The only thing kids like better than a salty snack is a sugar laden treat. And while you’re probably happy to pass on the goldfish, we are willing to bet you are going to want in on some of these dishes. We’ve scoped out the most iconic DC treats so you can nab an Insta-worthy pic of your kiddo tucking into some gooey goodness. Put on your walking shoes and grab your spoon because you’ll need both to make the most of this list!

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District Doughnut and Coffee

If you thought doughnuts were just a breakfast food, you’ve never been to District Doughnut and Coffe. These delectable doughnut flavors are swapped out seasonally, but you’ll sink your teeth into delicious scratch-made Vanilla Bean yeast dough year-round.

Insider tip: While these specialty doughnuts are delicious any time of day, swing by early in the day to make your selections. By late afternoon, you may have limited options or none at all. They’re that good!

District Doughnut and Coffee
5 locations in DC and VA
Online: www.districtdoughnut.com

photo: Moorenko’s Ice Cream via Yelp

Moorenko’s Ice Cream

Got a sweet tooth that loves a bit of a chill? Then head to Moorenko’s, where premium ice cream is handmade. Parents will love Moorenko’s unique ice cream flavors—like Honey Lavender and Cinnamon Cappuccino—while kids will enjoy fun treats like Cotton Candy or Thin Mint. They also offer more traditional and seasonal flavors. Get a scoop, cone or milkshake, or grab a pint to go. You can also fine Moorenko’s at select local markets.

Insider tip: The Silver Spring Scoop Shop has board games you can play while you enjoy your sweet treats.

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Moorenko’s Ice Cream
8030-B Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
301-565–7804

8054 Main St.
Ellicott City, MD
410-696-2645
Online: www.moorenkos.com

photo: Natalie M. via Yelp

Le Diplomate

Your little one’s picky palate may not be ready for French food in general, but their immature taste buds will appreciate this vanilla bean crème brûlée.  The toasted sugar crust has the perfect amount of crunch, while still remaining a creamy, rich dessert. It comes with a French cookie on the side, too.

Insider tip: The crème brûlée, like their other desserts, is sized for sharing so grab a spoon!

Le Diplomate
1601 14th St NW
Logan Circle
Online: www.lediplomatedc.com

photo: Christine D. via Yelp

Baked & Wired

If you’ve got a unicorn or rainbow lover in the house, head to Baked & Wired for a cupcake that looks like it was baked and frosted by Lisa Frank herself. It’s a funfetti cake topped with buttercream frosting and brightly colored sprinkles; frosting colors change regularly for extra fun.

Insider tip: Some of the cupcakes have adult-themed names. If you have a non-reader, it probably is a non-issue.

Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Georgetown
Online: www.bakedandwired.com

photo: Cathy K. via Yelp

Osteria Marzano

Does your tot love Nutella? S’mores? Anything and all things gooey? Then they’ll adore this Nutella pizza meant for sharing. It’s thin pizza dough topped with mascarpone, Nutella, pistachios and mini-marshmallows. Rich and delicious, this dessert is the best combo of pizza and dessert.

Insider tip: Even if it’s just you and the kiddo, order this full-size pizza. The leftovers will taste just as delicious reheated in the microwave tomorrow.

Osteria Marzano
6361 Walker Ln
Metro Park VI (#140)
Franconia, VA
Online: www.osteriamarzano.com

photo: Nicole F. via Yelp

Boqueria

If your little has never had churros before, this Spanish tapas restaurant’s delectable dessert may spoil them on traditional churros forever. Boqueria offers churros con chocolate, the traditional fried dough with a cinnamon-sugar dusting that you dip in thick hot chocolate. They also have churros rellenos, filled with either Nutella or dulce de leche. Whichever ones you get, your kiddo is guaranteed to love them.

Insider tip: The main dining area at the Penn Quarter location can get a bit loud when it fills up. You may want to swing by during quieter periods if your little one is sensitive to loud noises.

Boqueria
777 9th St. NW
Penn Quarter

1837 M St. NW
Dupont Circle
Online: www.boqueriarestaurant.com

photo: Braden T. via Yelp

Tiger Fork

Does your munchkin live on waffles for breakfast? One of the most beloved hand-held foods just got more fun with… bubbles! At Tiger Fork, the bubble waffle is served with two scoops of ice cream plus “fun stuff.” The “fun stuff” is a random assortment of toppings from sprinkles to crushed cookies to pixie sticks chosen by the kitchen. You might not know what toppings you’ll get, but you know sugar overload is guaranteed!

Insider tip: They only serve the bubble waffle at dinner.

Tiger Fork
922 N St.NW
Blagden Alley
Online: www.tigerforkdc.com

photo: Tinique P. via Yelp

Indique

Indique offers Gulab Jamun, a milk solid donut hole drizzled with honey and served with vanilla ice cream. This melt-in-your-mouth dessert comes out piping hot with a super-soft texture and a hint of rose flavor. You might even catch a hint of cardamom in the ice cream. Plus, it’s perfectly pint-sized, making it an excellent dessert for littles.

Insider tip: If you plan to go at brunch, make sure you get a reservation. They get very busy!

Indique
3512-14 Connecticut Ave. NW
Cleveland Park
Online: www.indique.com

photo: Serena C. via Yelp

The Source

The Source by Wolfgang Puck offers a 15-layer carrot cake that is worth its weight in gold. While a serving looks light and thin, this rich dessert is easy to share (and is topped with ginger ice cream. Yum!).

Insider tip: Take your little on their birthday, and the restaurant will write their name on the menu!

The Source
575 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC
Online: www.wolfgangpuck.com

photo: Mr. B via Yelp

Firefly

Make dessert an extra special occasion by bringing the kids to Firefly for dinner. Firefly doesn’t advertise it on the dessert menu, but they have the perfect make-your-own dessert for kids. Before dinner, each kid is given cookie dough to decorate to their own satisfaction. While you eat, the cookie is baked and then served to your little one as dessert. This might be the perfect dessert: a pre-dinner activity to keep them busy, and a dessert they’re guaranteed to eat since they made it themselves!

Insider tip: The atmosphere is a bit upscale, so if the kids are cranky, it might be better after a nap.

Firefly
1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Dupont Circle
Online: www.firefly-dc.com

—Wendy Miller

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