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Where’s a Good Spot for Coffee in Alexandria? With a River View in Georgetown?

by Prince Of Petworth February 29, 2016 at 2:25 pm 31 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve been in the area for 5+ years, but I’ve never ventured over to Alexandria. (I know, I know.) I’m looking for a good place to meet a potential date for coffee after work over there. Somewhere very public, and that allows for good conversation is ideal. Open to whatever y’all throw my way. Thank you!”

and in Georgetown:

“Do you know if there is any coffee shop or restaurant, besides Sequoia, that has a nice view of the river?”

  • That One Guy

    Georgetown: Fiola Mare has a nice view but their coffee is expensive at $5 a cup or $7 for an espresso based drink.

    Alexandria you can try Teaism.

  • skj84

    Alexandra: Killer ESP. Best coffee in the region.

    • banananonymous

      +10000 Killer ESP

    • rob

      truth. or buy Stumptown at Dolcezza (what Killer uses)

    • Spookiness

      Killer is great.

  • jumpingjack

    It’s not on the river in Georgetown, but Kafe Leopold (just off M Street) would be a great place for a coffee date, especially if the weather is nice and you can sit in the courtyard. It’s a cute quiet place with a nice atmosphere. You could then walk along the canal or by the river afterwards. Or get coffee at Baked and Wired and sit by the canal next door or in the park on the river a block away.

    • dcd

      Yes – Get coffee at Baked ‘n Wired, and walk down to the river.

  • Greg

    Misha’s in Alexandria is a great spot for a coffee date. You could also grab a cup to go and head down to the Torpedo Factory Artist Studios on the water.

    • S

      +1 to Misha’s

      • Caroline

        Check the hours on Misha’s– when I lived in Old Town it closed at 7, which is probably too early for an evening date. Limited hours are a problem with a lot of Alexandria venues.

      • MattCicle

        Best Coffee in Old town: Killer ESP (but not a great date environment. Lots of bad art. Windcatchers. Nude cyclops & robot murals, etc.)
        Mediocre coffee with cute/casual atmosphere in Old town: Misha’s

        For a date, I’d try Grape & Bean.

    • anon

      YES! I miss Misha’s. (they close at 8pm)

    • mwmp

      LOVE misha’s!

  • Pixie

    In Georgetown – If the weather is nice you can get coffee and pastries to go at Malmaison under the Whitehurst Freeway and grab a bench overlooking the river at the park across the street. Or you could go to Baked and Wired and walk down to the river or along the Canal, but on weekends the line is just as bad as Georgetown Cupcake.

    • jumpingjack

      But unlike Georgetown Cupcake, Baked and Wired is worth the wait.

    • The long line is just for cupcakes (I don’t understand either). There’s a separate line for coffee that’s really short. Of course, there’s no place to sit down in there but you can walk down to the river or sit by the canal.

      • Caroline

        I used to be a baker for Baked and Wired and it was the most basic cupcake recipe ever (not that there’s anything wrong with basic but I don’t quite understand the hype either).

        • Gumball

          Maybe that’s why it’s so great. They keep it simple. I love B&W. I find Gtown cupakes to be stale and dry and small. They were better than fine when they first opened.

      • jumpingjack

        I’ve never been a fan of B&W cupcakes. But the fruit pies there are exceptional. B&W also makes the best brownies, breakfast breads, cookies, and bar cookies in town.
        I used to work down the street. I miss those pies.

        • INDC

          When I worked in that area, I would always go for the donut muffin. Basically, a dense moist cinnamon sugar donut in a muffin format.

          • jumpingjack

            Mmmm, that donut muffin is good. And I think I remember it was only a dollar or two, making it harder to resist.

    • ChillyDC

      Malmaison is definitely the answer here, for Georgetown.

  • Hill Denizen

    The only half decent restaurant on the waterfront in Georgetown is Fiola Mare. At the others you’re just paying for the view.

  • Caroline

    Speaking of coffee, has anyone tried the coffee at Pineapples and Pearls? I can’t really imagine buying coffee from a coffeeshop that has no seating, but maybe if it’s the best coffee ever I’ll give it a try.

    • Paul Curtis

      Not all that special…was disappointed in the espresso, too acidic. Peregrine down the road is still better. Or Dolcezza on 14th.

      • Caroline

        Yuck, I hate acidic coffee. Thanks for saving me the trip do wn the street ;)

  • Sa

    For Alexandria, Grape & Bean is also quite cute and maybe if the date is going well, u could switch over from coffee to wine. ;). It’s a short walk from the waterfront in Old Town. In Gtown, I think coffee from Baked & Wired and then a walk along the waterfront. Otherwise Malmaison is quite cute too. The rest of the Gtown harbour places (apart from Fiola Mare which is not really a coffee place) are rather lacklustre on everything but the view.

  • AlexLady

    Swings in Alexandria has amazing coffee and is quiet. The ambience is wonderful.

    • EckingtonDoodle

      +1 to M.E. Swings, great coffee and its a good workspace as well. They also do have old leather chairs that are wicked comfortable and could be a nice coffee date thing. Sometimes i do wonder if the baristas are in hipster costume because there is no way someone can dress like that IRL

      • skj84

        lol. I gotta admit, one the reasons I loved working in a coffee shop was I could dress however I wanted. I let my inner hipster flag fly.

  • RowDC

    Georgetown: If you are looking for a place to go during the week, Farmers, Fishers, Bakers has a pretty cheap breakfast menu with bottomless coffee. I love their breakfast tacos. You order at the kitchen window and grab your order when they call you. For the best river view I suggest taking your food out to their patio area. And yes they have free wi-fi.


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