Having just returned from Paris, I was extremely excited to have found that the owner of Frances Bakery in the Honda Plaza in J-Town has just started making Macarons (the sandwich type with cream, not the coconut macaroon kind). Having tried the macarons from Laduree (delish!!), Fouchon (not very good IMO), and Pierre Herme (nice...but too sweet) in Paris, I must say this is as good as it gets to France in LA! If you love macarons you must try the ones from Frances. The only negative thing is that there's just a few flavors available since the owner/chef is still experimenting with different flavors. But all the ones i've tried, chocolate, coffee, lavendar, strawberry, and a green one (not sure if it's pistachio or green tea) have been just excellent. He has that perfect macaron texture that is lacking in so many of the places in LA that sells wannabe macarons...you know where it is crispy and delicate on the outside, but then you bite into it and it is airy and moist inside....seriously people go try it! And if you're not a macaron fan, there's plenty more desserts (fruit tart, napoleon, creme brulee, choclate hazelnut cake, rare cheesecake, etc) at Frances that are seriously to die for!
Frances Bakery (in the honda Plaza a few doors away from sushi gen)
404 East 2nd Street Los Angeles
Frances Bakery & Coffee
404 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA