There are dozens of places to get your caffeine fix in Northern Virginia, from locally-owned coffee shops to hip and modern coffee houses to quaint mom-and-pop cafés to popular national chains. There are even several shops that roast their coffee beans right on-site! Warm up with a delicious cup of joe in Fairfax and add these places to your must-try list.
1. 29th Parallel Coffee
Where: Fairfax Station & Vienna
This neighborhood coffee house in Fairfax Station focuses on the specialty coffee experience, taking meticulous pride in perfecting brewing methods and crafting the perfect cup for their guests. Be on the lookout for an ever-changing seasonal menu. The group also opened a second location in Vienna.
2. Basecamp Coffee Roasters
Basecamp Coffee, founded by a passionate group of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts, is the perfect blend of this group's love for coffee and adventure. A decade ago, they established Vertical Rock, an indoor climbing center and outdoor rock climbing school aimed at making rock climbing accessible to all and fostering a vibrant community. Understanding the role of a great cup of coffee in the world of adventure, Basecamp was born as an ode to the craft and is located inside the Vertical Rock location in Tysons. They offer a range of extraction methods, from pour-over to cold flash and Japanese slow drip - as well as specialty drinks.
3. Beanetics Coffee Roasters
Annandale’s only independently-owned micro coffee roasting facility, Beanetics offers house-roasted beans from a variety of growing regions around the world to try at home and has a rotating café menu in their small location.
4. Caboose Commons
Many associate the name Caboose with its exceptional beer, but Caboose Commons in Merrifield is more than just a local favorite taproom. Open each day at 7am, this three-floor communal space offers a full coffeehouse and food menu. Note: They are a cashless establishment, so come prepared!
Where: Chantilly & Centreville
A favorite specialty coffee shop on the western side of Fairfax County in Chantilly, Cafein produces some truly awesome latte art while bringing the city concept of the coffee scene to the suburban area. Baristas are heavily trained and the quality shines through in the coffees, espressos, and lattes served. A Centreville location joined the family in 2020, serving up even more deliciousness.
6. Cafe V
A new addition to the coffee shop scene in Fairfax County in 2022, Cafe V serves up coffee, pastries, and fresh sandwiches. Visitors can't get enough of what they've dubbed the "Neopolitan Latte" - a pink, brown, and white latte that is properly called the Pink Blossom on the menu.
7. Caffe Amouri
This Vienna favorite is one of the few small-batch coffee roasters in the DC region and all baristas are trained by Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Certified Baristas. Be sure to keep up with their social media to find out about special events such as fundraisers, art sales, and other happenings that support local communities. (Catch cafe owner Michael Amouri in our Feel Good Friday video talking about why he loves the Town of Vienna!)
8. Cervantes Coffee
Cervantes Coffee is a woman-owned roasting facility in Springfield focusing on single-origin coffee that also features a cozy café filled with espresso drinks and light bites. Sign up for tours of their warehouse, take cupping classes, or get your name on their coffee subscription list for freshly roasted beans straight to your door!
9. Chateau de Chantilly
Add this Instagrammable coffee shop to your must-list! Chateau de Chantilly Cafe is serving up lattes, frappes, hot chocolates, and teas, as well as sandwiches and tasty pastries. Enjoy the sky-high ceilings, hanging lights, and ambiance at this perfectly cozy cafe.
10. Clifton Café
Styled after a European café, this quaint gathering place is located along Main Street in the heart of historic Clifton. Try a signature latte, a delicious affogato, or one of their fabulous crêpes while enjoying their inviting outdoor patio.
11. Compass Coffee
Where: City of Fairfax
This Washington, DC staple opened its first location in Fairfax in 2022 as it continues to expand outside the District. Try their famous nitro cold brews, stock up on some to-go bags or beans, or cozy up in their spacious cafe space with a warm drink and a good book.
12. De Clieu Coffee & Sandwiches
Where: City of Fairfax
A popular café destination in the City of Fairfax, De Clieu supports local roasters who focus on naturally processed African and Indonesian coffees. De Clieu is big on the French Press method and partners with Intelligentsia Roasters. Seasonal espresso drinks are often available, as well as a large sandwich menu.
13. FRAME Coffee Roasters
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Set in a former historic bank building, FRAME Coffee Roasters is a newly-opened micro-roastery on the popular Maple Ave in Vienna. As with many of the charming small shops in the Town of Vienna, the shop isn't just about coffee - it's about community. The shop's motto is to "keep your good memories in frame" and "enjoy a modest pleasure woven into our lives" with others.
14. Gathering Grounds Coffee Bar
Conveniently located to the George Mason University Fairfax campus, Gathering Grounds is a local independent coffee shop serving up beverages through some of the best brewing methods available and sourcing from independent growers in coffee-producing regions around the world.
15. Greenberry's Coffee Roasters
With over two decades of coffee roasting under their belt, Greenberry's Coffee Roasters serves up their traditional brews, teas, and their signature Nitro Cold Brew. Try their frozen spicy almond chai, or feel warm and fuzzy with a traditional sweet latte.
16. Katie’s Coffee House
Where: Great Falls
Feel the warmth of Irish tradition and coffee at this local gem! Nestled next door to The Old Brogue Irish Pub in Great Falls Village, Katie’s Coffee House serves up illy coffees, breakfast, sandwiches, and baked goods.
17. Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar
Enjoy a lakefront view at this family-owned spot at Lake Anne Plaza while enjoying locally roasted beans sourced from nearby Caffe Amouri. Kick back on their waterfront patio with their locally sourced menu - plus, it's dog friendly!
18. Le Vingt Trois Cafe
French-inspired cafe Le Vingt Trois Cafe (French for "The Twenty Three") is nestled into an unassuming office park in Herndon, but once you step inside, you will be charmed by the soft colors, warm decor, and the scents of fresh baked goods. Offering espresso drinks, lattes, sandwiches, and desserts, one visit won't be enough.
19. Lily's Chocolates & Coffee
If pink is your favorite color, this is the place for you. Lily's Chocolate and Coffee is a recently opened neighborhood coffee shop in Vienna that serves pastries, chocolates, and coffee. Aside from the aesthetically pleasing decor, they also pride themselves on being the first shop in the United States to serve Lokma - pastries made of leavened and deep-fried dough, soaked in syrup or honey.
20. Mom & Pop
A concept from the team at Dolcezza, Mom & Pop at Mosaic features coffee from Sey Coffee Roasters, plus pastries, sandwiches, snack boards, and adult beverages. Walk across the street for homemade gelato from sister-shop Dolcezza.
21. Rare Bird Coffee Roasters
Where: City of Falls Church
This City of Falls Church staple features seasonal espresso drinks and a café menu but also is a specialty coffee roaster with an approachable and inviting setting.
If your tastebuds are set on specialty drinks, this one's for you! Located in Tysons Corner Center, Shotted is a family-owned coffee bar inspired by Saudi Arabia's thriving coffee scene. Enjoy a variety of out-of-the-box lattes, such as red velvet, pistachio, and rose - as well as Saudi Coffee and Karak Chai. Shotted is an open-concept bar kiosk located on the first floor of Tysons Corner Center across from Barnes & Noble.
23. Simply Social
Where: Fairfax & Vienna
A local gourmet coffee shop nestled in an unassuming strip mall in central Fairfax County, Simply Social has become a popular place for locals seeking fresh coffees, espresso drinks, teas, and delicious pastries and breakfast items. Plus, oftentimes, beverages are served with a piece of a pizzelle cookie. Recently, the team opened a second location of Simply Social in Vienna.
24. Weird Brothers Coffee
The first coffee roaster in Herndon, Weird Brothers is a family-run, veteran-owned, and community-first small-batch coffee roaster dedicated to creating coffee that stands apart from everything else. You can also find goods from many local makers on site. Pick up a frequent visitor card and collect stamps! Plus, now there are locations both in Sunset Park and WorldGate Plaza to get your fix, as well as one in Loudoun County.
This list of local coffee shops is a good start, but there are many others we just couldn’t fit in here. You can find more cafés and shops on our Restaurants page, but if there are some, in particular, you think we absolutely should have had on this list, let us know in the comments below! And join the caffeinated conversation on social media using #FXVA and @VisitFairfax.