Hoodline’s Picks For the Best Sweet Shops in Arlington


Hoodline crunched the numbers to identify Arlington’s best sweet shops, using Yelp data and our secret sauce to compile an unbeatable list of must-try spots. From ice cream shops to doughnut shops, these are the top spots for satisfying your sweet tooth in Arlington.

From a German bakery in Lee Heights Shops to an exquisite chocolate factory, these charming neighborhood establishments provide sweet treats for any celebration.

Captain Cookie

Captain Cookie is a must-try if you have an appetite for sweet treats. Their bakery truck serves freshly-baked cookies, local creamery milk, and made-to-order ice cream sandwiches.

This month, its newest brick-and-mortar location will open in Arlington. Established by Kirk Francis and Juliann Francis in 2012, the DC-based business began as a food truck before expanding to local retail shops such as Eastern Market and Brookland.

In addition to classic chocolate chip cookies, the bakery offers flavors such as ginger molasses, peanut butter, cardamom snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, and pumpkin muffaroon. Plus, there’s a vegan option available too.

Bayou Bakery

Whether you’re searching for a sweet treat or a delicious meal, Bayou Bakery in Capitol Hill won’t disappoint. A cozy counter-service bakery and cafe that combines Southern favorites with an innovative New Orleans flare, Bayou promises to satisfy any appetite.

In addition to Southern treats and hot sandwiches made-to-order on fresh New Orleans-style French bread, they also serve breakfast biscuits, soups, pickles, pastries, desserts, and more.

David Guas’ rustic counter-service restaurant in New Orleans showcases the Southern comfort food of his native city. Dishes such as grilled portobello and asparagus smoked gouda, and blackened turkey are just a few of the signature desserts offered here – along with layered cakes, pies, puddings, beignets, and chicory-coffee pralines.

Pie Sisters

Pies at this establishment offer a delightful balance of sweetness and savor, with plenty to choose from. Seasonal ingredients like pulled pork barbecue or critical lime pie help make these pies unique and special.

At 3423 M St. in November, three sisters from Northern Virginia will open their shop. After a year of crafting pies in their mother’s kitchen, they have spent the past year perfecting their craft.

The pie varieties at this New Orleans-style cafe vary daily; apple crunch, coconut cream, and pumpkin can be found. Breakfast pies (banana/chocolate chip and peanut) and buttermilk biscuits are also available.

The Bakeshop

The Bakeshop boasts an impressive selection of desserts to entice any sweet tooth. Their menu includes cookies, cupcakes, layer cakes, and vegan options.

They offer a delicious selection of coffee and tea made by their in-house baristas. Try their horchata cold brew coffee or wildberry hibiscus iced tea if you’re searching for something refreshing while sampling their baked goods. And for true classics fans, their oatmeal cream pie is unbeatable! Open as early as 7 AM and closing at 2:00 PM daily, perfect for lunch or an afternoon snack on the go!

District Doughnut

District Doughnut is a locally-owned bakery that uses only premium ingredients. Their vanilla bean yeast dough serves as the foundation, with seasonal flavors offered as an add-on.

At Ballston Common Mall in Madison, the Honey Dip donut is a top favorite. Glazed with honey and sprinkles, it’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters!

Moovit makes it easy to find the best way to get to District Doughnut with easy-to-follow directions from any public transit station. View schedules, timetables, and fares for buses, trains, and more – all on one page!

Erin Murphy, owner of a veteran-owned donut shop that opened last April in Ballston Quarter, reports an impressive start to her business. She says the restaurant has received positive reviews and seen higher levels of catering and wholesale business than anticipated during its first few months open.


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