There are dozens of places to get your caffeine fix in Northern Virginia, from locally-owned coffee shops to popular national chains. There are even several shops that roast their coffee beans right on site! And with International Coffee Day falling on September 29 this year, there’s no better time to add these places to your must-try list.
29th Parallel Coffee
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.
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.
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!
A favorite local 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.
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. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, sign up for classes at their new Coffee Lab & Education Center.
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!
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.
De Clieu Coffee & Sandwiches
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 often available, as well as a large sandwich menu.
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.
Katie’s Coffee House
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. Tea lovers can also sign up in advance for Afternoon Tea sessions. Plus, don’t miss Katie’s Cars & Coffee, a local community event every Saturday since 2010.
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. Transition from day to night with their locally sourced menu and cozy up by the second-floor fireplace with a glass of wine.
Mom & Pop
A new concept from the team at Dolcezza, Mom & Pop at the Mosaic District 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.
Rare Bird Coffee Roasters
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.
Republik Coffee Bar
Originally opened in Arlington, Republik now has a Tysons location and is working towards a Fairfax location next year. Serving up a variety of blends, along with specialty lattes, Nitro Cold Brews, and seasonal teas, guests can enjoy a quiet escape away from the main hustle & bustle of the Tysons area.
Local gourmet coffee shop nestled in an unassuming strip mall in central Fairfax County, Simply Social has become a new gathering 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.
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!
This list of mom and pop 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.