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Coffee Shop, Bar, and Café$$$$
Adams Morgan, Washington
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    "French press coffee is delicious"(3 Tips)
    Mimi N.
    "Ask for the lavender hot chocolate with two shots of espresso."(33 Tips)
    Megan A.
    "Best soy chai in DC... Also comes with animal cookies!"(13 Tips)
    Sara A.
    "Get the chocolate waffle."(3 Tips)
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  • coffee
  • healthy food
  • trendy
  • casual
  • chai
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  • Sonia S.heart icon on user image
    Sonia SJune 6, 2017
    Mint tea and magic bar were perfect. The bar is a delicious combo of coconut, chocolate and peanut butter! Nice seating by the window on a beautiful day for reading and people watching.
  • Anthony G.
    Anthony GomezMay 12, 2014
    Just incredible. Love this place. Great vibe, the menu has so many amazing items, they serve counter culture coffee and the people are great. My new favorite place in DC, hands down.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • trillateezyheart icon on user image
    trillateezyDecember 23, 2014
    There's this pizza that has pesto, butternut squash, goat cheese & honey. Not too heavy, fills you up just enough. Weds is 50% off wine bottles, so grab a friend a split a bottle of bubbly for $8/ea.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Caraheart icon on user image
    CaraFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    New Tryst specials every night of the week, including student specials on Sundays, 50% off bottles of wine on Wednesdays, & a special Tiki menu on Thursdays.
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 23, 2017
    Tryst serves a cocoa blended with housemade syrup and topped with lavender flowers. Eaters can order this for $3.75, while fans of classic hot chocolate can order it for $3.25. Read more
  • Chelsea C.
    Chelsea C ☀November 4, 2013
    Very hip, trendy cafe-style restaurant with great coffee, excellent healthy food options, and a pretty decent beer selection as well. Wifi is free. Big couches w/ coffee tables or regular tables.
  • DCist
    DCistJanuary 10, 2017
    Get comfy with a matcha green tea or chai latte or sip on City Harvest green and black teas—20 percent of all proceeds benefit the City Harvest nonprofit. Read more
  • Loren W.heart icon on user image
    Loren WorsleyNovember 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Hip as fuck, but yet to have a bad meal there. Kudos especially to the Thai chicken soup & butternut squash flatbread! Sandwiches and boozy drinks pretty reliable too.
  • Jake F.heart icon on user image
    Jake FrasierAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great environment! Latte was really delicious and the food was good as well. Lots of comfy seating, free wifi, and patio as well. Definitely a spot you could bring a laptop and work for an hour or so!
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    KatSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Open when you need it most. Great breakfast selection and pastries. Try the lebneh baguette. If you don't want to be alone go with your laptop (but no wifi during weekends, time to socialize!)
  • Sara C.
    Sara COctober 9, 2013
    My favorite weeknight study spot. A comfy hideaway in Adams Morgan. The lighting the live band graham crackers next to my warm chai tea & nachos locos on my lap if Im feeling crazy. Alwys on point. Go
  • Yasaman M.heart icon on user image
    Yasaman MahdianSeptember 17, 2018
    Definitely a good cafe for grab a bite or coffee but their drinks and cocktails sucks! It has more of a third wave vibe.
  • Matt B.heart icon on user image
    Matt BoggsAugust 6, 2020
    Best/coolest coffee shop in dc to hangout in. Has a very eclectic vibe where you could go there on a date, socialize with a group of friends, or just a solo study/work sesh.
  • Dylan M.
    Dylan MonteiroOctober 9, 2017
    Good place for food, coffee and drinks but if you need wifi make sure to ask if they have it on. Sundays it isn't on until after 4pm and they often turn it off for random "holiday weekends".
  • Krystal S.
    Krystal StanleyFebruary 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    A great, relaxed atmosphere. I was pleasantly surprised by the new seating (more sofas). The coffee and expression drinks are well made and the food is simple but tasty. I <3 this place.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Tryst has a good selection of muffins, bagels and pastries for breakfast and soup, salad, sandwiches, and wraps for lunch and snacks for the afternoon munchie attacks. Read more
  • Katie W.heart icon on user image
    Katie WillardFebruary 15, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    I truly enjoy this place and its atmosphere, but if you’re in a hurry, it’s best to go somewhere else that is less crowded and has faster service. Otherwise, sit back, relax, and enjoy.
  • Taxi Magic S.
    Great atmosphere for caffeine fix, bkfast, lunch, drinks... Ok just about everything :) Book a Taxi Magic ride by selecting Tryst as your pickup or around the corner on Mintwood if 18th is bustlin!
  • Mimi N.
    Mimi NguyenFebruary 3, 2015
    Ask for the lavender hot chocolate with two shots of espresso. You get the delicious hot chocolate balanced with just enough caffeine to get your morning started.
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JamesAugust 16, 2012
    If you've come to work, you need to buy something in the first 15 minutes of your visit. But the Internet access is reliable and it has a great atmosphere. One of my favorite places to work.
  • Satyajith B.heart icon on user image
    Satyajith BhatDecember 29, 2016
    Great, casual ambiance. You can read a book, chat with friends or get a bite to eat at any time during the day. It's a perfect location for all of these things.
  • Josh H.heart icon on user image
    Josh HigginsMay 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The frozen mochas are perfect for a hot day. And I don't even like cold coffee drinks... but Tryst's are amazing.
  • Dara F.
    Dara FisherDecember 26, 2012
    If you need to "get some work done" this cool coffee house/bar is a nice place to relax and work on your laptop. Crowded in the afternoon, so bring a charged laptop so you won't need an outlet.
  • Judson M.
    Judson MooreNovember 29, 2013
    The atmosphere is amazing and the internet is reliable. If you want your coffee in a paper cup though, you better mention that when you order or else you'll get a "proper" mug.
  • Omar M.
    Omar MasriJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The new patio is great for people watching whilst snacking on great food and imbibing on great drinks! Love this place! (Full disclosure: I also work here)
  • Lizzie H.heart icon on user image
    Lizzie HatfieldMarch 25, 2016
    Delicious sandwiches and great coffee! The patio is a lovely place to sit on a sunny day and good for people watching. Free wifi too.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    Coffee bar by day where you can hang out with your laptop. Bar bar by night where you can hang out with your friends. Cool and cozy doesn’t get better than this. Read more
  • Grace L.heart icon on user image
    Grace LeeJanuary 26, 2019
    Lavender hot chocolate is good. Big space, generally you can find seating, but outlets are limited. No wifi on weekends. Music (hip-hop/rap the couple times I came here) is on the louder side
  • Jennifer W.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer WangJune 9, 2013
    grace sandwich, masala chai, love that some beverages come with animal crackers, etc. & awesome ambiance - very comfortable with couches, etc. and you get to seat yourself!
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BarrAugust 7, 2014
    Iced latte with an extra shot was on point. Waffles and bananas/strawberries had a great taste. Be prepared to wait a while for food to arrive.
  • Tom M.heart icon on user image
    Tom MaxwellSeptember 20, 2016
    Unless you're to-go, seat yourself; someone will serve you. My latte was good, but the service was great. Lots of people working on computers. WiFi password right now is bloodymary.
  • Trish T.heart icon on user image
    Trish TheDishAugust 10, 2014
    Bomb diggity grilled cheese along with an fabulously delicious kale and quinoa salad. Good beer selection and nice atmosphere. Service is ok. ;/
  • Borys P.heart icon on user image
    Borys PierovNovember 20, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    A place to get a decent lavender latte. Chai latte is... unusual and too sweet but to my surprise I liked it on a cild and windy day.
  • Jen C.heart icon on user image
    Jen CernaMarch 8, 2020
    I went for Valentine’s Day and their drink specials were delicious. I love the chill and energetic environment. Staff are super friendly.
  • Tyler T.heart icon on user image
    Tyler TringasFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best spot in DC for freelance work. Couches for laptops, good wifi (only after 5p on weekend), good coffee and food. Even some outlets by the wall.
  • Cozmik
    CozmikDecember 13, 2011
    Monday night jazz - when John Lee makes a rare appearance - is sweet. If Tryst just hadn't jacked up their prices & cut portions by 1/3 then it just might have been the perfect chill spot.
  • Ian B.heart icon on user image
    Ian Bryant-SmithMarch 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great atmosphere, tasty sandwiches, and amazing drinks (with animal crackers!).
  • Eric O.heart icon on user image
    Eric OlssonApril 17, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Pesto Orzo - The small salads at Tryst are phenomenal. If you want a bigger one, the chefs will make it to order - and install it in a wrap if you like
  • Rahn S.heart icon on user image
    Rahn SibleyOctober 21, 2016
    I love the chorizo and cheese quiche. The fruit is very fresh. Good coffee and a very nice bloody Mary
  • Abheart icon on user image
    AbJuly 10, 2015
    Great place to work or meet friends - though group seating's a crap shoot. Great food. Slow service. Go Rodney or Maya!
  • Sophia H.heart icon on user image
    Sophia HOctober 23, 2018
    Lavender hot chocolate was great. Matcha latte was also delicious but had a weird chalky taste at the top (that was unfortunate). Funky place.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikJanuary 25, 2015
    If you're not sold on the coffee, pastries, or spacious layout . . . ANIMAL CRACKERS.
  • Kaz K.
    Kaz K.July 10, 2015
    Happy hour Sun-Fr 4p-7p: $4 wines, beer and a cocktail. Great deal.
  • Karen L.
    Karen L.December 11, 2011
    I like this place. Great cappuccino, not a fan of animal crackers but OK the idea is kinda cool. Good for morning coffee, to work/wifi, relax and the food is good;)
  • Darren L.heart icon on user image
    Darren LongAugust 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great veg option is the Alisha - nice whole grain bread, cukes, tomato, sprouts, hummus and cream cheese
  • Mona D.
    Mona DNovember 27, 2013
    Popular with the locals. Great food and fun environment. On weekends there are long lines to get seated, so get here early!
  • Jorge E.
    Jorge EnriqueApril 17, 2013
    Coffee has improved from the last time I came! The bench right next to the entrance is a great spot for ppl watching....
  • S P.heart icon on user image
    S PNovember 23, 2017
    Tea and coffee choices are numerous and delicious! They also play live music at night for free.
  • Les T.
    Les T.April 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This vegan treat is delicious - Description from their menu: CHOCOLATE SILK TOFU TART Oreo crust topped with a "GANACHE" made from tofu and fine bittersweet chocolate liqueur and agave.
  • Doris
    DorisDecember 20, 2012
    Nice atmosphere dim lights and couches. Wifi is turned off weekends and holidays *kanye shrug* vegan friendly apps live band wed nights
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