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Get Your Caffeine Fix

Whether you're in search of your favorite Starbucks drink or a gourmet latte at cozy local cafe, Arlington has you covered.

We have dozens of cafes serving everything from cold brews to artisan teas, and offering delicious, fresh-made bites to get you going in the morning or keep you energized all day long. You will also find more than a dozen other Starbucks locations spread across Arlington from the Lee Heights Shops to the Crystal City.

Each neighborhood has its own beloved local cafes and we've gathered some popular favorites. Check out our neighborhood coffee guide. . . .we don't want to stand between you and your morning coffee!

Republik Coffee Bar
Republik Coffee Bar Instagram/@miked.jr


Ballston is becoming a coffee hot spot with many new cafes coming in alongside neighborhood favorites. 

1. Buzz Bakeshop

Get a sugar rush with your caffeine kick at Buzz Bakeshop, a beloved cafe which pairs its fresh-baked cupcakes, fudgy brownies and muffins with coffee from local roaster Ceremony Coffee.

2. Good Company Doughnuts and Cafe

There's hardly a better pair than doughnuts and coffee, score both at the new Good Company Doughnuts and Cafe. This fast-casual cafe specializes in gourmet doughnuts (in all sorts of delicious varieties), rustic pastries, coffee and light fare.

3. Philz Coffee

New to the scene, the San Francisco-based coffee chain Philz Coffee opened its first Virginia location in Ballston with its signature flavored coffee and Mediterranean-inspired bites. D.C.-based coffee chain Compass Coffee is also opening a new location in Ballston serving global coffee made in D.C., as well as small bites.

4. Republik Coffee Bar 

Try the stylish Republik Coffee Bar for lattes, nitrogen-infused cold brews and french press coffees alongside pastries and sandwiches. In the afternoon, the cafe transitions to a happy hour bar with wine, beer and craft cocktails.

Bakeshop in Arlington, VA
Bakeshop Instagram/@tinyhumansofdc


The bustling Clarendon neighborhood probably has more coffee shops and sidewalk cafes than any other in Arlington. 

1. Bakeshop

Nearby small but mighty Bakeshop packs an tantalizing array of baked goods that pair perfectly with their brews from local roastery Vigilante Coffee Company. Grab cupcakes, macarons, or cookies with your drip coffee, Vietnamese Iced Coffee, or chai latte.

2. Coffee +Juice

The new Coffee + Juice is a collaboration concept shop in Clarendon featuring local juice shop South Block's full line-up of cold pressed juice and awesome coffee by Georgetown roastery Grace Street Coffee.

3. Northside Social

Northside Social is an Arlington institution. The two-story neighborhood hangout has an outdoor patio perfect for enjoying your latte art alongside one of their delicious breakfast pastries. Chill, relax or study alongside local university students. Come for the coffee, stay for the happy hour wine.

4. Waterhouse Coffee & Juice Bar

New to the Clarendon coffee scene, the Waterhouse Coffee & Juice Bar serves all your caffeinated favorites and creative drinks, plus juices and smoothies, and a health-conscious menu with a focus on superfoods and fresh fruits and vegetables.

5. Peet's Coffee

Established in 1966 by Alfred Peet, this California chain coffee shop serves a great full-flavored cup of coffee. With coffee beans sourced directly from the world's finest estates, and hand-roasted to order, Peet's Coffee is a go-to stop for all coffee lovers. Stop by their Clarendon location and try their signature coffee, or take your pick from a variety of food and pastries on their menu.

Outdoor dining at Northside Social restaurant
Northside Social

Columbia Pike

Columbia Pike has many interesting coffee shops and international cafes. 

1. Cafe Sazon

Cafe Sazon is also a popular choice for coffee and pastries, as well as its Latin American cuisine like papusas, empanadas, and fresh soups soups.

2. Idido Coffee and Social House 

Idido Coffee and Social House is a newcomer to Columbia Pike serving artisan coffee, breakfast food, smoothies,and sandwiches. 

3. Rappahannock Coffee

Nearby Rappahannock Coffee has been serving house-roasted coffee since 2001 and serves paninis, sandwiches, soups, quiches, salads and pastries. 


1. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

In the Courthouse neighborhood, cultivate a taste for the south at Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery where you can get your coffee with sinfully delicious beignets, and other delicious treats.

2. Java Shack

The Java Shack, has been a fixture in the Courthouse area for the past twenty years, serving up cold brews and Common Wealth Joe coffee from its sister coffee shop in Pentagon City.

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery
Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

Crystal City

You will find four Starbucks locations in Crystal City as well as some neighborhood gems. 

1. illy Caffè

If you're staying at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View pop into the Espressamente illy offering fresh-brewed Italian coffee, delicious pastries and light bites for lunch and dinner.

2. The Stand

Head to the Crystal City Water Park and grab some coffee at The Stand with a rotating selection of local vendors. 

Pentagon City

1. Commonwealth Joe Coffee Roasters

For nitro brews, pour-overs and espresso in the Pentagon City neighborhood, try Commonwealth Joe Coffee Roasters. This Arlington-based roastery specializes in single-origin specialty coffee fresh-roasted in small batches served in their spacious cafe.

 Commonwealth Joe Coffee Roasters
Commonwealth Joe Coffee Roasters


Rosslyn is also buzzing with coffee shops amid its high rises and bustling office workers. 

1. Bourbon Coffee

Or opt for some international flavors at the new Rosslyn location of Bourbon Coffee, a Rwanda-based coffee company serving housemade pastries, smoothies, paninis, and coffee and espresso beverages made with direct trade Rwandan beans. They also have a new sister location in Courthouse.

2. Compass Coffee

As you exit the Rosslyn metro, fuel up at local coffee shop Compass Coffee's small Rosslyn location. Take your time at East West Coffee Wine for coffee or a glass of wine. This sprawling coffee shop is a popular spot for coffee, pastries, lunch and some good conversation. 


1. Best Buns

Best Buns brews Starbucks coffee, which you can enjoy with delicious breakfast sandwiches, fresh-baked pastry, cookies or cupcake.

2. Peet's

You'll find Peet's in The Village at Shirlington serving its original craft coffee, as well as seasonal beverages.

Virginia Square

1. Detour Coffee

A chic newcomer to Virginia Square, Detour Coffee is a favorite local hangout serving up gourmet coffee and house-made eats like hamburgers, empanadas, and breakfast sandwiches, as well as cocktails.