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Dear PoP


I’m not sure if you’ve posted on this in the past, but I’d love to read a posting talking about coffee shops in the neighborhood. I’m moving to Columbia Heights in late June and I’d like to know where the best cafes are.


Well, I’m glad you asked the question. Back in September I did a post titled Columbia Heights Coffee – Best Place to Work or Study? Unfortunately for some reason when the site migrated to its current location all the comments for that post were lost. So I’ll tell you my favorites and we’ll see if I’m missing any. In Columbia Heights you are blessed with many cafes. Of course, I obviously love Columbia Heights Coffee located on 11th Street between Park and Monroe. It is a bit small but has plans to expand in the coming months. The relatively new Mayorga Lounge located in the Tivoli at 14th and Park is also a pleasant study spot. It is a bit bigger and features a full bar upstairs as well. I should say both have very fast free internet. Of course, there is the traditional route of a Starbucks located on 14th Street between Kenyon and Irving. We recently learned that a Mocha Hut will be opening on Irving Street just west of 14th Street. As for other cafes outside of Columbia Heights, Domku located on the 800 block of Upshur is a favorite for many including myself. You will also find an interesting menu to chose from. A bit further away in Mt. Pleasant is Dos Gringos and Marx Cafe both located on Mt. Pleasant Street. In Adams Morgan on 18th Street, you have the supremely popular Tryst. But perhaps the best cafe in the city is located in the neighborhood of Bloomingdale on the Corner of 1st and R, I’m speaking of course of the Big Bear Cafe. God willing all of our neighborhoods will have a Big Bear quality coffee shop one day.

So did I miss any? Which one is your favorite and why?

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