Guidebook for Washington

Christine
Guidebook for Washington

Food Scene

Get the mint mojito coffee! It will change your life for the better.
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Philz Coffee
1331 4th St SE
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Get the mint mojito coffee! It will change your life for the better.
FANTASTIC Italian food. Great wine. Top-notch service. Love this place!
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Osteria Morini
301 Water Street Southeast
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FANTASTIC Italian food. Great wine. Top-notch service. Love this place!
From corporate lawyer to presidential appointee at Homeland Security to ice cream shop entrepreneur. Only in DC! Awesome and creative flavors here. Put it on your list!
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Ice Cream Jubilee
301 Water Street Southeast
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From corporate lawyer to presidential appointee at Homeland Security to ice cream shop entrepreneur. Only in DC! Awesome and creative flavors here. Put it on your list!
Breakfast and lunch and coffee at this local spot that has a lot of fans. Expect a line, but it moves pretty fast. So worth it!
Bethesda Bagels
120 M St SE
Breakfast and lunch and coffee at this local spot that has a lot of fans. Expect a line, but it moves pretty fast. So worth it!
The best Korean chicken I've ever had. The spicy is SPICY but I love it. Good beers, too. Order take-out or eat in but be ready to wait a little since dishes take about 20 minutes. You won't regret it.
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Bonchon Navy Yard
1015 Half St SE
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The best Korean chicken I've ever had. The spicy is SPICY but I love it. Good beers, too. Order take-out or eat in but be ready to wait a little since dishes take about 20 minutes. You won't regret it.
It doesn't get any closer than this! Look over from my balcony and you can see this place (and sometimes hear it, too). Can't beat the setting, or the drinks, really. I love the Narragansett lager + Del's lemonade mix -- brings me back to my two years in Rhode Island!
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The Salt Line
79 Potomac Ave SE
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It doesn't get any closer than this! Look over from my balcony and you can see this place (and sometimes hear it, too). Can't beat the setting, or the drinks, really. I love the Narragansett lager + Del's lemonade mix -- brings me back to my two years in Rhode Island!
The closest fast-casual place to grab lunch or dinner, and pretty much on the way to the metro from my place.
Chopt Creative Salad Co.
1257 First St SE
The closest fast-casual place to grab lunch or dinner, and pretty much on the way to the metro from my place.
Another fast-casual lunch or dinner spot, right near Chop'd. I love the hummus here, and the falafel, and all their spicy sauces. Pack a mint though, 'cause man that garlic sticks around ;)
Roti Modern Mediterranean
1251 First St SE
Another fast-casual lunch or dinner spot, right near Chop'd. I love the hummus here, and the falafel, and all their spicy sauces. Pack a mint though, 'cause man that garlic sticks around ;)
Cool new coffeeshop/cocktail place. Keep meaning to go here because it looks so cool!
Slipstream
82 I St SE
Cool new coffeeshop/cocktail place. Keep meaning to go here because it looks so cool!
People go pretty crazy for this burgers!! (and fries and shakes)
Shake Shack - Navy Yard
54 M St SE
People go pretty crazy for this burgers!! (and fries and shakes)
Fast-casual lunch or dinner, a blend of Korean and Mexican. Pretty cool! And they serve beer.
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TaKorean | The Yards
1212 4th Street Southeast
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Fast-casual lunch or dinner, a blend of Korean and Mexican. Pretty cool! And they serve beer.
Delicious fast-casual upscale salads. Lunch or dinner. Feels so healthy!
sweetgreen
1212 4th Street Southeast
Delicious fast-casual upscale salads. Lunch or dinner. Feels so healthy!
Whoa. These are good doughnuts.
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District Doughnut
749 8th Street Southeast
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Whoa. These are good doughnuts.

Drinks & Nightlife

Amazing architecture and ambiance. Even more amazing beers.
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Bluejacket
300 Tingey Street Southeast
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Amazing architecture and ambiance. Even more amazing beers.
Bare-bones but great outdoor beer garden on the waterfront next to my building. You can try a sample before you buy something. Dog-friendly with a bunch of games you can play as you while away your afternoon.
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Bardo Brewing
25 Potomac Ave SE
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Bare-bones but great outdoor beer garden on the waterfront next to my building. You can try a sample before you buy something. Dog-friendly with a bunch of games you can play as you while away your afternoon.
Yet another beer garden! Attracts a younger crowd, but man are those (large) Belgian beers great. Some nice Belgian and German bites, too!
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the brig
1007 8th St SE
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Yet another beer garden! Attracts a younger crowd, but man are those (large) Belgian beers great. Some nice Belgian and German bites, too!

Parks & Nature

Yards Park isn't huge, but it is awesome. When the boardwalk ends at the park, to the left is a nice plot of green grass, and to the right is this awesome native plants garden to sit and look out on the water. Walk a little further (or just follow your ears) and you can watch a ton of very jubilant kids splashing in the waterfall and shallow pool in the middle of the park. Head over the white bridge and sit on the public patio to eat lunch, or a little farther to a second grassy area, and beyond it, some nice shade trees and really cool benches and built-in lounge chairs. Just writing about it makes me wish I were there!
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The Yards Park
355 Water Street Southeast
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Yards Park isn't huge, but it is awesome. When the boardwalk ends at the park, to the left is a nice plot of green grass, and to the right is this awesome native plants garden to sit and look out on the water. Walk a little further (or just follow your ears) and you can watch a ton of very jubilant kids splashing in the waterfall and shallow pool in the middle of the park. Head over the white bridge and sit on the public patio to eat lunch, or a little farther to a second grassy area, and beyond it, some nice shade trees and really cool benches and built-in lounge chairs. Just writing about it makes me wish I were there!
Across the river from my place is a lovely linear park to bike, run and walk, or just hang out and watch the river and the birds. There are a few benches along the way, but a lot of people are on the move on this path, so step lightly!
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Anacostia Park
1900 Anacostia Drive
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Across the river from my place is a lovely linear park to bike, run and walk, or just hang out and watch the river and the birds. There are a few benches along the way, but a lot of people are on the move on this path, so step lightly!
Take a bike and find your way here, with some food and drinks (maybe even grab my navy picnic backpack from the clothes closet!) Watch the planes land across the river at DCA (Reagan airport) and the bikers whiz by you, and contemplate your existence. Especially mesmerizing during cherry blossom season.
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Hains Point
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Take a bike and find your way here, with some food and drinks (maybe even grab my navy picnic backpack from the clothes closet!) Watch the planes land across the river at DCA (Reagan airport) and the bikers whiz by you, and contemplate your existence. Especially mesmerizing during cherry blossom season.
You can bike here easily, using the new, wonderful, well-marked Anacostia River bike path, and you should!
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Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Avenue Northeast
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You can bike here easily, using the new, wonderful, well-marked Anacostia River bike path, and you should!
When you'd like some nature in your DC stay. Best to drive here, but you can bike mostly along the river, too.
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United States National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue Northeast
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When you'd like some nature in your DC stay. Best to drive here, but you can bike mostly along the river, too.
Bike or take a Lyft here; hard to get to otherwise and competitive (though free) parking if you drive. A nice little jaunt!
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Theodore Roosevelt Island
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Bike or take a Lyft here; hard to get to otherwise and competitive (though free) parking if you drive. A nice little jaunt!
Man, what a fantastic place. Go just to the overlook, or walk along the towpath to the Billy Goat Trail. You won't believe you're so close to DC with this amazing river spot!
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Great Falls
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Man, what a fantastic place. Go just to the overlook, or walk along the towpath to the Billy Goat Trail. You won't believe you're so close to DC with this amazing river spot!

Essentials

Wine and beer selections here, along with anything else you expect at a grocery store!
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Harris Teeter
401 M Street Southeast
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Wine and beer selections here, along with anything else you expect at a grocery store!
All your pharmacy needs!
CVS
1100 New Jersey Avenue Southeast
All your pharmacy needs!
When you need some mani-pedi pampering.
Cosmopolitan Nail Lounge
1341 4th St SE
When you need some mani-pedi pampering.
Where I get my hair cut. Caroline's my gal!
Bang Salon
1212 4th St SE
Where I get my hair cut. Caroline's my gal!
Haven't been there yet but when you need a massage, you need a massage! https://www.secure-booker.com/auraspatheyards/MakeAppointment/Search.aspx
Aura spa
1212 4th St SE
Haven't been there yet but when you need a massage, you need a massage! https://www.secure-booker.com/auraspatheyards/MakeAppointment/Search.aspx

Arts & Culture

Frederick Douglass is more than "an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more." His is an amazing story of education, leadership, bravery, and conviction in the mid-1800s. His house in Anacostia is a National Park, and there's an excellent visitors' center with a 20-minute movie that will help you know someone you should know about, and will make you wonder why you didn't know more about him before.
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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
1411 W St SE
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Frederick Douglass is more than "an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more." His is an amazing story of education, leadership, bravery, and conviction in the mid-1800s. His house in Anacostia is a National Park, and there's an excellent visitors' center with a 20-minute movie that will help you know someone you should know about, and will make you wonder why you didn't know more about him before.
The nicest DC perfoming arts theater. Amazing architecture. Check it out!
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Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1101 6th Street Southwest
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The nicest DC perfoming arts theater. Amazing architecture. Check it out!
No one regrets going here.
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest
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No one regrets going here.
For your favorite modern art, including sculpture.
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue Southwest
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For your favorite modern art, including sculpture.
Can't beat it! Especially love the outdoor Sculpture Garden -- ice skating rink in winter, Jazz in the Garden on Friday nights in the summer.
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National Gallery of Art
6th
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Can't beat it! Especially love the outdoor Sculpture Garden -- ice skating rink in winter, Jazz in the Garden on Friday nights in the summer.
One of the rare museums you pay for in DC, and worth it!
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Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
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One of the rare museums you pay for in DC, and worth it!
Extinct charismatic megafauna, the Hope Diamond, Ocean Hall... yes. You want this.
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National Museum of Natural History
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Extinct charismatic megafauna, the Hope Diamond, Ocean Hall... yes. You want this.
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National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street Southwest
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Recently reopened and always, always wonderful.
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Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW
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Recently reopened and always, always wonderful.
You can bike all the way here if you like! Lovely.
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Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy
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You can bike all the way here if you like! Lovely.

Entertainment & Activities

Inescapable since you're right next to it!
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Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street Southeast
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Inescapable since you're right next to it!

Shopping

Bike rentals if Capital Bikeshare is not your kind of thing.
Conte's Bike Shop
1331 4th St SE
Bike rentals if Capital Bikeshare is not your kind of thing.
For the runner you are or want to be! A local chain, and a great one.
Pacers Running
300 Tingey St SE
For the runner you are or want to be! A local chain, and a great one.
Closest collection of shops -- clothes, shoes, more.
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Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
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Closest collection of shops -- clothes, shoes, more.
When you have to go somewhere like this, it's good to know where it is!
Walmart Supercenter
99 H St NW
When you have to go somewhere like this, it's good to know where it is!