Coffy Café

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If I had to sum up this local coffee shop in one word, it would be shagadelic, baby!

My day started off with a disappointing trip to a French bakery, where I had the world’s driest almond croissant. After spewing sawdust, I needed a drink, so I dragged my husband down the block in search of a coffee shop. Coffy Café immediately jumped out.

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This local hangout spot is a retro, sixties-themed café, which boasts a lengthy menu of sweet and savory crêpes, soups, sandwiches and smoothies. The walls are painted a funky shade of orange and are decked out with vintage movie posters. It’s the perfect secret spot to work, or just sit back and people-watch.

You can slip into a cozy sofa complete with shaggy pillows and sip your espresso, or take a trip to the secluded second floor for a bird’s-eye view of the café.

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Even though the décor is retro, there’s nothing old about the menu. I only stepped in for a coffee, but I couldn’t resist ordering a mini crêpe filled with honey and lemon juice, topped with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

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I can see why this café is known for its crêpes — head chef Evan whips these delicious treats up in no time, and you can even create your own. The crêpe was amazing: perfectly sweet, and even though it was a “mini,” it seemed big enough for a meal.

Even the dishes add to the experience. The owner collects coffee mugs and tableware, and the result is a memorable hodgepodge of colors and characters that add to the homey, retro feel of the café. I seriously geeked out over the cup my coffee came in, a black mug with Darth Vader on the front.

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The new owner, Yahya, is genuinely one of the sweetest people ever. He came over halfway through the meal to see how we were doing, and ended up chatting with us about new menu items and upcoming changes to the café. You heard it here first – the local hotspot is working to get a liquor license, and once that happens, Yahya plans to turn the front window into a small bar and serve craft beers from local brewers. He’s also toying with the idea of turning the second floor into a lounge.

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Yahya also gave us a sample of a new menu item, homestyle chicken soup that he and Evan have been working on for weeks. The result is a fresh, light soup that tastes like home.

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Overall, the Coffy Café is the ultimate local spot. It has a fun atmosphere without being busy, and the food and coffee are well worth the trip. Next time you’re in the Columbia Heights area of DC, be sure to pay Yahya and Evan a visit.

 

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