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.
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 canelés, which are designed for those craving a healthier treat. 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
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, breakfast options like their quiche and coffee vended from a selection of national roasters. 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? Try some of their fan favorite dishes, such as their Cinnacone, a luscious hybrid of a cinnamon roll and a scone, or their Hawiian-inspired 808 bar, which is made with a chocolate-macadamia nut crust, a pile of coconut cream and a chocolate ganache topping. 1250 9th St. NW, 202.735.0102, buttercreamdc.com
Owner Ilhama Safarova immigrated to DC about two years ago and made waves in the area for establishing the city’s first Azerbaijan bakery. She introduced Washingtonians to their beloved shekerbura, a ground hazelnut-filled pastry resembling the intricate stylings of a crochet and their pakhlava. 2473 18th St. NW, 202.843.5252, sharbat-bakery.business.site
Photography by: Courtesy of Mae Mu