From Our Editors
Fans of French patisserie will travel deep into Ballard to belly up to the counter at Honoré Artisan Bakery, known for its delectable macarons sold in flavors like salted caramel, passionfruit and lavender chocolate. Others opt for the caramel-topped Koign Amman, a fluffy pastry the size of a baseball, to go along with a handcrafted coffee. While this petite bakery doesn’t offer much in the way of seating, aside from sidewalk chairs and a hidden patio, the simple interior still sports a few homey touches, like an aging wooden credenza that doubles as a stand for coffee lids and napkins. Local fans (and there are many) don’t seem to mind much, if only because the baked goods here are unstoppably delicious. Take home a box of gougeres, a lemon meringue tart dotted with kisses of spun sugar, a pear tart or a dense single-serving honey cheesecake.