Whether you’re craving something sweet or savory, these local bakeries have the pastries to kick-start your morning.
By Stephanie Shipman
Sweet and savory, breakfast pastries can make a morning meeting at the office more palpable, or even a morning at home infinitely better. Here are six places to get the best breakfast pastries in Northern Virginia.
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This cute cafe is known for its wine bar, but it also offers great cakes and opens at 7am every day, so you can grab a bite before rush hour. Find rolls and scones at their Arlington and Falls Church locations, but head to Falls Church for more specialized pastries like homemade pies, cinnamon rolls, and chocolate croissants. 3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 205 Park Avenue, Falls Church
No longer just one of the best breakfast options for cops, donuts have gotten more luxurious than ever. Duck Donuts creates many unique flavors – Blueberry Pancake! Pina Colada! French toast! – and they almost look too good to eat. With eight locations in NoVA, there are plenty of opportunities to try them out. multiple locations
European pastries are simply the best, and Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe gives Virginians a taster with their delicious breakfast pastries. Cheesecakes, quiches, sweet-filled croissants, and rugala are just some of the items you can enjoy at this place. 2150 N. Culpeper St., Arlington
Good Company Donuts and Coffee
This place offers a home-cooked lineup regularly and flavors run out frequently, so your best bet is to order online. The usual suspects like chocolate cake, sprinkles, and cinnamon sugar are among the unique flavors, like gingerbread frosting, butter crisp, and pistachio-apple frosting. 672 N. Glebe Rd., Ste. 1, Arlington
The Swiss bakery and pastry shop
Whether you want a sweet breakfast like a scone or strudel, or something more savory like a ham and cheese croissant, this place has delicious options for both. Since it’s a Swiss bakery, they use traditional Swiss recipes (like apple strudel) and even use European puff pastry. 5224 Port Royal Rd., Springfield
Tatte Bakery and Cafe
Founded by a self-taught Israeli pastry chef, Tatte has several locations in DC and Bethesda, but luckily for Virginians, one location in Arlington. Try the ham and cheese croissant, one of their quiches or tartines. 2805 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington
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