Top Five Coffee Shops in DC
2459 18th St. NW
Located in the heart of Adams Morgan, Tryst is worth the visit not only for its selection of coffee and pastries, but also for its relaxing atmosphere. Tryst offers a casual environment for either a morning latte and pastry or an afternoon of work and a smoothie. The menu features classic coffee and tea beverages alongside more creative choices such as Cuban coffee or frozen “chaipuccinos.” Serving direct trade Counter Culture Coffee, Tryst maintains high standards for its products. Priding itself on being distinct from the typical coffee chain, Tryst spices up the experience with a decor best described as effectively disjointed. The tables, chairs and sofas don’t all match, but this only contributes to its charm. Tryst excels in genuinely providing its customers with high quality products in a hip, creatively designed space.
2. Soho Tea and Coffee
2150 P St. NW
Nestled within the city on P Street and just two blocks from Dupont Circle, Soho Tea and Coffee produces a vast array of delightful coffees and teas while also catering to student customers. The menu has just about everything one could want from a coffee shop, ranging from the Mexicana, “rich Ghirardelli coffee mixed with coffee and whipped cream,” to Sami’s Choo Choo, which tastes just like drinking a peanut butter cup. These specialty beverages accompany more traditional offerings. Another great attribute is the effort Soho makes to accommodate students. This includes complimentary Wi-Fi and student discounts at varying times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For anyone in search of a new study spot off campus, or just a creative cup of coffee, Soho Tea and Coffee is the place to go.
3. La Colombe
900 sixth St. NW
Specializing in its diverse selection of coffees from around the world, La Colombe is an ideal spot for both coffee connoisseurs and afternoon wanderers alike. La Colombe offers coffee blends from around the world from Brazil to Haiti to Colombia, each with its own distinct flavor profile. The menu presents an opportunity for patrons to open their palates to a more global set of tastes. In addition to this unique coffee experience, the shop is filled with open space that is perfect for doing work or relaxing. This combination of aromatic coffees and a chic setup makes for a unique ambience. Serving coffee with international flair, La Colombe finds a perfect home in D.C. and attracts a diverse crowd.
4. The Wydown Coffee Bar
1924 14th St. NW
With its storefront opening a little over a year ago, the Wydown Coffee Bar remains a lesser-known option to Georgetown students. Wydown features a delicious mix of coffee beverages that look just as good as they taste. Coffee art aside, the distinguishing feature of Wydown is the selection of house-made pastries freshly available for purchase each day. With a focus on organic ingredients, Wydown produces an eclectic mix of baked goods that often put a slight twist on classics, including its popular blackberry lavender scone. Further, Wydown caters to gluten-free customers by offering alternative options. Though the restaurant is a little confined, the powerhouse combination of tits coffee and pastries makes it more than worth the trip.
5. The Coffee Bar
1200 17th St. NW Suite 150
With its newest location at the intersection of 17th and M St., the Coffee Bar is highly accessible to students. Its atmosphere and trendy, modern layout cater to all types of interactions. Its coffee is sourced from a variety of locations, producing a mixture of delicious brews. Additionally, a variety of seasonal blends cycles through the menu, maintaining freshness and originality. With its salvaged yet modern design style, The Coffee Bar provides both an enjoyable place to hang out with friends as well as a quick stop for a caffeine boost. Next time you’re looking for a spot to start a lazy Saturday morning or finish up some work, The Coffee Bar should be at the top of your list.