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Tryst is DC's community living room, reflecting the eclectic energy and diversity of our nation's capital by continually redefining the American cafe culture.

Tryst stands in the center of the nation’s capital, in stark contrast to the suburban culture and coffee chains that proliferate the country. No, our silverware doesn’t always match and we don’t have 75 different kinds of pre-made caramel-nilla-frapp-a-ccino-supremas or 64 flavored vodka martinis. What we do have is outstanding, specialty coffee, craft cocktails, and a commitment to being the city’s ‘third place'. The Greeks have tavernas; the French have cafes. DC has Tryst – a place that helps define ourselves and the community.

Tryst Coffee is outstanding specialty coffee that brings people together. We have a close a relationship with our roaster Counter Culture Coffee. They create great Direct Trade relationships with farmers to bring us the best varieties of coffees from amazing terroir that have been meticulously handled, processed and roasted. We, in turn, do everything we can to extract the best from these coffees and serve them fresh to you. Ultimately, it’s our goal to build a connection with you and get you to believe what we have all along – that coffee can provide the vehicle to create community while providing one of the great sensory experiences.

 

Phone

(202) 232-5500

 

Location

2459 18th Street NW Washington, DC 20009

 

Hours

Su-Th 7a-12a
F-Sa 7a–1a
 

 

The Tryst Trading Company

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It all started with an idea and some animal crackers about 20 years ago. Today, we are known as the Tryst Trading Company, a local DC food group that includes several neighborhood restaurants, café’s, and a catering company. We combine good food, specialty coffee, craft cocktails, and great service to create a community gathering place for all while building meaningful connections one animal cracker at a time. For more of our story, check out our location’s individual websites; but more importantly, don’t forget to check us out in person!

Thanks for being party of our community!

Check out our new merchandise here and get some Tryst House Blend shipped directly to your house! 

Tryst at the phillips

The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, presents Tryst at the Phillips in the Vradenburg Café. The menu includes Tryst Coffee and espresso drinks, select wines and beer, specialty cocktails, fresh baked pastries, and scrumptious sandwiches, salads, and soups.

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Tryst at the Phillips in the Vradenburg Café brings community to those enjoying one of the country’s best private art collections. The menu includes Tryst Coffee and espresso drinks, select wines and beer, specialty cocktails, fresh baked pastries, and scrumptious sandwiches, salads, and soups.

The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, contains paintings by Renoir and Rothko, O’Keeffe, and van Gogh. Take a break with us, or head straight to the café without museum admission to enjoy a cappuccino and do some work using the free public Wi-Fi, meet friends for a quiet lunch, or enjoy a glass of wine or a specialty cocktail in the beautiful Hunter Courtyard.

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1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Near the corner of 21st and Q Streets near Dupont Circle.

HOURS*
Tuesday -Saturday, 10 am‒4 pm

Thursday Extended Hours until 8 pm
Sunday, 12 pm‒5:30 pm
Closed on Christmas Eve and Day

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*Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day,
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

During severe weather, call The Phillips Collection
at 202-387-2151 for information about possible closings.

FAq's

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Reservations

We try to be as inclusive and accommodating as possible to everyone who visits us, which is why we don’t take reservations. 

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private events

Be it a holiday party, wedding brunch or a happy hour for your office, we are able to host a variety of different events at any of our restaurants. 

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join the team

We are always looking for outstanding individuals at all levels to join our teams!Apply online and learn what it's like working for us. 

Gift Cards

Give the gift of Tryst! If you are interested in purchasing a gift card, please give us a call.

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2459 18th Street NW                  Washington, DC 20009