good espresso, Lafayatte Square area
Sorry for another annoying, location-specific, stupid tourist post, but here goes anyway: where to get quality coffee in the Lafayette Square area? I mean a properly made espresso, not a watery, chain-coffeehouse superautomatic dummy shot. Thanks in advance, y'all. (My hubby suffers separation anxiety when away from his coffee machine, so this info will improve my vacation considerably.)
I'd for sure send you to Cafe du Parc (it's east of WH/Treasury on Penn Ave, in the Willard Hotel). A little inconsistent (and not cheap), but a perfect spot, especially for a (sophisticated) tourist. (Swings is cool, and I bet you're more likely to see WH staff there, though.)
I don't know if you can get coffee in, say, the Hay Adams hotel (that's right on the north side of the Square).