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The view from Roofers Union's roof deck. (Image: Jonny Grave)

Spend a chill Sunday afternoon in Adams Morgan

A night out in Adams Morgan usually involves many friends, many laughs, many drinks, a jumbo slice and a hangover! But returning to the bohemian neighborhood by day yields several rewards. For starters, you might actually remember something the next day. So, the next time you’re wondering where to spend your #sundayfunday, consider this your official AdMo cheat sheet for the bustling stretch of 18th Street between Columbia Road and Florida Avenue.

Coffee and brunch

Any quality Sunday begins with a healthy dose of coffee. The most beloved and reliable coffee shop in the neighborhood is Tryst, owned by the same folks as The Diner just two doors down. Both are serious about coffee, and both serve brunch although, technically, The Diner serves breakfast and lunch (that equals brunch, y’all) around the clock since it’s open 24-7. Sweet Science Coffee is the latest cafe to land on the scene, taking third wave to the next level by working with local and national roasters and geeking out over brewing techniques. Come summer, a visit to Pleasant Pops is a great way to cool down with frozen treats while caffeinating with brews made with Ceremony Coffee Roasters beans. So’s Your Mom is the perfect place for a grab-and-go bagel or breakfast sandwich along with no-frills cups of joe. For sit-down brunches, hit up Mintwood Place for outstanding pancakes and a salmon benedict; Lapis for Afghan-leaning brunch options; and Roofers Union for eggs and sandwiches with a killer view of the neighborhood. And we can't forget the infamous drag brunch at Perry’s, which is actually the longest-running drag brunch in the city.


You could spend days poking around in AdMo’s many shops, selling everything from vinyl to vintage clothing to housewares. Among our favorite stops are Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music Shop, which offers coffee, new and used albums and sandwiches. Down the street, Smash sells records and CDs along with music-related apparel and funky accessories. Other noteworthy shops include Idle Time Books for contemporary and collectible tomes; Urban Dwell for modern housewares and gifts; Meeps and Mercedes Bien Vintage for old-school threads; The Brass Knob for enviable antique hardware for the home; Commonwealth for ultra-hip clothing, shoes and accessories; and The Outrage, a feminist pop-up shop for all your revolutionary resistance gear.


Adams Morgan’s dining scene is experiencing a bit of a renaissance, with more places offering quality fare rather than spots just looking to fill up the masses. We can wholeheartedly recommend Tail Up Goat for inventive, chef-driven dishes and Donburi for stellar Japanese rice bowls. Pop’s Seabar, with its perpetual beach-party vibe, is always a good time while serving up great versions of craveable bar food. Amsterdam Falafelshop is every bit as enticing by day as it is in the wee, drunken hours, and two newer spots Rosario for Italian and Federalist Pig for BBQ beg for exploration. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming opening of The Line Hotel, which will house several exciting new food and beverage concepts by Baltimore chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen and Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto.


And because it’s Adams Morgan, you might find yourself experiencing some sort of Pavlovian need to wet your whistle. Jack Rose Dining Saloon offers creative cocktails plus extensive beer and whiskey collections along with excellent views from the terrace bars upstairs. Muzette, the subterranean karaoke bar, is usually the last place you end up on any given evening but, hey, that doesn’t mean Sunday afternoon can’t happen. You do you, boo! In addition, Bourbon and The Black Squirrel are solid choices for finding quality beers and spirits.