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Great Coffee Shop for drinking, eating, studying

megmosa Mar 5, 2008 09:29 AM

I will be visiting Washington, DC for a few days and would like to find a nice coffee shop (or tea place) where I can go to eat and read for a few hours.

Can anybody recommend somewhere? I will be staying near the Union Station, though I don't mind hopping on a bus and going into a neighborhood.

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    Elyssa RE: megmosa Mar 5, 2008 10:33 AM

    Not really much near Union Station. But if you take the red line to Dupont Circle I would suggest SoHo Coffee on P St. The owner is a lot of fun. They have couches and lots of tables. Coffee served in big cups or mason jars :) and the best pulled chicken salad wrap you'll ever taste.

    Another option is Tryst in Adams Morgan.

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      bucknell RE: megmosa Mar 5, 2008 10:37 AM

      Ebeneezer's Cafe is about 2-3 blocks east of Union Station on 201 F NE.

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        sweth RE: bucknell Mar 5, 2008 07:47 PM

        Ebenezer's is good, but go a couple blocks further to Sidamo (417 H St NE)--better coffee and better space.

        Murky Coffee is a little further, and will get raves, but a) it's closed right now, and b) it's never been very pleasant to hang out in. You could also hop on the Metro (depending on how much time you have) and go to Clarendon in VA, where there's another outpost of Murky that I believe is still open and that has much more comfy seating. If Murky in Clarendon is packed (which it often is), there are also other places nearby like Java Shack (good for hanging out, less good for coffee).

        If you're up for Metro, but want to stay in DC, there's also SoHo in Dupont Circle (like Java Shack, the vibe is better than the coffee), Busboy's & Poets (near U St), and then up near Columbia Heights metro there's Mayorga and Columbia Heights Coffee.

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          DCHill19 RE: bucknell Mar 16, 2008 06:26 PM

          Ebenezer's coffee really isn't that good. The atmosphere is not very good either. It does have free wi-fi, but that is about the best I can say for it.

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          dcandohio RE: megmosa Mar 5, 2008 10:52 AM

          The Teasim on 8th and D, just slightly northwest of the exit of the Navy Memorial metro stop on the Green Line (as you exit off the escalator, walk to the right, past the Navy Memorial. The sign will be ahead of you, on the right side of the intersecting street), is a great place for quiet reading and noshing.

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            Rosco1 RE: megmosa Mar 5, 2008 12:15 PM

            All good ideas above. Another comfy, spacious, quiet (before 8pm) place with good food and Illy coffee is Karma (Metro: Farragut West - 18th St. exit).


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              mselectra RE: megmosa Mar 5, 2008 05:18 PM

              Good suggestions above (the ones I know). I'd probably suggest Tryst, partly for the scene, but it would be a bit of a hassle to get to (Red Line to Woodley Park, and then a 15 minute (nice) walk). Another possibility would be to walk to the other side of the Capitol, to Murky Coffee, by Eastern Market -- a nice neighborhood, too. Whether it would be a good place to sit for a while and read depends on the day and time, probably.

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                Elyssa RE: mselectra Mar 5, 2008 05:57 PM

                I'm not sure if it reopened but I walked by Murky Coffee about 2 days ago and it was shut down by the govt for some reason. Signs were posted all over the place and their packages (including what looked to be like a delivery from a bakery) was sitting outside while the doors were locked up.

                Not sure if its reopened or not. There was an article on DCist about this when it happened.

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                  mselectra RE: Elyssa Mar 7, 2008 12:17 PM

                  Sorry and thanks for the correction, I haven't been over there for a while and hadn't heard, what a story. I should have left it up to someone who knows that neighborhood better.

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                    Elyssa RE: beauxgoris Mar 9, 2008 09:57 PM

                    I walked by late last week and it didn't appear open. (Given I rarely get my coffee there. I go to Dunkin Donuts....I know, I know. But I grew up with it in Boston, it's cheap, and closer to my office :) )

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                      megmosa RE: Elyssa Mar 10, 2008 12:22 AM

                      So many great choices! I hope to check a few of them out. Thanks, guys.

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                  onocoffee RE: megmosa Mar 10, 2008 05:52 AM

                  Try Big Bear Cafe:


                  Really good coffee, really nice people.

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                    jkosnett RE: megmosa Mar 16, 2008 04:22 PM

                    Murky Coffee in Arlington is excellent and has seating both inside and out. Exit the orange line stationat Clarendon and walk out Wilson Blvd. about three blocks and there it is. I go there to read a lot while waiting for my wife to get done with work...

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                      taylor_blair RE: jkosnett Mar 16, 2008 05:50 PM

                      thanks everyone!

                      this is all very very helpful information. i _have_ ordered from george howell before and he's my favorite coffee roaster (thank you for that suggestion!) by far, but i'm trying to find a local place that i can patronize as well.

                      i'll try big bear coffee also (that's close to howard university, right?) and definitely make a run out to murky in arlington.

                      has anyone heard of sidamo's?

                      thanks everyone!

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