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Looking for a place to enjoy a cup of joe or to spend the day with a book and a mug of coffee? We’ve got a whole list of options for you for DC’s top coffee shops, ranging from neighborhood spots to high-end cafes. Here are our top five coffee shops in DC.

Gregory’s Coffee

This cool, newly opened spot downtown brings a Brooklyn feel, along with a selection of delicious roasts. Hang out here for some fun breakfast options, including West Coast-style acai bowls and more classic options like blueberry muffins.

1900 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 652-1088

Filter

Dupont Circle coffee shop Filter is a tiny, hole-in-the-wall spot known for its commitment to coffee. We recommend coming with a book and ordering a pour-over, or going for a cold brew, so you can really taste the complexity and nuance of the beans. Interested in learning more about the blends? Chat up the staff here, all of whom are super-involved in the coffee-making process.

1726 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-5837

Qualia Coffee

Local-focused Qualia Coffee is definitely a favorite among DC residents. The neighborhood-based coffee shop is a great place to bring your work and hunker down with a cappuccino. You’ll be surrounded by similarly focused neighborhood residents, since Qualia is a popular daytime work spot.

3917 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 248-6423

La Colombe

Airy, uber-modern La Colombe wins points for its Instagram aesthetic (meaning that yes, you’ll find yourself reaching for your phone to take snaps). But the coffee shop, which has locations across the city, is also known for its delicious cups of java. You can find classics here, like espressos and cappuccinos, along with fun, new, innovative drinks and a huge tea selection.

900 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 795-7909

Emissary

Located in the West End, cozy coffee shop Emissary is a great spot to gather with a group of friends or a coworker for an hours-long catch up session. Grab a pair of cappuccinos and find a spot in the cafe’s brick-waller interior, where you’ll feel right at home spending a day.

2032 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 748-5655