If it’s “hot dranks” you’re after, Arlington has dozens of hot spots all over. And if Arlington had a coffee capital, it would probably be its Clarendon neighborhood.
Northside Social, a Clarendon coffeehouse, is like an Arlington institution. The two-story neighborhood hangout has an outdoor patio. Chill, relax or study alongside local university students. Come for the coffee, stay for the happy hour wine.
Also in Clarendon, at Bakeshop, have your coffee with macarons, cupcakes… and get rewarded for your fuzzy face. Get a bearded customer 5 percent discount, because “Bakeshop appreciates your beard” although it “must be tuggable.” Talk about facial recognition!
Want to be a laptop camper with your cuppa joe? Tuck into the cozy speakeasy atmosphere of Clarendon’s Baba. Through the door, down to the basement: It’s a café by day, bar in the evening. With lots of tables that feel private, you can enjoy Baba’s Turkish coffee: finely ground, unfiltered, giving aroma and flavor, and served with a side of walnut Turkish delight. Because “Baba is just like any other grandmother. She loves to cook and likes her grandchildren to be well fed.”
Two shots of espresso, perhaps a macchiato, or maybe an iced coffee? We weren’t kidding when we said there are coffee shops all over: Arlington is brewing a whole latte love one cup at a time.