Restaurants, Bakery Downtown
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Are chef Meredith Tomason’s signature mini-cakes not enough to satisfy your sweet tooth? Perhaps a cinnamon roll, blondie or glazed donut will do the trick. Baked in an open kitchen at her sleek new space at CityCenter DC, the sweets—many of which were developed from vintage cookbooks and old family recipes—will have you questioning the virtues of gimmicky hybrid baked goods (if you don’t already).


Venue name: RareSweets
Address: 963 Palmer Alley NW
Washington, DC

Cross street: at CityCenter DC
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7am–7pm, Sat–Sun, 9am–5pm
Transport: Metro Center, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
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If you're in DC wishing you were in Europe (like me, last summer), this is your spot. Grab an espresso or a cappuccino, and sit by the window watching gorgeous people walk through the area, and then stop by the Italian grocery store next door on your way out. The pastries were never on my list to try, but the coffee was exquisite and the experience even more so.