There are countless places to get a cup of coffee in the DMV, sure, but you’re not looking to start the new year settling for just any cup of joe from any old spot, right? That’s why we put together this list of five of the most interesting, unique and all-around excellent coffee shops in town.
The Potter’s House in Adams Morgan
This nonprofit cafe and bookstore operates with the goal of upholding admirable progressive values like solidarity, justice, spirituality and environmentalism. They serve tens of thousands of free meals yearly to those in need, and also happen to be a fantastic cafe. It’s a great gathering, work and study spot as well, with plenty of nooks and gathering places throughout the space. Tuesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Saturday + Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.1658 Columbia Rd. NW, DC; pottershousedc.org // @pottershousedc
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Harrar Coffee & Roastery in Columbia Heights
Serving high-quality Ethiopian coffee roasted fresh in-house daily, this neighborhood spot is a definite hidden gem. The intimate, cozy space is decorated with handcrafted Ethiopian artwork, paying tribute to both the origin of the beans (one of the best places for coffee in the world) and the owner’s home country. Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 2904 Georgia Ave. NW, DC; harrarcoffeeroastery.com // @harrarcoffeeroastery
Sweet Science Coffee in NoMa
A delightfully nerdy experience, Sweet Science is unapologetic coffee nerds that have refined the process of brewing the perfect cup down to the molecule. The NoMa spot specializes in perfect espresso extraction, thought by many to be the purest expression of the coffee drinking experience. Pop in for a caffeine fix and learn a thing or two while you’re at it. Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday + Sunday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 35 N St. NE, DC; sweetsciencecoffee.com // @sweetsciencecoffee
The Wydown on H St. NE and U St. NW
At their two cozy, homey locations — one on H Street and one on 14th — the Midwest-born owners of The Wydown are obsessed with hospitality. The welcoming, friendly atmosphere and unrivaled customer service make this a go-to spot perfect for catching up with friends or a low-key date night. Remote workers take note: they (proudly) do not have Wi-Fi, so leave the laptops at home. 7 p.m. to 4 p.m. Multiple locations; thewydown.com // @thewydown
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Vigilante Roastery & Cafe in Hyattsville
You’ve probably had a cup of Vigilante Coffee before — it’s brewed in cafes all over town — so it’s no surprise this high-quality Hyattsville spot is well worth checking out. Founder Chris Vigilante’s remarkable brew and killer cafe are influenced by the love he developed for coffee when living in Hawaii, an underrated haven for specialty coffee. Their flagship location doubles as their roastery, so you can be sure you’re getting the freshest, highest quality beans. 7 p.m. – 4 p.m. 4327 Gallatin St. Hyattsville, MD; vigilantecoffee.com // @vigilantecoffee
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