On a bright, cold day during the polar vortex (AKA today), the boyfriend and I went to a local coffee shop I’d been wanting to try. It was Northside Social, whose Falls Church branch opened in summer 2018. As I just returned to the area for the foreseeable future in December 2018 after a year and a half in North Carolina, I hadn’t yet had a chance to try the new location. Ben and I are coffee people, and try to support small businesses whenever wallets and time allow.
The Falls Church City location of Northside Social is larger than the original in Arlington. However, the parking situation is almost as abysmal. The lot upon which Northside Social sits has parking spaces, though these are barred from use by Northside Social patrons. There is limited street parking, public parking across the street, and the apartment building across the street has a few spots for Northside Social patrons to use. All in all, without previous knowledge, the parking situation at both locations is quite aggravating.
The inside of the shop is very charming. We sat in the part that was once an old house. The walls seemed to have been stripped down to the bare wood, giving the space an unfinished, yet homey, vibe. There was a lot of wood throughout the space, which added a sense of warmth to the otherwise modern, industrial decor. The music played was not too loud and was unobtrusive in nature. There was, of course, that typical delicious hum of a coffeehouse, of people talking and laughing, and plates and cups and silverware clack-ing and tinkling.
The coffee was good, but the pastry was excellent. I had a mocha and a Nutella pastry. The mocha was a tiny bit bitter, which I prefer when it comes to chocolate. The Nutella pastry, though, stole the show. There was a layer of Nutella slathered atop it, and some inside the flaky, light, buttery pastry, the edges of which crunched delightfully.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Northside Social’s Falls Church City location. However, I would caution the reader about the parking situation – as in any city of any size, be sure to read the signs carefully regarding parking. I would recommend the coffee and most definitely the Nutella pastry. I will be returning.