Whether you’re beginning your freshman year at GW or returning as an upperclassman, the warm weather and frenzy of events may make studying seem like a distant concept during the first few weeks of the semester. Once classes get into full swing, though, you’ll likely find yourself in need of a place to get some work done. While Gelman Library is open 24/7, there are plenty of more quaint – and caffeinated – options just off campus.
Le Pain Quotidien
Whether you’re looking for just a simple coffee or a complete French meal, this Georgetown cafe is sure to hit the spot. Treat yourself to a Belgian hot chocolate and waffle topped with fresh berries, or stay on the healthier side with a cup of jasmine green tea and a quinoa taboule salad.
If the weather is nice, make your way to LPQ’s outdoor patio. The brick enclosure, decorated with flowers and a bubbling fountain, makes for a relaxing study spot on those warm early fall days.
2815 M. St. NW
Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you’re craving something a little different than your typical coffee shop, try Teaism in Dupont Circle. The Asian-fusion cafe serves dozens of English and Asian teas, in addition to a lengthy menu of soups, bento boxes and sandwiches.
Teaism does not have Wi-Fi, which can be a blessing in disguise for any easily distracted student. While it’s not the best choice if you need to do research for a paper, the lack of online distractions makes it a great spot to knock out a few chapters of reading.
2009 R St. NW
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Brunch served until 2:30 p.m. on weekends
Slipstream, located near Logan Circle, offers a wide selection of coffee drinks, tea and entrees made from locally sourced ingredients. The menu changes slightly each week, but you are always sure to find a myriad of toasts, bowls and breakfast sandwiches.
This cafe is located a few blocks north of the McPherson Square metro stop, but it’s easily walkable from campus if you want to enjoy the fresh air before an afternoon of studying. Leave yourself about a half hour of travel time if you decide to make the trek.
1333 14th St. NW
Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Looking to add a little color to your study routine? Make the short walk to Bourbon Coffee, located just off campus. The walls are brightly decorated with traditional Rwandan art and baskets, and you can choose whether you want to sit on a stool, table or pillow-adorned couch.
While you get your caffeine fix at Bourbon, you’ll also be helping farmers in Rwanda. Bourbon buys its coffee beans through direct trade, rather than from a middle man, which means the farmers typically receive more than 25 percent of the fair trade prices for their beans.
2101 L St. NW
Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.