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Get To Know: Downtown Silver Spring

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Posted on June 5
Downtown Silver Spring at night. (Dan Reed/Flickr)

Downtown Silver Spring at night. (Dan Reed/Flickr)

Hey folks, Dan Reed here. I'm a regular on City Cast DC's Friday episodes where we wrap up the week's most intriguing stories. And I'm excited to debut on the newsletter today to share a bit about my home, Silver Spring.

In 2026(ish), you'll be able to take the Purple Line to Silver Spring, but for now a big chunk of the area's bustling downtown is an active construction site. Don't let that discourage you!

Where to get coffee:

Start your visit with Kefa Cafe, the OG spot run by two sisters who emigrated from Ethiopia and have created a welcoming hangout. Around the corner, you'll find Black Lion Cafe, the second location of the Rockville favorite, and Kaldi's Social House, the two-story megacafe you might recognize from a Tostitos commercial (true story!)

Where to shop:

Loyalty Books is the Maryland offshoot of the Petworth bookseller, which also has a selection of thoughtful gifts and a big jar of treats for your four-legged friends. If you're looking for vintage finds, wander through Analog Market, a converted house filled with pre-loved books, records, art, and clothing.

What to eat


Start your day (or end it, your call) at The Breakfast Club, an all-day brunch favorite with a plush Art Deco vibe. You can't beat the lunch special at Spice Street, an Indian restaurant whose name isn't false advertising. For dinner, settle into the cozy booths at Kook Kai's Thai Kitchen – or grab takeout, as they're known for drawing cartoons on their containers.

What to drink:

Quarry House Tavern is a beloved dive bar that's been in business for almost 90 years. Or you can do a pub crawl through Silver Spring's three breweries — Astro Lab, Denizens Brewing Company, and Silver Branch.

If you prefer wine, check out

Locavino which sources bottles from local vineyards.

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