Great Coffee Shops in Washington, DC

But first, coffee.

11 Coffee Shops in Washington DC //

Coffee is such a universal drink. Something you can find almost anywhere in the world. Something many people drink on a daily basis. People have meetings in coffee shops, work in coffee shops, have a favorite place they stop in every day for their very specific soy latte with a half pump of vanilla extra hot (I don’t understand the extra hot people, do you have no tongue!?!). You might even hit up multiple coffee shops in one day. It’s an addiction everyone is supportive of.

Coffee in the morning, after lunch pick-me-up, afternoon pick-me-up, after dinner. All day, every day. Coffee coffee coffee.

Recently I wrote about our relationships with coffee, and felt a follow-up post with some of my favorite coffee shops in DC would be helpful to anyone visiting DC. I’ll continue adding to this list as I visit new coffee shops.



Dolcezza — Locations in Georgetown, Dupont, CityCenter, Fairfax, Bethesda, Logan, and Mosaic District

Gelato and coffee. Yes and yes. I feel like iced lattes sometimes aren’t as good as hot ones, but not at Dolcezza. In the summer, their iced lattes are my fave. And their seasonal gelato flavors cannot go without mentioning.

The Wydown — 1924 14th St. NW // 600 H St. NE

The 14th Street location is cozy (meaning small) but the coffee is really good.

Grace Street Coffee — 3210 Grace Street NW (Georgetown)

This coffee shop shares a space with South Block and Sundevich. There is a lot of seating and a nice patio with several tables.

Tryst — 2459 18th St. NW (Adams Morgan)

Definitely a casual spot, and as they say no corporate coffee, no matching silverware. Great food too.

Filter Coffeehouse — 1726 20th St NW (Dupont) // 1916 I St. NW (Foggy Bottom) // 716 Monroe St. NE (Brookland)

Having only been to the Dupont location, I can tell you it’s a cozy thing with a cute tiny patio if you can nab a spot. Great neighborhood spot off main streets so you get a local feel.

Chinatown Coffee Company — 475 H St NW (Chinatown/Penn Quarter)

Minimalist urban vibe and great coffee.

La Colombe — 924 Rear N St. NW (Blagden Alley/Shaw) // 900 6th St. NW (Chinatown/Mt. Vernon) // 1346 Florida Ave NW

This famous Philadelphia roaster now has two DC locations.

Peregrine Espresso — 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (Eastern Market) // 1718 14th St. NW // 1309 Fifth St. NE (Union Market)

Award-winning coffee. Check out one of their three locations and judge for yourself.

Paul — DC area locations include Georgetown, K Street, Columbia Square, Farragut North, Foggy Bottom, Penn Quarter, Bethesda, and Tysons Corner

A French Bakery & Patisserie since 1889, Paul has locations in DC area and the Boston area, and other locations all over the world. I frequent the Georgetown location for lattes, croissants, and baguettes.

Baked & Wired — 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW (Georgetown)

More famous for their insane cupcakes, their coffee is also delicious. Plus they have tea and ice cream sammies (my personal fave).

Big Bear Cafe —1700 1st St. NW (Bloomingdale)

With a local feel and seasonal menus, this place is a staple in Bloomingdale.

Northside Social — 3211 Wilson Blvd. (Arlington, VA)

Not exactly in DC proper, but this spot is too good not to include. It’s more than just a great coffee shop, their salads are delicious, and they are a wine bar with a huge patio when weather permits. Win win win.


There are many more coffee spots I need to try, and when I do, I’ll add them to this list. (Slipstream, Vigilante Coffee, La Caprice, Qualia Coffee, Sidamo, Blind Dog Cafe, Little Red Fox, Kafe Bohem, Flying Fish Coffee and Tea — any others you want to suggest?)

Do you have a fave coffee spot in DC? What is it? Don’t live in DC? What’s your favorite coffee spot in your city?


Photo by Laura Metzler