9 Best Coffee Shops in Washington, DC

Check Out These Independently Owned Coffee Houses

Looking for a great cup of coffee in Washington DC? Coffee shops are located on just about every corner around the capital region. If you are looking for a unique place to enjoy your favorite java, skip Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts and check out some of the independently owned coffee houses in the metropolitan area.

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Tryst Coffeehouse

Tryst Coffeehouse on 18th Street in Adams Morgan.
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2459 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
+1 202-232-5500

2459 18th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 232-5500. Located in the heart of Adams Morgan, this coffee shop is a local favorite, attracting a wide range of patrons with its casual and comfortable atmosphere and extensive hours (open 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. weeknights and 3 a.m on weekends). The menu includes espresso drinks, French pastries, rustic breads, gourmet sandwiches, and international beers, wines, and liqueurs.

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Caffe Amouri

107 Church St NE, Vienna, VA 22180, USA
+1 703-938-1623

107 Church St NE Vienna, VA (703) 938-1623. The coffee house has CUP OF EXCELLENCE coffee's, ​microlots, rare and hard to find coffee like true Jamaican Blue Mountain and an excellent array of beans from around the world.

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Chinatown Coffee Company

475 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
+1 202-320-0405

475 H Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 559-7656. Chinatown Coffee focuses on quality coffee and offers a variety of pastries. The company also hosts tastings and discussions with coffee experts.

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Ebenezers Coffeehouse

Ebenezers Coffeehouse
By Ser Amantio di Nicolao (Own work) [ CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
201 F St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
+1 202-558-6900

201 F St. NE Washington, DC (202) 558-6900. The National Community Church owns this coffee shop on Capitol Hill and donates all of the proceeds to benefit community outreach projects. Menu items include coffee and a variety of hot drinks, pastries, bagels, and other bakery items. Ebenezers features live music, dance lessons and poetry nights. The lower level is available to rent for private events.

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Filter Coffee House and Espresso Bar

1726 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
+1 202-234-5837

1726 20th St NW Washington, DC (202) 234-5837. The independent coffee house in Dupont Circle focuses on carefully chosen coffees, classic espresso-based drinks, and has a commitment to quality and service.

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M.E. Swing Co.

1702 G St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
+1 202-408-1315

17th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC. (800) 485-4019. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, this local coffee shop dates back to 1916. They focus on producing the freshest coffee by hand-craft roasting in small batches.

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Mayorga Coffee

2401 S Smith Blvd, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
+1 703-414-3039

Locations in Silver Spring, Rockville, and National, Dulles, BWI and Pittsburgh airports. Mayorga Coffee Roasters is a specialty coffee roaster, wholesaler, and retailer. Mayorga coffee is also available at markets and coffee shops across the country and online.

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Quartermaine Coffee Roasters

10400 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814-1914, USA
+1 240-396-6319

Roasting Plant—4972 Wyaconda Rd. Rockville, MD (301) 230-4600. Coffee shop—4817 Bethesda Ave. Bethesda, MD (301) 718-2853. The regional specialty coffee roaster sells its coffee at its local shops, in specialty gourmet food stores and online.

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St. Elmo's Coffee Pub

2300 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301-1328, USA
+1 703-739-9268

2300 Mount Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA (703) 739-9268. This coffee shop with a pub-like atmosphere serves coffee and espresso drinks, teas, baked goods, and sandwiches and salads made daily from the nearby Bread & Chocolate and Caboose Café. Live music is featured Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Free movies are offered every other Tuesday.

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Where to Go for a Great Cup of Coffee in Washington, DC