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The arrival of spring in DC means two things: patio weather and cherry blossoms. Join the flocks of local residents heading down to the Tidal Basin to witness (and obviously Instagram) the annual blooming of the famous pale-pink petals. Make an afternoon out of your visit to the DC’s springtime display with our guide to nearby places to have a bite and drink.

Amorini Panini

Soak in the beauty of the blossoms up close during a casual picnic on the Mall. This Metro Center gem sells delicious, piping hot paninis with fillings like pepperoncini, basil pesto, and grilled chicken with provolone. Can’t make it to the store? You’re in luck, since the restaurant also has a popular food truck that cruises around the city with to-go sandwiches at the ready.

906 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4575

Milk Bar

The baked goods at this Momofuku staple  are so good that it’s practically impossible to avoid waiting  in line, though it’s still totally worth it. Our advice? Show up in the early afternoon for some Washingtonian-approved cherry rose cookies. The sweet, fruity treats are the ideal snack to pick up before you head down to the Tidal Basin’s stunning floral display, an easy fifteen-minute walk away.

1090 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(855) 333-6455

Pitango Gelato

Enjoy a cooling cup of smooth, sweet Italian gelato at this Metro Center ice cream purveyor. The all-natural, milk based gelato comes in flavors like house-made espresso, bacio (a hazelnut and chocolate concoction meaning “kiss” in Italian), cardamom, and chocolate chocolate chip. There’s also a sorbet and coffee menu if you’re looking for non-dairy options. Grab a cup or a cone and make your way to the blossoms, roughly a five-minute walk away, with some delicious fuel in hand!

413 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
202-885-9607

Shake Shack

This new favorite is the perfect crowd-pleaser to round out a day spent at the Tidal Basin. Only ten minutes from the blossom, the New York-based phenomenon features delicious Instagram-worthy burgers and fries that impress the most discerning enthusiasts. Make sure to pick up a Concrete Shack Shake to finish off your meal. Grown-ups can go for the wine list to pair with their ShroomBurger or hot dog.

800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 800-9930