandson, chef Pierre Desfontaines, came up with the idea to sandwich two almond meringue cookies together into the macaron as we know it today. Now their shops contain all sorts of confections—we’ll take one of each, please.