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autopi Mar 23, 2013 06:26 AM

i'm visiting dc shortly, and while i think i've got my dinners sorted out, i'd like to solicit some advice re: breakfasts --

1) are there any good bakeries for pastries, breakfast-y type items that are within walking distance of judiciary square?

2) any good cafes in that area? i would be particularly pleased if any of them carry counter culture or intelligentsia beans.


  1. j
    Just Visiting Mar 23, 2013 11:03 AM

    I don't know what you consider walkable but Paul Bakery is in Penn Quarter - about five blocks away.

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    1. re: Just Visiting
      Bob W Mar 24, 2013 07:54 PM

      I would second Paul, with the caveat that the dimensions of that locations are weird and when the place is crowded it can be a zoo. But the baked goods are good!

      I tried the Farragut North location a couple weeks ago. It was early in the morning and the experience was much more pleasant.

    2. ipsedixit Mar 23, 2013 12:18 PM

      Filter is my go-to for coffee when in DC. And, yes, intelligentsia beans are on the offing.

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        hamster Mar 24, 2013 08:11 PM

        This isn't exactly close to Judiciary Square...

        1. re: hamster
          ipsedixit Mar 26, 2013 07:49 AM

          No, but I know of no other place in/around downtown DC that has Intelligentsia. Do you?

      2. h
        hamster Mar 23, 2013 03:40 PM

        Near Judiciary Square, go to Chinatown Coffee. I also really like Paul, I second that one.

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          autopi Mar 26, 2013 06:21 AM

          thanks everyone for the suggestions; this is exactly what i was looking for. i'm looking forward to checking out paul and chinatown coffee -- hopefully i'll be able to make it out to filter as well.

          1. joy314 Jul 22, 2013 03:50 PM

            I love Firehook bakery.

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            1. re: joy314
              bmorecupcake Jul 22, 2013 09:51 PM

              Can you tell me of a good location for Firehook? I went to the one in Alexandria (on Union St.) recently and the service was awful. The staff couldn't speak English and rolled their eyes at me at the simplest of questions. I had read these complaints on Yelp, but experiencing it in person was something else.

              1. re: bmorecupcake
                joy314 Jul 23, 2013 02:50 AM

                The one i'e been to is on 4 th St. Never had any problems there with service.

                1. re: bmorecupcake
                  Bob W Jul 23, 2013 06:02 AM

                  We go to the Firehook in Chantilly. Never had any service problems. We particularly like the zaatar crackers.

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                Elyssa Jul 22, 2013 06:56 PM

                There are 2 Paul locations Downtown depending where downtown you are.

                Teaism also has nice breakfast options and make sure to pick up one of their salty oat cookies for later in the day.

                1. d
                  Doh Jul 23, 2013 05:30 AM

                  There are Pain Quotidien outposts at Union Station and at 10th and F.

                  The gelato places tend to have good coffee (I think Dolcezza has intelligentsia and Pitango has counter culture).

                  (eta: just noticed this is a bump from several months ago-- hope the OP had a nice visit!)

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