Washington, D.C. has certainly upped its game recently when it comes to coffee shops. While Starbucks was the dominant coffee shop for quite a while, many creative new coffee roasters and coffee shops have now changed the cafe and coffee scene in Washington, D.C., offering locals and visitors alike plenty of shops to choose from for their coffee fix. Some shops only serve coffee, while others offer meals and gelato.
Dolcezza is a gelato business with a taste for well roasted coffee. It specializes in crafting old-world gelato made with locally sourced ingredients. Dolcezza Gelato is considered to be one of the best available in the United States, according to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetit, and Saveur. Dolcezza works closely with Sey Coffee Roasters, offering a full rotating roster of the expertly sourced and roasted coffee. The gelato company believes there isn’t anything much better than its gelato accompanied by a cup of espresso from immaculately roasted coffee beans.
550 Penn St. NE, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: 202-333-4646
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Phil Jaber, founder and owner of Philz Coffee, first set out on a journey over twenty-five years ago with a goal of making a truly great cup of coffee. His mission was to create a coffee blend that was low in acidity, smooth, rich, complex, and flavorful. This quest took Phil to many part of the world, resulting in more than thirty different coffee blends after visiting thousand of different coffee shops. His mission was to ensure the process of making coffee embodied a personal feel, so Phil designed a coffee station that allowed each cup to be made one at a time.
1350 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-836-4374
All of the coffee drinks at Pitango; whether they are served straight up, as an affogato, or with steamed milked; are inspired by the espresso-based offerings of Italy. Each and every drink offered at the coffee and gelato shop is made with organic, grass-fed milk from the Trickling Springs Creamery. Soy milk and almond milk is also available upon request. Pitango uses coffee from Vigilante Coffee, a local coffee roaster in DC that sources its high-quality beans from farms directly across the world. Pitango and Vigilante Coffee have created a custom blend, named Fortunata, only available at Pitango as well.
413 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, Phone: 202-885-9607
© Qualia Coffee
Qualia Coffee takes a great amount of pride in offering coffee that is treated as if it were fresh produce. The coffee company roasts its coffee beans every day in order to ensure the most flavorful and freshest cups of coffee for its customers. Qualia Coffee was founded on the idea that by its approach to coffee, the coffee drinking experience could be elevated to another level of enjoyment and understanding. Starting in 2009, the company began as an exclusive outlet for a new coffee roasting operation. By both roasting and brewing coffee in-house, Qualia Coffee is able to maintain complete control.
3917 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011, Phone: 202-248-6423
© Colada Shop
The Colada Shop is a social gathering place for conversation, cocktails, food, and coffee. It’s a bright shop where the flavors are as vibrant as the colors. Colada Shop aims to bring all kinds of people together by transporting guests to a space where coffee is brewed strong, the conversation is flowing, and cocktails and food are made with the Cuban flare of life and flavor. The Colada Shop is committed to providing customers with unmatched hospitality, excellent customer service, and high quality products. The coffee shop is open seven days a week, with longer hours Wednesday through Saturday.
1405 T St NW, Washington , DC 20009, Phone: 202-332-8800
The Royal in Washington D.C. is situated in the heart of the LeDroit Park historic neighborhood. The establishment is a coffee shop during the day that transforms into a kitchen and bar at night. Royal, which first opened to the public in 2015, gets its name from the liquor store that occupied the location previously. The concept behind the coffee shop is inspired by the international background of the owners, along with their love of spending time with friends and family, good drinks, and love for cooking. During the day, guests can pick up a cup of tea or Counter Culture Coffee.
501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, Phone: 202-332-7777
© Gregorys Coffee
Gregorys Coffee first opened in Washington, D.C. in 2006 with just one mission in mind: to provide guests “with the perfect cup of coffee.” The coffee shop works with some of the leading exporters and importers of coffee in the world, giving the shop access to some of the most interesting and best coffee on the market. The team at Gregorys works hard to carefully select coffees and develop roast profiles that bring out the best of each coffee bean, roasting four days every week to ensure freshness. Healthy packaged foods and pastries are also available at the coffee shop.
1000 Vermont Ave, Washington, DC 20005, Phone: 202-621-8687
© The Wydown
The Wydown distinguishes itself from the many other coffee shops in Washington, D.C. by treating their customers as if they were their own family. The coffee shop is owned and operated by two brothers who come from the Midwest, run with a style of service and hospitality that prides itself on never losing sight of the customer. Before any cup of coffee, cocktail, or scone reaches the hands of customers at The Wydown, it undergoes a thorough taste test. The shop has a passion for developing only ideal flavor combinations and profiles, making sure to only provide the best.
600-B H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: 202-846-7986
Compass Coffee is committed to making really good coffee. They don’t try to make anything too crazy, hard to pronounce, or fancy, just simply very good coffee. Everything the coffee shop does is centered around this simple concept, from their signature coffee blends and espresso drinks to the cafe’s ambiance and layout in the historic Washington, D.C. Shaw neighborhood. The name “Compass Coffee” was chosen based on the goal of the coffee shop to start customers’ day off every day on the right track and keep it going in the right direction, just like a compass.
1535 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: 202-251-7402
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Marketto is more than just a coffee shop, it’s a communal marketplace measuring six thousand square feet in space, combining cafe, bar, restaurant, and retail experiences. It’s made up of two modern, minimal buildings, a roof deck, a catwalk that connects the spaces togethers, and a courtyard. The Cafe and Bakery can be found on main building’s second floor. It serves coffee from local coffee roasters, Vigilante Coffee, and offers a full coffee bar experience every day of the week. All of the breads and pastries available are baked every morning, as well as throughout the day, in-house.
1351 H St NE, Washington DC 20002, Phone: 202-838-9972
© Commonwealth Joe
Commonwealth Joe is a coffee company specializing in premium specialty coffee roasting, and also runs a few retail coffee shops. The company boasts that it pioneered the idea of Nitro Cold Brew on tap in local offices in the Washington, D.C. metro area. It has since expanded its Office Nitro operations into the cities of Philadelphia and New York City. People can get their Commonwealth Joe coffee fix at the retail shop in Pentagon City as well, which is open Monday to Friday from 6:00am until 6:00pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00am until 6:00pm.
520 12th St S, Arlington, VA 22202, Phone: 855-248-7688
12.Grace Street Coffee
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Grace Street Coffee offers simple specialty coffee that is roasted in the center of Washington, DC’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. The coffee roaster is a locally-owned, independent coffee company that offers specialty coffee that is simple, but good, in a community-centered, modern cafe. The focus at Grace Street Coffee is on single-origin coffee that is responsibly sourced and roasted in only small batches in order to ensure a product that highlights each coffee’s uniqueness. The cafe is open from 7:00am until 5:00pm Monday to Thursday, Fridays from 7:00am until 6:00pm, and from 9:00am until 6:00pm Saturdays and Sundays.
3210 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007, Phone: 202-470-1331
13.Blue Bottle Coffee
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The Blue Bottle Coffee Georgetown Cafe is the company’s first Washington, D.C. cafe, located on a cobblestone pathway off of the busy M Street. The coffee shop with a fold-open storefront features a communal table that invites everyone to partake in neighborly conversation and a good cup of coffee. Blue Bottle Coffee believes that its expertly brewed blend and single-origin coffees carry on some of the most historic of missions and recommends guests enjoy the seasonal menu, espresso drinks, and pour-over coffee while sitting outside of the cafe and watch the area’s foot traffic.
1046 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC 20007
14.Baked and Wired
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Baked and Wired is located in historic Georgetown in Washington, DC, offerings baked goods made in small batches and prepared using innovative minds and family recipes. These homemade baked goods are great paired with the bakery’s coffee and handcrafted espresso drinks. The menu at Baked and Wired features espresso and coffee from several different coffee roasters, such as Elixr, Barismo, Cafe Integral, Mountain Air, and Intelligentsia. The coffee shop also uses fresh milk from nearby Trickling Springs and serves microbrewed chai. Each cup of coffee is handcrafted by professional, knowledgeable baristas. Baked and Wired is open seven days a week.
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington DC 20007, Phone: 703-663-8727
Bourbon Coffee started out in 2007 as a coffee shop in Kigali in Rwanda, and has since expanded to include eight locations across the United States and Rwanda. Bourbon Coffee is an international brand with a focus on specialty coffee, and is also the first retail coffee brand to have its origins in Africa. The brand’s location in Capitol Hill opened in 2015 and is a quiet neighborhood coffee shop that’s very spacious with a large patio in the back. There is a rather large breakfast menu and pastries, a sandwich menu for lunch, and a full line of specialty espresso drinks.
621 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC 20003, Phone: 202-836-4799
15 Best Coffee Shops in DC
- Dolcezza, Photo: Dolcezza
- Philz Coffee, Photo: Philz Coffee
- Pitango, Photo: Pitango
- Qualia Coffee, Photo: Qualia Coffee
- Colada Shop, Photo: Colada Shop
- Royal, Photo: Royal
- Gregorys Coffee, Photo: Gregorys Coffee
- The Wydown, Photo: The Wydown
- Compass Coffee, Photo: weedezign/stock.adobe.com
- Marketto, Photo: Marketto
- Commonwealth Joe, Photo: Commonwealth Joe
- Grace Street Coffee, Photo: Grace Street Coffee
- Blue Bottle Coffee, Photo: Blue Bottle Coffee
- Baked and Wired, Photo: Baked and Wired
- Bourbon Coffee, Photo: leszekglasner/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Thongsuk/stock.adobe.com