America's Coolest Coffeehouses
Courtesy of Busboys and Poets
Opened in 2005, Busboys and Poets was named after the poet Langston Hughes, who first worked as a…well, you’ll figure it out. The 14th Street coffeehouse is basically of a federation of cool spaces—a bookstore, a gallery, and a poet’s zone with a large table for congregating and socializing, plus couches with plenty of outlets. Expect a diverse, hipsterish crowd amid a mild if persistent thrum of lefty angst.
Local Knowledge: The delicious coffee offerings include Café Medici, a double espresso with chocolate topped by a fragrant orange peel. —Wayne Curtis