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621 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
If you spend any amount of time roaming about the neighborhoods near the US Capitol, you’ll find that there are plenty of chain coffeshops that will deliver you the same cup of joe experience that you can get at the same spot in your hometown,...
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1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Like many people these days, I need a cup of caffeine to get me going in the morning. Most mornings I’m a tea person, but every once in a while, I need a cup of coffee. Luckily for me, M.E. Swing is just a short two blocks away from my office....
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1726 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
A friend who lives in the D.C. area recommended this coffeehouse to me. And considering how we used to frolic through London’s food scene together, I already knew that she’s just as picky as I am when it comes to coffee. Tucked away on 20th Street...
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2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Busboys and Poets is an iconic D.C. fixture, a hybrid bookstore, event venue, and restaurant. If you show up hungry, find a table and take your pick among the extensive Mediterranean-influenced menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers, and small...
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2459 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
If I had a supersized kitchen and I invited my friends over for a lazy morning breakfast and then took a photo of the scene, it would look exactly like Tryst on any given day. It’s that kind of warm, inviting place where you order a simple bite of...
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1063 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
From the outside, Ching Ching Cha looks like any other commercial establishment but walk inside and you’ll be transported to a teahouse somewhere in China. Sunlight pours in from the skylights above and soothing music sounds from the speakers. The...
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1704 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Dolcezza is an artisanal gelato company with several locations in the Washington, D.C. area. What makes Dolcezza unique in the world of gelaterias is that the gelato it serves up is made according to the Italian traditions in Argentina. I’m no...
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3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
Whether you're looking for a quick cup of coffee to jump start your day or a place to surf on your laptop or to socialize with friends or your date, Northside Social is always offering something fresh. This charming Clarendon neighborhood cafe and...
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Home to Darnell's dive bar at night, this hipster "pop-up" coffee shop (named for co-owner Jonas Singer's blind dog, Baxter) during the day gives the U Street/Shaw neighborhood a quaint and laid-back breakfast/lunch nook for laptop users,...
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475 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Get your java fix on at this often overlooked Chinatown/Penn Quarter gem a couple of blocks east of the neighborhood's Friendship Arch. A bright, exposed-brick storefront with basic furniture and funky music where uber-friendly and efficient...
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1700 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
This Bloomingdale neighborhood fixture is home to an inviting atmosphere, with friendly staff and patrons, an exposed brick interior, and a fantastic outdoor patio surrounded by vines. By day, it's a casual and lovely coffeehouse where you can...
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1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Located along the historic Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O Canal), this laid-back neighborhood bakery and coffeehouse is one of my favorite hangouts in D.C. Baked and Wired serves delicious food and drinks in a cozy atmosphere. The space is adorned with...
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806 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
If you end your White House tour around lunchtime, head over to one of the many eateries on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 17th and 18th streets, and pick up lunch to go. At the cash register, ask for two extra paper bags. Then head back toward the...
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100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
One deceptive thing about D.C. is that it looks like a small place, but it’s surprising how much walking you do when you're here. Walking in and between the museums, monuments, and other landmarks, you’ll be exhausted if you don’t pace yourself....
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3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA
The Washington National Cathedral stands high over D.C. as a beacon of faith for the nation. The impressive Gothic architecture evokes comparisons to Notre-Dame (despite being built more than half a millennium later). Flying buttresses, spires,...
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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...
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3303 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Once upon a time, there was a run-down parking lot located under the Whitehurst Freeway leading into Washington, D.C. It wasn’t a place that anyone, even someone who needed to park a car, would think of coming. Thanks to the persistent efforts of...
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Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
I’m very lucky. I get to spend my days in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! One thing that makes D.C. so special is the amount of green space that we have in the city. Constitution Gardens is just a few blocks from my office, and it’s...
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16th St NW &, W St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Once an encampment for Union troops during the Civil War, 12-acre Meridian Hill Park is now a central gathering space for friends and fitness enthusiasts. Running groups, yoga classes, and personal training sessions all meet at this urban hilltop...
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3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
Whether you have a green thumb or just love to bask in nature, you'll want to check out the National Arboretum before you bid D.C. adieu. Spring is one of the best times to visit, when the azaleas, rhododendrons, and native trees are in full...
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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...
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Washington, DC 20007, USA
D.C. is one of the few cities to have one of these—officially, that is. Sandwiched between Montrose Park and Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Gardens, this picturesque trail starts near 31st and R Streets NW in Georgetown and cuts through Rock Creek Park...
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515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
For decades, this rooftop terrace bar situated at the W Hotel (formerly the Hotel Washington, circa 1918) has provided some of the most stellar views of the White House, monuments, memorials, and beyond. P.O.V. is open year-round, unlike many...
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600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
This 37,000-square-foot bar packs in crowds for regular live music shows. And it slakes their thirst with mint juleps, draft beers, a large selection of wines, and cocktails like the Rickey, named in honor of Colonel Joe Rickey, an influential...
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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Located inside the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel, the Round Robin and Scotch Bar has been a lively meeting place for influential movers and shakers such as Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, and Henry Clay. It was here in the...
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1539 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
It doesn't look like much. Walking in you notice its scuffed wood floors, beat up benches and poor climate control. But don't let the ambience fool you. The Passenger is a must for anyone who likes to drink—and anyone who likes to soak up their...
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555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Poste Brasserie is known for many things, from its Poste Roast and its outdoor garden with weekday happy hours, to its Sunday brunch with a full Bloody Mary bar. We were given the choice of regular or bacon-infused vodka. Of course I chose bacon,...
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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...
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3400 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA
Meridian Pint is a friendly gastropub located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. Emphasis is on American craft beers; if you’re into European brews, you’re out of luck here. At any one time, they have about 25 beers on tap...
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116 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Since 2011, this pub has been a go-to spot for residents of D.C.'s Bloomingdale neighborhood. The name is a historical nod to the formation of D.C. as America's capital city (40 boundary stones were placed to demarcate the city's original borders...
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329 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Since 1967, visitors, college students, Capitol Hill staffers, interns, congressmen, clerks, and lawyers have graced this iconic Capitol Hill neighborhood bar dining on burgers and cheap beer. Longtime patrons remember the look of a rambling,...
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1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
Attached to the Dupont Circle Hotel, Bar Dupont is a sleek lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and a patio that enable you to observe the hustle of the neighborhood from a refined vantage point. Bartenders concoct both cocktail classics and their...
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2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Located on the edge of the Adams-Morgan neighborhood, this saloon features library-style shelves of over 1,400 varieties of whiskey from floor to ceiling. Single Malt and Blended Scotch, Irish, Canadian, Belgian, Japanese, Indian, Welsh, and...
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901 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
A loud mix of hipsters, college students, and professionals enjoy three floors of entertainment and fun at this traditional-themed British pub. Nosh on favorites like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and the "Brixton Burger" with bacon and fried...
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1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Sneak off the bustling 14th Street Corridor onto S Street NW, where an inconspicuous sign points you downstairs to an "apartment" door. Inside is a vibrant 60-seat lounge decorated with whitewashed walls, stylish leather booths, bird sculptures,...
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1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
The Tabard Inn is delightfully historic and creaky, with corridors and staircases that make the place seem endless. (The inn opened its doors to guests in 1922.) You can dine in the cosy basement restaurant or out on the courtyard patio. It's a...
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1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
From its humble beginnings at the corner of 11th St. and Florida Ave NW in 1944, DC's oldest soul food restaurant has welcomed longtime residents, tourists, transplants, as well as sports, entertainment, and political figures made evident by the...
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1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
If you're in the northwest area of D.C., and looking for good food with fresh ingredients, or for some unhealthy beignets that are simply excellent, then check out Founding Farmers. I started out eating on the healthy side, with an egg white...
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3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Like its sister restaurant Founding Farmers, the Georgetown Waterfront restaurant evokes Americana, farmhouse tradition, and seasonality in both menu and atmosphere. The weekend buffet-style brunches are a keeper that includes breakfast tacos,...
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1811 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Sunday brunch at Perry’s is not your usual run-of-the-mill affair. Yes, there is an all-you-can-eat buffet bar filled with typical brunch fare. Yes, there are the usual boozy drinks to go with your brunch meal. Yes, there is music piped over...
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225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
This longtime Eastern Market counter restaurant draws neighborhood residents and visitors every Saturday morning with their "Bluebucks." Long queues are the norm to get a stack of three light and fluffy blueberry buckwheat pancakes slathered with...
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505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Brothers Mark and Ty Neal built Ted's Bulletin as an homage to their father, who loved to feed his family, his friends, his neighbors, and random passersby. The restaurant is a comfortable 1930s-style American diner serving up classy takes on...
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1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
This friendly and upbeat market and pub situated east of Dupont Circle is a nod to DC native and chef Alex McCoy's early days of living amongst the eclectic atmosphere and cuisines of East London. Featuring a rotating seasonal menu featuring...
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5035 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Washington, D.C. natives Matt and Jena Carr and chef Anne Alfano opened this coffeehouse and market to pay homage to the Portland, Oregon, hangout Little Red Bike Café. Not only did the Carrs replicate the café's concept, but they also copied its...
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1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
I've visited Belgian cafes across this country, and I liked this one quite a bit. With waffle brunches, pastries, and beer, they cover the whole food experience. The service has a hipster edge (and was somewhat lackadaisical), so don't go when in...
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1046, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Sandwiched between the White House, the U.S. Treasury Department, and the Willard Hotel, this legendary spot since 1906 has catered to visitors, power brokers, celebrities, sports icons, and literary figures with its stellar food and service....
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1303 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
When it opened in 1987, Paolo's, located in the heart of Georgetown, quickly became the place to dine for lunch, cocktails, and dinner. Today, the restaurant still bustles with energy and exceptional offerings of traditional Italian fare fused...
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1522 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
I'm meeting my friend for brunch at Café Bonaparte. I stroll up to the northern side of Georgetown—the part that feels more like a quaint neighborhood than the frenzied, tourist area near M Street. The space is long and narrow, simply decorated...
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3100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
This French brasserie located in Clarendon gives off a comfortable atmosphere with cozy tables, a bustling café and bar, and handsome black-and-white photos adorning its walls. French and German cuisine from the Alsace-Lorraine region dominate the...
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3195 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
This split-level Clarendon tavern and upstairs dining room puts a creative spin on modern American cuisine with its rustic seasonal menu and well-priced wine and beer lists. Breads, pasta, sausages, and desserts are made in-house, and many...
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1632 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
D.C. offers a lot of choices for getting about the city. If you are cyclist, consider renting a bicycle to supplement travel by public transportation. Not only is it cheaper than Metro (either subway or bus) and cab fare, but also you’ll avoid the...
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3500 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Key Bridge Boathouse is the go-to launching point for paddlers of all skill levels. Whether you're in a kayak or a canoe or on a stand-up paddleboard, time on the water is transformative. Its classes, tours, and rentals offer a unique perspective...
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4940 Canal Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Need to escape the crowds on the Mall? Need a break from seeing one museum after another? Tired from wandering through the monuments? Then head to Fletcher’s Cove which is part of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and be surrounded by trees...