Category: Life in DC & Beyond

Title: 4 Essential Coffee Spots in D.C.

Author: Sam L.
Date Published: December 14, 2021

Hey Georgetown! My name is Sam, SFS ‘24, and I want to share with you all a few of my favorite coffee places around D.C.! All of these places are easily accessible by walking, the GUTS bus, or the metro! Let’s get started.

  • Philz Coffee  (Address: 1350 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007)

Originating from San Francisco, Philz Coffee has an amazing selection of different and unique drinks such as the “Mint Mojito” and the “Philtered Soul.” Hosting a variety of blends from dark to light roast, Philz has the perfect amount of caffeine for anyone who walks through their door. With 66 locations across the nation, the coffee chain’s D.C. location is even more special as it is located predominantly on the West Coast. If you want a great atmosphere with even better coffee, Philz is the place to be. To get to the Philz located in Dupont Circle, simply take the Dupont GUTS bus and you will be within walking distance upon arrival at the Dupont bus stop!

  • Blue Bottle Coffee (Address: 1046 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC 20007)

Founded in Oakland, California, Blue Bottle Coffee has some eclectic drinks for one to try. They focus primarily on single-origin beans with special drinks like the “New Orleans Latte” to attract coffee goers. Specifically regarding this Blue Bottle location, it is a quick ten-minute walk from campus and a great study spot! There are little booths equipped with chargers where you can set up your laptop and enjoy a great view of the C&O Canal. To get to the Blue Bottle Coffee located along the canal, walk out of the front gates until you hit Potomac Street. At Potomac Street, turn right and walk down past M street and the Blue Bottle sign will be right in front of you!

  • Compass Coffee (Address: 1351 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007)

Based in Washington, DC, Compass Coffee is a local coffee chain with branches in D.C. and Virginia. Being a relatively new coffee shop compared to some others (it was founded in 2014), Compass has a lot to offer. For example, it creates seasonal blends so a customer will get a distinct coffee drink for which season they happen to come in during. Furthermore, the Compass Coffee shop located in the Georgetown neighborhood occupies a space that used to be a movie theater. Thus, there is a grandiose and bright-lit atmosphere, with a great sitting area behind the coffee machines for study and meetings. To get to the Compass Coffee located in Georgetown, simply walk down O street and once you hit Wisconsin Avenue, you will see the shop!

  • Bluestone Lane Cafe (Address: 1100 23rd St NW, Washington, DC 20007)

An Australian-style coffee shop, Bluestone Lane offers a variety of both coffee and meal options for patrons to enjoy. Not only are the food and drink presented with exquisite and meticulous care, but the design of both the main shop and little greenhouse outdoor seatings are also beautiful. I would highly recommend the Avocado Smash and the Cold Brew Float. Located in West End, this location is the perfect place for a nice lunch before spending an afternoon exploring downtown D.C.’s shops, sites, and more. To get to this Bluestone location, take the metro to the Foggy Bottom stop, walk north for five minutes, and you will have arrived!

Those are my recommendations! I hope you enjoy your coffee adventures and what D.C. has to offer!