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DC's 5 best places to work outdoors

Published On 07/25/2014 Published On 07/25/2014
Best Places to Work Outdoors DC
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Qualia Coffee
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1. Le Pain Quotidien 2815 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Georgetown)

Outdoor seating, beer, coffee, and a full food menu (get yourself a prosciutto & ricotta tartine) make this iteration of Le Pain a great option for your out-of-home workstation or just a lunch when you are in Georgetown.

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2. Canal Park 200 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003

This sweet park in Southeast has plenty of places for you to plant yourself with a laptop and a coffee and get some work in -- they have solid Wi-Fi coverage and even a café that'll hook you up with pizzas and sandwiches to keep you going, plus beer and wine to celebrate when you're done!

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3. Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market & Cafe 1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

The Poppers have settled into the tail-end of ADMO with a 23-seater which features wraparound windows, church pews, and a 120yr-old pine table onto which you'll drip Autumn pop flavors like honeycrisp apple & eggnog cream, and enjoy sandwiches like the “PBNJ” w/ peanut butter, Nutella, and plum preserves on challah.

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4. Big Bear Cafe 1700 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001

There's a lot to love about this all-day Bloomingdale coffeeshop and cafe. First, it's a real coffeehouse in the sense that it brews a new variety of house coffee and espresso every week. It's also a great place to eat a sit-down meal, whether it's a bagel with lox at breakfast or steak-frites at dinner. And it serves alcohol. Big Bear definitely attracts a hipster freelancer crowd, probably because it only turns its WiFi on during the workday. The best part of about this place, though, is the vine-entangled patio with ample seating.

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5. Qualia Coffee 3917 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011 (Petworth)

Grab a seat on the front porch or rustic backyard of this Petworth coffee mecca, where you can enjoy free WiFi with a side of quality coffee. Qualia Coffee roasts its single-origin coffee in-house, and makes an effort to teach customers about the unique qualities of beans from different locations. It hosts free coffee tastings on the second and fourth Sunday of every month at 2pm, letting customers try three coffees side by side.

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