D.C. will go crazy for cream puffs this year. After opening about 300 locations, Beard Papa's finally prepares to introduce their innovative, natural cream puffs to Georgetown this spring. Although the French invented the profiterole, the Japanese are now perfecting this dessert through the worldwide chain from Osaka, allowing customers a choice of choux pastry shells and fillings from classic cream and chocolate to green tea or mango speciality flavors. Until the Georgetown location opens, where can eager Washingtonians find cream puffs, profiteroles and eclairs? Here are 10 places that are already giving Beard Papa some competition.Read More
Where To Get Cream Puffs, Eclairs and Profiteroles in D.C.
Beard Papa is coming soon, but here are local restaurants and bakeries that are home to great cream puffs.
1. G'eclair Pop-Up at Spoon
Donburi owner James Jang and business partner Grace Owens-Stively dedicated a new venture to the creamy pastry. Flavors range from hazelnut to yuzu raspberry. G'eclair is starting as DC’s only pop-up eclair shop and soon moving into AdMo’s Spoon.
2. Le Caprice DC Café Bakery
Owned by a family that worked for decades in France, of course the Columbia Height’s favorite croissant spot offers classic cream puffs. The French bakery also offers fancy swan-shaped cream puffs.
3. DBGB Kitchen and Bar
The Rocky Road profiteroles with a chocolate shell, crunchy nuts and hot chocolate sauce poured over table-side are a standout at Daniel Boulud’s restaurant in CityCenterDC.
4. Baked & Wired
It's hard to beat this Georgetown favorite coffee shop with fresh desserts, including cream puff choux pastry shells stuffed with fresh bavarian cream.
5. Dog Tag Bakery
The Georgetown bakery with a mission to help veterans with disabilities and their caregivers created “Teaclairs” with rotating flavors like matcha green tea inside a chocolate shell.
6. Bakers & Baristas
This new bakery in Penn Quarter serves Compass Coffee with their unique cream puffs filled with rose-flavored pastry cream. [Photo: Tammy G./Yelp]
7. Et Voila!
The French-Belgian spot in Palisades run by chef Claudio Pirollo drenches their profiteroles stuffed with vanilla ice cream in warm dark chocolate sauce.
8. Mocha Cafe & Pastry
This Arlington eatery serves more swans cream puffs, and their basic puffs come speckled with strawberries on top of the cream. [Photo: Yelp]
9. Patisserie Poupon
This French bakery with two Baltimore locations sells the traditional puffs and swans, only a few blocks away from the planned Beard Papa’s on Wisconsin Avenue. [Photo: Sakita D./Yelp]
10. Le Diplomate
Find profiteroles with homemade ice cream sprinkled with a little salt for balance and homemade chocolate sauce poured over table-side at this 14th St. brasserie.