Best Sweet Treat
Un Je Ne Sais Quoi
1361 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 721-0099
Merveilleux means “wonderful” in French, which is fitting for these crave-inducing cakes ($2.50-$5). A pair of meringues sandwiching whipped cream or ganache is encased by a slathering of thick whipped cream, creating a satisfying velveteen-crunchy contrast when you plunge your fork into the snowball-like confection. The standout version is speckled in speculoos crumbs, though others come dressed up with dark or white chocolate shards, coffee, or violet powder. Though they are sweet and dairy-rich, there’s an airy lightness to the eye-catching pastries, so you don’t feel like you’re overindulging too much.