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The Best Coffee Shops in Cleveland Park, Woodley Park National Zoo, and Van Ness, Washington DC

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Where do I get great coffee in Cleveland Park, Woodley Park and Van Ness? There aren’t a ton of options in these NW neighborhoods, but we’re here to help you find delicious coffee if you’re touring the Smithsonian National Zoo, walking around Cleveland Park’s cute shops, or strolling in Van Ness.

Where to start? We’re highlighting 4 of our favorite coffee shops in NW!

Start your “Cleveland Park, Woodley Park/National Zoo, Van Ness coffee shop tour” today! We’re starting with Cleveland Park because it has some awesome options.

Saku Saku Flakerie’s outdoor patio space, with a croissant and cappuccino
Saku Saku Flakerie

This is our #1 choice for the three neighborhoods. Saku Saku Flakerie is located in Cleveland Park and it’s pastries are honestly legendary. We wrote on Instagram here that they have the most delicious croissant that we’ve ever tried in Washington, DC, and just look at the other options! Currently serving illy brand coffee, the best kept secret is their garden patio in the back. Just ask the barista how to get there via the restaurant (Cucina Al Volo Trattoria). The ambiance on the patio is lovely; it’s quiet and tucked away from the noises of the city. Picture grape vines, wooden tables and a central fountain. Like Europe ❤️ Outdoor seating = check. 5 stars.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Cracked Eggery

If you’re looking for an egg sandwich that’s EPIC and for some good coffee in Cleveland Park, Cracked Eggery is the spot for you! Serving nitro cold brew and hot coffee from local institution, Compass Coffee Roasters, this is a solid morning option for your DC tours and weekend outings. Outdoor seating = check (picnic tables). 4.5 stars.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Baked by Yael

Right across from the National Zoo, 4 stars for the coffee at bakery Baked by Yael! They have Ceremony Coffee from our favorite roastery in Maryland. Outdoor seating = not that we saw, but hey, you’re walking around the zoo anyways 🙂

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Bread Furst

When in Van Ness, you’re absolute #1 option for coffee is Bread Furst. The vibe is best described as “lively weekend market”… fresh sandwiches, perfectly golden fresh breads, unique market goods, lots of patrons… It’s a whole experience! The bakery serves Counter Culture Coffee, which we gave a solid 3.75 stars. Why not quite 4? Our drink was slightly weak the last time we were there, but we’d LOVE to go back because the entire aesthetic is worth writing a postcard about. Give it a try! Yes, outdoor seating.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Thanks for joining us on a coffee shop tour of Cleveland Park, Woodley Park and Van Ness, DC. Which coffee shop on this list is your favorite? Let us know! Comment with a 5-star rating (5 the best) and your experience, below.

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