If there is one thing I love more than tea, it’s macarons. As you can imagine, when I came upon Chantal Guillon – a shop that serves both macarons and tea – I had to go in. And boy am I glad I did!
When you walk into Chantal Guillon, you’re greeted by a dazzling display case filled with macarons.
There’s a wide variety of flavors, including dark chocolate, salted caramel, red velvet, pistachio, and green tea. Prices range from $1.80 for an individual macaron to $46 for 26 macarons.
All macarons are gluten free and made with natural ingredients and flavors.
Chantal Guillon also offers a large selection of tea from Mariage Frères, a Paris tea company dating back to 1854. You can choose from drinking a cup of tea to purchasing loose tea or tea bags to enjoy at home later.
I selected a box of 6 assorted macarons ($10.80) and box of loose tea – Marco Polo flavor.
The macarons were quite delicious, far better than most places. They had the classic crunchy shell and soft interior. The flavors exploded in my mouth. They had a really, clean buttery taste.
Of course, I had to try the green tea macaron. I hate to say it, but I was a little disappointed. It’s made using matcha tea, but the macaron was too sweet for me to really taste the tea flavor. The nutty, grassiness of the tea never came through for me.
The Tahitian vanilla was my favorite; the filling reminded me of a cross between crème brûlée and a classic buttercream. I highly recommend it!
As for the tea, Marco Polo is a flavored black tea with fruity and flowery tones. It’s very smooth with a light body. The aroma is wonderful. Marco Polo is a good complement for macarons because it doesn’t overpower their flavor. However, I did find the flavor a little flat. I might have to experiment with how long I steep it to get the right flavor.
Where to find Chantal Guillon:
- 437 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA
- 444 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA