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Aug 5, 2009 06:17 PM

Coffee shop (+bookstore, a bonus) worthy of whiling the day away (NoVa or DC)

Treating my girlfriend to a "day of decadence" for her bday this Saturday. She just moved here from AK, the land of authentic coffee houses. PLEASE where can we go to relax in comfy chairs, sip cappucino's in a warm atmosphere with lots of character? I live in Tysons, she's in DC. Open to anywhere in a 30 minute radius. Thank you!

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  1. I would check out Tryst or Busboys and Poets (I've only been to the U Street location).

    But if you want a great (independent!!) bookstore with nice dessert and coffee you can also check out Kramerbooks and Afterwards.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      She's a regular at the U st. busyboys and poets. Thanks for the Tryst rec.

      Though had a change in plans and need somewhere closer to Tysons in the NoVa Fairfax area. Any other suggestions? TIA

      1. re: Meg

        tryst would be great. greenberry's? not a great atmosphere though.

        1. re: Meg

          Shilla Patisserie (Fairfax, Annandale, Centreville)
          There's also a korean book/cafe in annandale I believe.
          Buzz Bakery has books and games, as well as coffee and sweet treats.
          I also like ACKC (free wifi) and Baked & Wired (though B&W limits seating times now after complaints. If it's not busy, I don't see a problem)

          I like the B&N in Tysons Mall if you're really trying to keep in the Tysons area. I'm sure there are some places like this in Vienna or McLean that I'm just not thinking of. I went to Pastry Xpo and it didn't seem too inviting (more like a Ben and Jerry's that serves coffee in terms of decor). There's Starbucks in the malls, Caribou Coffee at FFx Corner...

          901 Slaters Ln, Alexandria, VA 22314

          Baked & Wired
          1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC

          Luciano's - Alpharetta
          10990-A State Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30022

      2. I don't know what Saturdays there are like, but Pastry Xpo has a very comfortable seating area with easy chairs and a couch, decent coffee and coffee drinks, adequate salads and sandwiches, and excellent pastries and cakes. No books, though. And if you want something more substantial to eat, it's just a couple of doors away from Four Sisters, next door to a Noodles & Co., and a Cold Stone.

        Pretty close to you, I think (you've probably been there) but if your friend is coming by Metro, probably would be best to pick her up at Dun Loring.