5 Unique Coffee Shops in Washington, D.C.
Whether you are looking for a morning pick-me-up or an Insta-worthy latte, coffee shops in Washington, D.C., are never just a spot for your next caffeine fix. From delicious cupcakes and gourmet pastries to crispy pizza, your coffee break will never taste the same again.
Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee
1418 14th St., NW; dolcezzagelato.com
With multiple locations around the city, Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee is defined by its rustic charm of exposed red brick and distressed wooden tables. Sourcing its beans from Sey Coffee Roasters, Dolcezza has a full roster of espresso drinks, single-drip and pour-over coffee. What makes this place truly unique is the option to pair your handcrafted espresso with a scoop of daily-made Argentine-style gelato. Did someone say affogato?
Must Drink: Affogato, Dulce De Leche Latte
Must Eat: Stracciatella Gelato, Blueberry Lemon Thyme Sorbetto
Pluma by Bluebird Bakery
391 Morse St., NE; plumabybluebird.com
For locals, it’s usually a grab-and-go spot, but if you are looking for a quiet place to refuel after wandering around Union Market, Pluma by Bluebird Bakery is the place for you. At this vibrant coffeehouse, you can enjoy your freshly-baked pastry with a hot mocha, or munch on a Roman-style wood-oven pizza while sipping on a glass of Cabernet from Pluma’s extensive wine and beer menu.
Must Drink: Mocha, Dirty Chai
Must Eat: Kouign Amann, Pomodoro Pizza with Burrata
1100 23rd St., NW; bluestonelane.com
Floor-to-ceiling windows, brass light fixtures and chairs, seafoam tiles and green leaf wallpaper; Bluestone Lane is a décor oasis. Located inside the West End Library, this Aussie-inspired café serves premium Australian-style coffee, wellness drinks and health-conscious brunch options. This is also a great spot for vegetarians, vegans, and those who require gluten-free options.
Must Drink: Aussie Iced Latte, Hot Milo
Must Eat: Classic Avocado Smash, Husk Bakeshop GF Banana Bread
Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St., NW; bakedandwired.com
Baked & Wired is known for its daily baked goods, eclectic décor, and flavourful coffee. Located on Thomas Jefferson Street in the heart of Georgetown, this coffeehouse is a hotspot, so get here early. Along with a list of freshly-baked goods, there are also 20 different flavours of cakecups (essentially a cupcake) to choose from, so don’t be surprised if you want to grab more than one. The coffee menu is limited, but the mantra “quality over quantity” applies here.
Must Drink: Nitro Cold Brew, Thai Iced Tea
Must Eat: Smurfette Cupcake, Boy Blue Ice Cream Sammie
3060 M St., NW; laduree.us
World-renowned French patisserie, Ladurée, is an Instagrammers heaven. With white marble table tops, crystal chandeliers, and a display of colourful macarons, sitting in this sophisticated space is an experience on its own. The café also serves top-notch desserts and flaky butter croissants that pair perfectly with your carefully curated latte or espresso.
Must Drink: Chocolate Chaud Ladurée, Café Espresso
Must Eat: Ispaha, all macaron flavours are delicious