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“There is always beauty in mystery”

Ladurée, 21 rue Bonaparte, Paris

At the intersection of Rue Bonaparte and Rue Jacob you’ll find the place where I used to work and practice my French during my studies at Sorbonne, a place where I have endulged myself with macarons, Marie Antoinette’s, St-Honoré’s, a place where I met Jane Birkin, the supermodel Karolina Kurkova, a place where I used to prepare boxes filled with macarons for clients such as Christian Louboutin, a place where I once in a while had to pinch myself in the arm just to see if I was dreaming or not…It was so surreal for me working in that beautiful boutique of Ladurée Bonaparte. Before Ladurée opened their boutique at this spot it belonged to the famous French decorator Madeleine Castaing. Her work was timeless and poetic, she tried to create stories and that’s what signified her style and work. She used to say “There is always beauty in mystery.” – no wonder why the magical spirit and the mysterious ambiance has still remained.

Madeleine Castaing - "Je fais des maisons comme d'autres écrivent des poèmes"

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This Paris blog is created and maintained by Solli, a Swedish Expat living in Paris working as a Photographer. When she is not behind the lens or setting off to a new destination she loves to be in the kitchen and play around with whole, organic and seasonal food. In this blog she shares some glimpses of her everyday life as a bonne vivante wherever in the world she might be. Enjoy following her journey through life...


  • Ellinor
    24 November 2010 at 21:09

    Jag måste verkligen gå dit en dag…har inte hunnit med det ännu…

  • Ritournelle
    26 November 2010 at 2:53

    You worked there?! Lucky girl! I haven’t been to Ladurée in the 6th arrondissement yet but I’ve heard the setting is beautiful indeed.

  • Rue Jacob | Solli in Paris
    26 April 2012 at 8:24

    […] dreaming about the beautiful Hervé Léger dresses in the Hervé L.Leroux boutique next to Ladurée…or just being fascinated by the beautiful buildings…decorated with typical French […]

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