If you have a sweet tooth, you’re welcome in advance. As you guys know, I’m super passionate about food, and I have a soft spot for all desserts. So, I’m extra stoked to share today’s post with y’all because I’m blogging about 5 of my favorite dessert places in DC! I hope you’re ready, frands. Warning: you may or may not drool all over yourself while reading this, ha.
Best Desserts in Washington, DC
I can’t even begin to tell you guys how much I love District Doughnut. IMHO, they have the best donuts in the DMV area. They’re made from scratch daily so you know you’re getting the freshest noms possible, and they change flavors seasonally, which is fun. Bestsellers like brown butter and vanilla bean creme brûlée are available all year ’round though so don’t fret.
District Doughnut has locations in Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Union Market, and the Wharf so make sure you hit them up stat if you haven’t already. And remember to go early because their donuts sell out hella fast!
2. Nice Cream
Everything about Nice Cream is a do in my book. They source their ingredients locally and use liquid nitrogen to freeze your ice cream for you ON THE SPOT, like right in front of your eyes. And yes, using caps was absolutely necessary.
They change flavors each week so make sure you check out their flavor calendar to stay in the know. They have several locations in the DMV area, and their menu varies from place to place so you definitely want to check. They have two stores in DC (Adams Morgan and Shaw), on top of other locations in Old Town Alexandria and Clarendon.
Their ice cream is honestly THE creamiest I’ve ever had, and I can’t recommend them enough. The consistency is almost gelato-like so if you like rich, you’ll love Nice Cream. I recommend going with a friend or two and getting a sampler so you can try all 6 flavors! I went with my mom the first time, and we were both blown away. And trust me, that means a lot because both me and my mom are super picky about food!
Oh man, the hype is so real. I got a box of their cookies recently, and I can’t even. I actually had them wayyyyy back in the day – like I’m talkin’ back when I was a Master’s student at Juilliard – but I don’t remember them being so good. Who knows! Maybe it was an off day? I’m all about them now though.
Their chocolate chip cookies are straight up obscene, like they’re the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had in my entire life. Bold statement, but I stand behind it 200%. Think warm buttery goodness with gooey chocolate chips. Yes, they’re a bit sweet but not overbearingly so. Do yourself a solid and get a box for yourself…and I challenge you not to finish them all in one sitting. Good luck! Ha.
4. Sugar Lab
Located in Georgetown, I couldn’t resist highlighting Sugar Lab because I have so much love for them. They’ve been open for about a year now I believe? They’re run by a brother and sister duo, and I want them to succeed so damn bad.
Now, I’m not gonna lie, when I first visited them I wasn’t impressed with their ice cream. I didn’t think it was creamy enough, and the flavors just seemed off – in fact, I only really liked their lemon sorbet at the time TBH. I’m so glad I gave them another chance though because I went back and their desserts left me SO shook. I got a chocolate waffle cone with matcha ice cream and nutella, and it was the best matcha ice cream I’ve ever had. It was super creamy, and I loved how prominent the green tea flavors were! The bubble waffle came out pipin’ hot, and they were super generous with their nutella.
If you’re not feeling ice cream, you can get this cool dessert pictured below. It’s a bubble waffle with foam, boba and chocolate drizzle. I know that doesn’t sound particularly good, but trust me, it’s like a freaking texture party in your mouth!
Their bubble tea is bomb, too. I got this rose thai tea drank, and I was very impressed. If you’re in the mood for bamf sweets in Georgetown, do yourself a favor and try them out! You’ll make your stomach happy while supporting a small local business. Yay for supporting your community!
Four words: thai tea ice cream. Sung, my bestie photographer, actually introduced me to this epicness a few years back, and I’ve been a fan ever since. If you like thai iced tea, you will LOVE this flavor. It’s everything good in life and more! They make their ice cream in small batches to ensure quality, and it shows. If you enjoy unique flavors, you’re definitely gonna want to check them out! I mean, how good does chocolate yuzu, banana bourbon caramel, and snickers snickerdoodle sound? Yeah, go and get some.
Now, before I say bye bye, I want to talk about a few specific desserts (from restaurants) that were really memorable for me. Sooooo, let’s get to it!
1. The Warm Chocolate Cookie Pie at America Eats Tavern: a baked-to-order (so you need to give them 10-15 minutes) cake like cookie that’s served pipin’ hot with housemade bourbon vanilla ice cream, sea salt and macerated berries – big enough to share with 1-2 friends…maybe.
2. The Apple Dutch Baby at The Partisan: another baked-to-order dessert that you can split with frands. This contains bits of apple, and the cake is fluffy as can be! It comes with a lovely drizzle on the side…but I can’t remember what it was exactly so just go and enjoy it as a surprise, lol. Don’t worry, I promise it’ll be delicious!
3. “Mel’s Mortal Sin” at Declaration: I went to their location in Shaw a while back and thought their food was terrible (sorry, it’s harsh but true). This dessert though? Holy effin’ shit, soooooo good. Get dinner at Haikan or Hazel and then come to Declaration for dessert. It’s a warm flourless brownie served with vanilla bean ice cream and hot fudge. If you like all things chocolatey, you will flip out over this dessert!
4. The Banana Pudding at Magnolias: everyone and their mom knows about Magnolia Bakery. I didn’t list it as a favorite above because it’s honestly not, and TBH, I think both Magnolia Bakery and Laduree are overrated, but I do give the former props for their banana pudding. It’s just the right amount of sweet, and it’s just a really solid dessert! I don’t like anything else they sell there, but I’ll go from time to time just to enjoy this dessert. What do you guys think? Did I just insult you hardcore by saying they were overhyped? Ha. Let me know by leaving a comment below.
Alright guys, that’s it for today’s nom post! I hope you enjoyed reading all about my favorite desserts places in Washington, DC. Let me know what some of your favorites are and click here to browse more nom food content on Sensible Stylista – you can also see more on my second blog, Nomtastic Foods. For more on my DMV adventures, make sure to check out this tab! Until next time, friends.