Open City at the National Cathedral is where you can linger over a latte, scarf down a sandwich or get dressed up for a brunch date, all under the backdrop of the National Cathedral. Whether you’re coming to worship, enjoy a concert, a pilgrimage or one of Washington National Cathedral’s many insightful programs, the Cafe is where you can take a break to mingle with the locals and get a taste of the real DC. . . literally.

We offer espresso drinks in the Northern Italian tradition, home made pastries, sandwiches served on hand-crafted rustic breads and a host of other delights made with fresh ingredients.  And while you can take your order to go, our outdoor patio, big farm table, cozy lounging options, free wifi, and fun and friendly staff will likely change your mind.

Open City at the National Cathedral brings community to those enjoying Washington National Cathedral, a national treasure and an architectural feat, a place of stunning beauty built to inspire.  While visiting the Cathedral, enjoy the artwork and exhibits that tell the American story of faith. Outside, you can explore the gardens and grounds that are shared with three outstanding schools—or peer with gargoyles from the city’s highest point. Then make your way to the Cathedral’s cafe, operated by those who brought you several favorite DC standby’s throughout the city including Tryst, The Diner, Open City in Woodley Park, Tryst at the Phillips, and The Coupe.