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Have you ever heard of Cafe Riggs in Washington D.C? If not, I’m about to introduce you to one of the most Instagramable spots in DC. Cafe Riggs and Riggs Hotel are a MUST visit if you’re in D.C. Cafe Riggs is located right inside the Riggs Hotel on 900 F Street. Not to mention, they are about a 20-25 minute walk from the Washington Monument or the White House.
Cafe Riggs is known for its over-the top floral setups, drawing Instagrammers and social media users from all around. 📸 Grab a seat inside at the beautiful lounge bar or the stunning modern European-inspired dining room. Otherwise step outside enjoy the weather on the umbrella-covered patio or enchanting floral-filled garden terrace dining sections.
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▷ PARKING: Riggs Hotel offers valet parking at the hotel entrance for Cafe Riggs for $20. Street parking is also available on the surrounding streets but can be difficult to find. As a result, I recommend parking a few blocks away and walking to the hotel. We found parking on 6th and F and only had to walk 3 blocks (about 8 minutes). Street parking is free on Sundays!
Located on the corner of 900 & F, Riggs Hotel is in the heart of Penn Quarter. Cafe Riggs can be seen directly ahead from F street when coming from 700th street or other lower numbered streets along F street. As soon as you see the signature blue awnings, you know you’ve found it. Riggs Hotel and Cafe Riggs are identified by their signature blue color seen throughout outdoor features such as the garden terrace roof, cafe signs and more.
The sidewalk is open and you are free to walk by the hotel and patio freely. The patio offers seating along the side of the hotel with umbrellas for shade cover. For patio seating, you can either make a reservation online or speak to the host/hostess inside the restaurant. Seating for Sunday brunch was completely open with plenty of tables available.
See all available menus below 👇
Cafe Riggs & Riggs Hotel Street View
Cafe Riggs Patio
BREAKFAST MENU | BRUNCH MENU | LUNCH MENU | DINNER MENU
* Please note that menu options may have changed from the date of publishing this post. Please see the Cafe Riggs site for the most up to date menus.
When you hear of Cafe Riggs or see it on social media, it’s likely the outdoor Garden Terrace. The Garden Terrace is what Cafe Riggs is most well-known for, along with the giant flower case inside the cafe (see below). Every season Cafe Riggs fills the Garden Terrace with beautiful floral arrangements that fit the current season and colors. 💐 For spring you’re likely to find a variety of pink and red flowers. Summer time is a mix of bright yellow, pink and white flowers. And around Christmas time you’ll see red and green flowers.
Once again, the sidewalk alongside Riggs Hotel is open and you are free to walk by the patio and Garden Terrace. If all you’re wanting is a quick photo or two, you can walk by and see if there is an open table at the Garden Terrace. During peak hours, all sections on the terrace may be full. To guarantee your spot on the Garden Terrace, make a reservation online ahead of time. The Garden Terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a Sunday brunch with your girlfriends or savor a delicious cocktail surrounded by beautiful flowers. So girls trip anyone?!
Cafe Riggs Garden Terrace
Garden Terrace Outdoor Seating
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Inside the Riggs Hotel you’re greeted by a stunning arched ceiling, marble walls and gold details at every turn. Even more, Hotel Riggs pays homage to its roots as a National Bank before it was transformed into the stunning hotel it is today. The front desk and check-on area is a collection of old bank teller windows with Silver Lyan cocktail bar in the original vault only a few steps below. Just inside the main entrance you will find Cafe Riggs to your left. If the outdoor heat is too much for you to handle, grab a seat at the bar or dining room inside the cafe.
Riggs Hotel Lobby
The Cafe is “inspired by the busting brasseries of Europe¹” offering everything from pastries, to brunch, oysters, steak and more. View their various menus here. Pastries range from $6-8, breakfast entrees range from $14-30 ($18 average) and dinner entrees range from $18-38.
Furthermore, Cafe Riggs offers a variety of seating options both outdoors and inside. Find Traditional dining seating inside the cafe along with a bar and lounge seating. The vibrant colors and floral decor continue inside the cafe and create a delightful and inviting environment. The rich tones of the plush chairs invite you into a feeling of euphoria and high class. Sip on a glass of wine after a long day and relax in pure luxury.
Cafe Riggs Indoor Seating & Details
Cafe Riggs Giant Flower Case
The history of the Riggs Hotel is actually quite fascinating. It was formely a bank is now rennovated into a luxury hotel for travelers. The hotel was built in 1891 and serviced 23 American presidents over the years. As a result the bank received the name “Bank of Presidents”. Learn all about Charles Glover, the Riggs Hotel’s involvement in history and how it’s been reinvented to be the hotel you see today.
And if you have a chance to visit, 100% do it. It will be worth the visit.
I hope you found this quick Cafe Riggs & Riggs Hotel travel guide useful! The next time you’re in Washington D.C. I encourage you to visit Cafe Riggs and experience the luxury and fun it offers. Again, it is only a 20-25 minute walk from The Washington Monument and White House. If you’re in the area, add Riggs Hotel to your itenerary. Lastly, be sure to save this post for your next trip by pinning your favorite image on Pinterest.
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