When we were living in Geneva, Ladurée opened a new restaurant and tea room on Quai des Bergues. Situated next to the Four Seasons Hotel, this latest outpost of the renowned French macaroon boutique is spectacular. The green and lavender interior was designed by India Mahdavi (of Sketch Gallery fame) and is a wonderful play of pretty pastels, bold black and white and touches of brass. I finally got the chance to pay a visit this week and loved every detail.
The space is arranged as three separate areas – a boutique, restaurant and tea room – and feels like a combination of a garden room and an art deco wonderland. One entire wall is covered in antiqued mirrors, helping bounce light around the long space. India is a master at the banquette and uses them here beautifully to create little seating nooks in every corner.
The walls are covered in pale green silk fabric, overlaid with intricate white lattice. The dark green velvet curtains add another layer of richness and help block out the grey, cold city outside.
The attention to detail is phenomenal, from the medallions on the seat backs, to the brass legs on the banquettes. How cool are these small brass tables attached to the seating?!
The round tea room is stunning and by far my favorite part of the design. With the porthole windows, dark starry walls and curved seating, this room feels otherworldly – part antique ship, part spaceship, part conservatory. Simply amazing!
I could seriously move into this room. Hello green velvet!
The boutique at the front resembles other Ladurée shops, with it’s ceiling-height shelving stacked with pretty boxes and towers of macaroons. They also boast a full bar to enjoy a cocktail with lunch. You literally could stay here all day!
To mark the opening, Ladurée and India Mahdavi have created a box of 7 assorted limited edition macaroons in a round box to mimic the design of the location. There are tons of other sweet treats for sale (I had an amazing walnut croissant), as well as Ladurée’s line of candles and accessories. And of course all wrapped up in pastel boxes and ribbons!