With all due respect to Bottega Louie's bright little gems and Lette's fancy Beverly Hills creations, the best macarons for your money (and these are some pricey French cookies) come from Euro Pane Bakery, located across the street from Paseo Colorado. They're about twice the size of a regular macaron, so you could in theory purchase fewer, were they not so delicious. There are seven flavors, including blackberry, pistachio and mocha, but I recommend taking home a few of the standout sea salt caramel. These perfectly balanced treats will give you an idea of what it would taste like if caramel popcorn mated with a delicate almond cloud while basking on the shores of the Mediterranean. The macarons tend to disappear from the bakery shelves quickly, so beat the lunch rush and stock up before the crowd arrives. 950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 577-1828.

—Nora Crutcher

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