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Sips Cafe, Van Ness - Closed.


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Well, at least that's what the sign has promised for a few months running!

What I think will be the second location (correct me if I'm wrong - I couldn't find a web site, etc.) is set to open just north of the Van Ness/UDC metro stop. It's near the car wash at Albemarle and Connecticut, Delhi Dhaba, Pier One, etc. The other location I know of can be found at G Street near 12th NW.

Does anyone have the scoop? The only other coffee shop within walking distance is Sirius. That place is ok, but not great.

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Picture it:

Hot Saturday morning. Standing outside the car wash waiting for BF's filthy car. Parents due to arrive in town around noon. I really need coffee.

Alas, stupid Sips still hasn't opened!! I peered (or attempted to peer) in the windows, still papered with logoed "coming soon" messages or some other nonsense.

Lies!

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This is the third week that it's been open. Huge variety of teas. I tried the dragonfruit and it was pretty good. Last time I spoke to them, they were still trying to choose a pastry vendor. They have wi-fi, but I'm not sure if it's free. They do smoothies, and have a nice selection of chocolate bars and other sweet treats. Hidden away, it hasn't looked all that busy. But the folks were very friendly while I hemmed and hawed and were willing to answer my questions. It is physically connected to Zips cleaners.

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How much seating is there? Is it the type of place for lingering and loitering (unlike the downtown location)?

I don't remember any comfy looking seating, but don't quote me on that. It's a really small space - smaller than Naan and Beyond on L St. But given the fact that the location isn't exactly the hottest it may not be so challenging to get a seat. Unless there's a lot of UDC traffic.

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I had a surprisingly really good cup of hot chocolate this morning. It was definitely on the sweet side, and was better than you average cup of hot chocolate, but I don't know what made it so good. Maybe a little vanilla? I'm pretty sure it wasn't cinnamon. Whatever it was it was good!

The blueberry muffin however, sucked some serious ventworms.

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