DESTINATION | WASHINGTON DC
WASHINGTON DC ESSENTIALS
12 12 A dishy fish dish at Dabney. 13 Spot the unicorn at Union Market, an upscale food court and market. 14 As well as sating the appetites of young professionals, Union Market also has indie retail units, such as this pop-up store selling leather shoes from Turkey.
HIPPEST A reconverted church, The LINE opened to much fanfare earlier this year and for just cause. With Morgan West as its creative cultural director (she’s the founder of acreativedc.com) and fellow raconteur Farrah Skeiky as her PR sidekick (Skeiky is a photographer and punk-rock musician), the hotel is at the epicentre of DC creativity. Tasteful rooms are nonchalantly understated – the style you wish you had at home – and the food is James Beard-standard. Rooms from $135. (1770 Euclid Street NW, +1 202 588 0525; thelinehotel.com)
FUN Innovative and playful, the double Michelin starred Minibar is the brainchild of the blockbuster Basque chef José Andrés. For further proof that DC is no longer a steakhouse town, take a seat at this brilliantly bonkers place where food, art and science collide. Be sure to try its neighbour Barmini, which offers experiential cocktail flights as part of its 100-strong tipple menu. (855 E St NW, +1 202 393 0812; minibarbyjoseandres.com)
HOTTING UP Set to become the city’s premiere “woke” magnet, Eaton DC is being managed by the 36-year-old tastemaker Katherine Lo, whose father is the founder of Hong Kong’s Langham Hospitality Group. Witness activists and aesthetes flocking to this community-focused operation, whose spot-hitting USPs couldn’t be more on-trend: lobby radio station; co-working spaces; artist residencies; rooftop farm; holistic centre; private cinema; juice bar; speakeasy; event spaces galore and a food hall helmed by bright young chef Tim Ma. Rooms from $169. (1201 K Street NW, +1 202 289 7600; eatonworkshop.com)
LOCATION, LOCATION Don’t be put off by its mouthful-name – Canopy by Hilton Washington DC The Wharf is well worth investigating. Gleaming interiors are enhanced by floor-to-ceiling panoramas of the waterfront, where one of the city’s hottest concert venues, The Anthem, draws a discerning crowd. The hotel’s rooftop bar has picture-perfect views of the Potomac river. Rooms from $225. (975 7th Street SW, +1 202 488 2500; canopy3.hilton.com)
PRODIGIOUS Maydan marks the triumphant triumvirate of owner Rose Previte and chefs Chris Morgan and Gerald Addison. They have wooed as many critics as they have customers: in August, Bon Appetit ranked it the second-best restaurant in the entire USA, while Eater, Food and Wine and GQ are all huge fans. Cuisine is Middle Eastern inspired, with a bit of North Africa and the Caucasus thrown in, while the vibe is mellow. (1346 Florida Ave NW, +1 202 370 3696; maydandc.com) GENIAL Chef Jeremiah Langhorne filled a niche at Dabney by focusing specifically on Mid-Atlantic cuisine, which, curiously, few DC chefs were doing. And this summer it paid off spectacularly: he won the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic, one of the industry’s highest accolades. Cosy, casual and conducive for arriving with friends and sharing a great bottle of wine. (122 Blagden Alley NW, +1 202 450 1015; thedabney.com) DAYTIME DELIGHT Located at the National Museum of African American History and Culture – a Smithsonian institution – Sweet Home Café is an exhibit in its own right, showcasing the best of Afro-American cuisine, from Creole Coast creations, such as Louisiana catfish po’boys, to Northern-State pepper pots. (1400 Constitution Ave NW, +1 844 750 3012; nmaahc.si.edu)