While I was in Amsterdam recently, I found another amazing place that sells my beloved macarons. The first place was Poptasi Pastery (read post here), but I like to find as many places as possible in different cities. The reason for this is that each place has their own take on the flavors, colors and taste of their macarons. I love having a variety of macaron options since if you haven’t guessed by now they are my favorite treats. Thus who doesn’t want lots of variety of their favorite thing?
Anyway, I have gotten slightly off topic. As I said, I found this new place that sells macarons and it is called Mondaine Café. It is located on Overtoom in Amsterdam, not far from Museumsplien and it’s a few minutes walk from the top of Vondelpark. The café is situated in an old building and spans over the ground and first floor of the building. Ground floor has the bakery and some seating area, and upstairs has a lot of cozy extra seating.
At first I didn’t notice the café since it’s on the corner opposite from Starbucks and it’s rather a discreet café. However if you walk right next to the windows you are quickly drawn in as right there in the window they display their vast variety of delicious looking macarons.
The first thing you notice is the vibrant colors of each of them. Unlike Ladurée that tends to use light pastel colors, Mondaine goes for the opposite and uses strong bright colors to match the corresponding flavors. That bright green pistachio macaron is such a contrast to the pastel green found at Ladurée. By using this color palette, Mondaine helps make the macarons more fun and more enticing to eat. It reminds me of a party in a way, all colorful and fun.
Mondaine also sells baked goods and special chocolates that you can buy to take away or enjoy in with a tea or coffee. The cupcakes and cakes looked so delicious, and once again they had lots of options including, carrot cake, red velvet, chocolate and rocky road. Yum! The chocolates also came in a huge variety of flavors and textures. It took a lot of willpower not to take the macarons and some chocolates.
The upstairs seating area has all black furniture with a giant leather sofa opposite to two big leather chairs. In a way it reminded me of the coffee shop in Friends. The walls are adorned with cool murals to look like paintings and even a fake fireplace was painted on one wall. And while they are only paintings, they still bring a warmth to the space and a little sophistication that cannot be found in the average café these days.
So having tasted some of their different flavors of macarons I have to say that my two favorites are Strawberry Cheesecake and Dutch Cookies & Cream. These flavors are unlike any I have had in macaron form before and they make you feel like you are eating something way more decadent than a simple macaron. Like Poptasi Pastry, I find that the flavors are much more intense than Ladurée which tend to be more subtle. Thus with the salted caramel, you really do taste the salted caramel flavor full on.
Thus next time I’m in Amsterdam I will definitely be paying Mondaine a little visit, as should everyone else! It’s a great little quiet café where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Amsterdam, and enjoy a nice hot coffee and some amazing macarons!
Address: Overtoom 85, 1054 HC Amsterdam