Published: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Updated: Saturday, November 2, 2013 20:11
Dolcezza Artisinal Gelato
1560 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato has many of the features of a coffee shop but focuses on something sweeter. Its gelato, with flavors like maple syrup and Madagascar vanilla, are fresh, tasty and well worth their high-end prices. Though Dolcezza has a location in Georgetown, its Dupont Circle store has the seating and space that allows for a productive afternoon with lots of studying and delicious treats. The space has one large table in the center with many chairs around it where you can sit amongst others. If you’re looking for more privacy, however, there is also a bar by the window. One thing Dolcezza lacks is Wi-Fi; computer users may find this problematic, but those who need to do some reading may enjoy the forced break from the web. For those who would prefer something sweet to something strong while getting down to work, Dolcezza acts as a nice alternative to the traditional coffeehouse.
Chinatown Coffee Co.
475 H St. NW
At Chinatown Coffee Co., java is no joke. The coffee selection at this cafe changes every week and features beans from all over the globe; the barista will prepare them in a French press or by hand pour upon request. Regardless of the way the the coffee is made, it will be strong, flavorful and satisfying. Everything about this coffee shop feels straightforward — no artsy decor, no elaborate menu and no expensive prices. Although there are plenty of seats, it might be difficult to find an empty one but once you do, it’s pretty easy to dive right into studying. For one, almost all of the customers have laptops out, taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi. The music, which sounded like a Rolling Stones Pandora station, never gets too loud, and the ambience is pleasant without being hectic. If you find yourself lacking motivation, you’ll definitely find some at Chinatown Coffee Co., either from a cup of Joe or the productivity buzzing around you.
2549 18th St. NW
Located in Adams Morgan, Tryst calls itself a coffeehouse, bar and lounge. Unlike most coffeehouses, however, Tryst has table service. This may, at first, startle those who have been conditioned to Starbucks, but it makes for a more luxurious studying experience. The music sets a great, relaxed vibe for the cafe, but it may get a little loud for someone who wants to focus. In the same way, art lines the walls, giving the place charm but also providing studiers with many other places to look besides their notes. The menu includes an expansive selection of reasonably priced salads, sandwiches and small plates, as well as many desserts and drinks. The waiter will stop by every so often and ask if you want anything else. And whether it’s their signature lavender hot chocolate or one of their delicious sandwiches, chances are you will enjoy an indulgent break from studying.
Soho Tea & Coffee
2150 P St. NW
Those who like a homey study environment may find it in Soho Tea and Coffee. From its festive red and yellow walls to its friendly staff, this cafe in Dupont Circle feels cozier than most other coffee shops. It has a large menu of sandwiches, sweets and drinks, which are in Mason jar mugs. With their coffee, they avoid the typical and instead introduce new flavors like the Bahama Mama, a coconut and banana latte. The coffee shop gets a lot of students and people looking for a place to work, and they seem equipped for the task. If you plan on using a laptop, Soho asks for a minimum purchase of $5 to use the Wi-Fi. Soho Tea & Coffee doesn’t close earlier than midnight all week, meaning customers can stay for long stretches of time to get work done. Overall, this cafe provides most of the amenities a studier could want, along with warmth, character and charm.