A clean, well lit place (with wifi, good coffee, etc. etc.)
If someone can recommend a cafe with decent coffee, atmosphere, fast wifi, ample seating AND open late, i will be eternally grateful. A past habitué of Seattle and Berkeley coffee houses, I have been unable to find a cafe in the DC area that has all of the above attributes. I have tried A LOT of cafes here, but have come up again and again with nothing. Here are few of my trials:
panera bread: horrible brewed coffee, but decent wifi
caribu coffee: decent coffee, but wifi limited to one hour.
murkey coffee: very good coffee, but hard to get a seat in the evenings (dc and arlington)
cafe misha (in alexandria): the best coffee around, but closes at 8:00
stacey's coffee parlor in Falls Church: good coffee, wifi, limited seating.
Wegmans (a grocery store, of all places) very good espresso coffee, free wifi, but lots of kids. And it is far from DC.
Again, I will totally appreciate any suggestions.
I did a lot of school work at Tryst during the week when I first moved here and was finishing school work.
I liked being waited on yet left alone. And it was comfortable with lots of other people working.
I use to live at Tryst! Just make sure you get there early enough of the weekends...and even some week days to get a decent seat. And now that there is a smoking ban in DC its even better.
Busboys and Poets has a great vibe.
Also I like SoHo coffee on P St in Dupont. You just need to buy $5 worth of food or coffee and then you can use the wifi free. The owner or manager is a great guy with lots of charecter. And their chicken salad wrap is the best I've tasted in a long time. Lots of tables and a few couches.
Also just so you know...Tryst doesn't have free WiFi on the weekends.
But Open City in Woodley Park does. I like that as an alternative but its not really a coffee shop...more of a restaurant with free wifi. It can get loud and busy on the weekends but is great on the weekdays and nights. Only problem is the seats can get a little uncomfortable after long periods of time sitting in them....no cushions.
right on about Tryst's wi-fi on weekends. During the week day, though, it's a great get away - it's calm, good service, comfy sofas and plenty of outlets.
just dont leave your power cord there. I left mine by mistake, and they didnt have it when I went to check.
I bet Tryst is way better now that DC is smoke free, too. That used to be what made me leave my seat.