While D.C. is routinely declared the nation’s fittest city, Washingtonians have some serious sweet teeth — they just run all the calories off after. Here’s where to indulge in the District…
Key Lime Cupcake: Georgetown Cupcakes
Bakery, Dessert, $$$
This cupcake comes with a moist key lime cake comes with a refreshing hint of citrus, and the frosting isn’t overly sweet — a rarity at Georgetown Cupcakes. Topped with a candied lime, the cupcake is a sweet treat without being overly decadent. If you decide to head in, know that the line is almost always out the door, as the cupcake shop was the subject of a popular TLC reality show.
The unique flavor combo, the crisp pastry crust and the all around decadence make for an unforgettable, mouthwatering experience at Pie Sisters. Owned and operated by a trio of Washingtonian sisters, the local pie shop is a necessary stop for your palette while in the District. The bourbon chocolate pecan pie is truly genius, managing to balance flavors and create a delicious treat that is tamed down on the sweetness.
This Foggy Bottom cookie shop lets you pair two freshly baked cookies with a scoop of ice cream for an incredulous ice cream sandwich that costs a mere $4. The decadent ginger molasses cookies pair well with the salted caramel ice cream. A food truck also adventures around the District; maybe you’ll be lucky enough to spot it and get some cookies to go.
This French pastry shop prides itself on the quality of “old-fashioned desserts.” Reminiscent of perhaps the 1920s in Paris, the sweet meringue pastries are delicate and refined, melting on your tongue. Each bite of the airy treat is pure bliss. The store is authentic, with a French chef behind the delicacies.
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Cakepops: Baked By Yael
The colorful cakepoppery is located across the street from The National Zoo. Buy a single, dozen, or full bouquet of pops in a wide range of flavors: red velvet, lemon and cookies n’ cream, to name a few. Learn to bake your own delicacies with its cakepop making classes. Baked by Yael also offers homemade bagels and various sweet treats, such as delicious raspberry bars.
This vegan bakery is a necessary stop for both foodies and the environmentally conscious. The pastries are so good, you won’t know they’re vegan. Offering decadent eats from a sweet potato maple cupcake to vegan biscuits and gravy, Sticky Fingers delights all around, but the absolute favorite is the vegan sticky bun — sweet dough filled with walnuts and cinnamon.