Teaism - Lafayette Square
800 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006
Neighborhood: Downtown, Downtown
Cuisines: Japanese, Breakfast
Open Monday through Friday 7:30 to 5:30; Saturday and Sunday closed.
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Farragut West
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Accepted
Bento boxes; beef ochazuke; Thai chicken curry; salty-oat and chocolate/salty-oat cookies; ginger/limeade.
Small plates $2 to $6.50, bento boxes $8.75, entrées and sandwiches $6 to $8.50.
These earthy cafes channel a West Coast vibe with handmade pottery, loose tea for sniffing and sipping, and food by way of Asia and India. Menus vary at the three locations, but staples include herby cilantro scrambled eggs or tofu, birchermuesli with thick house-made yogurt, ginger scones, and the salty oat cookie—probably the only cookie you don’t have to feel guilty about eating for breakfast.