By: Maia L.
Contributors: Serena N.
Overall Experience(s): 🙂
What You Want to Know: Warm and welcoming place to get good coffee, beautiful location, cool vibe, easy to get to
Wifi is available for customers! Great place to do homework.
Quality of Beverages and Food: 🍴🍴🍴🍴
Maia had a mocha. Though it was too milky for her taste, it came with beautiful latte art and some animal crackers. It went especially well with biscotti. Maia’s friend ordered the grilled cheese and tomato soup. She liked it so much that she took the leftovers home with her.
Overall Rating: ☕️☕️☕️☕️
After visiting Open City at the National Cathedral, Maia was in love with the location. The day that she went was rainy and cold. Maia was glad to be in a warm coffeeshop with good food. The building itself looks like a little hut. Its stained glass windows ties it back to the church, but the rest of the shop is distinctly its own. The music that the employees picked included Lorde, Florence + the Machine, and Halsey, adding a cool vibe to the place. Many kids coming from sports practice came to get a snack, and in fact the employees knew some of their names and their order.
Serena, on the other hand, did not have as great of an experience at Open City’s Woodley Park location. She went later at night and found the service to be sub par. She recommends going in the afternoon instead. Despite the bad timing, she still felt that Open City had a good vibe. She also mentioned that it is a convenient three minute walk from the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro stop.
Overall, Open City at the National Cathedral is a wonderful cafe and also an important institution within the community. Whether you go for brunch on a weekend, coffee with a friend, or ice cream on a hot day, Open City will not disappoint. Maia was already a fan of the cathedral and the garden because of their relaxing atmosphere and now Open City completes the trifecta. She is so glad that Open City has gone beyond being just a restaurant. By creating a space that is welcome to all and also gives back to the community they are taking steps towards permanently changing the community, one cup of coffee at a time.