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Where to Find Pumpkin & Other Fall Flavors in Washington, DC
These spots roll out the red (and orange) carpet to satisfy your pumpkin spice and fall flavor cravings in the District
We know by now that fall = pumpkin-spiced-everything season. As the leaves fall in the nation’s capital, there are plenty of DC spots that can satiate your sweet tooth while bringing full-on pumpkin power. But pumpkin’s not the only fall flavor on the block. We’ve got a roundup of the best places to find tastes of fall in DC; from the sweet and cinnamony, to the apple-spiced. And don’t worry, we’ve thrown some pumpkin in there, too!
This doughnut shop is DC through-and-through, founded by locals and home to some of the tastiest flavors in the District. Traditionalists can get their pumpkin on with the pumpkin-glazed creations. Indulge in other fall flavors like the caramel apple streusel doughnut, crafted with granny smith apples, apple caramel and homemade streusel. And round out your next dozen with the maple butter pecan – a staff favorite featuring a cake doughnut dipped in dark amber maple syrup and butter glaze, then garnished with candied pecans.
749 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
3327 Cady’s Alley NW, Washington, DC 20007
DBGB Kitchen & Bar
Campfires may be synonymous with summer camp, but DBGB is bringing the heat through the autumn months. Cozy up and enjoy s’mores verrine for lunch and plated for dessert. A twist on an old-time favorite, the dessert features a deliciously dense brownie, dark chocolate cremeux, milk chocolate ganache, graham cracker crumb, cocoa nibs, cocoa twigs, toasted marshmallow and toasted marshmallow ice cream.
931 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Ice Cream Jubilee
Even after summer ends, this popular ice cream spot in Capitol Riverfront and U Street continues churning out inventive flavors. #Sweetpotatoisthenewpumpkin at Ice Cream Jubilee this fall, thanks to its Sweet Potato Molasses Candy – inspired by fluffy sweet potato pie and made with molasses candy brittle pieces mixed in. And if sweet potato is the new pumpkin, then cookies are the new sprinkles. Case in point: the Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookie combines a creamy base, fresh apple butter made in house and a crumble of oatmeal cookie on top.
301 Water Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
1407 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne are queens of the cupcake in DC, as evidenced by the long, wrap-around-the-block lines of people outside Georgetown Cupcake. Their menu features “Monthly Seasonals,” including a salted caramel chocolate chip in September and of course, come October, Halloween-themed creations. The Trick or Treat Dozen (we advise pre-ordering) features a Pumpkin Spice Haunted House cupcake and a Pumpkin Cheesecake Black Cat cupcake that boasts a delicious graham cracker crust.
3301 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Espresso & Gelato Bar at the National Gallery of Art
As the seasons change, so do the tasty treats offered at the National Gallery of Art’s Espresso & Gelato Bar. Take a break from exploring some of the gallery’s 141,000 works on display, and satisfy your appetite with a variety of harvest-inspired baked cakes, pumpkin cheesecake and seasonal muffins, including the always-popular pumpkin spiced variety. Just add a hot apple cider from the Espresso Bar, and then you’re ready to explore even more.
6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565
Le Pain Quotidien
If you happen to walk by one of Le Pain Quotidien’s many DC locations, you’ll find it hard not be lured in by the smell of fresh bread. The name, after all, means “the daily bread.” Warm up this autumn with a mug full of organic apple cider from Le Pain Quotidien. If cider’s not your style, maybe the smooth taste of the organic turmeric latte will do the trick – think: coconut milk, turmeric root, Ceylon cinnamon and black pepper. Soon there will be another place to enjoy the restaurant-bakery’s full fall menu – a new location on 14th Street is coming soon!
800 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
2000 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
975 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
2815 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Warm drinks like cider, tea and hot cocoa are certainly popular during the fall months, but don’t count cocktails out when it comes to fall flavors! Take Dirty Habit’s Fuji-La cocktail for instance. It’s a glass with notes of apple blossom, wild flowers and sour pear. Head bartender Sarah Ruiz emulates these tastes of autumn by combining calvados, pear brandy, chamomile-honey and tiki bitters.
555 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Best known for its signature pasta offerings that are served up with a variety of traditional ragus, Osteria Morini’s most mouth-watering seasonal dish may be on its dessert menu. Chef Tova Hilman has checked all the fall flavor boxes with her torta di formaggio, a Tahitian vanilla ricotta cheesecake with limoncello compressed granny smith apple cubes, polenta cake, apple compote and caramel. And best of all, this dessert comes a la mode, with brown butter gelato.
301 Water Street SE #109, Washington, DC 20003
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Where to Find Fall Flavors in Washington, DC
Here's where to satisfy your festive fall cravings