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D.C. Best Coffee & Teahouses

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DC has undergone an artisan coffee renaissance with a new breed of coffee shop popping up around DC emphasizing quality, sourcing, and savoring the overall experience. Providing blends and single origin fair trade coffee, industrial design, and catering to a mostly vibrant hipster crowd, these shops not only make great cups of coffee but also have become prime neighborhood gathering spots.
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1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Like many people these days, I need a cup of caffeine to get me going in the morning. Most mornings I’m a tea person, but every once in a while, I need a cup of coffee. Luckily for me, M.E. Swing is just a short two blocks away from my office....
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1726 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
A friend who lives in the D.C. area recommended this coffeehouse to me. And considering how we used to frolic through London’s food scene together, I already knew that she’s just as picky as I am when it comes to coffee. Tucked away on 20th Street...
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2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Busboys and Poets is an iconic D.C. fixture, a hybrid bookstore, event venue, and restaurant. If you show up hungry, find a table and take your pick among the extensive Mediterranean-influenced menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers, and small...
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2459 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
If I had a supersized kitchen and I invited my friends over for a lazy morning breakfast and then took a photo of the scene, it would look exactly like Tryst on any given day. It’s that kind of warm, inviting place where you order a simple bite of...
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1063 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
From the outside, Ching Ching Cha looks like any other commercial establishment but walk inside and you’ll be transported to a teahouse somewhere in China. Sunlight pours in from the skylights above and soothing music sounds from the speakers. The...
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1704 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Dolcezza is an artisanal gelato company with several locations in the Washington, D.C. area. What makes Dolcezza unique in the world of gelaterias is that the gelato it serves up is made according to the Italian traditions in Argentina. I’m no...
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3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
Whether you're looking for a quick cup of coffee to jump start your day or a place to surf on your laptop or to socialize with friends or your date, Northside Social is always offering something fresh. This charming Clarendon neighborhood cafe and...
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Home to Darnell's dive bar at night, this hipster "pop-up" coffee shop (named for co-owner Jonas Singer's blind dog, Baxter) during the day gives the U Street/Shaw neighborhood a quaint and laid-back breakfast/lunch nook for laptop users,...
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475 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Get your java fix on at this often overlooked Chinatown/Penn Quarter gem a couple of blocks east of the neighborhood's Friendship Arch. A bright, exposed-brick storefront with basic furniture and funky music where uber-friendly and efficient...
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1700 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
This Bloomingdale neighborhood fixture is home to an inviting atmosphere, with friendly staff and patrons, an exposed brick interior, and a fantastic outdoor patio surrounded by vines. By day, it's a casual and lovely coffeehouse where you can...
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1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Located along the historic Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O Canal), this laid-back neighborhood bakery and coffeehouse is one of my favorite hangouts in D.C. Baked and Wired serves delicious food and drinks in a cozy atmosphere. The space is adorned with...
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924 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
La Colombe—which sits on Blagdon Alley, a row of 19th-century buildings—is the sort of place that baristas go to caffeinate. Try a single-origin option: La Colombe’s buyers source beans from farmers they know by first name.
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1924 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
If you’re hooked on rich, bright coffee made pour-over style, the Wydown is your day’s first stop. Grab a lavender scone, too. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
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2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Our favorite D.C. cocktail is the rye-based Maiden Voyage at the Dram & Grain. At first, it drinks like a Sazerac. As the ice melts, the bitters emerge and it’s like a whole new drink. —Sarah Baird

This appeared in the March/April...
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440 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Tony and Teresa Velazquez, owners of the Georgetown neighborhood fixture Baked and Wired, have expanded their reach in the Mt. Vernon Triangle with a spacious 4,500 square foot bakery, coffee house, and lounge. Temporarily named "A Baked Joint"...