The winter festivities continue on Sunday, January 6 with the traditional galette des rois (King Cake). To celebrate an Épiphanie worthy of France in Washington, Frenchly has a list to help you find the best frangipane galettes in the district.
From December 31 to January 28, Georgetown’s Pâtisserie Poupon‘s pastry shop offers three sizes of galettes: a small one for 6 people ($26), a medium for 8-10 people ($35), and a large one for 12-14 ($42). The pastry chef even gives his advice on how to heat the cake: at 325 F° for 6-8 minutes (he advises against using the microwave). — 1645 Wisconsin Ave NW. 202-342-3248.
Fresh Baguette, recently established in Georgetown, originally from Bethesda and Rockville, offers a classic frangipane galette, an apple galette, and brioche cake with candied fruits. Three sizes are available: one individual ($4.95), one for 6 people ($26.80) and one for 8 people ($34.50). It is recommended to pre-order your cake one or two days in advance. — 1737 Wisconsin Avenue NW. 202 333 2598.
At Boulangerie Christophe, there are two sizes of galettes: one for 6-7 people ($29) and one for 8-9 people ($39), available in store and by pre-order, starting January 6. La Boulangerie also offers a brioche version of the cake. — 1422 Wisconsin Ave NW. 202-450-6344.
The French chain Paul and its six addresses in the heart of the district will celebrate Epiphanie starting on January 3 with an individual galette ($5.29) and a traditional galette for 6 people ($27.99). — Georgetown: 1078 Wisconsin Ave NW / 202-524-4630 (Also present in Foggy Bottom, Downtown, Columbia Square, National Archives and Tysons Galleria).
From January 6, the Franco-Belgian pastry shop in Dupont Circle Un je ne sais Quoi offers three flavors of galette des rois: classic frangipane, chocolate, and apple. Two sizes are available: an individual fève-free galette ($6.50) and another for 6 people ($33) that must be pre-ordered one day in advance. — 1361 Connecticut Ave NW. 202-721-0099.
Still in its first year in Washington, Maison Kayser is offering an individual sized galette ($7.25) and one for 6 people ($30). A brioche version is available as well ($20). — 1345 F St NW, Washington. 202-770-2200.
The mecca of macarons, Ladurée, which has two stores in Washington, is offering an individual sized galette ($7.50), one for 4 people ($28.50), for 6 people ($38.50), and for 8 people ($52.50). Full-size cakes are available by pre-order. — 3060 M St NW, Georgetown (202-737-0492); 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Union Station (202-789-5961)
Caprice, in Columbia Heights, also honors the traditional frangipane dessert. They offer a 6-inch King Cake ($24.99), an 8-inch ($29.99), and a 10-inch ($39.99). This year’s fèves will be based on the French comic book characters Asterix and Obelix! Available for pre-order one or two days in advance. — 3460 14th St NW, 202-290-3109.
Starting January 3, and for the rest of the month, Tout de Sweet is selling a 9-inch diameter galette (serves 6, $31 and a 12-inch galette (serves 10, $37). For the adventurous, a pistachio-raspberry galette is available as well! Available in a 9-inch size ($33) or a 12-inch size ($39). Pre-order by phone or online. — 7831 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, 301-951-0474.
If you want to celebrate Epiphanie with French expats, go to the Alliance Française de Washington DC (kids are invited too!) on Saturday, January 5 at 10am ($3 for members, and $5 for non-members of AFDC) or to Maison Kayser on January 11 at 10:30 am ($10 for members, and $15 for non-members of AFDC).