Train travelers with good taste can as of Tuesday morning now pause for a quick cookie and coffee break, thanks to the arrival of French confectioner Ladurée inside Union Station.
The Parisian company unveiled its highly anticipated first D.C. location in Georgetown (3060 M Street NW) less than two weeks ago. This newest 500-square-foot spot is half the size of that flagship store, but is packed with lots of to-go edible and retail goodies like candles, totes, and scents. Spools of silky ribbon dangle near the register to add a finishing touch.
In true French fashion, many of the featured bites are rather dainty: croissants come in regular or mini size ($1.65), and tiny finger sandwiches (tuna, ham, salmon, or cheese) are $2.20 apiece. There are also some more substantial options, including quinoa or Caesar salads for $10.50, as well as $4 sliders such as the Champs Elysées, which packs arugula, mozzarella, ricotta, zucchini, and eggplant into a brioche bun.
Clear counters contain delicate and colorful desserts, like an $8 Ispahan with raspberries. The brand’s iconic seasonal and traditional macarons are $2.80 each, including lemon, passionfruit, and a flavor unique to D.C.: Cherry Blossom.
Status: Certified open at 6 a.m. on weekdays, and at 7 a.m. on weekends. 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE; website.