There’s nothing quite as relaxing as spending a day in a coffee shop, nested with a hot mug of java, a pastry, and a good book. And being on vacation definitely doesn’t mean you need to miss out enjoying your daily espresso! Check out our recommendations for the best spots to sip a cappuccino in the District.

Compass Coffee

Founded by two former Marines, this local DC chain offers a variety of blends that’ll suit any palate. Bring your laptop and have a productive afternoon of sampling the different coffee mixes, including the light-blend Easting, perfect for strawberry smoothie fans, or the sophisticated medium-blend Meridian.

1535 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 838-3139


DC’s tiny Filter cafe is an intimate enclave frequented by the city’s caffeine addicts. Hang out in this subterranean spot for locally roasted beans, French-press java and artisanal coffee, along with flaky, delicious pastries.

1916 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 223-0100

Dog Tag Bakery

Head out to quaint Georgetown to enjoy a variety of coffee blends at this airy, bright neighborhood cafe, which employs disabled military veterans.You’ll love sipping on your delicious cappuccino while contributing to a great cause. We recommend bringing along a good book and getting cozy here with some of the cafe’s delicious baked goods.

3206 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 407-9609

Peregrine Espresso

A quick walk from the Capitol Hill Hotel, this local coffee shop, which has a number of locations all across the city, offers a wide selection of beverages to suit any discerning java connoisseur. Choose from drip, pourover, or flash-brewed iced coffee (just the thing on a hot summer day), perfect for enjoying alongside a chocolate bar or cookie from the baked goods selection.

660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 629-4381

The Royal

At this South American coffee shop/restaurant in LeDroit Park, you can enjoy breakfast foods like a sausage sandwich with cotija cheese along with a selection of classic coffee blends. Customize your cup with a shot of vanilla or some coconut milk for a hit of sweetness in your coffee.

501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-7777