Ah, the sweet tooth—it's a real affliction. You know the symptoms: A dull ache that starts with a craving, but soon develops into a downright need to sink your teeth into something saccharine. Looking for a cure? Never fear, because our friends at Yelp have gathered their favorite spots around town to satisfy that sugar rush.
Small but mighty, Buttercream Bakeshop brings visions of colorful funfetti cookie sandwiches, sugar crusted kouign-amann, cream filled ho-hos, a virtual rainbow of macarons, elaborately decorated cupcakes, and more. You'll be smitten with their Passionfruit Flakie—think tropical pastry cream enveloped in millions of light flaky layers of buttery croissant and topped with edible gold flakes. Even the bakery’s exhaust funnels all of the feel-good oven smells through the vents for an instant sucrose high. 1250 Ninth St. NW, 202-735-0102
The heat of summer means seeking out only the chilliest of treats. For a sinful scoop, look no further than Dolci Gelati, a local purveyor that recently took home the fourth place trophy in the Gelato World Tour. Chef Gianluigi is known for his ability to concoct magic in the kitchen using only a few base ingredients of fresh, rare fruit, fine chocolate, sugar, and milk. Flavors change daily but if you're up to the challenge, you can customize your own hand-dipped gelato pop. 1420 Eighth St. NW, 202-518-1287
From cravable cruellers to fabulous fritters, District Doughnut is dishing all things good and hole-y. The one thing that sets them apart from other pastry purveyors is that all of their dough is individually mixed so each bite is an explosion of flavor. Each craft doughnut is an art form in itself, from the torched brown sugar of their Chocolate Creme Brûlée to the swirl of peanut butter and marshmallow of their Fluffernutter. Don’t miss out on the simple but intoxicating brown butter doughnut—not only was it their first creation, but it's still one of their best-selling items to this day. 749 Eighth St. SE, 202-750-1955
Leave your boarding pass at home and transverse the Philippine Islands with your taste buds at this friendly Mount Pleasant restaurant. Purple Patch dishes out classic Filipino desserts using exotic ingredients that are usually only found in tropical climates. One of their most popular and unique desserts is a spongy lavender cupcake made with ube—a deep purple tuber vegetable in the yam family. 3155 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, 202-299-0022
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