The French know how to bake. A welcome addition to Columbia Heights is Le Caprice, a bakery and coffee shop run by a family who operated a bakery in northern France but decided to move to DC to open one here. And I’m glad they did!
They have a wide and rotating selection of baked goods, cookies and pastries, and helpfully each one has the ingredients listed on the display cases. Most of them are quite inexpensive too, starting at about 60 cents for little cookies up to a couple of dollars for big, fruit-filled turnovers. I like to try a variety and I’ve never been disappointed. The croissants are wonderful and the rugelachs are also good. They also bake bread too, but get there early if you want a specific kind.
Aside from the bakery, they serve coffee (it’s one of my go-to morning spots), breakfast, lunch/dinner plates and sandwiches, both pre-made to go and made to order. The breakfast sandwiches are simple but fantastic – it’s just cheese, a tomato slice, eggs, plus if you’d like bacon or sausage on a brioche roll or croissant. I get the combo frequently, which is the sandwich, a medium coffee and a side of fruit for about $7. They also sell some Middle Eastern fare like kebabs and rice dishes.
A nice spot for hot coffee, breakfast, lunch or a quick bite for home. They also have some outdoor seating, nice for enjoying your coffee and watching the people.