We're a city fueled on caffeine. According to a 2011 Bundle story, we're the sixth-most caffeinated city in the nation. We're also overworked. We're also well-connected.
Since there's no shortage of Starbucks and Caribou coffee locations to score free wifi, it's easy to spend an afternoon sipping coffee at a large national chain. Resist the urge for the usual and give these other local coffeehouses a shot.
Click through the list for our 10 favorite coffeeshops with free wifi. Let us know your favorite in the comments!
Big Bear Cafe
This <a href="http://bigbearcafe-dc.com/">Bloomingdale coffeehouse</a> serves excellent coffee and food, but what puts it so high on our list is the atmosphere. Sun enters through gigantic windows, the outdoor seating doesn't feel cramped and, maybe most importantly, the baristas play excellent music. It's one of the only coffeeshops in town where earbuds aren't essential.
Blind Dog Cafe At Darnell's
Cookies. Go to this <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/blind-dog-cafe-darnells-howard-university_n_1276429.html">pop-up coffeeshop</a> on Florida Avenue NW for the cookies and other treats made each morning by Greer Gilchrist. Sure, the sandwiches and drinks are good, but you won't remember anything except the baked goods.
SOVA - Espresso & Wine
The front room of this H Street NE business is good if you want to check your email and head back out. The back area is good if you need to write a paper and have a few hours to waste. The back patio is good if you like the outdoors. The <a href="http://www.sovadc.com/">whole place is good</a>.
This <a href="http://qualiacoffee.wordpress.com/">Petworth destination</a> is another great place to study and drink delicious coffee. The front room appears to be full at most times. Don't worry, there's an upstairs and back patio to make sure there are enough seats to go around. It's great for free wifi all except one weekend a month when the places goes "laptopless."
Why did <a href="https://twitter.com/FirehookBakery">Firehook</a> make our list? This local chain's location in Cleveland Park features a lovely backyard garden.
For the late-night coffee drinker in search of wifi, this <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/coupe-columbia-heights-photos_n_1932668.html">24-hour restaurant/cafe/bar</a> in Columbia Heights offers sanctuary.
Modern Times Coffeehouse
Located in the <a href="http://www.moderntimescoffeehouse.com/">basement of Politics & Prose</a>, this coffeehouse is more than a place to grab a quick cup. Check out the rotating art exhibits, weekly open mic and read the book you just bought upstairs.
This <a href="http://mishascoffee.com/">Old Town Alexandria coffeehouse</a> is also a roaster. The photo? That's beans roasting. It smells amazing. Large, full of vintage refrigerators, sunny and warm, Misha's is a great place to waste a morning or afternoon.
Northside Social Coffee & Wine
This <a href="http://northsidesocialarlington.com/">behemoth of a coffeeshop</a> is on the corner of Wilson and Washington boulevards in Clarendon. Two floors inside and a large front patio allows customers to hang out alone or in large, large groups.
There's usually not that much seating at <a href="http://chinatowncoffee.com/">Chinatown Coffee</a> and the location isn't always that convenient, but the small shop serves the best coffee on this list. You won't be able to camp out for hours due to limited seating, but if you only need wifi for a short while and crave locally produced coffee, pastries and more, head to 5th and H streets NW.