Open City at the National Cathedral is a cafe where locals, visitors and the various communities on the Close gather to share a table and enjoy thoughtfully crafted faRe.

At Open City at the National Cathedral 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.



(202) 965-7670



3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20002



Monday- Sunday 7AM - 6PM

THe tryst trading company

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!

Espresso in a ceramic mug with animal crackers next to it

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


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We do not take reservations as we try to be as inclusive and accommodating as possible to everyone who visits us.

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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. 


Order online

Save some time and place your order online for pickup at the cafe!