North Georgetown is one of my favorite areas in Washington. The hike up the enormous Wisconsin Avenue Hill is worth it—there are adorable historic row houses and charming parks like Book Hill Park and Dumbarton Manor.
Once you’ve made your way far enough north, you lose the generic national shops like Banana Republic and Ralph Lauren and find charming, well-curated boutiques like Urban Chic, Sassanova, and Sherman Pickey, along with loads of antique shops. Just last year, Nectar Skin Bar arrived—adding an upscale spa and beauty boutique to the mix. Only in Georgetown would you go to a luxurious spa housed in a purple-and-white cottage complete with a picket fence.
Best of all, once you’ve made it up the hill you can reward yourself with a croissant or cookie from Patisserie Poupon, by far Washington’s best French bakery.
The unassuming upper-Wisconsin gem is a favorite for Georgetown residents but less known by others. It serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week, opening early for those who need coffee and a croissant before work on the weekdays. While there is no brunch menu, we were eating breakfast on a Sunday morning—so we’ll dub this café Bitch worthy. Plus, it’s too delicious not to mention.
We ordered at the counter, picked up our coffees at the back coffee bar, and headed outside to the intimate outdoor back patio—an added bonus to this adorable café.
If one lived in Georgetown, there would be no reason to get coffee anywhere else—as Patisserie Poupon is the best. We ordered iced coffee and a latte—and Patisserie Poupon’s lattes come with the foam in its signature leaf pattern. It’s all in the details, people.
On the table, of course, were two enormous fresh-squeezed orange juices, sure to shock anyone’s immune systems back into high gear.
Of course, we ordered croissants, as this is a French bakery, one almond and one chocolate. The almond croissant, my new favorite over chocolate, is by far the best croissant in the city. The chocolate isn’t too bad either. Just look at the brunch porn, people.
I opted for a mushroom quiche, made fresh that morning with wild mushrooms and caramelized onions. It smelled divine and tasted even better—the center was hot, rich and eggy and the outside was crumbly pastry crust perfection.
My brunch date crafted his own Panini from the make-your-own panini sheet. He chose one with chicken, olive tapenade, sun-dried tomatoes and Fontina cheese on grilled rustic bread. That was a damn good sandwich.
The Bitches say: A. Patisserie Poupon is the consummate French café with delicious espressos, divine pastries, and a charming, quaint ambiance. The mouth-watering quiches and outdoor patio make it all the more perfect.
1645 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Patisserie Poupon is open for breakfast/lunch seven days a week. There is no special brunch menu.