Seeking a quiet Tryst.
May 9, 2009 11:00 AM   Subscribe

Are there good coffeehouses for study/work on weekends in DC? I'm looking for someplace comfortable & quirky (not Starbucks) that isn't totally overrun -- think Tryst or B&P without the weekend mobs. Does such a place exist?
posted by Westringia F. to Food & Drink (15 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Java Shack in Arlington (Courthouse or Clarendon on the Orange Line)?

The few times I've been to Teaism in Dupont Circle, it's been relatively chill, but I don't know if you'd want to study there.

Maybe the cafe at Politics and Prose if you got there early?

Cosis could always work if you appeared early, but again, might be overrun.
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 11:22 AM on May 9, 2009

And I know you said not Starbucks, so I can also see objections to Cosi on the same grounds. Apologies.
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 11:23 AM on May 9, 2009

I'm completely drawing a blank on the name right now, but there's a place at 18th and Willard (just south of U St/Florida Ave) that might work.
posted by inigo2 at 11:28 AM on May 9, 2009

Mayorga Coffee Factory in downtown Silver Spring is my most favorite place to study. It's very calm -- a comfortable place for work/homework and also a great place to people-watch. Great tea and coffee selection, and they also have a bar if you're in the mood for an alcoholic drink. At night it gets crowded as they have bands or shows.

Convenient to SS Metro (red).
posted by seinfeld at 11:36 AM on May 9, 2009

inigo2 is thinking of Jolt N' Bolt, which is pretty good. Steam on 17th st. has much more space, even on weekends, but it's not always the easiest place to study as far as lounging goes (there's just a big room with chairs and tables and not much ambiance). DC really could use a few more coffeeshops, the pickings are relatively slim.
posted by allen.spaulding at 11:42 AM on May 9, 2009

IF you don't mind going to (the horror!) VIRGINIA:

Misha's, Old Town Alexandria, if you want to go all the way out there. they don't have comfortable overstuffed chairs (just regular chairs and tables) but otherwise great.

St. Elmo's Mt Vernon is nice too.

In DC, you might try Illy Cafe in the Renaissance hotel on NH Ave and M St. Get a coffee at the counter and walk over to the lobby of the hotel (which is huge) - comfy chairs and tables there. Doesn't tend to get crowded in my experience though couldn't say if I've tried it on a Saturday afternoon.
posted by citron at 11:46 AM on May 9, 2009

A lot of my friends who are in law school swear by Peregrine, which is an espresso shop near Eastern Market. Another option down there is the Port City Java cafe, though that's a bit on the noisier side.
posted by hazelshade at 12:09 PM on May 9, 2009

I was a big Tryst fan back when I spent the weekends studying at coffeeshops, but I know what you mean about the crowds. You'd have to drive, but I think Sidamo on H street NE fits the bill perfectly. I've never spent a chunk of time there, but one grad school friend used to drive about 45 minutes jsut to go to Sidamo to study. Gets 4.5 stars on Yelp, so others seem to agree.
posted by semacd at 1:01 PM on May 9, 2009

Relatively new and still kind of finding its way, but Bread and Brew near Dupont is pretty nice. No big cozy chairs, but low-key for the most part. There's a more restaurant-ish section downstairs with a bar. Food and coffee are good.

I've only been there a couple of times and the second and it doesn't seem like it gets particularly crowded for the most part (one Saturday, we were basically the only people there).
posted by darksong at 1:21 PM on May 9, 2009

There's a Mayorga in Columbia Heights now. And if you're willing to go to Takoma Park (last station in the district!), there's Savory which is a 10 minute walk from the metro. I think both places have wifi.

I'm also a huge fan of hotel lobbies.
posted by bluefly at 3:13 PM on May 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


what is your fav hotel lobbies?

/any suggestions for how to get it to work studying there?

posted by knockoutking at 3:41 PM on May 9, 2009

Tryst is hit or miss. I usually am able to get a seat on weekends. Today it was kinda deserted.
posted by Ironmouth at 3:48 PM on May 9, 2009

Seconding the Mayorga in CH - it's right at 14th and Irving, in the old theater. It's got a really nice Mediterranean atrium feel, and there's always a table. Free wifi and plenty of outlets, too.
posted by lunasol at 4:40 PM on May 9, 2009

Unfortunately, Foster Brothers in Cleveland Park recently closed. I don't know if it's relocated elsewhere.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 5:48 PM on May 9, 2009

Seconding St. Elmos in Alexandria. It's usually pretty quiet, work-ey, or at least it was 3 years ago when I lived there.
posted by paultopia at 11:21 PM on May 9, 2009

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