Whether you’re craving a slice of gourmet cake, a one-of-a-kind pastry or simply a new treat to tame your sweet cravings, DC has a host of bakeries to cure your sugar rush. From authentic French baguettes to whole grain treats, here is a list of some of the best bakeries in the area.
Baked & Wired
Established in the heart of Georgetown in 2001, Baked & Wired is the place to find the best local cupcakes. With a mission to create familial connections through their food, all of the small-batch goods are inspired by family recipes. Including their infamously enormous cupcakes, the bakery serves tasteful baked goods, pound cakes and breakfast options like their oatmeal with apples and a berry compote. 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, 703.663.8727, bakedandwired.com
Arguably the most celebrated bakery in the area, this Shaw neighborhood eatery has been featured in the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal for their food contributions to weddings, birthdays and other large celebrations. Our suggestion? Order of their monthly specials, such as their inside out strawberry shortcake, a strawberry bundt cake gracefully rolled in a mix of freeze-dried berries and golden order crumber, or their yuzu-sesame bar, which is are made with black sesame crust, topped with a tangy yuzu custard and yuzu kissed whipped cream. 1250 9th St. NW, 202.735.0102, buttercreamdc.com
Regarded as the authentic French Bakery of the DMV area, this eatery is known for their delectable baguettes, which are baked fresh every two hours and are known to taste identical to the ones made in Paris. Alongside their signature treat, the bakery supplies artfully crafted pastries, such as their raspberry tart or their Chocolate Eclair for those with a hangering sweet tooth. 1737 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., 888.648.0009, freshbaguette.net
The bakers at Seylou create their dishes with the utmost care producing whole grain treats inspired by the Mid-Atlantic region. Their selection of pastries include cheese and veggie scones and gluten-free oat cookies with dried cranberries. Pair those with one of their signature tea leaves for a light brunch that will help you settle into your day. 926 N. St. NW, Ste. A, 202.842.1122, seylou.com
Owner Ilhama Safarova immigrated to DC about four years ago and made waves in the area for establishing the city’s first Azerbaijan bakery. She introduced Washingtonians to their beloved shakarbura, a ground hazelnut-filled decorated pastry and their pakhlava – 12 layers of dough filled with chopped nut and a delicious syrup. 2473 18th St. NW, 202.843.5252, sharbat-bakery.business.site
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