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.Read More