The Macaron Tea Room, Broadview Heights
Alla Yakimiv grew up baking for church events and family functions. Today, she serves a beautiful array of pastries at her suburban Cleveland tearoom.
The Macaron Tea Room’s namesake pastry is the star of its bakery case. A rainbow of the delicate, meringue-based cookies in flavors such as chocolate-covered strawberry and tiramisu are displayed alongside cream-puff swans, frosted sugar cookies, scones, tea biscuits and more.
“We do coffee flavors, we do chocolate flavors … anything that pops in my head,” shop owner Alla Yakimiv says of her macaron lineup, which spans over 30 different varieties each day. “I have a list of more than 300 flavors.”
Yakimiv was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States with her family in 1989. Growing up in a Christian home, she often made desserts for church events and family functions. The self-taught baker opened The Macaron Tea Room in 2018, after she says she felt called by God to create a gathering place in the community.
“It took me some time, and it’s funny how I look at some of my pictures from when I started making [macarons], and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I even offered that to people.’ But we’ve grown … [and] I’ve been able to dabble in other things.”
Located in a shopping center in the Cleveland suburb of Broadview Heights, the tearoom greets visitors with its case of bakery items, while white-linen-covered tables and a counter-service tea bar fill the adjoining room. Bible verses decorate the walls, and delicate piano music plays softly.
Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are advised on Saturdays. A separate event space can hold up to 50 people, and you can always grab a seat at the tea bar and choose from the shop’s large, curated selection of black, white, green, fruit and caffeine-free herbal teas.
Customers can choose from high tea (the largest spread of assorted pastries and sandwiches on a three-tier stand and a pot of tea), afternoon tea, mini high tea or mini afternoon tea. There’s also a nursery tea for kids, complete with a cookie to paint.
“When we designed the tearoom, I didn’t want to copy anybody,” Yakimiv says. “To me, it was important to stand out — to be different.” 203 E. Royalton Rd., Suite 114, Broadview Heights 44147, 440/334-9119, themacarontearoom.com