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What began as a small used bookshop has evolved into one of the largest of its kind in the world. A wide variety of merchandise from secondhand books to rare volumes of literature can be found at Second Story Books. The store also carries vintage posters, collectable records and CD's. Additional locations are in Bethesda and Rockville.
Located in the heart of Washington DC, Un Je Ne Sais Quoi is a classy French pastry shop and cafe that offers the most premium gourmet experience to patrons. This small and cozy dessert shop-café-restaurant combined gets crowded fairly fast owing to the delicious treats and aromatic coffee. This pastry and coffee shop is famous for its delectable French desserts and bread. From authentic French croissants to chocolate mousse, strawberry cake, souffle, crepes, macaron, waffles and opera cake, all the famous French delights are on offer at this shop. With tasteful couch and chairs, grey walls and paintings adorning the walls, the cafe looks surprisingly sophisticated considering the affordable nature of food. Due to these reasons, Un je ne sais Quoi is an ideal place to enjoy some quality coffee and croissants.
Dolcezza is a charming cafe and gelateria situated in the lively historic neighborhood of Dupont Circle. The quaint white-washed brick walls and rustic wooden tables and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee lends the cafe a charming, warm ambiance. With a focus on fresh, seasonal flavors, the gelato is authentic and extremely popular. With unique flavors and creative combinations, try out options like Peppermint Stracciatella, Crookneck Pumpkin, Ginger Cardamom Pistachio and Yellow Bartlett Pear. Whether you're looking for a sweet treat on the go or a place to relax with a book over a cup of coffee or chat with a friend, Dolcezza is a nice place to check out. Though there are plenty of locations across the city, this one is in one of the most bustling areas and is certainly one of the most popular. For additional information on new flavors and special events, visit the website.
A little gurgling fountain by the door invites you in to a homey space with great coffee, scrumptious pastries and one of the best lunch menus in the area. Inside, art photography hangs on walls over glass-topped tables. The brick courtyard outside is popular in the summer. Wraps and sandwiches are packed full of meat and veggies and served with a side salad. Soups change daily. At the counter are dozens of bagels, rolls, muffins and cakes for the taking. Try one of their freshly whipped juices: everything from pineapple/banana to boysenberry.
The treats you can purchase at Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market & Cafe are about as tasty as they come. This lovely little cafe specializes in pops - or popsicles - that are made from fresh ingredients like hibiscus, cardamom or cherries. The creative combinations are seemingly endless. For patrons with a love for chocolate, the cafe also serves hot pops - chocolate pops that you swirl around in hot milk to make your own tasty hot chocolate. People looking for heartier fare can also grab lunch or dinner at this multifaceted and unfailingly delicious establishment.
Bourbon Coffee opened in Kigali Rwanda in 2007. Since then, it has expanded its specialty coffee shop to United States, where it became the first retail brand of coffee sold in the US to originate in Rwanda. The coffee shop proudly promotes the "crop to cup" philosophy: being a part of each stage of the coffee making process means supporting local Rwandan economies, promoting sustainable practices, and ultimately providing customers with a better cup of coffee. While you're at the coffeehouse, be sure to try one of the local baked goods for sale, and check out the Rwandan art and baskets displayed throughout the shop.
Commissary is a far cry from its namesake, which is often associated with a prison general store. Logan Circle's version of Commissary is a relaxed coffeehouse-bar, restaurant, and local hang out all wrapped up in one. The inexpensive menu is a draw among younger patrons, and happy hour swoons with the young professional crowd for its great drink specials. It's typically American menu boasts larger-than-life portions and is a great bang for the buck. - Shamyra N. Edmonds
Attracting a number of after-work crowd, this elegant space doubles up as restaurant and bar/lounge. Perfectly crafted cocktails accompany tastefully prepared delicacies to give out a perfect dining experience. The resident DJs also churn out latest musical mixes for the crowd.