Here Are the Best Coffee Shops in Washington D.C.

From idyllic garden cafes to while away the hours, to sleek coffee shops with liquor licenses, to java joints with giant cupcakes, these are D.C.'s best spots to get your caffeine fix.

If you've had trouble getting out of bed in the morning ever since He Who Must Not Be Named was elected president, just imagine being one of the D.C. millennials who, over the last eight years, have helped make America's capital cool again, now knowing that their city is about to transform once You Know Who moves into the White House. The restaurant and bar scene in D.C. has grown to rival almost any other city in U.S. thanks in part to the surge of young people who have moved to the city over the last decade or so, and let's hope it remains that way.

Big Bear Cafe: If you've been to Bloomingdale, you've either already stopped by Big Bear Cafe or at least looked at it while schlepping yourself to wherever your final destination was. With a large outdoor patio surrounded by herb and vegetable gardens, it's an idyllic place to get a cup of coffee or a bite to eat (and both of those options are excellent). While they hit all of the basic java requirements, such as focusing on well-prepared coffee and espresso drinks made from sourced beans, they also offer a nice selection of herbal teas, including holistic blends from Apothekary DC. Big Bear is also transparent about where their food is sourced from, and whatever they can't prepare themselves comes from local producers.