In a French macaron-crazed city like Vancouver, Soirette Macarons & Tea has made a welcomed addition to the current dessert scene. The beautiful shop recently opened its doors in a prime downtown location, perfectly situated on West Pender Street in dazzling Coal Harbour. Stylish and sophisticated, the space is impeccably decorated with calming soft blue and crisp white colours and transparent Louis Ghost-esque chairs adding French flair.
This magical jewellery box bakeshop specializes in two main features: multiple varieties of fragrant loose leaf teas & handmade French macarons. These carefully crafted desserts are baked in Soirette’s on-site kitchen where Owner/Chef Shobna perfects her luxurious creations.
During our visit to Soirette on Tuesday, we had the chance to try both of its specialties. We sipped the deliciously aromatic Mango Tart tea and sampled chocolate macarons while deciding what to order. We chose a box of twelve macarons in a variety of flavours which were presented on plates before they were carefully wrapped.
No detail is overlooked at Soirette, right down to its exquisite packaging. Boxes are beautifully designed with lovely French phrases translating to “all you need is love…and it can be found in this box” and “I love them!”.
We appreciate that Soirette’s macarons are made with all natural ingredients and no artificial dyes. A few of the macarons are even lightly garnished with real toppings: Malibu’s sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes, Rocher has gold leaf to emulate the wrapping of Ferreo Rocher chocolate, Match is softly dusted with green tea powder, and Pink Peppercorn’s topped with ground pink pepper.
Each macaron we tried had lovely feet and their crisp outer shells were very smooth. The inside texture was moist and tender with the right proportion of chocolate ganache centres. Compared to other macarons we’ve experienced, Soirette’s flavours were quite mild and didn’t taste overly sugary. We were thankful that they weren’t sickeningly sweet but we would have adored slightly bolder flavours. Our overall favourite was the tantalizing combination of saltiness and sweetness of the Caramel Fleur de Sel macaron.
Vancouverites, including yours truly, are really mad for macarons at the moment and we’ve sampled quite a few over the past while. If you’re equally as enthralled with these dainty Parisian cookies, then you’ll want to read our reviews of the following companies to find out who’s better than others: Kitchening With Carly here and here and here ~ J’adore Les Macarons ~ Bel Cafe ~ Thierry ~ Thomas Haas ~ Kawaii Eats ~ Plaisir Sucre ~ French Made Baking
Overall, Soirette is the perfect little spot to savor delectable macarons and sip divine teas. Join Soirette this Saturday, February 4th from 10am-4pm for their Grand Opening celebration and drop by for prizes and delicious samples of loose leaf teas and macarons! Soirette will also be offering a Valentine’s tasting menu for couples including a heart shaped Strawberry Champagne macaron. J’aime les macarons!