Collected by Lauren MacG
1320 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
I’ve had a life long love affair with pork so when a friend suggested that we go for dinner at a place called The Pig, how could I say no? The Pig serves up its dishes as small plates, so it’s the perfect place to go with a group of people and...
225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
The Eastern Market, now a National Historic Landmark, opened in 1873 to serve the Capitol Hill neighborhood (an 1805 version, located down by the Navy Yard, was a casualty of the War of 1812). The brick market hall, packed with butchers, bakers,...
1314 1/2 9th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Chef Dan O’Brien spends his days taking the finest of locally sourced ingredients and transforming them into the most delectable of foods including pantry items like sauces, fruit butters, pickles, and condiments. He then stocks his pantry shelves...
3235 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Fleurir prides itself on creating local chocolate completely from scratch. They use locally-sourced ingredients and feature artists on their uniquely designed wrappers. The flavors of the chocolate are anything but conventional. You may find...
1308 G St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Astro is the brainchild of two childhood friends, Eliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern, who grew up playing hockey together (one currently plays in the NHL) and would enjoy doughnuts as a post-game treat. An union of two iconic comfort foods, relish in...
415 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
I've been fascinated recently with this sweet-savory combination. Sorry cupcakes, the doughnut is back, and it has gotten quite the makeover! Before this craze hit D.C., chefs Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIssac of Birch and Barley/Churchkey have...
8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
An undulating steel and glass canopy wows visitors who enter the Kogod Courtyard. Inside you'll find diners from the museum's café, tourists soaking their weary feet in the shallow fountain running across the space, and students taking advantage...
511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
No theater in America has had a more tragic history than Ford's. During an April 14, 1865, performance, 26-year-old stage actor John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln as he sat in the flag-draped presidential box. Shuttered for nearly a...
5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015, USA
Rock Creek Park is the main stretch of woodland that runs through the city's northwest corridor. If you want to escape the mob of tourists on the Mall, or you just want to spend time in an urban oasis, head to Rock Creek Park. Any section between...
3120 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Dumbarton Oaks Garden, the onetime country estate of Mildred and Robert Bliss, is a delightful place to retreat for a few hours. You'll find it at the highest point of the elegant Georgetown neighborhood. Landscape architect Beatrix Farrand...
1370 Park Rd NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA
Simply put, you must go here. Sticky Fingers has the craziest bakery, breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu that you have ever seen. And, the best part is that it's all vegan, but you can't even tell! I would challenge anyone, from vegetarian to...
822 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
We stumbled upon this gem of a restaurant on our most recent trip to Washington, D.C. Look for the sign, and then follow the stairs as they descend below grade to the cozy enclave, designed by Chef Aaron McCloud, to meet your dining desires. Jazz...
1511 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
Little Serow’s northern Thai dining experience is a sensory adventure. The minimalist, cavernous room is a blank canvas for James Beard Award–winning chef Johnny Monis to paint palates with the bitter, funky, spicy, and salty...
Washington, DC 22202, USA
The Pentagon Tour is the kind of immersive American experience you should not skip. It attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year for good reason. On the hour-long, 1.5-mile walking tour, you'll peek into the world's largest low-rise office...
2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA
When the red-meat craving hits, there’s one place that satisfies the need for a juicy fix: Burger Tap and Shake, otherwise simply known as BTS. BTS offers a great selection of burgers made from locally sourced beef that is freshly ground on...
2000 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
When I lived in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, I would go to Second Story to check their sales carts. I still love spending time here, especially as the store has been cleaned up and the collections much better organized. You can find current...
223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Situated amongst the numerous dive bars on Capitol Hill, this Italian-inspired enoteca showcases a creative selection of wines from Italy and California (hence the word "Cal-Ital") as well as a seasonal menu with artisanal cheeses, charcuterie,...
1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
Folks are here for the beer at ChurchKey, the city's preeminent destination serving more than 550 variations (50 drafts, 500 bottles) from 30 countries, along with rare international and English-style ales. If you're overwhelmed by the...
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
A D.C. fixture since it opened in 1984, Politics and Prose is an independent bookstore popular for its knowledgeable staff, author readings and book signings, occasional trivia nights, and a café that's been serving organic fare since...
2016 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
A relative newcomer to the roster of D.C. restaurants, Ezme quickly established itself as worthy addition. Ezme is located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, and it’s a small but cozy dining space. The moment I see the Turkish tiles on the wall, I...
2721, 1665 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
The Bean Counter is a locally owned café in the heart of Georgetown. This small, cozy eatery with chartreuse walls is a neighborhood favorite. Stop by for a quick breakfast or come for lunch, when you'll find a nice selection of soups, salads, and...
945 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
District Flea is D.C.’s latest flea market brought to us courtesy of the organizers of New York's uber-hip Brooklyn Flea. Plenty of vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, art, books, records, specialty foods, and other finds to keep you happily...
3409 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
I don’t really like to shop, and it’s even worse for me when I HAVE to shop like when I need to pick up a gift for a friend. I struggle to find that perfect gift. Thank goodness Wake Up Little Suzie exists. This small store is a go-to place for...
724 Jefferson St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Fleurir is a charming chocolate boutique that produces and sells exquisite chocolate bonbons and treats. Chocolatier Robert Ludlow creates innovative flavors out of quality ingredients that include lavender shiraz, peanut butter banana, and lemon...
1200 19th St NW #130, Washington, DC 20036, USA
Sweet Diablo is a secret little European café tucked amongst fast-food restaurants in central D.C. The owners, raised in Portugal, have added a Portuguese twist to typical café and bakery fare. And this is the only location in the US to serve "The...
657 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Capitol Hill Books looks more like a hoarder's basement than a bookstore. It's not the best place to pick up the latest bestseller, but it is exceptional for its collection of rare books, as well as its snarky, not-so-subtle opinions about various...
1814 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
As with many Chinese restaurants in the U.S., Sichuan Pavilion has two menus. Ask for the home kitchen menu—the one with the authentic dishes. Warning: The chili is hot, and the Sichuan peppercorn used in many of the dishes is tongue-tingling....
1725 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Tucked away in the Kalorama neighborhood is an urban oasis of steps and terraces connecting S Street and Decatur Place NW. Designed in the early 20th century during D.C.'s "City Beautiful" movement, the Spanish Steps vaguely resemble the original...
1210 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken is an eatery serving a blend of African and Portuguese (Mozambican?) cuisine that centers around the African Bird’s Eye Chili, also known as Peri-Peri. At Nando’s, fresh chickens are marinated for 24 hours, trimmed of all...
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