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Where to Get Breakfast in Washington DC

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Washington D.C. has a lot of great places to grab a bite to eat for breakfast.

If you’re looking for sit-down brunch options, check out our blog post here.

Here are a few recommendations for great breakfast spots.

1. Baked & Wired

In the heart of Georgetown, you can get a tasty, small-batch pastry and some fresh coffee. Since 2001, this has been a hip place to grab breakfast to get you fueled up for the day. It is conveniently right across the street from our Historic Georgetown tour.


2. Lincoln’s Waffle Shop

Right across the street from Ford’s Theater is a DC greasy spoon with some rib-stickin’ good breakfasts. Try the chicken & waffles.


3. Call Your Mother

Bagels are always a great way to start your day, and this is a top spot in the city. Lines can be long, so we definitely suggest ordering ahead - try the Chocolate Babka Muffin!

They have locations in Georgetown, Capitol Hill, West End, Bethesda, Park View and Logan Circle.


4. Tatte

With several locations around the city, Boston-based Tatte has a wonderfully international flavor palate. If you get a late start, they serve breakfast all day.


5. Un Je Ne Sais Quoi

Grab some French pastries by Dupont Circle. They have a wide range of croissants, of course, and also carry imported French goods.


6. Mah-Ze-Dahr:

Elevated pastries? Sign us up. Inspired by international travel, this bakery is known for its brioche donuts. You can find them by Navy Yard / Nationals Park.

7. Bread & Chocolate

It’s right there in the name. Since 1978, Bread & Chocolate has been providing the Washington D.C. area with European-style pastries. Since then, they’ve expanded to a much wider menu, including omelets, soups, sandwiches, and even lasagna.

They aren't in Georgetown officially but aren't far at 23rd and M St NW in the West End area of DC.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: November 2nd, 2022
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