While there are ample opportunities to get great coffee in Georgetown at places like Starbucks, Peets, Blue Bottle, and Saxby’s, it’s the locally owned places that offer not only coffee but a little atmosphere and a sense of community. Here’s a short list of the best local places we found.
Patisserie Poupon is a quaint, French-inspired café with a coffee bar and small patio tucked into a corner in the heart of Georgetown. The restaurant is well-known for offering a little bit of Paris in DC with its delicious pastries and cakes. It also serves quiche, soups, and salads. The pastries sell out fast, so get there early to get your favorite one! They have a full menu of coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos. It’s the perfect place to have a Viennese cappuccino with a croissant for the ultimate experience. And, as an added feature they have live Jazz or Classical music on weekend mornings. Patisserie Poupon is located at 1645 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
Café Georgetown is known for its European elegance and its seasonal lattes, including a Cherry Blossom Latte and a “drink of the day”. The Daydream Latte is one of their specialties and it is flavored with Blue Flowers herbal tea. The cappuccino is strong and delicious. You’ll also find a few lattes with a Turkish twist, Green Matcha lattes, a variety of regular teas, and hot chocolate. The Café is a place to connect, and they invite customers to stay a while and enjoy European-style pastries with their great coffee. There is also a beautiful patio for sunny or warm days. At night, it turns into a wine bar. Café Georgetown is located at 3141 N Street, NW.
Baked and Wired will tell you on the website that they are an “authentic, hole-in-the-wall coffee and baked goods shop.” Yet, they take their coffee very seriously. Each cup of coffee is “hand-crafted by professional baristas” who are apparently very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about coffee. Throughout the week they feature a rotating selection of espressos and every two weeks they release a new pour-over menu so customers can try their seasonal coffee offerings. You will also find a delicious selection of baked goods such as cupcakes, brownies, bars, cookies, and pies. The huge cupcakes are a very popular item and they feature several different varieties. Their pies are also handmade from scratch and feature seasonal produce and homemade custards. The lines are long, so you will need to be patient. Baked and Wired is located at 1052 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW.
Grace Street Coffee is a nice little modern café with a minimalist design, nestled into a side street in Historic Georgetown near the waterfront. It’s clustered in a small food hall next to several other businesses where you can order food. They serve a variety of ethically sourced coffees, espressos, macchiatos, Cortados, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, cold brew coffee, chai lattes, teas, and hot chocolate. They even have a Grace Street Mule made with a shot of espresso, ginger beer, and lime juice. A big plus is that they are dog-friendly with dog treats and water for your furry friends. There’s a lot of seating both inside and outside. It’s a big gathering spot for GW students, so tables are sometimes at a premium and it can be on the loud side, so bring headphones. Grace Street Coffee is located at 3210 Street NW.
Compass Coffee has several locations throughout the local DC area, but their flagship store is in Georgetown. Located in the historic Georgetown Theater Building right on Wisconsin Avenue, the ambiance is striking with a lot of natural light in a huge space with plenty of seating. The Compass Coffee founders said they strongly believe that a really good cup of coffee will help you start your day off right and keep it going in the right direction. In that vein, their coffee is perfectly brewed and never bitter or harsh. No burnt undertones here. They offer traditional café brews such as espresso, americano, cappuccino, latte, mocha as well as modern coffee fare, including (nitro) cold brew, chai, and teas. The prices are also reasonable, the staff is efficient and helpful, and the environment is fairly quiet, making it a great place for studying and meetings. Compass Coffee in Georgetown is located at 1351 Wisconsin Avenue NW.
Levain Bakery is a cozy neighborhood coffee shop and bakery that originated in New York City. They have expanded their reach into the DC area, opening shops in Bethesda and Georgetown. The shop is known for its mouthwatering cookie assortments that you can purchase in-store or order online. They also sell a variety of coffee drinks and tea. If you are looking for a sweet treat to complement your cappuccino, Levain is the place to go! .
Dog Tag Bakery is a quaint, beautifully decorated coffee shop and bakery with a variety of coffee options, including really great espresso, lattes, and Cortado. It also has a lunch menu with sandwiches and soups. But where it really excels is at baked goods. In-store and online, you can order brownies, cookies, macarons, and granola. The neatest part of the experience is that it is a living business school empowering veterans and their caregivers to find purpose outside the military. The storefront includes a state-of-the-art bakery and kitchen and classroom space to help veterans acquire skills to reenter the workforce. Fellows learn every aspect of a small business from management to product creation. Dog Tag Bakery is located at 3206 Grace Street NW.
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