DC is becoming quite the fun city to visit was much more to offer than just museums, monuments, and the Captiol. The choice of restaurants, lively vibe, quaint feel of Georgetown, new Wharf District, and the solid list of awesome coffee shops, bakeries, and cafés make this city a win. After visiting all the eateries and cafés on my pre-researched list, I quickly realized that DC has many coffee shops that also offer awesome food options either in-house or in the space they are located (like being situated in a popular food market). I narrowed the list down to 5 of the best coffee shops in DC that also offer delicious bites so you can experience the very best and satisfy your hunger and caffeine craving all in one stop!
Best coffee shops in DC with great food
1. Baked and Wired
My favorite pick of Washington DC coffee shops! Solid coffee and loose-leaf tea and killer desserts! The cupcakes are stellar (many locals will claim they are the best in the area) and the fact that they offer vegan and gluten-free options makes me love this spot even more. I tried the vanilla cupcake with a salted caramel center and chocolate-hazelnut icing……..I could have eaten 3 more. They also offer quiche, breakfast breads, and muffins for those wanting something less sweet. The atmosphere is cozy and a steady stream of coffee and cupcake lovers keep the vibe lively.
A Baked Joint is the sister store to Baked and Wired and worth a visit. The menu has a more extensive offering including gourmet sandwiches, quiche, salads, and pizza (only Thursday-Saturday evenings). The space is open and has a modern and clean finish.
Maketto is a mixed-use concept where it combines retail, coffee bar, pastry shop, and restaurant in one space. Out of all the Washington DC coffee shops this one is the most unique in concept. I appreciated that there were multiple seating areas leaving plenty of space if you wanted to stay for a while. Choose from a tree shaded courtyard, upstairs seating (inside or out) or inside the main space on the first floor by the retail shop. The pastries are noteworthy and the food (Asian inspired) is quite tasty and affordable!
3. Peregrine Espresso
Husband and wife owned Peregrine Espresso offers 3 locations in DC. The shop in Union Market is the most unique and makes for a fun outing where you can grab snacks from other vendors including crepes, acai bowls, pastries, and more. Try a lox bagel donut or vanilla cream filled donut from B Donut, a nutella crepe from Peitie Loulou, or a unicorn toast from On Toast. The market has permanent and pop-up vendors, so the choices never get boring. If the weather is nice, sit on the patio and watch locals play ping-pong or hang with their furry companions as this seems to be a popular spot for dog owners.
4. Bluestone Lane
If you read my recent post on the best coffee shops on the Upper East Side in NYC, this name will look familiar. An Australian based coffee company influenced by the café culture of Melbourne.
Out of the two current locations, West End is definitely the one to visit. It’s a popular spot for breakfast, lunch, and brunch with a full menu of healthy options like avocado smash toast, gluten-free banana bread with whipped ricotta, and colorful salads. They also offer a full assortment of grab-and-go options, fresh pressed juices, and gluten-free pastries. The bright and open space, floor to ceiling windows, ample seating options (inside and out), and top-quality coffee and bites make this a true winner! If atmosphere, instagrammable plates, and healthy options are important this is one of the best coffee shops in DC to visit.
The location in Georgetown is tiny and more of a to-go option offering a limited menu of grab-and-go items, toasts, etc.
See also: Washington DC 3 Day Itinerary
5. Grace Street Coffee
Locally owned Grace Street Coffee roasts it's beans in the heart of Georgetown and is a favorite with locals and students. It shares space in a completely open concept with South Block Juice Co. and SundeVich. Very convenient if you are craving a healthy acai bowl or hearty sandwich. Loft type seating is available as well as patio and counter space.
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