Updated Mar 22, 2022 - Food and Drink

Here's where to get in the cherry blossom spirit

Illustration of a cherry blossom peeking out of a pink mug filled with coffee.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

'Tis the season: Everything's about to get pink and petaled — including your coffee, donuts, and cocktails.

Cherry blossom bloom season is upon us, so here's where to get in the spirit as we wait for peak bloom:

🌸 Cranes (Gallery Place / Chinatown)

  • The Michelin-starred restaurant has a $48 bento box featuring five mini-courses along with dessert. Also: a cherry blossom-themed cocktail made of gin and sakura blossoms.

🌸 Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery (Capitol Riverfront location)

  • The bakery is serving a cherry entremet that includes chocolate mousse, pistachio, and a pistachio glaze. The treats will soon be available at its location in Crystal City and Bistro du Jour soon.

🌸 VUE Rooftop (Hotel Washington)

  • Get the best view of spring in D.C. from the VUE Rooftop. While you're there, sip their new purple Royal Gin Cocktail, topped with a blossom and made with Catoctin Creek gin.

🌸 The Coupe (Columbia Heights)

  • This cozy coffee shop's cherry blossom menu is back. Order a sweet sakura latte, sakura blossom iced tea, or a carafe of sakura sangría — or snack on the cherry farro salad topped with roasted cherries, and a cherry macaron.

🌸 Immigrant Food+ (Planet Word)

  • Immigrant Food's Planet Word location is serving a cherry blossom-themed menu, including pink dragon panna cotta with cherry gelee, a pink sakura sour, and a Tidal Basin mocktail with homemade raspberry shrub-cranberry juice.

🌸 Artechouse (L'Enfant Plaza)

  • When you visit Artechouse's cherry blossom display, hit up the bar for a selection of cherry blossom-themed cocktails. Offerings include the petal burst, complete with red bean, strawberry, vanilla essence, and sake, and the cherry fusion, which has lemon, sweet cherry, mezcal, mint, and sake.

🌸 Astro Doughnuts (various locations)

🌸 Compass Coffee (various locations)

  • The coffee chain has unveiled two ways to celebrate the blossoms: With a pink Cherry Blossom Cream Cold Brew, which is sweet and floral, and a tin of Cherry Blossom Blend beans, a medium roast with hints of vanilla and cherry.

🌸 LaCroix (various locations)

  • LaCroix announced earlier this month that it's unveiling its new Cherry Blossom sparkling water just in time for the festival. Fresh Market, Target, ALDI, Harris Teeter, Weis Markets, and Sam's Club will carry the seasonal beverage.

🌸 Ice Cream Jubilee (various locations)

  • Grab a scoop of the boozy Cherries Jubilee, which includes black cherries, brandy, and dark chocolate, in honor of the festival.

🗺️ See this list in map form.

This list will be updated as more cherry blossom offerings bloom. Know of any to add? Email [email protected].

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