Le Caprice

Rating: ★★★☆☆

12655949_10153927516313011_1126452143_oLe Caprice is a French café and bakery located at 3460 14th St NW in Columbia Heights. It claims to have the best croissants in DC, a bold statement, not because the croissants in DC are typically any good (they aren’t) but because claiming anything good about a croissant in the US typically sets me up to be (as the French say) déçu. Their croissant was certainly far better than the average croissant in the US (the croissants sold under the faux-French La Boulange brand at Starbucks are particularly


It’s cute that the croissant comes on a special plate and it was well above-average for the US, but not good enough to impress me too much.

heinous) it wasn’t a standout, and wasn’t any better than the croissants at Paul, which are pretty decent. My café au lait was perfectly good, and I appreciated the interesting international selection of pastries (including Persian and Armenian ones) that I saw. My Jewish alter-ego, Rabbi Grovewitz, was particularly pleased to see hamentaschen in the display case. More troubling was the look of the macarons, which had colors about as natural as John Boehner’s skin tone. The baklava also didn’t look very authentic (maraschino cherries have ZERO place on baklava). The place wasn’t cozy per se but there is good table space, making it one of the better options in the area for working on a laptop.


Sacré bleu, the color of those macarons makes me want to retreat like the French military.




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