Qualia Coffee, located in Petworth, DC, is one of the most unusual locations in the District that I have been to. I drove down to the neighborhood and found some parking on a local side street and made my way over to this shop. You have to walk up some stairs to get into it, and enter through some double doors that open directly into the dining area. It’s a bizarre entrance for a traditional gal, but a cool place.
Not knowing what to order at first, I felt sort of out-of-place at Qualia; there was so much movement and a hipster vibe. There isn’t much room to stand in line and order your drink; the bar is kind of small and the menu is situated up on the ceiling. Nonetheless, I ordered a coffee from one of the baristas and surveyed for a seat. Standing awkwardly in a corner while waiting for my coffee, I looked around at the interior and tried to avoid being in the way. Maybe it was an especially crowded morning.