While the pandemic has pushed many of D.C.’s bars and restaurants to permanently close, many of the area’s independent coffee shops have showed remarkable resiliency, continuing to dispense fruit-forward pour-overs, flavored lattes, nitro cold brews, and other specialty items to customers who may not want to camp out inside like they used to. A strong class of newcomers have hit the scene, too. That includes Cameo, which brews beans from Brooklyn roaster Parlor Coffee in a Southeast food hall, and Lost Sock Roasters, a wholesaler that debuted its own plant-filled cafe in Takoma this February. Meanwhile, local favorites Colada Shop will soon expand to Maryland, and gelato shop Dolcezza says has reopened three of the cafes it had previously planned to closed during the pandemic. Here are 23 of must-visit coffee shops from Takoma to Hyattsville to Del Ray.
D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, and alcohol consumption is allowed until midnight. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More