When cupcakes were becoming the biggest dessert food craze, people were wondering what was going to be next. For some, that was the macaroon. The colorful french cookie sandwich didn’t really take off like cupcakes did, but there are plenty of people who love them. If you are one of them, you have to try these bakeries.
Tout De Sweet Pastry Shop
7831 Woodmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 951-0474

For five years, Chef Jerome Colin and the team at Tout de Sweet Pastry Shop have been creating some beautiful and delicious desserts. Cakes, scones, danishes, cupcakes, macaroons, bread pudding — they serve treats for every season, and drinks to go with them. When you are craving macaroons, you can choose from a number of different flavors. Flavors include vanilla bean, peanut butter and jam, pumpkin spice, earl grey, pistachio, and many more. Try a different flavor every time you go.

The Sweet Lobby
404 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-2404

Winner of the Food Network show Cupcake Wars, Dr. Winnette McIntosh Ambrose made The Sweet Lobby a national treasure. Everything the bakers at the shop produce is created to have amazing complex flavor. Specializing in French macarons, they use only a few ingredients to make the delicate treats. From green tea-chestnut and chocolate to passion-fruit and pecan praline, you’ll find a menu of flavors that have been specially crafted. They might make you forget all about cupcakes.

Olivia Macaron
3222 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-1000

Olivia Macaron is probably the most recognizable name in macaroons in the D.C. area. The Georgetown pastry shop focuses only on the fancy cookie sandwiches, allowing for you to have the best you can get. The flavors range from signatures like red velvet and salted caramel to seasonal ones like fig balsamic and smores. If you love them like most people do, you’ll be delighted to know they also cater and offer their macaroons for wholesale. Whether you get one or thousand, you’ll probably never get enough.

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The Cakeroom
2006 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 450-4462

An adorable little pastry shop in Adam’s Morgan brightens up the neighborhood and adds a little pink to 18th Street. The Cakeroom is so cute you’ll want to stay and have a tea party. The decor is adorable, but what you go for is the delicious pastries. The Washington Post and NPR are just two of the publications that have raved about the bakery.  Cakes, cookies, brownies, pies, cheesecakes — they offer a wide variety of treats for you to obsess over. And if you have a special occasion coming up, they also offer custom designs.

Macaron Bee
3261 Prospect St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-2308

Another pasty shop dedicated and specializing only in macaroons is Macaron Bee. One of the reasons this shop stands apart is by making all of their macaroons gluten free. Now you or the members of your family with gluten allergies can enjoy a delicious macaroon, too. And gluten free doesn’t mean flavor free. Spiced rum gingerbread, espresso, blood orange, apricot, key lime, pink champagne — they offer a number of standard and special flavors. Try the seasonal flavors while they last.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.