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The District’s 4 Best Coffee Shops to Get Work Done

By Clarice Metzger, Life+Style Editor (@_itsClarice)

As soon as I walk into any coffee shop, I immediately scan the room for outlets, sturdy tables, empty seats, some elbow room and the Wi-Fi password. Am I a coffee snob? Well, yes, I am in my own head, but in reality, I just need a space to get some work done that’s not Starbucks or the library.

Are you searching for a new coffee shop to work in? Here’s a list of four D.C. coffee shops that are perfect for keeping you on task:

Chinatown Coffee Company

Chinatown Coffee Company’s long layout allows for an open feel. (Via DC Style is Real)

This long and narrow coffee shop is nestled on the corner of 5th and H Street NW in Chinatown. The exposed brick, open door, no frill atmosphere paired with its easily accessible outlets and Wi-Fi make it a go-to for productivity. Oh and the mochas are really good.

The Coffee Bar

Patrons sit outside of The Coffee Bar located on S Street NW. (Via Redwood realty)

The Coffee Bar has a cozy, homey feel where people literally sit on couches and window sills. There’s usually a fun specialty drink to try (the vanilla dirty chai is my favorite) and the staff is super friendly. Complete with Wi-Fi and great snacks, you’ll find yourself flying through your homework here.

Big Bear Café

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Big Bear Café’s vineyard patio. (Via Big Bear Café)

Big Bear Café is walking distance from campus (bonus), has a vine entangled patio with plenty of seats (bonus) and morphs into a happy hour spot if you hang out long enough (another bonus!). The playlist and lumberjack-chic décor is more than enough to keep you going back.

Colony Club
Columbia Heights

Desks line the walls at Colony Club. (via Colony Club)

The clean, modern interior and the ample elbow room (desks to be exact) and Wi-Fi makes Colony Club a go to. Another fun fact? The coffee shop turns into a bar at 5 p.m. with happy hour until 7 p.m. There’s also a ping pong table upstairs when you need a quick break. All bases covered.


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