Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat to get your sugar-fix or are in search of freshly-baked morning pastries, we’ve got you covered. Check out our recommendations for the city’s best desserts and bakeries.
Located in super-popular restaurant mecca Shaw, this gorgeous uber-chic bakery is manned by star pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac, a three-time James Beard award finalist. Enjoy a vanilla frosting-topped cupcake while you take in the pink-walled interior.
1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Head to Capitol Hill to enjoy baked goods from this cleverly-named French pastry shop frequented by DC’s political set. We recommend ordering a few macarons to go, but you can’t go wrong with the eclairs either.
404 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Casual Columbia Heights bakery Le Caprice is the perfect place to linger over a coffee and a freshly-baked croissant. In warmer months, you can hang out on the patio and take in the neighborhood vibe with a book and a pastry. Other favorite treats include a selection of macarons and cakes if you’re in the mood to celebrate.
3460 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Make your way to sleek, upscale CityCenter to try out this high-end bakery’s sweet treats. After you’re done browsing the designer shops nearby, we recommend stopping by for a luxurious brown butter blondie, which perfectly ties traditional comfort food with an elegant new twist. If you’re on a business trip and want to impress your coworkers at the DC office, you can’t go wrong with a box of the Chocolate Chunk Cookies. You’ll be the most popular person at the office.
963 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20268
Georgetown’s Dog Tag Bakery, which employs disabled veterans from nearby Georgetown University, is one of our favorite spots in the city. In addition to supporting a great cause, the baked goods here also happen to be delicious. We’d suggest coming by if you’re looking to knock out a pile of work, since you’ll be surrounded by Georgetown students.
3206 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007