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Mar 23, 2013 06:26 AM

bakeries or cafes downtown

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.


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  1. 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

      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. 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

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

        1. re: hamster

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

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

        1. 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. re: joy314

              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

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

                1. re: bmorecupcake

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