The only thing mom will appreciate more on Mother’s Day than a box of sweets is gifting her a day out with you to enjoy desserts together. Whether your mom has a soft spot for pies or goes gaga for gelato, here’s five DC dessert spots that will satisfy her sweet tooth.
Swing by this Georgetown pie shop on Mother’s Day and treat mom to one of their Instagram-worthy pies. She’ll be delighted with one of the specialty versions like apple caramel crunch or bourbon chocolate pecan. Or, go with something more classic like apple, key lime with a crumbly graham cracker crust, or cookies n’ cream. 3423 M St. NW, 202-338-7437
Not content to be just ordinary treats, District Doughnut serves fresh, handmade donuts that are edible works of art. On the spring menu, you and mom will find inventive donuts stuffed with a dulce de leche pastry cream filling, brimming with chocolate crème brûlée, or covered in a Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean glaze. Whichever donut you choose, enjoy it with an earl grey or hibiscus blossom tea. 749 8th St. SE, 202-750-1955
For cupcakes, there’s no better place to take mom than Georgetown Cupcakes. The cult-favorite gourmet shop is celebrating Mother’s Day with a special box filled with 12 inventive flavors including raspberry lemonade, vanilla butterfly surprise, and marble brownie fudge cheesecake. 3301 M. St. NW, 202-333-8448
If mom is in the mood for a frozen treat, take her to Dolcezza Gelato and polish off a pint of their delicious gelato—all made with fresh, local ingredients. Standout flavors include peanut butter stracciatella, Indonesian vanilla bean, Georgia butter pecan, and Thai coconut milk. Or, go for a fruity sorbet instead like the champagne mango or Meyer lemon vodka. 1560 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-0933
For moms with a serious craving for chocolate, Co Co. Sala is a no brainer. The chocolate boutique is brimming with artisanal chocolates in imaginative flavors like rosemary caramel, peanut butter and jelly, and mango lassi. Things will be even more exciting on Mother’s Day during their special brunch, which features a lavish dessert spread, chocolate sculptures, and glasses of passion mimosas to toast the occasion. 1309 5th St. NE, 202-544-4374