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D.C.'s Essential Bakeries

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There are few things in life as satisfying as a warm baked good, fresh out of the oven. Any occasion -—” whether it's a leisurely breakfast, an afternoon coffee date, or an evening wind-down session —€” can be improved by really, really delicious baked goods. Luckily, the D.C. area is ripe with bakeries serving up everything from scones and baguettes to cupcakes and pies. Some even get crazy with Oreo cookies dipped to look like gemstones and chocolate ancho chili pots de crème.

These are not run-of-the-mill chain bakeries, like Panera Bread or Au Bon Pain. D.C.'s essential bakeries are homegrown originals or mini-chains that add a little extra character to their pastries with a warm atmosphere, friendly service, and a whole lot of local pride.

The next time a croissant craving strikes, head to one of these 14 bakeries that set the gold standard of the city's baked goods scene. Interested in the newest and flashiest bakeries in town? Head to the Bakery Heatmap.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Baked & Wired

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1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-2500
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Known for their massive and whimsically-named ‘cakecups,’ this offbeat Georgetown staple also offers a long list of baked goods, ranging from biscotti to zillabonez for dogs. They have a newer sister bakery called A Baked Joint.
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2. Bayou Bakery

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1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410
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David Guas, the New Orleans-born chef behind Bayou Bakery, brings the Big Easy to D.C. with his bakery menu that features classics like beignets and pralines. The bakery also has full lunch and brunch service.
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3. Bread Furst

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4434 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 966-1300
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With a focus on traditional loaves of bread, this bakery from Mark Furstenburg aims to be a neighborhood spot where people can pick up everyday essentials or treats for a celebration.
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4. Buttercream Bakeshop

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 735-0102
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Though Buttercream Bakeshop in Shaw is new on the scene, owner and pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac has been baking her beautiful and delicious cakes in the region for years.

5. Buzz Bakery

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818 N Quincy St Ste 102
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 650-9676
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The extensive menu at Buzz Bakeshop runs the gamut of baked goods for all times of day: start with breakfast muffins or egg croissant sandwiches, snack on quiche or brunch cups in the afternoon, and finish on a sweet note with cupcakes, cookies, or brownies.
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6. Dangerously Delicious Pies (Multiple Locations)

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1339 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 398-7437
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Dangerously Delicious Pies can be procured at one of two brick-and-mortar locations in the city, or from the bakery’s roving pie truck. They bake sweet and savory flavors like apple, sour cherry, and pancake batter, or pulled pork BBQ, chicken, and ratatouille.
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7. The Happy Tart (Multiple Locations)

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2307 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(571) 244-3662
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For the gluten-intolerant or gluten-averse, Happy Tart bakes classic French pastries with 100% gluten-free flour in a gluten-free kitchen, without sacrificing flavor.
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8. Le Caprice

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3460 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 290-3109
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This French bakery doesn’t leave out any of the quintessential pastries from their menu, which includes croissants, macarons, petit fours, and baguettes. They also branch out into other baking cultures with focaccia, gyro bread, and scones.
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9. Lyon Bakery

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135 R St SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
Lyon Bakery is a wholesale bread company, but they offer their wide variety of loaves to the public at their Union Market retail location, where shoppers can find standards like brioche and soft white or more unique options like pretzel bread or Lavash cracker sheets.

10. Paisley Fig

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3232 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 332-3234
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Paisley Fig bakes and sells their products inside Room 11 in Columbia Heights. They specialize in cakes, with several chef-curated options as well as basic combinations and custom orders. Their products can also be found at several other shops and retailers, including Dolcezza, Glen’s Garden Market, and Qualia Coffee.
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11. Pie Sisters

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3423 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 338-7437
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There are three actual sisters behind this Georgetown pie shop. They offer nearly 20 flavors of sweet or savory pies in four sizes: pie bites, cuppies (individual pies), slices, and full pies.

12. RareSweets

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963 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 499-0077
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In the ultra-chic CityCenter development, RareSweets serves seasonally rotating cakes, ice creams, and sorbets, as well as breakfast pastries, sandwiches, cookies, and bars. Founder and pastry chef, Meredith Tomason, has a passion for modernizing traditional American baked goods.
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13. Sticky Fingers Bakery

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1370 Park Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 299-9700
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Sticky Fingers omits the eggs and dairy, but customers don’t seem to miss them. Vegan offerings include cupcakes, cookies, and pastries, as well as a large savory menu of brunch plates, sandwiches, and soups.
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14. The Sweet Lobby

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404 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-2404
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Capitol Hill is a fitting home for The Sweet Lobby, which has a tagline claiming to advocate for the sweet tooth. The bakery specializes in French pastries like macarons, madeleines, éclairs, and canelés.
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1. Baked & Wired

1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
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Known for their massive and whimsically-named ‘cakecups,’ this offbeat Georgetown staple also offers a long list of baked goods, ranging from biscotti to zillabonez for dogs. They have a newer sister bakery called A Baked Joint.
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

2. Bayou Bakery

1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201
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David Guas, the New Orleans-born chef behind Bayou Bakery, brings the Big Easy to D.C. with his bakery menu that features classics like beignets and pralines. The bakery also has full lunch and brunch service.
1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201

3. Bread Furst

4434 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
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With a focus on traditional loaves of bread, this bakery from Mark Furstenburg aims to be a neighborhood spot where people can pick up everyday essentials or treats for a celebration.
4434 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

4. Buttercream Bakeshop

1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Though Buttercream Bakeshop in Shaw is new on the scene, owner and pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac has been baking her beautiful and delicious cakes in the region for years.
1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Buzz Bakery

818 N Quincy St Ste 102, Arlington, VA 22203
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The extensive menu at Buzz Bakeshop runs the gamut of baked goods for all times of day: start with breakfast muffins or egg croissant sandwiches, snack on quiche or brunch cups in the afternoon, and finish on a sweet note with cupcakes, cookies, or brownies.
818 N Quincy St Ste 102
Arlington, VA 22203

6. Dangerously Delicious Pies (Multiple Locations)

1339 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
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Dangerously Delicious Pies can be procured at one of two brick-and-mortar locations in the city, or from the bakery’s roving pie truck. They bake sweet and savory flavors like apple, sour cherry, and pancake batter, or pulled pork BBQ, chicken, and ratatouille.
1339 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

7. The Happy Tart (Multiple Locations)

2307 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
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For the gluten-intolerant or gluten-averse, Happy Tart bakes classic French pastries with 100% gluten-free flour in a gluten-free kitchen, without sacrificing flavor.
2307 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

8. Le Caprice

3460 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
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This French bakery doesn’t leave out any of the quintessential pastries from their menu, which includes croissants, macarons, petit fours, and baguettes. They also branch out into other baking cultures with focaccia, gyro bread, and scones.
3460 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

9. Lyon Bakery

135 R St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
Lyon Bakery is a wholesale bread company, but they offer their wide variety of loaves to the public at their Union Market retail location, where shoppers can find standards like brioche and soft white or more unique options like pretzel bread or Lavash cracker sheets.
135 R St SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

10. Paisley Fig

3232 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Official
Paisley Fig bakes and sells their products inside Room 11 in Columbia Heights. They specialize in cakes, with several chef-curated options as well as basic combinations and custom orders. Their products can also be found at several other shops and retailers, including Dolcezza, Glen’s Garden Market, and Qualia Coffee.
3232 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

11. Pie Sisters

3423 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
There are three actual sisters behind this Georgetown pie shop. They offer nearly 20 flavors of sweet or savory pies in four sizes: pie bites, cuppies (individual pies), slices, and full pies.
3423 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

12. RareSweets

963 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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In the ultra-chic CityCenter development, RareSweets serves seasonally rotating cakes, ice creams, and sorbets, as well as breakfast pastries, sandwiches, cookies, and bars. Founder and pastry chef, Meredith Tomason, has a passion for modernizing traditional American baked goods.
963 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

13. Sticky Fingers Bakery

1370 Park Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
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Sticky Fingers omits the eggs and dairy, but customers don’t seem to miss them. Vegan offerings include cupcakes, cookies, and pastries, as well as a large savory menu of brunch plates, sandwiches, and soups.
1370 Park Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

14. The Sweet Lobby

404 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Official
Capitol Hill is a fitting home for The Sweet Lobby, which has a tagline claiming to advocate for the sweet tooth. The bakery specializes in French pastries like macarons, madeleines, éclairs, and canelés.
404 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

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