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DC's Best Coffee Shops and Cafes

by Lanna Nguyen on Jan 5, 2016 in Roundups

DC’s coffee scene has seen an uptick in recent months. Whether you’re looking for a place to get some work done, have a lazy weekend afternoon, or need your caffeine fix, here’s our pick of coffee shops in DC.
 
The sister store to popular Georgetown bakery, Baked and Wired, similarly named A Baked Joint serves up biscuit sandwiches, toast, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. (440 K St, NW; 202-408-6985)
 
A Bloomingdale neighborhood favorite, Big Bear offers different brews each week, seasonal menus made from ingredients sourced from local farms, and an outdoor patio for casual dining and coffee-sipping when the weather permits. (1700 1st St, NW; 202-643-9222)
 
Coffee bar serving pastries and sweets by day and beer/wine/spirits bar serving bar snacks by night, Colony Club also hosts a number of events. Past events have included pop-up brunches, cider tastings, and beer tastings. (3118 Georgia Ave, NW; 202-722-7202)
 
One look at the wall will tell you exactly what you’re getting: Real Good Coffee. The Shaw coffeeshop recently expanded to a second location in the same neighborhood and is a popular spot for locals looking for a hangout spot or alternative work space. (1535 7th St, NW)
 
With eight locations in the DMV area, there are plenty of opportunities to get your coffee and gelato fix. Get the best of both worlds and order the affogato with your choice of gelato flavor. (Multiple locations)
Flying Fish
A casual coffee shop, Flying Fish serves up a number of breakfast offerings, lunch sandwiches, and baked items made in-house in addition to espresso drinks and teas. (3064 Mt Pleasant St, NW; 202-299-0141)
 
You may know Maketto as the home of Taiwanese fried chicken and other delicious Asian street food, but upstairs from the retail and restaurant space is an airy cafe that operates as a full coffee bar. They roast all of their beans in house and also bake all of the pastries and breads each morning, including scones, pecan sticky buns, croissants, and more. (1351 H St, NE; 202-838-9972)
 
A coffee shop that transitions into a cocktail bar, Slipstream serves up a rotating selection of coffee during all hours as well as a curated list of wines, beers, and seasonal cocktails. Stop by during happy hour offered everyday (3–7 PM) for specials on coffee and cocktails. (1333 14th St, NW; 202-450-2216)
 
The coffee bar and bakery was formerly a pop-up, but has since found a permanent home on 14th Street. Patrons are greeted with a roll-up garage door and coffee-drip wall art as they enter the cozy space. Offerings include artisanal coffee and a variety of baked goods. (1924 14th St, NW; 202-507-8411)
 
Tryst
A local favorite, Tryst prides itself on serving specialty coffee and craft cocktails. Their menu features handcrafted coffee drinks, smoothies, frozen drinks like frozen cappuccino, baked goods, sandwiches, and cocktails. (2549 18th St, NW; 202-232-5500)

Top photo via Compass Coffee; Tea photo via Slipstream

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