Washington, DC

All About our City: The Numbers

Getting around on the metro: Pocket Guide to metro  

A Few of Our Favorite Things:

Our Favorite Sights :

Our Picks Restaurants:

One of Dawn’s favorite DC restaurants is Sticky Rice,
Kris likes Luna Grill

Tasty Treats:

Milkshakes at Ted’s Bulletin
Sampling the goodies from the food trucks at Truckeroo

Neighborhoods:

Adams Morgan

Location: Northwest, DC centered around 18th St. and Columbia Rd.

Nearest metro: Woodley Park -Zoo (Red line), Dupont Circle (Red Line)

Character:  Adams Morgan is known for its cultural diversity and has many restaurants and bars, making it a popular nightlife destination.  Surrounding residential homes are 19th-20th century row houses, historic and modern condominiums.

The Grill from Ipanema – A taste of Brazil in the city!

Amsterdam Falafelshop  Great flavorful food.  Don’t forget to order some Falafel, a ball or patty made from ground chickpeas

Coffeehouse Bar and Lounge:

Tryst  Featuring live music, fair trade coffee, bar, and comfy seats.

Capitol Hill/Eastern Market

Location: From the Capitol stretching eastward approximately 2 square miles.

Nearest metro: Eastern Market (Blue and Orange lines), Capitol South (Blue and Orange lines), Potomac Ave. (Blue and Orange lines)

Character 

Character: Capitol Hill is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in DC, and has quite a few neighborhood attractions, including the United States Capitol building, the Library of Congress, Eastern Market — a local farmers’ and flea market surrounded by restaurants, Barracks Row, and the Navy Yard.  The residential neighborhoods feature mostly historic rowhouses and manor homes from the 19th century.

Not to miss: 

Barrel  Try the BBQ, slaw, or the hot sticky buns

Tortilla Café  Near the flea market for those post shopping munchies.  Try the corn tamale.

Eastern Market   Check out the complete selection of fresh fruits, meats, fish, and veggies on Saturdays and Sundays.  You won’t regret it

Cleveland Park/Tenleytown/Friendship Heights

Location: Northwest, DC, bordering Chevy Chase, Maryland, roughly bounded by River Road, Wisconsin and Connecticut Avenues, through Woodley Park/Zoo

Nearest metro: Friendship Heights (Red line), Tenleytown/AU (Red line), Cleveland Park (Red line), Woodley Park-Zoo (Red line), Van Ness (Red line)

Character:

Highly residential with pockets of high-end retail shopping (Friendship Heights), restaurants, and commercial offices.  American University is situated in Tenleytown, and Rock Creek Park is close by with playgrounds, ballfields, a golf course, an amphitheater, trails for biking, hiking, riding horses, and more.  The residential areas have many historic detached homes, condominiums, and rowhouses.

Eats near the Zoo

Open City  when you have finished looking at the panda bears try the chai waffles

District Kitchen  make a meal of small plates.  Don’t forget to try the warm apple buckle with a glass of wine

Afghan Grill  try the pumpkin dish or the Mando, a steamed dumpling dish

Columbia Heights

Location: Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., Columbia Heights borders the neighborhoods of Shaw, Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant, and Petworth. On the eastern side is Howard University.

Nearest Metro: Columbia Heights is a stop located on both the Green and Yellow metro lines

Character

Because of the level of redevelopment in the area, there is amazing balance of new development mixed with older development, of historic rowhouses and new high-rise condos, and of big-box retail next to local small businesses.  It has the best of both worlds in many respects, and residents love all that the neighborhood has to offer.

What makes it unique:

Tivoli Theater The Tivoli Theatre is a landmark building. Originally built as a movie theater, it currently (as of 2006) exhibits live stage productions as the home of the GALA Hispanic Theatre.

Tasty food and famous beverages 

Room 11  Say cheese and try the grilled cheese, cheese plate, or honey goat cheesecake 

Sticky fingers sweets and eats  Two time cupcake wars champs or try the blueberry, ginger, or cranberry muffins

Meridian Pint  Environmental sustainability and American craft beers.  How can you go wrong? 

 Dupont Circle

Location: The major thoroughfares coming together at Dupont Circle include Connecticut Ave, which emanates from the White House and runs roughly north-south, and Massachusetts Ave which runs roughly east-west.

Nearest Metro Located on Metro’s red line.  The station’s southernmost point is slightly more than two-and-a-half blocks north of Farragut North

Character:

Dupont Circle is one of D.C.’s trendiest neighborhood, owing to its collection of night clubs, bars, cafes, art galleries, and shops.

What to do 

Embassy Row Tour– Embassy Row” is usually taken to mean the stretch of Massachusetts from just north of the White House, out toward the Naval Observatory.

 The Phillips Collection Encounter superb works of modern art in an intimate setting at The Phillips Collection

Local Eats 

Kramerbooks and Afterwords  first Bookstore/Cafe in the country to feature Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch & Late Supper as well as offering complete bar service

Pizzeria Paradiso  Wood burned stone oven cooked pizza in a friendly comfortable environment like eating at a friend’s home 

Georgetown 

Location North of the Potomac River just across the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The main thoroughfares are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Nearest Metro: Georgetown is not accessible by Metrorail. You can get to this historic neighborhood by taking the DC Circulator Bus using the Georgetown/Union Station or Rosslyn/Georgetown/Dupont Circle lines.

Character Served as a major port  and commercial center during colonial times. Now, a vibrant community with upscale shops, bars and restaurants along its cobblestone streets. Many of the homes along the tree-lined streets are 200 year-old restored row houses

What to Do and See 

Georgetown University  Take a tour of the beautiful historic campus or stay for one of the many events and lectures 

Dunbarton House Dumbarton House is a historic house museum, built during the presidencies of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson circa 1800.  A lovely location for photos. 

Washington Harbour  Washington Harbour is located along the Georgetown waterfront in Washington DC and offers spectacular views of the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center, Washington Monument, Roosevelt Island, and the Key Bridge. 

So many restaurants so little time 

Sequoia  Floor to ceiling windows with beautiful views of the Potomac river and a tasty menu of Seafood and American cuisine.  Perfect for a warm night or special occasion. 

Filomena Restaurant a menu inspired by Mother Filomena’s simple, yet creative cuisine, as well as those wonderful old world traditional recipes.

H Street- Also known as The Atlas district 

Location  H Street is a set of east-west streets in several quadrants of Washington DC.  It is also used as an alternate name for the near Northeast neighborhood, as H Street NW/NE is the neighborhood’s main commercial strip.

Metro – Not directly metro accessible try using one of the buses The X2 runs fairly frequently (see schedule here); it’s about a 15-minute ride to the center of the Atlas District from the stop at Seventh and H streets, Northwest, near Gallery Place. The 90/92 line runs up Eighth Street, Northeast, into Adams Morgan.

Character As recently as five years ago, H Street was still a string of boarded-up storefronts. But then things began to change. The Atlas theater reopened. The Argonaut  and other bars began to move into the neighborhood. The Palace of Wonders offered burlesque and sword swallowing performances, the Red and the Black hosted indie bands before (slightly) growing crowds.  H street now hosts a kid-friendly wine bar as well as plenty of places for hipsters.

 What to see 

Studio H Gallery Specializes in highlighting emerging local artists 

Atlas Performing Arts Center The Atlas Performing Arts Center is home for adventurous audiences, artists and ideas — presenting contemporary music, film, dance, theatre and performing arts unlike anywhere in the city.

Eating and Drinking 

The Liberty Tree A taste of New England in DC.  Try the clam chowder.  

H Street Country Club  You won’t be bringing your tennis racket here but you can enjoy this restaurant’s miniature golf course,  video games,drink specials, mexican food and entertainment.

Little Miss Whisky’s Golden Dollar Bar DJ, Friendly bartenders, generous pours well loved local dive bar 

Mount Pleasant

Location:  Northwestern quadrant of the city. The neighborhood is bounded by Rock Creek Park to the north and west; and Harvard Street, NW and the Adams Morgan neighborhood to the south; and Sixteenth Street, NW and the Columbia Heights neighborhood to the east.

Metro:  awkwardly close to the Metro– Luckily, it’s served by great bus service, including the new Circulator and a number of other buses serve the area as well.  There are ten Zipcars in the area as well.

Character A small-town feel: Many of the homes have porches. The tree-lined streets encourage strolling. Cultural Tourism DC has put together a 90-minute self-guided walking tour, “Village in the City: Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail.” 

What makes it special 

Meridan Hill Park An urban park like no other. The formal, 12-acre site includes unique statues, the largest cascading fountain in North America, concrete aggregate architecture, a U.S. presidential memorial, and more

Past Tense Yoga  Get your zen on and check out their spring yogathon

Food and Drink 

Beau Thai Try the Bangkok street brunch including Thai donuts.

Flying fish coffee Neighborhood charm, great WiFi, healthy food choices, and oh yes, espresso drinks.

Petworth

Location The neighborhood is bordered to the east by the Soldiers’ Home and Rock Creek Church Yard and Cemetery; to the west by Arkansas Avenue NW, to the South by Rock Creek Church Road NW and Spring Road NW, and to the north by Emerson Street NW

Metro  Georgia Avenue-Petworth located on the green line

Qualia coffee  Got your caffeine on with an international flavor.  Full-service coffee shop that also serves as the home of Fresh Off the Roast, a small-batch coffee roasting company dedicated to sourcing recently harvested beans from around the world

Petworth Citizen and Reading Room  Back reading room where you can read a book, take a book, or leave a book.  Try the roasted mushroom sandwich and the special cocktails.

U Street

Location The U Street Corridor is a commercial and residential district in Northwest Washington DC  with many shops, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, and music venues along a nine-block stretch of U Street. It extends from 9th Street on the east to 18th Street and Florida Avenue on the west. Most of the area is part of the larger Shaw neighborhood, with the western end entering the Dupont Circle neighborhood

Metro U Street African American Memorial Civil War Memorial/Cardozo  Green and Yellow Line 

Character: U Street is largely a Victorian-era neighborhood, developed between 1862 and 1900, the majority of which has been designated a historic district. The area is made up of row houses. Today, DC has once again embraced the neighborhood’s creative spirit. the neighborhood maintains the legacy of Duke Ellington and Billy Taylor with a host of hopping music venues featuring avant garde jazz, mainstream hip hop, and alt-rock.

Shops we Love 

Caramel Men and women’s clothing.  The owner is passionate about helping the local clothing, artisan and jewelry making community here in DC

Zawadi Washington’s home for African art and handicrafts 

Merlot’s Masterpiece  Sign up for a paint and sip class.  No experience required. 

Food and Drink  

Ben’s Chile Bowl– 100% Wind powered and visited by the likes of Bill Cosby and President Obama.  Serving chile dogs, fries, burgers and more. 

Busboys and Poets– Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted…a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul.

Cakelove– Need we say more.  Cakes and cupcakes from scratch including gluten free and vegan delights 

Chevy Chase 

Location: Chevy chase is roughly centered on Connecticut Avenue north of the District of Columbia.  Primarily a residential suburb, It borders Chevy Chase, Maryland, a collection of similarly affluent neighborhoods.

Metro The area is served by the M4, L1, L2, L4, E2, E3, E4 and E6 Metrobus lines. Chevy Chase is within walking distance of three red line stations: Van Ness-UDCTenleytown-AU, and Friendship Heights.

Atmosphere: This neighborhood has a charming residential character, and beautiful tree-lined streets, and it’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.  Chevy Chase is one of the District’s most beautiful neighborhoods.  Walking through the hills of the neighborhood, it’s hard to believe you’re still in the city– it’s more like a wooded suburb.  T

What’s Happpening

The Chevy Chase Citizens Association is a very active neighborhood group that holds community events and meetings.  Their news page keeps residents up to date on all the local happenings.

Shops Til You Drop

 Mazza Gallerie  Find all the hottest looks at this trendy mall, one of DC’s premiere shopping districts.  Done shopping? Catch a flick or a bite.

Chevy Chase Pavilion  Newly renovated  with a modern atrium.  Check out Range restaurant, with two time James Beard award winning chef or the Civil cigar lounge.

The shops at Wisconsin place  All of your favorite stores and a variety of restaurant’s to indulge on delicious yet healthy treats all the goodness without the guilt.

Club Life

Chevy Chase Club  Private club with  golf and tennis venues, fitness facility, swimming complex, full size ice skating rink and various private party rooms and dining options.

Dinner and Drinks

Macon Bistro and Larder  Travel the world in one location.  Macon, Georgia, meets Mâcon, France.

Blue 44 Classic American cuisine with a hint of Italian infusion.  A welcoming environment for residents, students and kids.

Jake’s American Grill  Try out a new brew, enjoy hearty American comfort eats and catch all the games in the basement bar.