This Decadent French Dessert Makes You Feel Like Royalty

The queen of macarons introduces an extravagant French dessert
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  • The dark swan from Lady Yum
The dark swan from Lady Yum

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If you’ve ever entertained a fantasy to dine like Marie Antoinette, you’re in luck: Lady Yum, the preeminent local purveyor of macarons, has opened a Pioneer Square sweets shop (116 S Washington St.; 866.523.9986) dripping in extravagance. Owner Megan Wagstaff has managed to create a space that includes gold, velvet, faux fur and wild prints with just enough exposed brick to honor the history of the neighborhood. The decor isn’t the only bold choice: Lady Yum is serving exquisite French entremets (in pastry terms, petite layered mousse-and-cake desserts, made in-house by pastry chef Felicia Yoder) here in addition to the signature macarons. We particularly loved the Dark Swan, a whimsical, decadent play on all things chocolate ($10), but your best bet is rallying your girlfriends and ordering a few to share—with Champagne, bien sûr.

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