We here at Scilla + Luna love coffee. It’s honestly become so ingrained in our lives that we’ve noticed that we had started to collect coffee shops here in DC. Didn’t matter how far away they were from home we would go because that sweet cup of joe, the yummy pastries, the ambiance, and the location made it all worth it. So here is our list of the 5 Best Coffee Shops around DC.
1. Best Coffee Shop + Pastries: Baked & Wired in Georgetown
Most people know of Georgetown Cupcakes as the place to get cupcakes around D.C., but the real place to go is Baked & Wired. Their cupcakes are to die for and on top of that they make some of the best coffee drinks in the DMV. I know thats a bold statement, but have one sip of their lattes or matcha and you’ll realize you’ve been missing out.
And for those of you who aren’t feeling like eating cupcakes they have a wide variety of cookies, breads, scones, and biscuits. One of my favorite pastries to get there when I’m not feeling cupcakes, is the Pumpkin Donut Muffin, and yes its as delicious as it sounds. Between the amazing baked goods and the delicious coffee we can’t help but list Baked & Wired as one of the best coffee shops around the swamp.
Katherine’s Recommendation: Matcha Latte and Dirty Chai Cupcake
Mary’s Recommendation: Oat Milk Latte and Chocolate Chip Cookies
2. Best Coffee Shop to See and Be Seen: Kintsugi at Eaton Hotel in Downtown
Kintsugi is one of the newer coffee shops on our list, popping up this past summer inside the Eaton Hotel. It is probably one of the most esthetically pleasing coffee shops Mary and I have ever been. Plants fill the room along with beautiful rugs, dark wooden fixtures, and a sense of warmth as you walk up to the counter, making it an experience all in its own.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of of repairing broken pottery with lacquer that is mixed with gold, silver, or platinum and when I learned that Eaton Hotel had named their coffee shop after this technique I knew I had to check it out. Kintsugi does exactly what it is named after, it takes an old premise, breaks it down, and builds it back up into something brand new. Their drinks and health focused pastries are delightful, but it is the space in which you enjoy these that really makes it worth going to. This is also a great place to go for meetings, work, or to just enjoy their delicious coffee while you take in the beautiful interiors.
Katherine’s Recommendation: Matcha Latte and Coffee Donut
Mary’s Recommendation: Latte and Oat Muffin
3. Best Coffee Shop to Work In: Tryst in Adams Morgan
If you are like Mary and I and work from home sometimes staring at the same walls day in and day out can be a bit maddening. Finding a space to work outside of your home that is both comfortable and full of caffeine is a blessing. Lucky for us, Tryst is just that.
Sitting along the main street of Adams Morgan is Tryst, a cafe, coffee shop, and people watching hang out all in one. With delicious coffee and amazing food (so many vegetarian options!!!) it’s easy to see why anyone would come to Tryst for a bite to eat. But the really amazing part of Tryst? All of the amazing seating. Couches, tables, and chairs fill up the large space so you’ll never be looking for somewhere to sit. On top of this amazing seating arrangement is the ability to stay as long as you want without feeling that gnawing pressure that you have outstayed your welcome. Tryst feels like home and theres nothing better then curling up on one of their couches, embroidery and chaippuccino in hand.
Katherine’s Recommendation: Chaippuccino and Breakfast Burrito
Mary’s Recommendation: Latte and Avocado Toast
4. Best Coffee Shop Local Edition: Compass Coffee in Shaw
While yes all of these coffee shops are local to the area many of them serve the greatest coffee inside this city, Compass Coffee, a local chain fueling the swamp on the daily. Compass Coffee stores are located through out the city, but our personal favorite is the one located in Shaw, referred to as The Shay. While this one isn’t the original, the original is also located in Shaw and we would definitely recommend checking that one out as well!
Compass Coffee was founded by two Marines that were inspired by the different types of coffee they would try while being stationed abroad, specifically in Afghanistan. Their story and service to our country fits perfectly into our capital and we couldn’t be happier that they brought their knowledge to us here in the DMV, with their locations spread out around DC and now in Virginia.
Compass Coffee is amazing no matter where you go, from their Nitro Brew to their lattes you’ll be happy and caffeinated. There’s lots of available seating in each of their shops as well, which can provide a great place to work or relax while enjoy your cup of joe.
Katherine’s Recommendation: Nitro Vanilla Cold Brew
Mary’s Recommendation: Regular Coffee
5. Best Coffee Shop + Bar: The Wydown at H Street
One thing I noticed when I first moved to DC is the Coffee Shop Bar that seems to appear through out the city. As a beloved fan of Coffee Stouts I couldn’t have been more excited. The Wydown is the perfect example of that, as one side of the bar is coffee and pastries and the other side is, well, a bar. The beautiful interiors of this Coffee Shop located inside of the Apollo bring you right in, with beautiful lighting, gorgeous appliances and fixtures, and a sense of wonderment. You can’t help but stand in awe of this jewel box shop. While the seating is minimal and is mainly at the bar, it is a great place to come enjoy a drink and relax after a long day. I recommend that you head over there to try their amazing cocktails and pastries.
Katherine’s Recommendation: Matcha Latte
Mary’s Recommendation: Latte
Coffee Shops are a place for community, warmth, and rejuvenation. Whether you are going in for a quick drink or staying awhile, Coffee Shops have an important part of different neighborhoods. I always joke that I haven’t really lived in a place till I’ve found my favorite coffee shop. I hope that you love these places as much as I do! Where is a place where you live that gives you comfort? Is it a coffee shop, a book store, a friends home? We would love to hear all about it so drop us a comment. (: