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Barbie Style box at Ladurée. (Photo courtesy Ladurée)

Six local spots with insta-worthy packaging

Now that #foodporn reigns supreme on Instagram, eating has become a photo op above all else. Of course the food itself has to look mouthwatering, but restaurants are also stepping up their packaging game so a to-go order is ready for its close up before you even unwrap it.

Here are six spots with picture-perfect eye candy.


The star food group at Beefsteak comes to life on the fast casual restaurant’s to-go bags with whimsical veggie characters like a beefsteak tomato on stilts and a potato driving a carrot roadster. The illustrations were created by award-winning Spanish artists Juan and Alejandro Mingarro and their design studio, Brosmind.

Colada Shop

This Cuban café models their to-go wrapping after iconic packaging from the island. The sandwiches are swaddled in paper inspired by the designs on cigar boxes, and pastries are delivered in the shop’s own version of traditional Cuban bakery bread bags. Empanadas and other fried treats nest in cheerful green berry baskets. The Colada Shop team collaborated with Bartlett Brands to create the products.


The posh boxes at this French bakery are collected by macaron enthusiasts around the world. When the two new D.C. locations of the brand opened in Georgetown and Union Station, they offered limited edition cherry blossom boxes. Now, the sweets are delicately packaged in one of two new boxes: a summery pool scene by Gray Malin and a design celebrating the art of @BarbieStyle. Of course, the classic boxes in pastel colors and various sizes for macarons, pastries, chocolates, and more are available year-round.

Pineapple & Pearls

Takeout from Pineapple & Pearls’ coffee bar is gilded in gold, with luxurious speckled cardboard boxes and glitzy foil and tape. The shiny metallic accents make the artisan sandwiches and pastries feel even more upscale. Polygraph took care of the design and it’s printed by Raff Embossing.


This chic bakery in the CityCenterDC development embraces the clean, minimalist style for their packaging, with a pop of cheery yellow to tie everything together—a nod to the egg yolks that are essential to baking. White bakery boxes and clear cellophane bags are adorned with bright yellow ribbon and a sticker featuring the RareSweets logo. The logo was designed by Torie Partridge of Cherry Blossom Creative.

Teas’n You

Tysons Corner’s new fusion tea house feels like an enchanted woodland haven, and the boxes were made to match. Everything is stamped with the Teas’n You logo, a silhouette of a winged fairy-elf with flowing locks, designed by David Dang, the creative director for Happy Endings Hospitality. Macaron and pastry boxes are dressed up with shimmering gold touches.