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Winter Warm-Up in Washington DC

The temperature is dropping and icy winds are picking up. What can you do when Old Man Winter’s got ahold of you? Post up at these popular hot spots.


Located below the book stacks, The Den at Politics and Prose serves up matcha lattes, London Fogs and of course, tasty coffee made from beans roasted by Hyattsville’s own Vigilante. 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.362.2408.

If tea is more your speed, Calabash Tea & Tonic is a must. Sunyatta Amen’s groovy cafe steeps a wide variety of soul-warming (and healing) brews in homey settings at two locations. 1847 7th St. NW; 2701 12th St. NE; 202.248.1186.


Celebrity chef Todd English’s MXDC Cocina Mexicana serves up Latin flavors on the plate and in the glass. This season, cocktails highlight the warming effects of mezcal, adding dimension to classics, including the Old Fashioned and the negroni. 600 14th St. NW, 202.393.1900.

Cocktails at MXDC Cocina Mexicana (Courtesy MXDC Cocina Mexicana)

Jeremiah Langhorne’s basement-level wine bar, The Dabney Cellar, is a candle-lit salve when temps fall. Here, a top-notch wine list follows the seasons with nibbles from the Michelin-starred kitchen above. 1222 9th St. NW, 202.450.1015.


As the name suggests, Proper Topper specializes in hats, from alpaca beanies to mohair cloches. But that’s not all. Gifts round out a selection that also includes finds for warming up the home. 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.842.3055. 

Canada-based Roots knows a thing or two about Arctic winds, with its “salt-and-pepper” sweatshirts and sweaters that are both effective and stylish. 3259 M St. NW, 202.821.4254.

Salt-and-pepper gloves at Roots (Courtesy Roots)



When you’re chilled to the bone, a hot meal can bring you back to life. At Michelin-starred Maydan, diners feel the warming effects in the Middle Eastern flavors and from the dramatic fire pit in the center of the restaurant. 1346 Florida Ave. NW, 202.370.3696.

The lodge-like setting at St. Anselm offers shelter from the elements, while hearty steaks and chops provide fuel for heading back out again. 1250 5th St. NE, 202.864.2199.

St. Anselm (©Jennifer Chase)