Since DC was named the top food city in the country last year by Bon Appetit, all eyes have been on the nation’s capital to see what hot new restaurants are doing to innovate the food scene.
DC’s food excellence doesn’t stop at dinner though. The city is teeming with creative dessert-makers who are stepping up the bar.
Whether you live in Washington full time or are just in town for a few days, make sure to add these sweet spots to your must-try list!
When most people think of Buttercream, they think of sparkly unicorn bars, beautifully decorated macarons or visually impressive cakes.
My personal favorite however, is their daily citrus bar – moist graham cracker crust, smooth citrus middle and topped with toasted gooey deliciousness. Sure I don’t know what flavor it will be until I show up, but I’ve yet to be disappointed by it so I’m going to continue to show up.
If being surprised by a flavor of the day is something you enjoy, stop by on a Friday to get their fried treat of the day. Keep your fingers crossed that it’s this rosewater and raspberry fritter.
While not a bakery, On Rye’s dessert selection is on point. If you followed my Yelp DC Instagram takeover last summer, you might have caught their renown babka gelato sandwich in the mix. Since then, I’ve been enjoying my fair share of the giant frozen treat.
If cookies are more your speed, check out their black and white cookies. I’ve eaten a lot of these in my lifetime but the On Rye ones are my absolute favorite. They are lemony, cakey and the icing is the perfect amount of sweetness.
Also push pops. Yes, you read that correctly, push pops.
Those of us who work downtown are lucky to have RareSweets in our neck of the woods for an afternoon snack. Their cookies are enormous, the brownies are moist and the mini cakes are the perfect size for two. Or one hungry person (no judgement).
Beyond baked goods, my favorite treat at RareSweets is their hot chocolate! Confession time: I drink hot chocolate like it’s my job so I love that this one is available year round, regardless of the weather. They also sell the mix so if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the chocolate-lover in your life, pick up a jar of this!
If you live in the DMV and love delicious fried treats, you need to make District Doughnuts your go-to doughnut spot.
They have two locations but my favorite is their Georgetown shop. Tucked away in Cady’s alley, the bright and colorful space is a welcoming hideaway from the throngs of people on M street.
I love chocolate as much as the next person (probably more in fact) but my favorite flavor at District Doughnut is actually their strawberry glaze on a classic cake doughnut. It’s light, fruity and just the right size that I won’t feel guilty about it. Also, their key lime pie doughnut. It’s like I’m on vacation when really I’m eating fried food. Perfection.
Un Je Ne Sai Quoi
One of the reasons I love patisseries is that everything is beautiful. The puff pastry, the pate a choux, the pipped fillings, the decadent toppings. I love it all.
Un Je Ne Sais Quoi is all of that and more. The little shop may be just south of DuPont but it feels like you’ve just stepped into Europe. They are know for their meringue treats that are as decadent as they are beautiful. It feels wrong to break into them but also, so right.
Bayou is my neighborhood breakfast spot. And by breakfast I mean beignets covered in powdered sugar. While their entire menu will take you on a flavor trip to New Orleans, it’s their baked goods that keep me hooked.
They also make bomb cookies. They were the first sweet treat I bought myself in courthouse when I moved last summer and I’ll likely be stocking up again when the movers arrive in August.
Well, there you have it, the comprehensive list of my absolute favorite sweet spots in DC. Whether you’re looking to support local chefs, satisfy a sweet craving or explore a new part of town, add these six sweet spots to your must-try list!
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