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D.C. Coffee Shops and Restaurants with Free Wi-Fi — and Good Food

Stayed fueled with more than just a muffin

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Sometimes worker bees really need to get out of the house to get some serious stuff done. Surprisingly, slouching over a laptop and typing away furiously can really work up an appetite. Mediocre muffins or cookies abound at coffee shops, but they just won't cut it to stay fueled through a real work session.

Even coworking cafes are getting into the food game, offering workers the chance to sip and surf while noshing on some unique bites.

Avoid a drop in blood sugar with this map of local spots that serve substantial food with a side of Wi-Fi that'll keep you from crashing while clicking away at the keys.

Have another favorite? Let us know in the comments.

— Meredith Bethune, Tierney Plumb, and Adele Chapin

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bump 'N Grind

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1200 E West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 588-8000
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It's easy to grab a table at this Silver Spring coffee shop. Take a break from the laptop and order a Rito Loco burrito or peruse the vinyl collection.

The storefront at Bump ‘N Grind
The storefront at Bump ‘N Grind
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2. Heat Da Spot Café

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3213 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 836-4719
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The friendly owners of Heat Da Spot Café are quick with the Wi-Fi password. Get to work with a coffee and the Ethiopian-style breakfast, or grab a sandwich or omelet off the expansive menu.

3. Open City

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2331 Calvert St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 332-2331
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This favorite brunch destination in Woodley Park is also a great place to surf the web during breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Choices range from buttermilk pancakes to chicken pesto pizzas. Sibling restaurants Tryst and the Coupe also offer Wi-Fi access.

4. Brothers and Sisters

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1770 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-0525
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Sidle into what feels like the lobby of artsy Adams Morgan hotel The Line, then set up shop with your computer and something from Erik Bruner-Yang’s Brothers & Sisters. The all-day restaurant and bar recently switched up its menu, offering work-friendly fare like snacks, toasts, salads, and sides — and gorgeous desserts from pastry chef Pichet Ong. 

Toasts from the new menu at Brothers and Sisters
Toasts from the new menu at Brothers and Sisters
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5. Busboys and Poets (Multiple Locations)

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2021 14th St NW, Washington
D.C., 20009
(202) 387-7638
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This "community gathering place" with an attached bookstore is the ideal work spot. Fight hunger with its beloved nachos or go vegetarian with a falafel or vegan tuna salad sandwich. The company’s grown to include locations in Anacostia, Brookland, Hyattsville, Mt. Vernon Triangle, Takoma, and Shirlington.

6. The Royal

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501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 332-7777
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The Royal is open from 8 a.m. all the way to 2 a.m. on weekends, but the Wi-Fi shuts off at 4 p.m. Dishes include calentado, a Colombian-style breakfast bowl of rice, potatoes, peas, sausage and a fried egg; grilled avocado atop red quinoa, lentils, and pumpkin seed vinaigrette; and Latin sausages stuffed in the kitchen. Early drinkers can order a beer at 11 a.m.

7. Birds Eye at Doi Moi

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1800 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 733-5131
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During the day, 14th Street’s Doi Moi becomes daytime cafe and coffee bar Birds Eye. Along with the Wi-Fi and a sunny space, the restaurant offers breakfast and lunch with a Southeast Asian twist. Think five-spice bacon breakfast sandwiches, cold brew Vietnamese iced coffee, and banana blossom salad.

A breakfast sandwich from Birds Eye
A breakfast sandwich from Birds Eye
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8. Big Bear Cafe

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1700 1st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 643-9222
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The Bloomingdale coffee house has cobblestone garden patio to accommodate guests outdoors. Big Bear Cafe serves a range of dishes from farro bowls at breakfast to burgers at dinner. But don't try to work on the weekends, when the cafe shuts off its Wi-Fi.

9. Best Buns Bakery & Cafe

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8051 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 552-5120
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Shirlington’s Best Buns Bread Company expanded to Tysons Corner this spring, adding more seating than the original. Find Wi-Fi and fresh-baked breads, pastries, and sweets, along with sandwiches like a classic chicken salad. 

Sandwiches from Best Buns
Sandwiches from Best Buns
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10. Commissary

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1443 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 299-0018
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This free Wi-Fi spot planted on the busiest block in Logan Circle has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It opens at 8 a.m. to fill cravings for potato pancakes and egg-and-bacon quesadillas.

11. Slipstream

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1333 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 450-2216
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During the week, get some Wi-Fi with a side of bacon at this Logan Circle shop known for quality coffee. This breakfast sandwich comes with egg souffle, cheddar cheese, habanero jam, arugula, and aioli. It's available at starting at 7 a.m.

The dining room at Slipstream
The dining room at Slipstream
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12. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 298-8783
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Weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., enjoy a self-service breakfast in a cozy, communal setting called First Bake. Wi-Fi is available during lunch and dinner too. Surfing the web is also free at sibling spot Founding Farmers.

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13. Fare Well

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406 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 367-9600
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The self-described neighborhood bakery, diner, and bar all-in-one offers all-day breakfast all day, plant-based cheeses and spreads designed by the chef, Southern-style casseroles, potpies, and fresh pastas and sauces.

A sandwich from Fare Well
A sandwich from Fare Well
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14. Maketto

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1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 838-9972
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This combination restaurant and streetwear store has an upstairs cafe with coffees and pastries that’s an inspiring place to get work done. At lunchtime, order from their menu of Asian dishes like pork buns, bahn mi and noodle bowls. Recently renovated rooftop hutches offer a breezy setting surrounded by green plants.

Maketto’s revamped rooftop gazebo is full of light wood and green plants.
Maketto’s revamped rooftop draws inspiration from a faraway vacation
Maketto [official]

15. Northside Social - Coffee & Wine

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3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 465-0145
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This Arlington cafe is a great place to grab a cup of coffee, and it changes into a wine bar in the evenings. Come for the Wi-Fi, stay for the meatball skewers and pimento cheese deviled eggs.

16. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

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1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410
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Lovers of Louisiana cuisine can get their fill of beignets and muffaletta sandwiches while getting work done in Court House. The coffee bar carries a selection of savory scones and quiches.

1. Bump 'N Grind

1200 E West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910
The storefront at Bump ‘N Grind
The storefront at Bump ‘N Grind
Bump ‘N Grind [official]

It's easy to grab a table at this Silver Spring coffee shop. Take a break from the laptop and order a Rito Loco burrito or peruse the vinyl collection.

1200 E West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910

2. Heat Da Spot Café

3213 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010

The friendly owners of Heat Da Spot Café are quick with the Wi-Fi password. Get to work with a coffee and the Ethiopian-style breakfast, or grab a sandwich or omelet off the expansive menu.

3213 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

3. Open City

2331 Calvert St NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

This favorite brunch destination in Woodley Park is also a great place to surf the web during breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Choices range from buttermilk pancakes to chicken pesto pizzas. Sibling restaurants Tryst and the Coupe also offer Wi-Fi access.

2331 Calvert St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

4. Brothers and Sisters

1770 Euclid St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Toasts from the new menu at Brothers and Sisters
Toasts from the new menu at Brothers and Sisters
Foreign National [Brothers and Sisters]

Sidle into what feels like the lobby of artsy Adams Morgan hotel The Line, then set up shop with your computer and something from Erik Bruner-Yang’s Brothers & Sisters. The all-day restaurant and bar recently switched up its menu, offering work-friendly fare like snacks, toasts, salads, and sides — and gorgeous desserts from pastry chef Pichet Ong. 

1770 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Busboys and Poets (Multiple Locations)

2021 14th St NW, Washington, D.C., 20009

This "community gathering place" with an attached bookstore is the ideal work spot. Fight hunger with its beloved nachos or go vegetarian with a falafel or vegan tuna salad sandwich. The company’s grown to include locations in Anacostia, Brookland, Hyattsville, Mt. Vernon Triangle, Takoma, and Shirlington.

2021 14th St NW, Washington
D.C., 20009

6. The Royal

501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The Royal is open from 8 a.m. all the way to 2 a.m. on weekends, but the Wi-Fi shuts off at 4 p.m. Dishes include calentado, a Colombian-style breakfast bowl of rice, potatoes, peas, sausage and a fried egg; grilled avocado atop red quinoa, lentils, and pumpkin seed vinaigrette; and Latin sausages stuffed in the kitchen. Early drinkers can order a beer at 11 a.m.

501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. Birds Eye at Doi Moi

1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A breakfast sandwich from Birds Eye
A breakfast sandwich from Birds Eye
Photo: Raisa Aziz

During the day, 14th Street’s Doi Moi becomes daytime cafe and coffee bar Birds Eye. Along with the Wi-Fi and a sunny space, the restaurant offers breakfast and lunch with a Southeast Asian twist. Think five-spice bacon breakfast sandwiches, cold brew Vietnamese iced coffee, and banana blossom salad.

1800 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Big Bear Cafe

1700 1st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The Bloomingdale coffee house has cobblestone garden patio to accommodate guests outdoors. Big Bear Cafe serves a range of dishes from farro bowls at breakfast to burgers at dinner. But don't try to work on the weekends, when the cafe shuts off its Wi-Fi.

1700 1st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Best Buns Bakery & Cafe

8051 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182
Sandwiches from Best Buns
Sandwiches from Best Buns
Best Buns [official]

Shirlington’s Best Buns Bread Company expanded to Tysons Corner this spring, adding more seating than the original. Find Wi-Fi and fresh-baked breads, pastries, and sweets, along with sandwiches like a classic chicken salad. 

8051 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

10. Commissary

1443 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

This free Wi-Fi spot planted on the busiest block in Logan Circle has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It opens at 8 a.m. to fill cravings for potato pancakes and egg-and-bacon quesadillas.

1443 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

11. Slipstream

1333 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
The dining room at Slipstream
The dining room at Slipstream
Slipstream [official]

During the week, get some Wi-Fi with a side of bacon at this Logan Circle shop known for quality coffee. This breakfast sandwich comes with egg souffle, cheddar cheese, habanero jam, arugula, and aioli. It's available at starting at 7 a.m.

1333 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

12. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., enjoy a self-service breakfast in a cozy, communal setting called First Bake. Wi-Fi is available during lunch and dinner too. Surfing the web is also free at sibling spot Founding Farmers.

3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

13. Fare Well

406 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
A sandwich from Fare Well
A sandwich from Fare Well
PRey Lopez for Eater DC

The self-described neighborhood bakery, diner, and bar all-in-one offers all-day breakfast all day, plant-based cheeses and spreads designed by the chef, Southern-style casseroles, potpies, and fresh pastas and sauces.

406 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

14. Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Maketto’s revamped rooftop gazebo is full of light wood and green plants.
Maketto’s revamped rooftop draws inspiration from a faraway vacation
Maketto [official]

This combination restaurant and streetwear store has an upstairs cafe with coffees and pastries that’s an inspiring place to get work done. At lunchtime, order from their menu of Asian dishes like pork buns, bahn mi and noodle bowls. Recently renovated rooftop hutches offer a breezy setting surrounded by green plants.

1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

15. Northside Social - Coffee & Wine

3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

This Arlington cafe is a great place to grab a cup of coffee, and it changes into a wine bar in the evenings. Come for the Wi-Fi, stay for the meatball skewers and pimento cheese deviled eggs.

3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

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16. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201

Lovers of Louisiana cuisine can get their fill of beignets and muffaletta sandwiches while getting work done in Court House. The coffee bar carries a selection of savory scones and quiches.

1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201

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