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.