Tout de Sweet
Bored by cupcakes and craving something daintier than a doughnut? French macarons are the answer. And baker-owner Jerome Colin at Tout de Sweet handcrafts the classic Parisian desserts with particularly artful aplomb. The meringues are featherweight, while the sweet spreads inside pop with flavor. About a dozen Instagram-worthy options are attractively arrayed in the glass-encased counter every day ($1.50 each). You can never go wrong with standards like mmm-mmm-good salted caramel or tangy lemon, but you really should indulge in limited-time-only offerings. Our favorites are the cinnamon gianduja with a chocolate-hazelnut core and autumnally spiced pumpkin. Très magnifique!
7831 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-951-0474, www.toutdesweetshop.com