Un je ne sais Quoi Washington DC

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Un je ne sais Quoi – French pastries

Chocolate brioches, eclairs, millefeuilles…Un je ne sais Quoi is my go-to place for a sweet fix with a French twist. The bakery, owned by a family who moved from France, is more authentic than any other French bakery I have come across in D.C.

The merveilleux, made up of layers of meringue and ganache and sprinkled with chocolate shavings, are a fan favorite. Here they come in a variety of flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and speculoos. I have tried all three and can report that they are delicious.

If you happen to stop by during the holidays, be sure to order a galette de rois. This galette is meant to be enjoyed by a group of people. A small toy is hidden inside (usually a very ornate porcelain toy), and the eater who finds it is crowned king/queen for the night.

The space is invitingly small and cozy, but the pastries are also available for takeaway.

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Details about this spot



1361 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Thu 07:30 - 19:00, Fri 07:30 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 20:00, Sun 09:00 - 16:00


Eclair: US$ 5.50

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