If you’ve been thinking summer is all about ice cream and lemonade, think again. We’ve found three fantastic new local bakeries sure to tempt you to put down the cone and score a scone (or cookie, or muffin, or cream puff!).

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Buttercream Bakeshop
The cakes, cookies, muffins and more that you’ll find in this sweet little bakeshop nestled in the Shaw neighborhood of northwest D.C. are dusted in sugar, beauty and a little bit of magic.

Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac and cake decorator Alexandra Mudry-Till have created a casual and relaxing mood at Buttercream Bakeshop that is perfect for an easy Sunday morning. Decorated with soft, muted colors and whimsical décor, it is the ideal place to relax over a cup of coffee and a sweet breakfast treat. Everything is baked fresh, from scratch, on-site every day, including a wide selection of breakfast pastries and cookies as well as impressive cakes and confections.

If you stop by in the morning, don’t miss the Cinnascone or the Queen B to pair with your cappuccino or cold brew. Then pick up a few cookies to take home for later. And while you’re there, admire their beautiful cakes on display around the shop.

If seeing is believing, follow Buttercream on Instagram to catch regular photos of their stunning creations plus the occasional behind-the-scenes look at how the magic happens.

Buttercream Bake Shop
1250 9th St., NW (Shaw)
Online: buttercreamdc.com


Photo: Praline Bakery

Praline Bakery
Next up is the bakery that Tom Sietsema named his “go-to bakery.”

This authentic French bakery makes, from scratch, every delightful treat that you’d expect to find on the streets of Paris, from the classic croissant to a large assortment of danishes and of course, brioche. A trip to a French bakery is never complete without macaroons and Praline offers more than a dozen flavors to choose from.

Co-owners Susan Limb and Patrick Musel wanted to bring their love of fine cuisine and delectable pastries into a place where people of all ages could gather. At Praline Bakery and Bistro, those dreams come true. Stop by for some sweet treats to go or eat in at the Bistro above the bakery.

While you’ll find their main location on Sangamore St. in Bethesda, Praline just opened a small location in Glenn Echo Park, conveniently situated between the carousel and playground. Stop by for a sweet treat and then let the little ones run off the sugar (though you might want to stop in again on your way out!). Or stop by for a snack after taking in a puppet show.

Praline Bakery
4611 Sangamore Rd. (Bethesda, Md)
Online: praline-bakery.com

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Beard Papas
Just as Praline brings the tastes of France to the streets of Bethesda, Beard Papas brings Japanese oishi (delicious) treats to D.C. and Virginia.

At Beard Papas you’ll find every sort of cream puff imaginable filled with everything from chocolate to green tea filling. Three kinds of shells plus three different fillings (chocolate, vanilla, and a flavor of the week) are made daily in-house. Mix and match shells and fillings and watch them come together on the spot to create the perfect puff for you. And, because it’s summer, they’ve introduced ice cream puffs. Ice cream and fresh baked puffs together? What could be better?

While the bakery got its start in Japan, they’ve now spread out across the United States and Canada with two local spots in Georgetown and Falls Church (newest location).

If cream puffs and éclairs aren’t your thing, you’ll also find fondants and mochi ice cream as well as an assortment of drinks that vary based on location.

Beard Papas
5201 Leesburg Pike (Falls Church, Va)
Online: beardpapa.com

Which of these three new bakeries is your favorite?

–Tricia Mirchandani