What a charmer is Leopold’s! Hidden away on the lower level of Cady’s Alley (descend the staircase that lies next to 3318 M St.), the cafe is a joy to stumble upon, with its colorful upturned petal seats, glass display case of mouthwatering pastries and tea sandwiches, and inviting glassfront facade opening to the pretty courtyard.
Those in the know come and go throughout the day, and these include an international melange of Georgetown University students, fashionable sorts from the neighborhood, Cady’s Alley shoppers, and tousle-haired, European handsome hipsters (diplomats? businessmen? star soccer players? anyone’s guess).
Saturday and Sunday brunch spills over with regulars here for lemon souffle pancakes and omelettes. The kitchen serves breakfast until 4pm daily but turns out satisfying versions of Austrian specialties for other meals—try the veal schnitzel, apple strudel, and smoked and cured fish served with capers. Leopold’s has a full bar.