This historic locale resides next to the Anacostia River and will quickly become a recreation hotbed when Phase I of The Wharf opens on Oct. 12. In addition to three hotels and 20 restaurants, the 24-acre development will feature music venues, four public piers, a fish market and water taxis. You can also embark on a water excursion with Entertainment Cruises from this by-the-water neighborhood.
When the weather permits, walk your way through The Yards Park, a scenic space in Capitol Riverfront. Once winter settles in, the Canal Park ice rink is ready for revelry. Take a trip to sweet tooth-satisfying Ice Cream Jubilee after dinner at Bluejacket or Osteria Morini.
Eclectic and full of fun, Adams Morgan features a great bar scene and top-notch record stores and boutiques. Have a cocktail at Roofers Union, score vintage threads at Meeps, shop for vinyl at Smash! and groove to the blues at Madam’s Organ.
The streets of Georgetown, founded in 1751, are delightfully scenic. Learn of DC‘s past at Tudor Place and Old Stone House before enjoying the wealth of shopping options. Take the family to Pinstripes for bocce, bowling, bites and beer, or listen to live jazz at Blues Alley.
Penn Quarter & Chinatown
This neighborhood serves as DC‘s entertainment center, with Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals games plus star- studded concerts at Capital One Arena, and excellent Shakespeare Theatre Company performances across the street. The genius of chef José Andrés is on display at five restaurants: Jaleo, China Chilcano, Oyamel, minibar and Zaytinya.
Centered around an iconic and gorgeous fountain, Dupont Circle is a cultural hub. You can visit America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection, browse books and sip a latte at Kramerbooks & Afterwords and bask in evening laughs at DC Improv.
Once known as “Black Broadway,” U Street’s fascinating past informs its lively present. Hear live music at 9:30 Club, Howard Theatre or U Street Music Hall, and be sure to try a delicious half-smoke from the legendary Ben’s Chili Bowl.
H Street NE
You can fit a lot into a 1.5-mile stretch of DC. Check out restaurant/coffeehouse/retail shop Maketto (order the fried chicken) and see a show at Rock and Roll Hotel. H Street also features the DC Streetcar, back after a 50-plus year hiatus.
Art, dining and entertainment help form DC‘s dynamic downtown. Fill up shopping bags at high-end stores and dine in style at Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen and Bar, all inside CityCenterDC, a luxury hub. Quench your cultural thirst at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, solely committed to recognizing creative artworks by women.
Situated near Downtown, Shaw is at the forefront of the DC dining revolution. Grab a seat at Espita Mezcaleria for inventive southern Mexican cuisine and cocktails, or stroll through Blagden Alley, which is rife with restaurants and coffee shops. Have a date night at Thally, a laid- back New American concept with a homespun soda operation.
An acronym for “North of Massachusetts Avenue,” NOMA is as hip as it sounds. Union Market is a DC gem, featuring local artisans crafting delicious bites and unique wares. Nearby, cool down with gelato from the Dolcezza Factory and delight your taste buds with Chef Nick Stefanelli’s Italian creations at Masseria, which earned a Michelin star in 2016.
Home to the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress and Supreme Court, Capitol Hill is a historic seat of power that also features fantastic dining. Try the fried chicken at Art and Soul, the meats at Charlie Palmer Steak and the mussels at Belga Café.
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