27 April, 2010

Honoré Artisan Bakery : Seattle

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A friend's birthday was coming up and she enjoys good sweets, so I went on a citywide search for a place that made macarons in Seattle. I put out the APB on Twitter and someone suggested Honore Artisan Bakery in Ballard. I'm really glad they did. I would have had no idea that this little hole-in-the-wall spot in a little neighborhood existed. It's totally tucked away from the main shops of Ballard, on a residential side street.

I went there strictly for the macarons and boy, did they not disappoint. There were many flavors to choose from. I just grabbed a box of various flavors, intent on trying them all. (And giving my friend the same pleasure.) They were a really good consistency and each had a good flavor and the perfect amount of cream in the middle.

My favorites were the lavendar ones with a spice-buttercream filling, and the chocolate ones with chocolate ganache in the middle. I'm not even a huge chocolate fan (I don't go out of my way for chocolate, like I would a good pastry or cake), but I would definitely go out of my way for these chocolate macarons. Fine, fine cookies to be sure.

While I have yet to try other places in Seattle that sell macarons (I heard Bakery Nouveau does), this is a sure bet for a fine macaron. They are a little larger than the standard macaron and cost $1.90 per cookie. They also have a cute little courtyard in back, and are a full-service coffee shop, as well as bakery.


  1. Wow. I'm definitely going to have to try this next time I'm up in Seattle. Wonderful, wonderful photos! My mouth is literally watering :)

  2. Oh how delighted I was to be "that friend." I'm cracking up about the Twitter APB. "Breaker, breaker!" Hee hee. Thanks so much for the most incredible treat ever! They brought me countless days of joy and wonder. So delicious!

  3. I'm thrilled, Maria. I think they make the best birthday gift box!! I've given more out SINCE then, as they are just a delight that most people wouldn't normally get to try. I think more bakeries are starting to catch on (that they are popular) but not too many offer them yet!