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7 Best Alexandria VA Coffee Shops

Updated: Apr 14

Must Try Coffee Spots in the City

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If you’re visiting the Washington, D.C. area, you need to spend a day exploring the charming city of Alexandria, Virginia, which is located right next door to D.C. This cute city is home to a great variety of coffee shops, stores, parks, architecture, and restaurants. Keep reading for the best Alexandria VA coffee shops!

There are many stores to wander around in both New and Old Town, as well as parks to walk around, restaurants to enjoy, and most importantly, coffee shops to visit! If you’re here for the coffee recommendations, you’ve come to the right place. We love finding the best coffee shops in every town and city.

Check out the BEST coffee shops Alexandria VA has to offer! You won’t be disappointed. Each place has a very unique vibe and a different variety of drinks and little bites.

Must Try Coffee Shops Alexandria VA

1. Swing's Coffee

With industrial decor, vintage touches, and an open air feel, Swing's Coffee is a great place to start your day, enjoy a midday break, or even hunker down and get some work done. They have lots of seating and big tables so you can easily work remotely here. They have all the coffee staples, as well as pastries and small bites. Their buttermilk biscuits are to die for fyi!


2. Buzz Bakeshop

If you enjoy a pastry or sweet snack with your coffee, then you definitely need to head to Buzz Bakeshop. This cute coffee shop offers a wide array of unique desserts, as well as sandwiches, quiches, and more. They also have vegan options! Overall, Buzz is a great spot for a quick coffee run, or a nice relaxing break.


3. St.Elmo's Coffee Pub

With lots of outdoor seating, perfect for bringing your dog with, and plenty of indoor space, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub is the place to go if you want to hang out with friends or family. It's in a cute neighborhood along with other fun shops and restaurants. Sit down and enjoy one of their unique specialty drinks and a homemade pop-tart (so good!), and then walk around and explore the Del Ray neighborhood.


4. Turkish Coffee Lady

Enjoy a traditional Turkish coffee experience, mouthwatering baklava, and more from the Turkish Coffee Lady in Old Town Alexandria. This quaint coffee shop is delicious, but it is small so be ready to wait, squeeze in, or get take out! You can also buy Turkish tea sets, candy, and more. It's well worth checking out, and they offer your typical coffee shop drinks as well.


5. Misha's

Known for it's delicious roast and friendly, fast service, another must visit Alexandria coffee shop is Misha's. Grab a coffee and one of their pastries, and take a look at all the coffee beans they sell. Find a bag and take some home to enjoy later as well. Their pistachio latte is highly recommended if you enjoy the flavor!


6. ESP Tea & Coffee

Fun, quirky, vibrant. Welcome to the exciting ESP Tea & Coffee, a very cool Alexandria coffee shop located in Old Town. This is a great place to grab a coffee and settle down for a nice break. You'll find chill music, great art & decor, and an overall nice vibe here. If you arrive in the morning, you need to try one of their fresh empanadas or croffles!


7. Magnolia Cafe & Bistro

Located in Sister's Thai, a delicious Thai restaurant, this Alexandria VA coffee shop is a must add to your itinerary! Magnolia Cafe & Bistro offers classic coffee options, as well as Thai tea and coffee, specialty lattes, crepes, ice cream and more. Everything here is very aesthetic, but it also tastes so good!


Alexandria is a city well worth exploring, and it’s a great place to stay if you want to explore the D.C. area. You will definitely need a coffee pick-me-up while exploring this quaint city. There is public transportation available, but it’s fun to walk around and admire all the cute houses. Try to see how many different colored houses you can find in Alexandria; it’s like rainbow row in some areas!

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Stop by one of the best Alexandria VA coffee shops for breakfast and get your day started well. Or grab a bite to eat and recharge with a delicious coffee for a midday break! Whenever it is you enjoy grabbing a coffee, one of these Alexandria VA coffee shops will definitely be the place to stop and take a break.

What’s your go-to coffee order? Do you stick to your favorite drink or try something new every time? Let us know in the comments below!

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We've been exploring this insane planet that we call home together for over 3 years now. After college, we knew the "traditional career path" was not for us, and honestly the "traditional life path", in general, just wasn't for us.


We needed to travel and explore what this world has to offer, it sounds cliché but you do only live once. So we made going on adventures a priority, and soon realized that we wanted to share them with others so they can enjoy them too! 

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