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A cinnamon roll made with kolache dough from Republic Cantina in Truxton Circle
A cinnamon roll made with kolache dough from Republic Cantina in Truxton Circle
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Where to Eat Decadent Cinnamon Rolls in D.C.

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A cinnamon roll made with kolache dough from Republic Cantina in Truxton Circle
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The smell of buttery, freshly baked cinnamon rolls is absolutely intoxicating, even if it’s coming from the Cinnabon in the airport. Around D.C. a number of independent cafes and bakeries make rolls and buns that go beyond what the chains have to offer. Here are 15 different options, including sweets that are vegan and gluten-free.

More cinnamon goodness is headed to the DMV soon, with the planned opening of vegan build-your-own cinnamon roll company Cinnaholic in Gaithersburg.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats

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1370 Park Rd NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 299-9700
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This vegan bakery and cafe in Columbia Heights serves up an eponymous a sticky bun with a swirl of dough, walnuts, cinnamon, and sweet sugar frosting.

2. Rise Bakery

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2409 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 525-5204
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Adams Morgan’s gluten-free bakery offers cinnamon rolls slathered with cream cheese icing, of course.

3. Matchbox

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1901 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-0369
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This wood-fired pizza chain serves piping hot cinnamon rolls in a cast-iron that makes the trip to the table.

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4. Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen

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84 T St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 827-3664
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This chill Bloomingdale wine bar serves cast iron skillets full of cinnamon rolls smothered in cream cheese frosting during its weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

5. Ted's Bulletin

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1818 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-8337
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This local Americana-style chain known for plus-sized baked goods sells “Cinnamon Rolls As Big As Your Head.” They’re served only on weekends, and always sell out quickly.

6. Birds Eye Coffee Bar and Eatery

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1800 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 733-5131
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The Southeast Asian cafe and breakfast spot within Doi Moi serves a spin on the cinnamon roll: a Sri Lankan cardamom roll with vanilla bean icing.

Cardamom roll at Birds Eye
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7. Mikko Nordic Fine Food

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1636 R St NW #6440
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 525-3919
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Try a Scandinavian take on the cinnamon roll at Mikko, a Dupont Circle cafe from a chef whose resume includes cooking for the Finnish ambassador. This is one of its best-selling pastries, and chef Mikko Kosonen says those who try it have one reaction: “Oh wow, this is so different then what you can get in the Cinnabon.”

8. Convivial

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801 O St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-2870
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Chef Cedric Maupillier is lauded for Convivial’s massive cinnamon rolls, with dark rum folded into the cream cheese icing.

9. Republic Cantina

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43 N St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 997-4340
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Truxton Circle’s new cactus-covered Tex-Mex cafe shapes kolache dough into a yeasty, fluffy cinnamon roll topped with a generous hunk of icing.

A cinnamon roll made with kolache dough from Republic Cantina in Truxton Circle
A cinnamon roll made with kolache dough from Republic Cantina in Truxton Circle
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10. Iron Gate Restaurant

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1734 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 524-5202
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At the Mediterranean-centric Iron Gate, a cinnamon roll gets crossed with baklava in the best way possible. Try this pastry with pistachio, walnut, and honey lemon glaze during brunch.

11. Buttercream Bakeshop

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 735-0102
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Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac’s version is called the “cinnascone,” a mashup-that involves buttermilk scone dough dressed up like a cinnamon roll with cinnamon sugar glaze.

12. A Baked Joint

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440 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-6985
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Baked & Wired’s sister bakery in Mt. Vernon Triangle adds cinnamon rolls to its menu on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays — sometimes in special seasonal flavors like pumpkin cheesecake.

13. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 298-8783
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Don’t be shy at the weekend breakfast buffet at Farmers Fishers Bakers, where the all-you-can-eat spread includes gooey cinnamon rolls. These treats are also available Monday through Friday during the Georgetown restuarant’s “First Bake” breakfast service.

14. Green Pig Bistro

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1025 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 888-1920
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This sustainable kitchen in Clarendon offers $10 sides of cinnamon rolls during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

15. Junction Bakery & Bistro

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1508 Mt Vernon Ave #1718
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 436-0025
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This Del Ray bakery and bistro uses a brioche dough for a fluffy cinnamon roll. New Junction locations are also headed to Capitol Hill and Chevy Chase later this year.

1. Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats

1370 Park Rd NW, Washington, DC 20010

This vegan bakery and cafe in Columbia Heights serves up an eponymous a sticky bun with a swirl of dough, walnuts, cinnamon, and sweet sugar frosting.

1370 Park Rd NW
Washington, DC 20010

2. Rise Bakery

2409 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Adams Morgan’s gluten-free bakery offers cinnamon rolls slathered with cream cheese icing, of course.

2409 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Matchbox

1901 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

This wood-fired pizza chain serves piping hot cinnamon rolls in a cast-iron that makes the trip to the table.

1901 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen

84 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This chill Bloomingdale wine bar serves cast iron skillets full of cinnamon rolls smothered in cream cheese frosting during its weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

84 T St NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Ted's Bulletin

1818 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

This local Americana-style chain known for plus-sized baked goods sells “Cinnamon Rolls As Big As Your Head.” They’re served only on weekends, and always sell out quickly.

1818 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Birds Eye Coffee Bar and Eatery

1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Cardamom roll at Birds Eye
Photo: Raisa Aziz

The Southeast Asian cafe and breakfast spot within Doi Moi serves a spin on the cinnamon roll: a Sri Lankan cardamom roll with vanilla bean icing.

1800 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. Mikko Nordic Fine Food

1636 R St NW #6440, Washington, DC 20009

Try a Scandinavian take on the cinnamon roll at Mikko, a Dupont Circle cafe from a chef whose resume includes cooking for the Finnish ambassador. This is one of its best-selling pastries, and chef Mikko Kosonen says those who try it have one reaction: “Oh wow, this is so different then what you can get in the Cinnabon.”

1636 R St NW #6440
Washington, DC 20009

8. Convivial

801 O St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Chef Cedric Maupillier is lauded for Convivial’s massive cinnamon rolls, with dark rum folded into the cream cheese icing.

801 O St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Republic Cantina

43 N St NW, Washington, DC 20001
A cinnamon roll made with kolache dough from Republic Cantina in Truxton Circle
A cinnamon roll made with kolache dough from Republic Cantina in Truxton Circle
Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

Truxton Circle’s new cactus-covered Tex-Mex cafe shapes kolache dough into a yeasty, fluffy cinnamon roll topped with a generous hunk of icing.

43 N St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Iron Gate Restaurant

1734 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

At the Mediterranean-centric Iron Gate, a cinnamon roll gets crossed with baklava in the best way possible. Try this pastry with pistachio, walnut, and honey lemon glaze during brunch.

1734 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. Buttercream Bakeshop

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac’s version is called the “cinnascone,” a mashup-that involves buttermilk scone dough dressed up like a cinnamon roll with cinnamon sugar glaze.

1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. A Baked Joint

440 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Baked & Wired’s sister bakery in Mt. Vernon Triangle adds cinnamon rolls to its menu on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays — sometimes in special seasonal flavors like pumpkin cheesecake.

440 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Don’t be shy at the weekend breakfast buffet at Farmers Fishers Bakers, where the all-you-can-eat spread includes gooey cinnamon rolls. These treats are also available Monday through Friday during the Georgetown restuarant’s “First Bake” breakfast service.

3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

14. Green Pig Bistro

1025 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201

This sustainable kitchen in Clarendon offers $10 sides of cinnamon rolls during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1025 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201

15. Junction Bakery & Bistro

1508 Mt Vernon Ave #1718, Alexandria, VA 22301

This Del Ray bakery and bistro uses a brioche dough for a fluffy cinnamon roll. New Junction locations are also headed to Capitol Hill and Chevy Chase later this year.

1508 Mt Vernon Ave #1718
Alexandria, VA 22301

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