When In Manila, you might be on a constant lookout for a treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. These colorful, pretty, delicately-made and absolutely good-tasting French Macarons may just be what you need!
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French Macarons are sweet meringue-based treats made from egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond and food coloring. It is commonly filled with ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between the two cookies.
I’ve been macaron-ed for the past weeks and found out how laborious these sweet treats are made and how delicate they are. A chef friend told me a few guidelines on identifying a good macaron. Believe it or not, macarons are very sensitive to temperature and the temperature makes or breaks the macarons. It must be crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, not overwhelmingly sweet and it should have the perfect aesthetics. Yes, it takes that much to create a good macaron. It takes patience, effort, skills and a lot of love to make them, so hands down to our local macaron-makers! A brand named Laduree in Paris, France and Pierre Herme are well-known for their heavenly macarons and I hope I get to taste one someday (wishful thinking)!
These macarons are definitely not your ordinary cookies or pastries but let me tell you, they can surely make you feel warm and fuzzy inside with just one bite. Macarons are perfect to cheer yourself up or a friend, as a treat for doing a job well done, acing an exam or finishing a task on time or simply just to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Macarons became my instant dose of happiness and I’m sharing with you where to get your macarons fix in the Metro.
Alchemy is owned by Ms. Meryl Go and aims to give that magical vibe to their macarons. Alchemy macarons are made in delightful colors that is visually enticing and they also come in a very cute and artsy box. I even kept the box afterwards!
Premium Flavors are: Raspberry White Chocolate, Green Tea White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Ganache, Coffee Caramel Ganache, Passion Fruit Milk Chocolate and Mint Chocolate Ganache.
Regular Flavors are: Chai Spice, Banana Walnut, Peanut Caramel and Salted Caramel.
My personal picks are Dark Chocolate Ganache, Coffee Caramel Ganache and the Salted Caramel!
Prices for Regular Flavors:
Box of 6 (Php195)
Box of 10 (Php300)
Box of 6 (Php225)
Box of 10 (Php370)
Alchemy Macarons has launched a limited promotional offer for you to enjoy more of their macaron goodness, check it out HERE!
Greenmeadows Subd QC
To order, contact: +63 917 896 3795
*Call in your orders at least 3 days in advance of pick-up date.
*Macarons are only available for pick-up
Bar Dolci believes in “Life is Sweet” and they want to remind that to us thru their artisan macarons and gelato. They offer quite an impressive number of flavors for their macarons and they continue to create more! I believe their latest flavor is Tiramisu! How awesome it that? Give their macarons a try and surely you’ll be back for more!
Take a pick! They have Salted Caramel (their bestseller!), Ferrero, Pistachio, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Caramel, Cafe, Vanilla, Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Mint, Peppermint White Chocolate, Limoncello, Strawberry, Raspberry, Green Tea, Thai Tea, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Jelly and their newest, Tiramisu.
Bar Dolci macarons are available for Php50 each and surely worth every cent.
Their Salted Caramel is my favorite of all the macarons I’ve tasted! Just thinking about it makes me crave already.
I enjoyed it very much with tea and maybe you could also try their gelato after!
A loooooot of macarons to choose from!
You can have your macarons in their pretty orange box!
Bar Dolci they constantly offer discounts and promos, so check out their facebook page every now and then.
F133 Forbeswood Heights, Forbestown Road cor. Burgos Circle
Bonifacio Global City
Contact Number: +632 846 8245
Facebook: Bar Dolci
Bizu already established a reputation for having good macarons and all I can say is that they’ve indeed lived up to that reputation. Their macarons come in very eye-catching colors that entices you more to try it.
Bizu was the first one who introduced French macarons in Manila.
You can choose from Chocolate, Pistachio, Raspberry, Blueberry, Vanilla, Rose, Lemon and Butterscotch.
Those were the only flavors available when I visited their store but their website says they also have Milk Chocolate Passionfruit, Chocolate Mint and Coffee.
Their macarons are best eaten when it’s still cold and also perfect with tea. My favorites are Chocolate, Pistachio and Vanilla! You should really try those three!
Bizu macarons are available for Php45 each.
Box of 8 (Php355)
Box of 14 (Phph 615)
Box of 28 (Php1,175)
Bizu macarons come in a clear, round packaging with their logo.
Facebook: Bizu Patisserie and Bistro
Chez Karine is a newly opened dessert haven in Serendra and they serve artisanal and seasonal pastries. It is owned by Chef Karen Yang who studied and perfected the art of macaron-making in Paris. Knowing that already assured me that their macarons will be good — and I wasn’t disappointed. :)
You can have Chocolate, Strawberry, Lemon, Salted Caramel, Earl Grey, Milk Chocolate Passionfruit, Pistachio and Peach Tea macarons.
They are available for Php50 each or Php350 for a box of 7.
Chez Karine macarons are to love! I kept raving about their Peach Tea as I was able to try it on the first day that they gave samples of it and it was really good! Their Earl Grey and Chocolate variety also won over me. They also offer other desserts that you can pair with your macarons!
Chez Karine macarons comes in a very cute box that’ll make you want to buy more!
1/F Serendra Mall
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Contact Numbers: +63917 3232845 | +632 8041889
Facebook: Chez Karine Bakery
Started out with her passion for baking, Ms. Rae Corpuz baked cookies and created cookie mixes that eventually expanded into a variety of baked products and sweet desserts for affordable prices. The Cookie Jar goes for innovation and Ms. Rae is always up for experimenting with new flavors for her macarons.
The Cookie Jar macarons are available in Red Velvet, Pistachio, Chocolate, Nutella (Yes, Nutella!), Lemon, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Dulce de Leche flavors.
Box of 8 (Php225)
Box of 20 (Php520)
The Nutella, Red Velvet and and Dulce de Leche were winners for me! The good thing about The Cookie Jar macarons is that you can get your macarons fix for affordable prices.
The Cookie Jar is a homebased bakery but their macarons and other desserts are available at Moonleaf Tea Shop Branches.
Available at Moonleaf Branches in Maginhawa, Esguerra, Makati, Banawe,
Dapitan and Sta. Rosa
Contact Numbers: +632 9643947 | +63917 8301965
Facebook: The Cookie Jar
Empire Macarons of Ms. Georgia Rocha-Chu also started our from her love of baking. Their fondness for macarons paved way for perfecting their own unique creations. Their macarons come in very dainty colors inside a very elegant packaging too!
Ain’t that a very lovely box? Perfect to give as a gift!
Empire’s bestsellers are White Chocolate, Triple Chocolate, Hazelnut, Pistachio, Cookies and Cream and Strawberry.
Current Seasonal Flavors are Lemon, Chili Chocolate, Mocha, Chocolate Peanut Butter (homemade peanut butter), Salted Caramel and Chocolate Orange.
Box of 9 (Php290)
Box of 12 (Php390)
My favorites are the Triple Chocolate, Hazelnut, Mocha and the Chocolate Orange flavor that reminded me so much of the orange cream-filled Bingo biscuits! You have to try it!
Empire Macarons also have the cutest Mini Macarons!
They are available for Php200. Bite-sized macarons with the same yummy goodness!
Talayan Village, QC
To order, contact: +63 917 886 11 90
Facebook: Empire Macarons
Another homebased bakery, GourmetFinds creates superbs pastries and savory dishes made from premium ingredients. Their French macarons are only one of their few delightful desserts that includes cakes, muffins, eclairs and a lot more.
GourmetFinds macarons are available in 7 flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Hazelnut, Pistachio, Lemon, Raspberry and Vanilla Bean.
Box of 12 up to 2 flavors (Php480)
Box of 18 up to 3 flavors (Php700)
Box of 24 up to 3 flavors (Php940)
We were able to try their Raspberry, Chocolate and Pistachio flavors and boy, I do love their Pistachio macarons!
Hopefully I’ll get to try their other flavors as well, Vanilla Bean and Coffee sounds good.
GourmetFinds’ macarons comes in a very nice gold box with an orange satin ribbon.
Forbes Park, Makati City
To order, contact: +63921 7622240
Merry Macarons are made to well, make you happy! Ms. Maye of Merry Macarons sent us their very unique macarons that me and my friends really enjoyed! What sets Merry Macarons apart from the others is that they have very unique and interesting flavors.
Aside from the usual flavors of Strawberry, Pistachio, Cookies and Cream, Coffee Caramel, Nutella and Red Velvet, Merry Macarons has Coco-Calamansi, Chocolate with Potato Chips, Rum and Raisin, Chocnut, Ginger Tea (Salabat) with Honey, Peanut Butter with Jelly and the Bacon Maple flavor.
Merry Macarons are available for Php30 each or Php180 for a pack of 6 up to 3 flavors.
And I believe they still have the promo that when you buy 5, you’ll get 1 for free!
We really enjoyed the Bacon Maple flavor (middle top) because it wasn’t your typical macaron, and also the Chocolate with Potato Chips and Coco-Calamansi.
Personal favorites are Bacon Maple, Hazelnut and Coffee Caramel!
Merry Macarons come in a plastic container with their cute M logo on top.
Chestnut St. Fairview, Quezon City
To order, contact: +63917 8623692
Facebook: Merry Macarons
And that rounds up our Mad About Macarons list on where to get to get your macarons fix.
So When In Manila, give yourself or a friend a treat! Indulge into the call of your sweet tooth and have some macaron or better yet, try them all!
Mad About Macarons! Where to Get your Macarons Fix in Manila