From responsibly sourced coffee beans to the time it takes for the perfect drip—which is almost as long as it takes Congress to pass a bill—we’ve come to appreciate a carefully crafted cup of coffee. More and more cities are making independently owned shops the rule, not the exception, including our nation’s capital city. (BTW, here are a few of the best cafés in Los Angeles and Chicago). In addition to the brewing methods and types of coffee beans, attention is paid to latte art and coffeehouse décor.
Picture bear cappuccinos at Pineapple & Pearls (ahead on our list), marble countertops, mosaic-tiled floors, and wall coverings that are likely designed by Flavor Paper. We couldn’t be more excited about this, especially because it’s totally acceptable to style your drinks for a photo. If you’re in the District and wondering where these amazing coffee shops are, keep scrolling. Ahead lie seven cafés in D.C. serving specialty coffees, freshly baked pastries, and a whole lot of interior design inspiration.
Grace Street Coffee
Tucked in Georgetown (aptly on Grace Street) is this specialty coffee shop, which roasts small lots of freshly harvested coffee beans on site. If you love matcha, we recommend trying Grace Street Coffee’s perennial favorite matcha latte. Yum!
3210 Grace Street Northwest, Washington, D.C.
Colada Shop is a colorful Cuban café that serves coffee, food, and cocktails. Obviously try the café Cubano, Cuban press, or café bonbon made with espresso and sweetened condensed milk.
1405 T Street Northwest, Washington, D.C.
Pineapple & Pearls Coffee Bar
Enjoy hazelnut milk lattes, egg wraps, and desserts during the day (closed Sunday and Monday) at this Capitol Hill coffee shop. Want more pastries? Walk literally two minutes to District Doughnut, but don’t go before snapping a #SOTD shot on the Starburst Hex floors at Pineapple & Pearls.
715 8th Street Southeast, Washington, D.C.
The Coffee Bar
1201 S Street Northwewst and 1200 17th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C.
The Wydown Coffee Bar
The Wydown Coffee Bar has two locations in D.C. The one inside the Apollo features a bakery helmed by pastry chef Sophie McCracken, where a cinnamon roll, coconut chocolate chip cookie, and a blackberry lavender scone are just a few offerings to not pass up.
600B H Street Northeast and 1924 14th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C.
A place that serves daily-made handcrafted gelato and Stumptown Coffee Roasters? Consider us regulars. The gelato and coffee shop, which has multiple locations throughout D.C. including Georgetown, Logan Circle, and Dupont Circle, sources local ingredients and puts craftsmanship into every espresso, cappuccino, and brew.
Get your coffee, street style, and dim sum fix at hyphenate shop Maketto. The communal marketplace is a hipster haven and must-visit in D.C. for serious eats and delicious coffee drinks.
1351 H Street Northeast, Washington, D.C.