I’m a big believer in making short trips count. Sleeping in? No way, I’m up with the birds.
When you only have 30 hours in a city and on and off rain is forecasted, you schedule your trip around coffee stops. Washington D.C. was no exception. You can’t walk over 20 miles in as many hours without being highly caffeinated. I was lucky enough to have an equally coffee-motivated friend acting as my tour guide for the weekend and was treated to some amazing coffee experiences in the United States’ capitol city.
DC is an easy city to explore without a car because the Metro is relatively straightforward to ride and makes most destinations easily accessible. All these locations can be accessed via the Metro and some walking, though if the weather is bad, you may want to consider an Uber.
Address: 201 F St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Metro Stop: Union Station
Nearby Attractions: US Capitol, National Archives, US Supreme Court
Located near the Capitol and National Archives, Ebenezer was our first (and my favorite!) stop. A spacious shop, located in a sweet old building with exposed copper ducting and a beautiful grey interior, Ebenezers was as visually appealing as it was appetizing. With plenty of seating on their ground floor, as well as additional tables in their downstairs concert space, Ebenezers isn’t one of those coffee shops where you can’t hope to find seating on a weekend. Opened by a DC pastor, the sense of community is palpable.
Try their seasonal lattes such as their current Vanilla Rose and their croissants.
Baked and Wired
Address: 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom
Nearby Attractions: Washington Harbor, National Mall, Georgetown
Baked and Wired is the perfect marriage of world-class bakery and espresso bar. We enjoyed top notch coffee, a cinnamon roll (that was so to-die-for that I didn’t even get a picture before we inhaled it) and a goat cheese and rosemary scone tucked away in one of the shop’s many nooks and crannies. We ogled their impressive assortment of gorgeous cupcakes before heading to the National Mall. A quote written on a napkin and stuck to the wall reminded us to slow down and enjoy our time together, “We are human beings, not human doings.”
This shop gets crowded by late morning on weekends, so be sure to get there early to enjoy a table!
Address: 660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Metro Stop: Eastern Market
Nearby Attractions: Eastern Market
While eating lunch and strategizing our next coffee destination, we Googled this shop and were pleasantly surprised to find it right next door! A simple, yet classy space with fantastic coffee made it the perfect place to grab an afternoon pick-me-up and cuddle a menagerie of dogs on their sunny patio.
The Eastern Market, which is a farmer’s and flea market, is right outside so grab a coffee and stroll the wares!