Best Coffee Shops That Go Beyond Coffee In Washington DC

August 21, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

You can get a cup of joe anywhere, but here are some of DC’s hottest coffee shops serving up more than just pastries. From funky, eclectic places to chill to bread, pastries and snack attacks, DC’s best coffee is always served up in style.

Blind Dog Cafe
944 Florida Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 290-2865

Offering a perfected selection of brewed hot and cold coffee and espresso drinks, and homemade sodas and juices, Blind Dog Cafe is a quaint, cozy coffee shop that also offers breakfast, sandwiches and snacks. For breakfast, the egg frittata sandwiches on a croissant are very popular and served with bacon and goat cheese or chorizo sausage. For lunch, there are sandwiches and salads for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Served up all day are the baked goods with rotating flavors for the scones and muffins, but the chocolate chip cookies are to die for. Jam to its tunes, hook into the wifi and spend a few hours at this U Street cafe.

Busboys & Poets
1025 5th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 789-2227

More than just your average coffee shop, Busboys and Poets is well known for being a great place to hang out. You’ll find everyone here from your hipsters and laptop warriors to poets, writers and other artists that flock here to partake in poetry, film, spoken word and other artist events that happen weekly, if not daily at Busboys and Poets. Besides your traditional coffee drinks, it also serves up alcohol and a full menu. Busboys and Poets is known for offering a large selection of both vegetarian and vegan. And if you forgot something to read, fear not, there’s a bookshop attached to the service side so you can stop in for a quick read with your java.

Firehook Bakery
3411 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-2253

Firehook Bakery is DC’s favorite local bakery. Its fresh artisanal breads have been enjoyed by discerning Washingtonians for more than 20 years. But more than simply a place to pick up a fresh loaf, Firehook offers some of the best coffee around in a great, casual atmosphere with pastries, salads, sandwiches and paninis to boot. You’ll be hard pressed to make a choice with all the delicious cakes, tarts, pies and cookies staring at you. For lunch in a hurry, grab one of the sandwiches or salads from the cold case. They are made fresh daily. But if you want something made just for you that moment, order up one of the sandwiches served on the delicious Firehook bread or an egg sandwich on croissant. During the warmer weather, take advantage of Firehook’s Cleveland Park outdoor patio.

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Sankofa Bookstore and Cafe
2714 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 234-4755

More than just a coffee shop, Sankofa offers books, music and films with live entertainment featuring people of African descent. It also focuses heavily on children’s books, so it’s a great place to come with your family. Located in the Shaw area on Georgia Avenue, the coffee shop is inside the store with books, music and videos on the walls and the tables down the middle. Enjoy all the assorted espresso drinks both warm and iced with organic sugar cane, or partake in the beer and wine with even the Ethiopian honey wine on the menu. If you’re hungry, Sankofa’s list of wraps, paninis and salads may seem confusing at first, but that’s because they’re all named after film directors that have played a pivotal role in advancing African American arts, like Spike Lee or Euzhan Palcy.

The Coupe
3415 11th St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 290-3342

A great cafe for any time of day, The Coupe is a coffee shop and restaurant hang out in Columbia Heights that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A brainchild of the folks that brought you Tryst, The Coupe serves up the same delightful beverage menu, including its Counter Culture coffee house blend and single origin, espresso drinks and organic teas with the familiar animal crackers on the saucer. The house-made Italian sodas are delicious as well. But when your tummy starts to rumble, grab the menu for breakfast all day and filling sandwiches, salads and snacks that are delicious. If your java drinking turns into a happy hour, try one of The Coupe’s delectable cocktails.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at

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