Best Coffee Shop Windows Through Which to Watch the World Pass By

Room 11
3234 11th St. NW, (202) 332-3234
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
The cafe/bakery half of Room 11 glows with natural light. A handful of countertop stools perch right against the pop-out windows, and even the chairs set furthest back still afford pretty good views of the activity on 11th Street NW. Wherever you sit, snag a cup of Four Barrel coffee. Room 11’s candy-red mugs are the perfect accompaniment for doing nothing more than gazing glassy-eyed into the distance. Should sitting and contemplating the universe start to make you hungry, the in-house bakery offers buttermilk biscuits and scones in eclectic flavor combinations like pineapple anise.