Do you realllllly need a reason to indulge? The answer is always no so let’s talk desserts, friends. We’re covering everything from gelato to crazy delicious doughnuts today so make sure you stick with us until the end to read about 10 must try dessert spots in Washington, DC.
Words can’t even begin to express how much we love Rose Ave. If you haven’t experienced their deliciousness yet, you’re high key missing out. Expect Asian-American treats, both sweet and savory, that are inventive and stupid tasty.
We recommend their passion fruit donut, spam musubi croissant, matcha chocolate cookie, and mochi puffs. You really can’t go wrong with anything you get though. Visit them at The Block DC to get your fix, and they sell out all the damn time so make sure you set your alarm to preorder. PS. We hear they’re opening their own brick and mortar soon so keep an eye out.
Dolcezza’s easily our favorite gelato spot in the DMV area. We’ve never had a flavor we didn’t love, and their creamy goodness is a must, especially on days you need a scrumptious pick-me-up.
You can find their products in Whole Foods stores nationwide, but they also deliver straight to your door. There are currently 11 flavors available, but we highly, HIGHLY recommend getting the dark chocolate, stracciatella, and tramontana…at least to start.
Apparently this gem of a bakery is one of the best bakeries in the US?!?! We believe it! We can’t get enough of their pastries – whether you’re in the mood for a cheese and veggie scone or chocolate croissant, you’ll leave happy and full.
FYI, they have some of the best bread we’ve ever tasted so you know lunch is a must! And apparently they have pizza nights so that’s now on our list of noms to devour. Let us know what you think if you go before we do. Thanks fam!
The. Best. Damn. Cupcakes. Around. Seriously though, Baked & Wired’s just next level. The frosting to cake ratio is on point, and the texture? Out of this world good, and we love that their sweets aren’t too, TOO sweet.
Although they offer a slew of desserts, their cakecups are where it’s at. Priced at $4.40 a pop, they may seem expensive, but they’re ginormous and worth every cent. Strawberry’s their most popular flavor, but we also love their chocolate doom and carrot cake. And for those of you with dietary restrictions, they have some gluten-free and vegan options as well.
Technically, it’s Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, but we’re just gonna focus on the doughnuts part. These hole-y round treats are so good, you’ll legit cry tears of joy. Their crème brûlée – a perfectly caramelized exterior with light custard filling – is nothing short of magical, but you can’t go wrong with any of the flavors available so don’t hesitate to get one of each. Just the right amount of sweet with the perfect texture each and every time.
ICJ’s Thai tea ice cream will forever have a special place in our hearts. Their founder, Victoria Lai, is a certified badass, and she comes up with the most inventive flavors. Think boozy eggnog, basil goat cheese, citrus sichuan peppercorn, need we say more? Hit them up for a delicious treat the next time you’re out or indulge by ordering via Goldbelly. Because you deserve to eat all the things.
Although Levain is very NY, we couldn’t have a DC dessert roundup and not list them because their cookies are crazy. And they even have a gluten free option available which is dope! They offer 5 different flavors, but our favorites are their dark chocolate chocolate chip and chocolate chip walnut. In addition to said noms, they also have pastries, breads, and loaf cakes!
Not gonna lie, Astro’s our favorite doughnut spot in the area, BUT District Doughnut’s a close second. They offer both yeast and cake doughnuts, and their crème brûlée’s pretty damn tasty as well. Plus, they get bonus points for torching ’em upon purchase since it’s fun, and we like fun.
They have a lot of different flavors available so we recommend getting an assorted dozen to start. Their flavors change seasonally, but you’ll definitely see overlap – if available, make sure you try their brown butter, nutella cream, and both their vanilla bean crème brûlée and their dulce de leche crème brûlée.
Head to Nino’s for some of the best croissants in DC! These artisan pastries are made over three days using French and Italian methods, and they have everything from twice baked pistachio to almond cream. Order an assortment to enjoy a variety of flavors, but their chocolate’s a must, no ifs, ands or buts.
10. Sticky Fingers
For our vegan friends…and for everyone who just likes delicious eats. Sticky Fingers is owned by Doron Petersan, the same rockstar chef behind Fare Well, and they offer a ton of tasty bake-it-yourself options in addition to ready-to-eat cookies, cupcakes and more. As a plus, they started shipping nationwide not too long ago so feel free to spread the love by sending your foodie friends a treat from afar.
Alright Nomsters, what did you think of our latest roundup? Are you a fan of these spots or do you have a different go-to dessert place in the district? Let us know by leaving a comment below! For more on DC food, make sure to check out this tab, and stay tuned for more content coming your way soon. Until next time, friends.