The Wydown Coffee Bar is a modern take on big city-small town coffee. Serving up down-home baked goods, curated coffee and Midwestern hospitality, this place leaves you wanting to stay just a little longer than you anticipated — the perfect kind of disruption to best-laid plans.
OUR ARTICLEBY: Andrew Williams Contributing writer
There are coffee shops and then there’s The Wydown, a cozy neighborhood cafe serving up a warm rush of home with every cup, crumb, and conversation. Nostalgic family-run establishments like this offer a customer-attentive, familial service that’s increasingly rare in big, meandering cities. This place thrives on its zeal for serving craft coffee and genuine affection for patrons that’s built a devoted community. The CYTIES team already feels the love.
If you like a good hero story, there’s nothing more heroic than bringing caffeine and baked goods to the masses in the District, with a side of grassroots Midwestern hospitality.
The shop combines passion, technical expertise, and good ole fashion’d charm with top-notch brew, sourced from around the world.
So it goes, two brothers with Midwest ties grew their business from a local pop-up into a permanent brick and mortar location in the heart of the energetic 14th Street neighborhood. In the pop-up’s earliest days, the team decided to add afternoon snacks to the menu and introduced a tiny oven for making cookies — a move that proved to be a gamechanger. Now years later, each shop [a second location is located on H Street Northeast] is equipped with a scratch bakery. The smell of baked treats wafting through the space is a perfect complement to the comfort and excitement their coffee effortlessly evokes.
The shop combines passion, technical expertise, and good ole fashion’d charm with top-notch brew, sourced from around the world. With a mixture of roasted-to-order (to ensure freshness), brewed-and-ready and espresso bar menu items, in addition to tea options, there’s something for everyone.
Its comfy, dimly lit digs feature a main countertop salvaged from a Hersey’s Chocolate Factory, a collection of handmade coffee art, a cushioned back area and sidewalk seating in the heart of some serious foot traffic, prime for people watching.
The Wydown is as much a gathering place as it is a coffee shop. It’s purposefully designed for commingling (or not commingling) and a come-for-the-coffee, stay-for-the-company kinda joint. Rather you’re searching for some fresh vinyl in the CYTIES Record Collection, recharging post-workout or meeting a friend, we recommend making it a part of your urban adventure.
The near-by renovated Lincoln Theater showcases a mix of live comedy, concerts, podcasts, and speakers
The H Street Northeast location doubles as a cocktail bar
14th Street area features some of the city’s most well-known murals and street artists
We also recommend the nearby Colada Shop and Rare Bird Eatery