Guidebook for Washington, DC

Beth
Guidebook for Washington, DC

Food Scene

DC has a thriving food scene. Here we feature just some of our favorite nearby spots in Capitol Hill, H Street Corridor, and Navy Yard.
Consider this spot Old Faithful. This scratch Italian kitchen features homemade pasta and a reliable brunch. The bottomless mimosas are tasty and strong!
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Lavagna
539 8th Street Southeast
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Consider this spot Old Faithful. This scratch Italian kitchen features homemade pasta and a reliable brunch. The bottomless mimosas are tasty and strong!
This art-deco style diner features boozy milkshakes, homemade Ted’s [Pop] Tarts, and many other options on their varied menu. Just be sure to call ahead (202-544-8337) because there's almost always a wait.
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Ted's Bulletin
505 8th Southeast
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This art-deco style diner features boozy milkshakes, homemade Ted’s [Pop] Tarts, and many other options on their varied menu. Just be sure to call ahead (202-544-8337) because there's almost always a wait.
This small spot is hidden in plain sight on H Street. It features some of the best ramen in the city and offers a hipster vibe.
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Toki Underground
1234 H Street Northeast
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This small spot is hidden in plain sight on H Street. It features some of the best ramen in the city and offers a hipster vibe.
One of the best restaurants in DC (with a Michelin star to prove it)! Make sure to check out their website for information on making a reservation. This is a gorgeous restaurant with fantastic food, and it is very accommodating to any dietary restrictions, all at a very reasonable price.
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Rose's Luxury
717 8th Street Southeast
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One of the best restaurants in DC (with a Michelin star to prove it)! Make sure to check out their website for information on making a reservation. This is a gorgeous restaurant with fantastic food, and it is very accommodating to any dietary restrictions, all at a very reasonable price.
Modern Chinese and Korean cuisine. Great for carry-out... or dining in if you're lucky enough to grab a spot at this popular casual dining spot.
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CHIKO Capitol Hill
423 8th St SE
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Modern Chinese and Korean cuisine. Great for carry-out... or dining in if you're lucky enough to grab a spot at this popular casual dining spot.
Little Pearl's vibe and fare is both upscale and accessible. Treat yourself at any point in the day, from a handcrafted latte and pastry in the morning, to a bottle of wine on the patio in the afternoon, to a Michelin-star rated dinner in the evening.
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Little Pearl
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
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Little Pearl's vibe and fare is both upscale and accessible. Treat yourself at any point in the day, from a handcrafted latte and pastry in the morning, to a bottle of wine on the patio in the afternoon, to a Michelin-star rated dinner in the evening.
This food hall opened in Summer 2020 and features a variety of options, including tacos, sushi, NY style pizza, and craft cocktails.
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The Roost
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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This food hall opened in Summer 2020 and features a variety of options, including tacos, sushi, NY style pizza, and craft cocktails.
Local coffee shop that serves up authentic Ethiopian food to boot!
Hype Cafe
1129 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Local coffee shop that serves up authentic Ethiopian food to boot!
Spanish tapas restaurant boasting a handsome interior as well as patio seating. This also serves as a great happy hour spot that features specials on drinks and food.
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Joselito Casa de Comidas
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
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Spanish tapas restaurant boasting a handsome interior as well as patio seating. This also serves as a great happy hour spot that features specials on drinks and food.
Belga Cafe offers solid Belgian cuisine, including several mussel pots. It also features a great brunch.
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Belga Café
514 8th St SE
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Belga Cafe offers solid Belgian cuisine, including several mussel pots. It also features a great brunch.
This place is just fun. It features creative sushi and pan-Asian cuisine, and it is very vegan friendly!
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Sticky Rice
1224 H Street Northeast
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This place is just fun. It features creative sushi and pan-Asian cuisine, and it is very vegan friendly!
At a first glance, you might not realize that this fast casual spot is entirely plant based! It features creative appetizers, bowls, and rotating specials.
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Pow Pow
1253 H St NE
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At a first glance, you might not realize that this fast casual spot is entirely plant based! It features creative appetizers, bowls, and rotating specials.
This is one of our favorite casual spots. The cocktails are delicious, and there are a variety of tacos -- including three vegan options. The guacamole is a must!
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Taco City DC
1102 8th St SE
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This is one of our favorite casual spots. The cocktails are delicious, and there are a variety of tacos -- including three vegan options. The guacamole is a must!
This Indian restaurant features a large and attractive dining room that is perfect for groups and couples alike. The extensive menu features options marked for specific diets, and the generous portions likely mean you will walk out with a to-go bag!
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Bombay Street Food 2
524 8th Street Southeast
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This Indian restaurant features a large and attractive dining room that is perfect for groups and couples alike. The extensive menu features options marked for specific diets, and the generous portions likely mean you will walk out with a to-go bag!
A self-proclaimed "Jew-ish Deli" that features tasty bagel sandwiches.
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Call Your Mother – Capitol Hill
701 8th Street Southeast
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A self-proclaimed "Jew-ish Deli" that features tasty bagel sandwiches.
Located in Navy Yard, this is our favorite bagel shop because it offers two types of vegan cream cheese! It also has a wide variety of bagel flavors. Check out their website to order ahead for easy pick-up.
Bethesda Bagels
120 M St SE
Located in Navy Yard, this is our favorite bagel shop because it offers two types of vegan cream cheese! It also has a wide variety of bagel flavors. Check out their website to order ahead for easy pick-up.
Located in Navy Yard, this beautiful restaurant offers top notch New American fare that caters to a verity of dietary restrictions. A great option for dinner, brunch, or happy hour!
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Chloe
1331 4th St SE
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Located in Navy Yard, this beautiful restaurant offers top notch New American fare that caters to a verity of dietary restrictions. A great option for dinner, brunch, or happy hour!

Drinks & Nightlife

There are tons of options across the city. Here we feature some nearby, perhaps lesser known watering holes that we enjoy!
Local dive located just around the corner. Unique decor and a jukebox!
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Trusty's
1420 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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Local dive located just around the corner. Unique decor and a jukebox!
Year-round beer garden featuring liters of German brews, plus eats such as bratwurst & pretzels. Plenty of TVs to catch your favorite team.
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the brig
1007 8th St SE
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Year-round beer garden featuring liters of German brews, plus eats such as bratwurst & pretzels. Plenty of TVs to catch your favorite team.
This bar features 50 taps, including 5 side-pull taps specifically made to dispense lagers. The space at The Roost includes a beer garden, in addition to indoor seating within the food hall.
Shelter
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
This bar features 50 taps, including 5 side-pull taps specifically made to dispense lagers. The space at The Roost includes a beer garden, in addition to indoor seating within the food hall.
BETSY is the rooftop bar located on top of Belga Cafe. You'll walk through an artful, Insta-worthy alley to locate this hidden gem.
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BETSY
514 8th St SE
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BETSY is the rooftop bar located on top of Belga Cafe. You'll walk through an artful, Insta-worthy alley to locate this hidden gem.
Barrel is a whisky bar that also boasts a tasty food menu. The main floor is generally lively and loud, so check out the basement if you are looking for a more intimate setting.
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Barrel
613 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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Barrel is a whisky bar that also boasts a tasty food menu. The main floor is generally lively and loud, so check out the basement if you are looking for a more intimate setting.
We love coming to this Navy Yard brewery for a flight at the bar or outside under the heat lamps. It offers a large all-day menu and weekend brunch as well. The homemade everything pretzel with mustard and beer cheese is a favorite!
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Bluejacket
300 Tingey Street Southeast
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We love coming to this Navy Yard brewery for a flight at the bar or outside under the heat lamps. It offers a large all-day menu and weekend brunch as well. The homemade everything pretzel with mustard and beer cheese is a favorite!

Parks & Nature

The U.S. Arboretum is gorgeous year-round, and it open daily until 5pm. Check out the bonsai garden, then stroll over to the old Capitol columns for a picnic!
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Arboretum
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The U.S. Arboretum is gorgeous year-round, and it open daily until 5pm. Check out the bonsai garden, then stroll over to the old Capitol columns for a picnic!
A DC gem off the beaten path. The departed residents of Congressional Cemetery, colorful in life, continue to inspire, amaze, and entertain. Docents seem to really love these people, and you will too when you hear their tales. Congressional is a lovely neighborhood park as well as a great stop for visitors. It's friendly to dogs and to all people, living and deceased.
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Congressional Cemetery
1801 E Street Southeast
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A DC gem off the beaten path. The departed residents of Congressional Cemetery, colorful in life, continue to inspire, amaze, and entertain. Docents seem to really love these people, and you will too when you hear their tales. Congressional is a lovely neighborhood park as well as a great stop for visitors. It's friendly to dogs and to all people, living and deceased.
If you are looking for green space, picnic tables, and jogging paths along the river, this park is for you! You can access the park in under five minutes driving or by walking over Philip Sousa bridge.
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Anacostia Park
1900 Anacostia Drive
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If you are looking for green space, picnic tables, and jogging paths along the river, this park is for you! You can access the park in under five minutes driving or by walking over Philip Sousa bridge.
Lincoln Park is a popular neighborhood spot for outdoor activities. We love to grab takeout and picnic here on nice evenings!
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Lincoln Park
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Lincoln Park is a popular neighborhood spot for outdoor activities. We love to grab takeout and picnic here on nice evenings!
Rent kayaks and canoes in the shadow of Nationals Park!
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Boating In DC at Ballpark Boathouse
Potomac Avenue Southeast
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Rent kayaks and canoes in the shadow of Nationals Park!

Essentials

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Safeway
415 14th Street Southeast
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CVS
500 12th Street Southeast
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Trader Joe's
750 Pennsylvania Ave SE
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Yes! Organic Market Capitol Hill
410 8th Street Southeast
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Shopping

Amazing local/gourmet food vendors, cute shops, and a couple places to get a nice drink. Definitely worth checking out!
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Union Market
1309 5th Street Northeast
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Amazing local/gourmet food vendors, cute shops, and a couple places to get a nice drink. Definitely worth checking out!
This indoor market, filled with local grocers, is open Tuesday through Sunday. Additional craft and food vendors fill the adjacent streets on the weekends.
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Eastern Market
225 7th Street Southeast
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This indoor market, filled with local grocers, is open Tuesday through Sunday. Additional craft and food vendors fill the adjacent streets on the weekends.
Local bookstore with very helpful staff!
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East City Bookshop
645 Pennsylvania Ave SE
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Local bookstore with very helpful staff!
This local game shop is the perfect place to pick out your next board game! They host regular community gaming nights. The staff is extremely helpful if you need recommendations. It also features a large section of children's toys and games.
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Labyrinth Games & Puzzles
645 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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This local game shop is the perfect place to pick out your next board game! They host regular community gaming nights. The staff is extremely helpful if you need recommendations. It also features a large section of children's toys and games.
On one side of the food hall, you will find Cameo Coffee and Shop Made DC. This storefront sells all kinds of home goods, gourmet items, and accessories-- all made by DC based artisans and companies. This is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or gift!
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The Roost
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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On one side of the food hall, you will find Cameo Coffee and Shop Made DC. This storefront sells all kinds of home goods, gourmet items, and accessories-- all made by DC based artisans and companies. This is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or gift!
This locally owned kitchen shop offers tons of gift options for home cooks and features some DC themed items that make great souvenirs.
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Hill's Kitchen
713 D Street Southeast
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This locally owned kitchen shop offers tons of gift options for home cooks and features some DC themed items that make great souvenirs.

Getting Around

DC boasts excellent public transportation options. You might also be interested in checking out scooters, which have grown in popularity. Lime and Spin are the most common options. You'll need to download their apps to locate scooters in your area.
It's just across the street :-) You can use Google Maps for directions on navigating the train/bus lines. Plan to purchase your Metro SmartTrip ahead of your train's arrival time!
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Potomac Ave
700 14th St SE
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It's just across the street :-) You can use Google Maps for directions on navigating the train/bus lines. Plan to purchase your Metro SmartTrip ahead of your train's arrival time!
The closest Capital Bikeshare is located on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave and Potomac Ave SE, in front of the AT&T store. Bikeshare stations are dispersed across the city and offer a great way to get around!
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Capital Bikeshare
2900d Harvard Court Northwest
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The closest Capital Bikeshare is located on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave and Potomac Ave SE, in front of the AT&T store. Bikeshare stations are dispersed across the city and offer a great way to get around!

Entertainment & Activities

Go Nats!
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Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street Southeast
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Go Nats!
Is bad weather throwing a wrench in your plans? This hipster movie theater offers daily showings of independent movies, along with a full bar!
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Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market
550 Penn Street Northeast
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Is bad weather throwing a wrench in your plans? This hipster movie theater offers daily showings of independent movies, along with a full bar!
Home to the Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics, this arena also regularly hosts concerts and other major events.
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Capital One Arena
601 F Street Northwest
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Home to the Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics, this arena also regularly hosts concerts and other major events.
This is a cool restaurant, bar, and music venue featuring local and national names.
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The Hamilton
600 14th Street Northwest
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This is a cool restaurant, bar, and music venue featuring local and national names.