For the past few months I have really enjoyed exploring new places in the NoVa area. I was recently chatting with a good friend of mine, Courtney, about how coffee shops are probably one of my happy places. She mentioned this very trendy little coffee shop she goes to in the Arlington area called Northside Social. One random day, in the beginning of the semester and pre-externship, I had some free time and wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather. Courtney explained how to find the coffee shop, so I took myself on a date.
I was able to sit outside (inside and outside are both really nicely decorated), had to fight a very hipster looking couple for the last table .This place is ADORABLE. The coffee (slightly over-priced but hey, we all pay for Starbucks, and I’m a latte girl so it may just be my choices) was delicious but the environment is what got me! There is a huge variety of baked goods – from hearty to sweet- and food options to choose from. I was just looking for a snack and indulged in a corn and jalapeno muffin (amazing) and an iced jasmine green tea. Both were really good and the muffin was not as heavy as you would imagine. The other few times I’ve been there, I’ve tried their iced caramel coffee, hot vanilla latte, and their smoked salmon sandwich. All of the above have been incredible. Seriously, this place has yet to disappoint. Also, I absolutely love that they use local teas and milk, makes you feel better about where you chose to spend some moolah.
There is usually an array of people from business people making calls, students doing work, and friends meeting for coffee and lunch dates. It has a great ambiance and their decorations are fun too. Right now they are ready for Halloween and it is really enticing! The place is super hipster and the music downstairs is “medium” loud, but upstairs is great for work (Courtney and I have made this place a Friday tradition to catch up on work).
Also, we have yet to check this out but I am in no way ruling it out! They have a 5pm $5 wine happy hour…nothing bad about that. I think this would be a really fun idea for a girl’s night out- I just got the idea to plan this once this semester is over. Thanks blog.
Here is their website so you can check it out directly and see how versatile their menu is. If you’re in the NoVa area or just looking for a new spot, I highly suggest Northside Social. I’m already dreading moving from this area (in 8 months…. Jumping the gun) because I will really miss this place!