While Washington, DC isn’t exactly Seattle or Portland when it comes to the “Third Wave” coffee culture, there has been a wave of new independent and creative coffee shops opening up across the District of Columbia, particularly in the Georgetown neighborhood. These coffee shops have been changing the coffee cafe scene and now offer a multitude of new places for residents and visitors alike in Washington, DC to get their caffeine fix, and maybe a bite to eat, too. Outsiders like Philz Coffee and Bluestone Lane are even getting in on Georgetown’s coffee action.
1.Baked & Wired
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Along with great coffee, Baked and Wired in Washington, DC’s historic Georgetown district serves small-batch baked goods that are made using family recipes and innovative minds. The microbrewed chai, handcrafted espresso drinks, and expertly roasted coffee pair great with the bakery’s variety of homemade baked goods. The Baked and Wired menu features coffee and espresso from a number of coffee roasters, including Intelligentsia, Mountain Air, Barismo, Elixr, and more. Each coffee beverage served at the bakery and coffee shop is made by knowledgeable and professional baristas and the fresh milk used in drinks comes from the nearby Trickling Springs.
1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, Phone: 703-663-8727
2.Bluestone Lane Georgetown Coffee Shop
The Bluestone Lane Georgetown Coffee Shop is a unique coffee shop located within the shopping district of Georgetown. Housed inside of Washington, DC’s oldest standing firehouse, the cafe shares the rustic streetfront location with The Frye Company, a popular shoe store. Bluestone Lane has partnered with the shoe company to provide an immersive dining and shopping experience to honor the artisans who create the iconic leather goods. The coffee shop serves Australian-style artisanal coffee, organic teas, signature cold-pressed juices, and wellness drinks. The Bluestone Lane Georgetown Coffee Shop is open every day from 7:30am until 6:00pm.
1066 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, Phone: 718-374-6858
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Compass Coffee is a coffee company committed to simply providing “really good coffee.” They don’t really attempt to make anything fancy, difficult to pronounce, or too crazy, just simple, really good coffee. Everything Compass Coffee does is focused around this concept, from the espresso drinks and signature coffee blends to the layout and ambiance of the cafe. The name of the coffee company comes for a desire to start the day of each customer off “on the right track” and keep their day “going in the right direction.” The original Compass Coffee location was established in 2014 by two Marine Corps veterans.
1351 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, Phone: 202-838-3139
4.Crumbs & Whiskers - A Cat Cafe Experience
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Crumbs and Whiskers offers a true “cat cafe” experience in the middle of Georgetown. The coffee shop and cat cafe rescues homeless cats with the goal of getting them adopted while also providing guests with a place to play and cuddle with cats. Advanced reservations are highly recommended for Crumbs and Whiskers in order for visitors to be guaranteed entry. Entry to the cat cafe and coffeehouse is limited to ensure the health and safety of the cats, operating on a “first-booked, first-served” basis. Crumbs and Whiskers partners with nearby local businesses to provide food to its customers.
3211 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007, Phone: 202-621-7114
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The Via Umbria cafe in historic Georgetown is a stylish Italian coffee shop and cafe that features a variety of coffee drinks, hand-painted ceramics, artisan wines, gourmet goods, and more. Via Umbria boasts that is is more than just a restaurant, cafe, and market, but also a rustic Umbria farmhouse, a fashionable event venue, and a passport to the artisanal wines of Italy. This family of businesses is built around a love for all things Italian. The casual coffee shop and cafe is open Tuesday to Thursday from 7:00am until 8:00pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00am until 9:00pm.
1525 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, Phone: 202-333-3904
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Philz Coffee, owned and founded by Phil Jaber, first started more than 25 years ago in the Mission district of San Francisco, California with a mission of making a cup of coffee that is truly great. Jaber’s goal was creating a coffee blend that was flavorful, complex, rich, smooth, and low in acidity. Located in the Adams Morgan area of Washington, DC, Philz Coffee is a good place to escape the “Georgetown bubble” and enjoy a delicious cup of great coffee, even custom-made coffee. The coffee shop is open seven days a week, from early morning until evening.
1827 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, Phone: 202-601-7710
7.Grace Street Coffee
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Grace Street Coffee provides simple specialty coffees roasted in the heart of the historic Georgetown neighborhood. The modern, community-centered, locally owned coffee shop is an independent, locally owned coffee company that focuses on single-origin, responsibly sourced coffee that is made only in small batches to highlight each one’s uniqueness. The coffee beans roasted on-site make up the base for drinks such as siphon cold brews and pour-overs. Grace Street Coffee is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00am to 5:00pm, Fridays from 7:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
3210 Grace St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, Phone: 202-470-1331
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Opened in 2018, Cafe Georgetown strives to bring the idea of community the Georgetown neighborhood by not only providing great coffee, but by also providing a place for people to gather, to meet with friends and make new ones, or to simply relax with a good cup of coffee and enjoy the company around them. Cafe Georgetown serves fine wine, freshly baked pastries, and artful coffee drinks inside of an elegant cafe, featuring a sun-drenched patio, royal blue walls and posh accents. The cafe also hosts various events throughout the year and has a host of VIP memberships.
3141 N St NW, Washington, DC 20007, Phone: 202-731-8373
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The Midnight Mug community room and coffee shop is located in the Lauinger Library at Georgetown University, offering a good place for a caffeinated beverage and to hang out with friends. The coffeehouse serves a wide variety of tasty coffee drinks, as well as an array of snacks to help fuel studying. A great choice for a late night pick-me-up, the Midnight Mug on the library’s second floor is open from 8:00am until 2:00am. The coffee shop features an always evolving menu, including seasonal specials in the summer to cool customer down or warm them up in the winter.
3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007, Phone: 202-687-0100
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District Doughnut is home to perhaps the best gourmet doughnuts in Washington, DC, having been named the “Best Doughnuts” in the city for more than three consecutive years. Pastry Chef Christine, founder of the doughnut and coffee shop doesn’t take any shortcuts and believes that “you deserve a better doughnut.” District Doughnut is open Monday to Friday from 8:00am until 4:00pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am until 5:00pm. Only the finest ingredients are used at the shop, from the ganaches, glazes, jams, and pastry creams to the made-from-scratch vanilla yeast dough.
3327 Cady’s Alley NW, Washington DC, 20007, Phone: 202-333-2594
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Olivia Macaron is a macaron and coffee shop in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC that makes French macarons that are available to be shipped nationwide. Each macaron is made with the finest ingredients and are gluten-free and kosher-certified. The Georgetown shop is open Monday to Thursday from 10:00am until 8:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am until 9:00pm, and Sundays from 11:00am until 7:00pm. Olivia Macaron puts a fun twist on the traditional macaron, offering flavors like Red Velvet, S’mores, and Fruity Pebbles. The combination coffee-macaron shop also partners with the local community.
3270 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007, Phone: 202-965-1000
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The Patisserie Poupon is a pastry shop and French cafe located seemingly on the outskirts of the Georgetown neighborhood. While the cafe is known for serving some of the area’s best French cakes, it also offers some pretty amazing coffee as well and boasts a truly Georgetown-esque vibe. Along with coffee and cakes, the charming shop also offers “traditional patisserie offerings and beautiful tarts. The Patisserie Poupon is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30am until 6:00pm, Wednesdays from 9:00am until 4:30pm, Saturdays from 8:00am until 5:30pm, and Sundays from 8:00am until 4:00pm.
1645 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20007, Phone: 202-342-3248
13.Bluestone Lane West End Cafe
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Just like Bluestone Lane Georgetown, the Bluestone Lane West End Cafe is a full-service cafe that brings Australian-style coffee to Washington, DC, serving premium coffee, wellness drinks, organic teas, and signature cold-pressed juices. Food offerings include healthy, delicious dishes like the Eggs Your Way, the signature Breakfast Bowl, and their famous Avocado Smash, along with an array grab-and-go options and gluten-free pastries from the Husk Bakeshop. The spacious coffee shop features tables bathed in natural light and cushion-covered benches, as well as a large outdoor seating area that’s open for alfresco dining during the warmer part of the year.
1100 23rd St NW, Washington, DC 20037, Phone: 718-374-6858
14.Kung Fu Tea
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Kung Fu is a desire “to expand one's capabilities beyond all limitations” and “for self-improvement” in its purest essence and according to the founders of Kung Fu Tea, their businesses shares the same desire. From its customer service at their shops to the ingredients used in their products, Kung Fu Tea strives to keep an uncompromising and strict high standard, becoming experts within the business of bubble tea. Along with its quality bubble tea, this cafe also serves a variety of coffee drinks. The Georgetown location of Kung Fu Tea is open seven days a week from 11:30am until 10:00pm.
1529 Wisconsin Ave NW F2, Washington, DC 20007, Phone: 202-813-3672
Emissary is an independently owned and operated coffeehouse, cafe, and bar near Georgetown, located in the historic Dupont Circle area of Washington, DC. This unique coffee shop boasts a little bit of a Swedish fika vibe, featuring little seating nooks, cozy couches, and exposed brick. Drinks options at Emissary cover a wide range of options, including Counter Culture Coffee, cocktails, and craft local beers. The menu at the cafe is inspired by several places in the Mediterranean, Australia, and California and includes several vegan-friendly and vegetarian-friendly options, as well as small plates, charcuterie, artisanal cheese, and baked goods.
2032 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-748-5655
The Boulangerie Christophe is a cozy French cafe that serves French bistro classics, espresso drinks, pastries, and baguettes, bringing a truly authentic, homemade French bakery experience to the Georgetown neighborhood, and Washington, DC in general. Open seven days a week, the Boulangerie Christophe is owned and operated by a father and son team. Christophe and Benjamin came to the United States from Saint-Tropez, a small town in southern France. The two came to America with a desire to share the unique and delicious cuisine of their home region and the cafe is the only place to try their famous Tropezienne.
1422 Wisconsin Ave, Washington DC 20007, Phone: 202-450-6344
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17.Fabulous Market And Cafe
Established in 2009, the Fabulous Market and Cafe is a family-owned and operated upscale marketplace and coffee shop with a bit of an international flair. The cafe offers a broad assortment of beverages and gourmet foods for customers dining in, to go, or for catering. Providing its guests with real, made-from-scratch food, the Fabulous Market and Cafe aims to always use natural ingredients and the freshest produce available for everything it serves. Chocolate, candies, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and much more are offered at the cafe, as well as sandwiches, made fresh on artisan breads throughout the day.
2424 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, Phone: 202-293-0049
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Founded in 2007 in Rwanda, Bourbon Coffee has grown to include eight coffee shop locations throughout Rwanda and now the United States, including one location in the historic Georgetown district of Washington, DC. The international specialty coffee brand is actually the first retail brand to have originated in Africa. The coffee shop is built around the idea of producing “naturally crop to cup” coffee. While the company shares its coffee with the rest of the world, it also promotes sustainable practices, cultural unity, and economic development, as well as helping with reshaping Rwanda’s global image, its culture, and its economic development.
2101 L St NW, Washington, DC, Phone: 202-525-1886
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19.Soho Tea & Coffee
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Soho Tea and Coffee is a Georgetown coffee shop that prides itself on being a “community cafe,” along with working with local bakeries and suppliers to source the highest quality and freshest offerings. During the warmer months of the year, the outdoor patio is open for customers to enjoy a drink or a snack. There is also comfortable seating available indoors, along with an abundance of outlets for charging devices and free high-speed Wi-Fi. Open daily from 7:00am until 8:00pm, Soho Tea and Coffee also has board games a selection of books for guests to use during their visit.
2150 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20037, Phone: 202-463-7646
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20.Le Pain Quotidien
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Le Pain Quotidien is located in the heart of Washington, DC’s historic Georgetown neighborhood, right in the shopping district. The bakery boasts an outdoor seating area and old-time charm with its wooden rafter, exposed brick, reclaimed wood millwork, and narrow, long dining room. The coffee shop and cafe is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am until 6:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00am until 6:00pm. In addition to great coffee, Le Pain Quotidien offers beer and wine, a grab-and-go menu, a menu for kids, catering, private events, baking classes, and free wireless internet.
2815 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, Phone: 202-315-5420
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- Baked & Wired, Photo: Baked & Wired
- Bluestone Lane Georgetown Coffee Shop, Photo: WavebreakmediaMicro/stock.adobe.com
- Compass Coffee, Photo: Jacob Lund/stock.adobe.com
- Crumbs & Whiskers - A Cat Cafe Experience, Photo: Crumbs & Whiskers - A Cat Cafe Experience
- Via Umbria, Photo: Via Umbria
- Philz Coffee, Photo: Philz Coffee
- Grace Street Coffee , Photo: Grace Street Coffee
- Cafe Georgetown, Photo: Cafe Georgetown
- Midnight Mug, Photo: Tanja Esser/stock.adobe.com
- District Doughnut, Photo: District Doughnut
- Olivia Macaron, Photo: Olivia Macaron
- Patisserie Poupon, Photo: Patisserie Poupon
- Bluestone Lane West End Cafe, Photo: Chopard Photography/stock.adobe.com
- Kung Fu Tea, Photo: Kung Fu Tea
- Emissary, Photo: nopphakorn/stock.adobe.com
- Boulangerie Christophe, Photo: Thitiphat/stock.adobe.com
- Fabulous Market And Cafe, Photo: yoalexeys/stock.adobe.com
- Bourbon Coffee, Photo: Bourbon Coffee
- Soho Tea & Coffee, Photo: Soho Tea & Coffee
- Le Pain Quotidien, Photo: Le Pain Quotidien
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