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COVER The Kennedy Center celebrates its new expansion with nearly 500 free events and activities at the REACH Opening Festival, September 7-22. Photo ©RICHARD BARNES
In this food-obsessed town, new restaurants pop up seemingly every week. These days, hip, modern Asian restaurants serving up lesser-known flavors are all the rage.
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any people flock to the nation’s capital in April to peep those rose-hued cherry blossoms, but September is a special time, too. There’s a hint of fall in the air, as golden leaves start to flutter in the breeze. It’s also shopping season. In addition to all the big name-stores stocking the latest trends, the city also has a ton of adorable places with vintage finds for your home and wardrobe. See our favorites on page 8. If you’re like me, always hunting for new restaurants, you’re in luck. These days Asian eateries are all the rage, and we’re not talking your standard takeout joints. These hot spots are hip, modern and serve up lesser-known flavors. Whet your appetite on page 12. September is full of happenings, too, with nearly 500 events at the Kennedy Center alone marking the opening of the performing arts center’s new expansion, The Reach (see cover). See pages 6 and 7 for all the fun D.C. has in store.
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With its Instagram-worthy photo ops and clever name, Smorgasburg, the Brooklyn-born food market, quickly rose to become one of the most popular events in New York and Los Angeles. Now, the feasting comes to Washington with delicious (and yes, social media-friendly) hits like tacos and pizza, but also hot chicken sandwiches and Filipino lechon every Saturday through October. Tingey Plaza in Navy Yard, dc.smorgasburg.com
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The Broadway musical adaptation of Disney’s feel-good 1992 film, “Aladdin,” tells the story of a humble boy, who frees a genie from a long-buried lamp and then uses his wishes to win the woman of his dreams. Naturally, the task isn’t as easy as it seems, but the journey sure is a whole lot of fun with Alan Menken’s toe-tapping tunes, plus eye-popping visuals, dazzling costumes and a “flying” carpet. The Kennedy Center, 202.467.4600
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Mary J. Blige Sept. 3 The multi-talented singer and lauded actress serenades. Wolf Trap, 877.965.3872 Kacey Musgraves Sept. 7 The country star brings her Oh, What a World II tour back to D.C. Wolf Trap, 877.965.3872 Gelato Festival Sept. 7-8 Top makers teach how to make the frozen Italian treat and scoop tastes. City Market at O, www. gelatofestival.com
‘Dear Evan Hanson’ Through Sept. 8 The Tony Award-winning musical about a high school student trying to fit in returns to D.C. The Kennedy Center, 202.467.4600 Adams Morgan Day Sept. 8 The boho zone comes alive with performances, food and activities. Check website for exact location, www.admoday.com DC Beer Week Sept. 8-15 Brewers offer tastes, seminars and beer-centric activities. Various locations, www.dcbeerweek.net
SneakerCon Sept. 7-8 Thousands gather to buy, trade and sell fine kicks. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, www. sneakercon.com
Leslie Jones Sept. 10 The “Saturday Night Live” star tickles the funny bone in this live taping. Warner Theatre, 202.783.4000
The Reach Sept. 7-22 Nearly 500 free events open new spaces at the performing arts center. The Kennedy Center, 202.467.4600
Zoo Uncorked Sept. 12 Oenophiles sip top wines (most 90+) and party with the animals at this popular tasting. National Zoo, 202.633.4888
Ravi Coltrane Quartet Sept. 13-15 The jazz saxophonist and composer gets the crowd groovin’. Blues Alley, 202.337.4141 Art All Night Sept. 14 The city’s creative community pull an all-nighter with their creations and events across town. www. artallnightdc.com Diplo Sept. 14 The international deejay mixes up all the beats at this electronic dance party. Echostage, 202.503.2330 Colonial Market & Fair Sept. 14-15 George Washington’s historic home turns into an 18th-century market with crafts, foods and more. Mount Vernon, 703.780.2000 DC Shorts Sept. 19-28 More than 100 films just 90 minutes long screen across D.C. Check website for details. festival.dcshorts.com
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MISS PIXIE’S FURNITURE AND WHATNOT
Beyond the monuments, memorials and marbled halls of government, Washington, D.C., is a shopper’s paradise. Boutiques and malls carrying all the latest and greatest dot the landscape. But this historic city preserves retro gold, too. Here’s a look at a few top shops for retail bargain hunters looking for style. Jennifer Barger
n a recent afternoon at Adams Morgan’s longtime vintage den Meeps (2104 18th St. NW, 202.265.6526, www.meepsdc.com), a skinny, gray-haired glamazon is trying on a bunch of 1970s men’s tuxedo shirts. They’re ruffled and come in macaron-hued pastels: baby blue, mint, a Pepto pink that’s somehow charming. “People just like the originality of older things,” says store owner Cathy Chung. That might be the battle cry for all retro seekers, whether they’re here buying a turquoise lamé 1960s ball gown ($75) or hitting one of the area’s many other vintage clothing or furniture stores. Even in an era of the Internet ruling retail, D.C. still boasts a strong throwback shopping scene.
CLOTHING To trawl for a “Mad Men”-ish men’s suit or a 1980s Versace party dress (ooh, ruffles!), start at Meeps, where a snug, tin-ceilinged storefront specializes in well-priced clothing from the 1930s through the 1980s. “Younger female customers are all about the high-waisted mom jeans and windbreakers,” says Chung. Recent finds: a 1960s Hawaiian blouse in a tiki-rific print (marked down to $5!) and the aforementioned tux shirts ($75). A back costume room boasts wigs and quirky pieces like clown shoes. A few blocks away, climb the narrow staircase to weekends-only Mercedes Bien (2423 18th St. NW, 202.360.8481), where the stylish owner with the same
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pattern to a 1950s box handbag embellished with a furry French poodle. “People mix this stuff in with modern pieces, like a 50-year-old silk kimono over a cami and jeans,” says White. And funky his-and-hers vintage/consignment emporium Bespoke Not Broke (7042 Carroll Ave., www. bespokenotbroke.com) in Takoma Park, Maryland, sells storied military stock ($29 for an East German army shirt with a tiny flag patch), 1960s cocktail dresses and Kate Middleton-worthy hats. Plus, there’s a section of curvy girl attire in extended sizes and a few things for kiddos.
name deals in Audrey Hepburn-ish sheath dresses, men’s leather jackets from the “Grease” years and vintage sunglasses and jewelry, like a $50 cocktail ring with M&M-sized gray stones. A few blocks north, look up for the artful, mannequin-filled window of second-floor Via Gypset (311 Calvert St. NW, www.viagypset.com). The bright zone traffics in women’s consignment and vintage from an Eisenhower-era cropped curly lamb jacket ($150) to a velvet YSL dress ($700) that screams 1980s. Nearby suburbs also rock with frocks and other looks from bygone decades. Thousands of dresses, hats and jackets from the 1900s through the 1980s fill Arlington, Virginia’s appointment-only Amalgamated (5179 B Lee Highway, 703.517.7373, www.amalgamated-clothing. com). Owner Shelly White also supplies the wardrobe for screen projects like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Woody Allen’s 1930s Hollywood flick “Cafe Society.” Her deep (yet surprisingly well-priced) inventory ranges from a 1980s Diane Freis gypsy dress in a purple floral ($75)
Where Now Chinoiserie cabinet ($165), a ceramic end table shaped like a camel ($425) and enough Kennedy-era barware to launch a thousand cocktail parties. Further from the city center, groovy Modern Mobler (7313 Georgia Ave. NW, www.modernmobler.com) offers up mid-century walnut furniture, Eames chairs and lighting behind its bright blue façade. Big names headline, such as a Hans Wegner teak wall unit ($6,050) and mod, pod-like 1970s Knoll office chairs ($389 a pair). And to toast all your newfound throwback style? Grab a set of colorful highball glasses or a chrome cocktail shaker from your grandma or great-grandma’s time at Old Town Alexandria, Virginia’s buzzy The Hour (1015 King St., www.thehourshop.com).
furniture, art and accessories souk also sells new women’s clothing, gifts and a modern boho lifestyle. “A lot of customers are shopping vintage for environmental reasons, which is totally cool,” says Anna. “Our customers are indie. They don’t like having their aesthetic directed by a corporate entity, and they want to be the creative force behind their own style.” The constantly updated stock might include a taxidermy shark head, a burl wood 1920s dining table ($900) or a stylized, mid-century oil painting of a horse ($75). Less than a half mile away, Miss Pixie’s Furniture and Whatnot (1626 14th St. NW, www.misspixies.com) marches to a whimsical vibe: take an acid-green 1960s
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HE NATION’S CAPITAL IS AN INTERNATIONAL CITY. NO SURPRISE, THEN, THAT FOOD LOVERS FIND A WORLD OF FLAVORS RIGHT HERE. THESE DAYS, HIP ASIAN EATERIES ARE ALL THE RAGE. HERE ARE A FEW MAKING WAVES.
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HANUMANH The owners of lauded Thip Khao and Northern Virginia’s Padaek bring their skill with Laotian flavors to this bar-forward concept, which also highlights another D.C. trend—tiki drinks. Barmini alum Al Thompson’s concoctions pair well with the funky flavors in dishes like naem khao kob, a crispy rice and herb salad, and khao jee, an egg dish refreshed with
milk bread and crispy chicken skin. 1604 7th St. NW, no phone, www.hanumanh.com
LAOS IN TOWN This newbie in NoMa claims the real thing in its team (a chef and owner with deep roots in Thai/Essan cuisine and extensive on-the-ground research, plus staff from Laos). The result? Plenty of hits on the menu. Diners have raved about everything from the pork sausage fragrant with lemongrass to the seen hang, a tender, flavor-filled beef jerky, and the grilled whole fish. The modern indoor/outdoor space filled with finds from Vientiane add to the appeal, especially as the sun dips down into golden hour. All that’s missing is the mighty Mekong. 250 K St. NW, 202.864.6620, www. laosintown.com
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Punchy colors, festive music and a lively Capitol Hill crowd make the second outpost of Asad Sheikh’s Columbia Heights original one of the city’s brightest new stars. On the menu, find Sheikh’s hometown street food favorites like vada pav, a.k.a. “Bombay Burger,” a fried potato patty sandwiched between two thick slices of toasted bread and served with an addicting chutney. Other favorites?
The crowd-pleasing thali, a combo plate that also comes in a vegan/veggie version; Bombay palak chat, a pile of crispy spinach drizzled with yogurt and a sweet chutney; lal mirch, a thick curry that doesn’t hold back on the spice. 524 8th St. SE, 202.558.9506 (also in Columbia Heights), www. bombaystreetfood.us
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QUEEN’S ENGLISH New York transplants Henji Cheung and Sarah Thompson’s glam restaurant in Columbia Heights brings to life Cheung’s childhood memories spent in the Northern Territories near Hong Kong. Those flavor-filled memories find their place on the menu here in hand-cut noodles stained black with squid ink on one side and smashed cucumbers topped with smoky celtuce and trout roe. The mostly walk-in spot accepts only a limited number of reservations, so get there early. 3410 11th St. NW, no phone, www. queensenglishdc.com
THAMEE After perfecting their native Anglo-Burmese flavors at Toli Moli in Union Market, owners Jocelyn Law-Yone, her daugh-
ter Simone Jacobson and their business partner Eric Wang go full-blown restaurant with this endeavor in the nearby H Street corridor. Inside, the simple subway-tile-lined decor shines the spotlight on the food Law-Yone and Jacobson grew up eating. Dishes like whole steamed fish with turmeric and citrus reference family meals, while treats like falooda layered with ice cream, jellies and basil seeds make sweet endings. 1320 H St. NE, 202.750.6529, www.thamee.com
ZEPPELIN A mural on the building housing this lively Japanese izakaya depicts Godzilla about to rumble with a giant squid. Inside the two-story space, diners wrestle with what to order—there’s
so much to choose from. The wide-ranging menu references Japan’s Edomae era with sushi (rolls, nigiri, sashimi) that doesn’t lean on frilly extras for its straightfrom-the-Land-of-the-Rising-Sun cuts. Aficionados can also lean on expert chef Minoru Ogawa’s omakase. Charcoal-grilled skewers and comfort favorites like takoyaki quell any lingering hunger pangs, while expertly mixed cocktails (plus a Japan-forward spirits list) may—as the menu warns— lead diners to believe they can belt along with the best of them when the dining room turns into a karaoke lounge. You’ve been warned. 1554 9th St. NW (shared rides recommended as street parking is limited), 202.506.1068, www.zeppelindc.com —Anne Kim-Dannibale
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This bustling zone offers a French Riviera-inspired brunch on Fig & Olive’s terrace. At China Chilcano, diners marvel at the vibrant decor while indulging in contemporary Peruvian cuisine. When late-night cravings hit, Clyde’s satisfies with classic American fare.
Browse unique women’s apparel, plus stationery and gifts at Upstairs at 7th. After, stop by Teaism, which teems with tisanes, greens, oolongs and more. At Mia Gemma, find beautiful baubles from engagement rings to earrings.
Swirl and sip a glass of wine while nibbling locally sourced snacks at Free State. Try one (or a few) of Iron Horse’s 20-plus drafts. Make a reservation at trendy Barmini, where expert mixologists pour top-shelf cocktails.
Get your shuffleboard, darts or Skee-Ball game on at Rocket Bar. See a world-class play at Ford’s Theatre or tour the site where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. At Escape the Room, would-be sleuths follow clues to beat the clock and flee a locked room.
Mia Gemma 933 F St. NW, 202.393.4367, www. miagemma.com Teaism 400 8th St. NW, 202.638.6010, www.teaism. com/restaurant-details-40.html Upstairs on 7th 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (enter at 12th & E), 301.351.8308, www. upstairson7th.com
Barmini 501 9th St. NW, 202.393.4451, www.minibarbyjoseandres.com/barmini Free State 501B G St. NW, 202.601.7216, www. freestatebar.com
China Chilcano 418 7th St. NW, 202.783.0941, www. chinachilcano.com Clyde’s 707 7th St. NW, 202.349.3700, www.clydes. com/gallery-place Fig & Olive 934 Palmer Alley NW, 202.559.5004, www. figandolive.com
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Buzzing Espita Mezcaleria in the hip Shaw neighborhood pours plenty of mezcal, but also classic cocktails that pair nicely with Oaxacan fare and handmade tortillas.
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SHOPPING Apparel-Men ALTON LANE Upscale tailoring shop using technology to scan the body for custom suits. Concierge service. By appointment Tu-Sa. 1506 19th St. NW, 646.896.1212 Metro: Dupont Circle (North) www.altonlane.com CHARLES TYRWHITT British menswear specialist offering classic styles. Dress shirts, ties, suits and accessories. Open daily. 1000 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.594.3529 Metro: Farragut North www.ctshirts.com DURKL Inside Maketto, high-end hip streetwear (hoodies, baseball caps, workshirts, T-shirts). Open daily. 1351 H St. NE, 202.838.9972 www.durkl.com
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Apparel-Men & Women AMALGAMATED Vintage boutique with “class clothing and dry goods,” furniture and accessories from the turn of the century through the 1960s. Capote-era fedoras,
flapper gowns, evening frocks. Knowledgeable staff. Open Sa. 5179 Lee Highway, Arlington, Va., 703.517.7373 www.amalgamated-clothing.com BILLY REID Renowned designer’s rugged button-ups, derby-ready suits and loose-fitting linens paired with accessories like K Swiss shoes and distressed leather handbags. Open daily. 3211 M St. NW, 202.499.6765 www. billyreid.com JOINT CUSTODY Basement-level shop with vintage clothing, shoes, instruments, records. Open daily. 1530 U St. NW, 202.643.8614 Metro: U St.-Cardozo www.jointcustodydc.com OUTDOOR VOICES The Georgetown location of this recreational activewear brand sports retro decor and a “Rec Room” where you can pick up all of your exercise essentials. Open daily. 3025 M St. NW, 202.851.4963 www.outdoorvoices.com PROPER TOPPER Hat shop, plus decor, clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts, kids’ toys, books at two locations. Hours vary by location. 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.842.3055 Metro: Dupont Circle (South) www.proper topper.com ROOTS Toronto-based outdoorsy outfitter’s “cabin-style” outpost known for “salt-and-pepper” sweaters. Rustic modern decor with customization bar, lounge, cell phone charging stations. Open daily. 3259 M St. NW, 202.821.4254 www.roots.com VINEYARD VINES New England meets Georgetown in seersucker pants, polos, oxfords, cable-knit cardigans, swimwear, accessories for men, women and kids in a range of pastel shades. Open daily. 1225 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.625.8463 Metro: Foggy Bottom www.vineyard vines.com
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Apparel-Women ARITZIA Upscale Canadian retailer’s clean-lined aesthetics in office staples, casual looks and outerwear by in-house brands Babaton, Tna, Wilfred, plus Addidas, Frame. Check website for hours. 3210 M St. NW, 202.333.3162 www.aritzia.com CURRENT Upscale consignment with several locations carrying clothing, jewelry, handbags and accessories. Also new items. Designer brands like Michael Kors, Gucci, Rebecca Minkoff, Banana Republic. Open daily. 1809 14th St. NW, 202.588.7311 Metro: U St.-Cardozo www. currentboutique.com ELLA RUE High-end consignment from Palm Beach to Paris. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, J. Brand. Accessories, shoes. Open daily. 3231 P St. NW, 202.333.1598 www.ella-rue.com THE HIVE From hip founder of The Shoe Hive, an Old Town boutique featuring clothing by trend-setting brands (Rebecca Taylor, Current Elliott, Veronica Beard, Jenni Kayne, Equipment). Open daily. 127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Va., 703.548.7110 www.shopatthehive.com HU’S WEAR Airy boutique stocking runway looks by designers like Megan Park, Bruno Grizzo, Salvor and Guilty Brotherhood. Open daily. 2906 M St. NW, 202.342.2020 Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU www.husonline.com MINT CONDITION Edited racks of like-new consignment from designers like Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney. Open Tu-Su. 103 S. Saint Asaph St., Alexandria, Va., 703.836.6468 www.shopmintcondition.com MODCLOTH “Fit Shop” of the vintage clothing-inspired retailer with try-on styles in sizes XXS-4X (free shipping). Stylists by appointment. Open daily. 1924
8th St. NW, 202.804.5589 www. modcloth.com NUBIAN HUEMAN Socially responsible boutique for fashion, art and beauty products from indie designers reflecting the African Diaspora and black culture. Traditional patterns and ingredients used in modern ways. Open Tu-Su. 1231 Good Hope Road SE, 202.394.3386 Metro: Anacostia www.nubianhueman.com RELISH Minimal, contemporary styles handpicked by owner Nancy Pearlstein offering brands including Dries van Noten, Marni, Jil Sander and Marc Jacobs. Open M-Sa. 3312 Cady’s Alley NW, 202.333.5343 www. relishdc.com SECONDI Sunny upstairs shop reselling contemporary labels (Burberry, Theory, Milly and Chloe) with items arriving daily (discounts vary by tag dates). Open daily. 1702 Connecticut Ave. NW, 2nd Floor, 202.667.1122 Metro: Dupont Circle (North) www. secondi.com VIA GYPSET D.C. native Isabella Polles’ vintage and modern clothing boutique located above her family’s Cafe Sorriso with merchandise inspired by international street styles. Open Tu-Su. 2311 Calvert St., 202.803.2874 Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo www. viagypset.com VIOLET Hip shop for on-trend looks at affordable prices. Personal styling also available. Open daily. 1924 8th St. NW, Suite 115, 202.621.9225 Metro: U StCardozo www.violetdc.com
Beauty BELLACARA A glam spot for luxury skincare, beauty and haircare. Lines like Bumble and Bumble, Butter London, Dermalogica, Kai, Skinceuticals, Mario Badescu. Open daily. 1000 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703.299.9652 www.bellacara.com
TAKE CARE SHOP Light, bright studio for all-natural beauty brands (women and men), made locally in small batches. Open daily. 1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.717.2600 www.take careshopdc.com
BROWN BEAUTY CO-OP Kimberly Smith and Amaya Smith’s hub focusing on “brown girl approved” beauty products. Also events and incubator for new products. Open daily. 1365 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 100, 202.506.2582 Metro: Dupont Circle (South) www.brown beautyco-op.com
BUSBOYS & POETS Happenin’ place with liberal vibes serving comfort foods with latest literary finds, author readings/events, neighborhood bar. Wireless lounge. Several locations. Open daily. 2021 14th St. NW, 202.387.7638 www. busboysandpoets.com
IVY WILD Locally owned boutique for non-toxic beauty and skincare stocking hard-to-find indie brands, plus familiar natural lines. Open Tu-Su. 1328 Florida Ave NW, 202.804.5441 www. ivywildbeauty.com
KRAMERBOOKS & AFTERWORDS CAFE Indie shop, opened in 1976, with restaurant and bar. Hundreds of book-related events throughout the year. Open daily. 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.387.1400 Metro: Dupont Circle (North) www. kramers.com
OLD TOWN BOOKS Indie generalist with author readings, community events (yoga, live music). Located one block from Waterfront Park. Open daily. 104 S. Union St., Alexandria, Va., 703.647.9749 www.oldtownbooks.com POLITICS AND PROSE Since 1984, niche selections and popular book signings. Coffee shop downstairs (daily from 8 am). Open daily. 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.364.1919 www.politics-prose.com SACRED CIRCLE Dedicated to spirituality, metaphysics, holistic healing and the environment. Readings (tarot, palm). Free parking. Open Tu-Su. 919 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703.299.9309 Metro: King St www.sacredcirclebooks.com
Crafts & Collectibles THE INDIAN CRAFT SHOP At Department of the Interior, outlet for American Indian artists to market their crafts— basketry, weavings, carvings, kachinas, beadwork. Bring I.D. Open Tu-F, third Sa each month. 1849 C St. NW, 202.208.4056 www.indiancraftshop.com LOOPED YARN WORKS Well-organized shop with more than 30 brands of yarns, patterns, and needles and notions plus weekly classes. Open TuSu. 1732 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.714.5667 Metro: Dupont Circle (North) www.looped yarnworks.com
Home Decor & Gifts HILL’S KITCHEN A one-stop kitchen shop in a row house, steps away from Eastern Market Metro station. D.C.-themed items include etched glasses, tea towels and cookie cutters. Weekly cooking classes; see website for calendar and registration. Open Tu-Su. 713 D St. SE, 202.543.1997 Metro: Eastern Market www. hillskitchen.com HOME RULE A tiny but expertly curated den of kitchen and bath gear in bright hues. Open daily. 1807 14th St. NW, 202.797.5544 www.homerule.com KUZEH Pegah Shahghasemi and Lisa Ramber’s handmade pottery blending their cultural backgrounds with modern sensibilities. Open W-F. 716 Monroe St. NE, Studio 18, 202.770.1674 Metro: Brookland-CUA www. kuzeh.us SHOP MADE IN DC Locally made goods, from gourmet foods to jewelry, stationery and even furniture. Cafe. Open daily. 1330 19th St. NW, No phone Metro: Dupont Circle (South) www.shopmade indc.com
SOLID STATE BOOKS This locally owned shop has a variety of fiction and nonfiction, plus children’s/young adult. It has a coffee bar that also offers wine and beer. Open
daily. 600 H St. NE, 202.897.4201 www.solidstatebooksdc.com
BLUEMERCURY Luxe shop with multiple locations offering high-end products like NARS, Jo Malone London, Bumble and bumble and La Mer in a no-pressure environment. Hours vary by location. 1619 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.462.1300 Metro: Dupont Circle (North) www. bluemercury.com
STEADFAST SUPPLY CO. Hip warehouse-turned-store (two locations) showcasing indie, locally made gifts, home decor, fashion accessories, clothing. (Enter on Water St.) Open Tu-Sa. 301 Tingey St. SE, Suite 120, 202.308.4441 Metro: Navy Yard www.steadfast supplydc.com TABLETOP Bright subterranean shop with two locations carrying whimsical decorative items by Jonathan Adler, Lotta Jansdottir and Marimekko, plus cookbooks, stationery. Open daily. 1608 20th St. NW, 202.387.7117 Metro: Dupont Circle (North) www.tabletop dc.com
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WHITE HOUSE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION Books, Christmas ornaments, jewelry and items inspired by the history of the White House. Hours vary by location. Visitor Center: Open daily. 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.208.7031 Metro: Federal Triangle www.whitehouse history.org
Galleries ALEX GALLERY Contemporary art in a multi-story Victorian townhouse north of Dupont Circle, steps from the Phillips Collection. Open Tu-Sa and by appointment. 2106 R St. NW, 202.667.2599 www.alexgal leries.com ALLEY CAT STUDIOS Working artist space converted to a temporary gallery for the duration of an exhibit in studios on Capitol Hill, a shared group studio space. Open W-Sa by appointment. 29 Kings Court SE, No phone; contact online www. alleycat-studio.com
1-8). 1533 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.803.2782 www.aproof.net
Ninth St. NW, 202.232.4788 www.longviewgallerydc.com
202.669.1497 www.washington printmakers.com
CAOS ON F In Penn Quarter, spacious gallery and six-studio collective founded by a painter and a furniture maker. Studio artists: Tanja North, David Harp, Mike Beman, Tsolmon Damba, Louise Colson and Chul Beom Park. Group shows in all media. By appointment. 923 F St. NW, 202.215.6993 & 410.330.2267, www.caosonf.com
MARSHA MATEYKA In a Dupont Circle town house, contemporary art since 1983. Representing Jim Sanborn, Sam Gilliam, Jae Ko, Kitty Klaidman, Athena Tacha, William T. Wiley and estates of Nathan Oliveira and Gene Davis. Open F; other days by appointment. 2012 R St. NW, 202.328.0088 Metro: Dupont Circle (North) www. marshamateykagallery.com
ZENITH Gallery with two locations celebrating 40+ years. Whimsical, figurative work in all media, some sited in a sculpture garden in former swimming pool, where varied works create a “wonderland.” Hours vary by location. 1429 Iris St. NW, 202.783.2963 www.zenith gallery.com
CROSS MACKENZIE Fine art with a focus on ceramics in Georgetown space with sculpture garden. By appointment. 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.337.7970 www.crossmac kenzie.com
NEPTUNE FINE ART With Robert Brown Gallery in a Georgetown row house, works by Avery, Bochner, Frankenthaler, Kelly, Riley, et. al. Open W-Sa; Su by appointment/chance. 1530 14th St. NW, 202.986.1200 www.neptune fineart.com
DTR MODERN GALLERIES In Georgetown, contemporary and 20th-century masters from a privately held collection of works by artists like Picasso, Dali, Botero, Mars, Warhol, Basquiat, Hirst. Open daily. 2820 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.338.0625 www.dtr modern.com GALERIE BLUE SQUARE Contemporary artists out of Russia’s 1980s-1990s avant-garde. Inventory of curator/dealer Dianne Beal, based here but collaborating with Paris gallery. By appointment. 1101 30th St. NW, Suite 500, 202.957.1401 www. galeriebluesquare.com
TOUCHSTONE Artist-owned gallery (founded 1976) now in sleek space with rotating exhibitions. Open W-Su. 901 New York Ave. NW, 202.347.2787 www.touchstone gallery.com
LONG VIEW GALLERY Expansive, track-lit quarters just west of the Convention Center for shows by emerging artists. Call for hours. 1234
WASHINGTON PRINTMAKERS GALLERY Celebrating many years of showing original hand-pulled works on paper by fine artists. Open Th-Su and by appointment. 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW,
ARTIST’S PROOF International (Brussels to Beijing) inventory of contemporary art in Georgetown. Photos by Fred Maroon and acrylic and Chinese ink works by Belgian artist Jean-Francois Debongnie, among others. Acquisition talks and meet-theartists. Open Tu-Su (Closed July
STRICTLY FIRST GLASS Beside the dramatic atrium lobby of the Gaylord, contemporary sculpture and accessories—jewelry (like Swarovski) for women, cuff links for men. Open daily. 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Md., 301.965.4000 No website
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BLOOM Intimate shop for sterling silver pendants, hand-made necklaces, earrings, home decor. Some by local artists. Open daily. 1719 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.621.9049 Metro: Dupont Circle (North) bloom-jewelry-store.business.site KICHEKO GOODS Hip, modern studio for unique jewelry designed in D.C. and handmade in Kenya. Proceeds help to fund education for children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. F-Sa and by appointment. 716 Monroe St. NE, Studio #3, firstname.lastname@example.org Metro: BrooklandCUA www.kichekogoods.com LILJENQUIST & BECKSTEAD Since 1979, watches by Cartier, Rolex, Chopard and more, plus engagement rings and jewlery from brands such as David Yurman. Custom designs. Hours vary by location. Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, McLean, Va.,
THE L. RON HUBBARD LANDMARK This Dupont Circle landmark is where L. Ron Hubbard worked in the late 1950’s. See personal photographs and artifacts of his groundbreaking work and amazing life. FREE DAILY TOURS: 10am-6pm. 1812 19th St. NW, Washington DC Metro: Dupont Circle Red, 202.234.7490, www.lrhindc.org PROMOTION
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LENKERSDORFER In Tysons Corner Center, fine wristwatches by Patek Philippe, Breitling, Cartier, Panerai, plus jewelry from Roberto Coin, Chopard, Bulgari. Skilled technicians for repairs. Open daily. 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, Va., 703.506.6712 Metro: Tysons Corner www.lenkers dorfer.com
703.448.6731 www.liljenquist beckstead.com
SHELTER D.C. designer Mallory Shelter’s minimalist storefront highlighting her hand-hewn earrings, bracelets, rings. Also custom work. Open Tu-Su. 1258 5th St. NE, 202.548.0011 www. malloryshelterjewelry.com THE SILVER PARROT Silver and gold contemporary jewelry and Native American pieces. Repairs. Open daily. 113 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703.549.8530 Metro: King Street www.silverparrot.com
FAIRY GODMOTHER Charming, locally run shop near Eastern Market for children’s books and toys with play area in back. Open daily. 319 7th St. SE, 202.547.5474 Metro: Eastern Market www.fairygod mother.com
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LABYRINTH Games, puzzles, Pokemon, STEM. Dedicated area for younger kids. In-store tournaments, monthly kids’ night out. Open Tu-Su. 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.544.1059 Metro: Eastern Market www.labyrinth gameshop.com
Theater Lab This wildly popular interactive comedy whodunit keeps the audiences laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver “shrieks of laughter night after night" (Washington Post). Groups call (202) 416-8400. For all other ticket-related customer service inquiries, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540.
LITTLE BIRDIES BOUTIQUE High-end children’s clothing, plus organic products, gifts, decor. Open T-Su. 1526 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.333.1059 www.shop littlebirdies.com
Shoes ALDEN Family-owned manufacturer since 1884. Men’s styles from tassel moccasins to dress Oxfords and work boots.
Open M-Sa. 921 F St. NW, 202.347.2308 Metro: Metro Center www.aldenshoe.com HU’S SHOES Coveted footwear from New York, Paris and Milan. Chloe, Jimmy Choo, Proenza Schouler, Roksanda. Open daily. 3005 M St. NW, 202.342.0202 Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU www. husonline.com THE SHOE HIVE Elegant and casual shoes plus bags and accessories. Designers: Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Sam Edelman. Open daily. 127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Va., 703.548.7105 Metro: King Street www.the shoehive.com
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CITYCENTERDC Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Vince, plus restaurants Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Momofuku, Fig & Olive. Tesla dealership. Hours vary. 10th St. and H Sts. NW, 202.289.9000 Metro: Metro Center or Gallery Pl-Chinatown www.citycenterdc.com THE COLLECTION AT CHEVY CHASE High-end boutiques just north of the D.C. line. Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue. Hours vary. 5471-5481 Wisconsin Ave. NW 301.654.2690 Metro: Friendship Heights www.collec tionchevychase.com FASHION CENTRE AT PENTAGON CITY Light-filled mall with Nordstrom, Macy’s, 170-plus shops (J.Crew, Zara, Lego). Large food court. Open daily. 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington, Va, 703.415.2401 Metro: Pentagon City www.fashioncentre pentagon.com TYSONS CORNER CENTER The largest mall in the metro area with 300-plus shops and restaurants plus a cineplex. Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Sephora, Lego and Zara. Open daily. 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Va, 703.847.7300 Metro: Tysons Corner www. tysonscornercenter.com
TYSONS GALLERIA Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue plus upscale shops Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, restaurants and upscale food court (third level). Open daily. 2001 International Drive, McLean, Va.,703.827.7730 www.tysonsgalleria.com
Specialty Shops ICE CREAM JUBILEE Victoria Lai’s frozen treats made from all-natural ingredients and milk from a local creamery. Inventive flavors. Hours vary by location. 301 Water St. SE, 202.863.0727 Metro: Navy Yard www.ice creamjubilee.com LADURÉE In a historic storefront on the main drag, famous Parisian sweets plus a cafe (B, L, afternoon tea) and gifts. (Union Station location to-go only). Hours vary by location. 3060 M St. NW, 202.737.0492 www. laduree.com
REI Outdoor gear retailer’s D.C. flagship in historic Uline Arena (site of the Beatles’ first U.S. performance). Equipment for outdoor activities, plus guidebooks, maps. La Colombe coffee, courtyard with fire pit. In-store classes. Open daily. 201 M St. NE, 202.543.2040 Metro: NoMaGallaudet U www.rei.com UNION MARKET Culinary marketplace with local artisan vendors including Salt & Sundry, Peregrine Espresso, Craft Kombucha and Rappahannock Oyster Co., plus John Mooney’s Bidwell restaurant. Hours vary by store. 1309 5th St. NE www.unionmarket dc.com
ATTRACTIONS Art Museums NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART/EAST BUILDING I.M. Pei-designed site for modern and contemporary
American and European art. Skylight tower with works by Calder, Rothko. Roof terrace with views of the Capitol. Villareal LED passage to West Building. Open daily. Free. Constitution Ave. NW between 3rd & 4th sts., 202.737.4215 Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial www.nga.gov NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART/WEST BUILDING American and European paintings and sculpture from the 13th century, including Ginevra de’ Benci,” this hemisphere’s only da Vinci painting. Open daily. Free. Sculpture garden with ice skating in winter. Constitution Ave. NW between 4th & 7th sts., 202.737.4215 Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial www.nga.gov NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS Pioneering site dedicated to female artists with 4,500plus works (Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas). Mezzanine Cafe. Open daily.
LEICA The German camera manufacturer’s first U.S. outpost has knowledgeable staff and an on-site gallery that features lectures, workshops and rotating photography exhibitions. Open daily. 977 F St. NW, 202.787.5900 Metro: Metro Center www. leica-camera.com MILK BAR D.C. outpost of Christina Tosi’s whimsical NYC bakery with “crack pies,” “compost cookies,” “cereal milk” and “b’day truffles.” Special to this location: parfaits. Cookie mixes, tote bags, cookbooks. Open daily. 1090 I St. NW, 855.333.6455 www.milkbarstore.com PENNY POST Light-filled corner shop stocking pretty paper from greeting cards to personalized stationery. Wrapping paper, office products, trendy accessories, fine/imported writing instruments. Open daily. 1201 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703.838.1515 www.shoppennypost.com
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THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION The country’s first museum of modern art (1921) offering an intimate setting for a renowned collection. Laib’s Wax Room, beeswax-lined niche. Open daily. Permanent collection free (Tu-F) with suggested donation. Weekends: $8-$10. Special exhibitions $10-$12. Gift shop. 21st & Q sts. NW, 202.387.2151 Metro: Dupont Circle www. phillipscollection.org
FREDERICK DOUGLASS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Hilltop residence of the 19th-century orator and abolitionist, restored to its 1895 appearance. Open daily. Grounds free. Interior access by guided tour only. Reserve online ($1). 1411 W St. SE, 202.426.5961 Metro: Anacostia www.nps. org/frdo HILLWOOD ESTATE, MUSEUM AND GARDEN Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post’s mansion and gardens, her czarist treasures, jewelry, portraits. Cafe and gift shop. Open Tu-Su. $5$18 suggested donation. Onsite parking. 4155 Linnean Ave. NW (between Upton & Tilden sts.), 202.686.5807 www.hillwood museum.org MOUNT VERNON George Washington’s home by the Potomac River furnished per a 1799 inventory. The first couple’s tomb, gardens, a black-
smith shop. High-tech Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. Open daily. $12-$20 (includes admission to Gristmill & Distillery nearby), children under 6 free. Free parking. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Va., 703.780.2000 www. mountvernon.org PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S COTTAGE Restored retreat where Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation, site deemed a national monument by Bill Clinton in 2000. Entry by guided tour only (tickets purchased online recommended). Open daily. $5-$15. 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, 202.829.0436 www.lincolncottage.org THE PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON HOUSE In the Kalorama neighborhood, former 28th president’s residence after the White House, a 1920s time capsule. Vintage game nights encouraging period attire. Open Tu-Su. $5-$10, children under 12 free. 2340 S St. NW, 202.387.4062 www. woodrowwilsonhouse.org TUDOR PLACE Neoclassical home of Martha Washington’s granddaughter with gardens. National Historic Landmark with largest collection of George Washington’s personal items outside Mount Vernon. House by guided tour only: Tu-Su. $3-$10, children under 5 free. Self-guided garden-only tour $3. 1644 31st St. NW, 202.965.0400 www.tudor place.org
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AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM Exhibits and artifacts paying tribute to once-forgotten African-American Union soldiers and sailors. Memorial across the street. Open daily. Free. 1925 Vermont Ave. NW, 202.667.2667 Metro: U St-Cardozo www. afroamcivilwar.org
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY Interred here, thousands of veterans and government personnel. Kennedy Gravesites, Tomb of the Unknowns, Iwo Jima Memorial. Daily burials of veterans and war casualties. Open daily. $3.25-$15, uniformed military free. See website for group tour details. 214 McNair Road, Arlington, Va., 877.907.8585 www.arlingtoncemetery.mil FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL Landscaped park of waterfalls and tableaux, bronze sculptures (some by George Segal) and bas-reliefs depicting Roosevelt, wife Eleanor and dog Fala, scenes from the Depression through WWII. West Potomac Park on Basin Drive SW, 202.426.6841 www. nps.gov/frde JAPANESE AMERICAN MEMORIAL TO PATRIOTISM DURING WORLD WAR II Sculpture of entrapped cranes honoring Japanese-Americans interned during WWII and soldiers who died in that war. Accessible 24 hours. Intersection of New Jersey Ave., Louisiana Ave. and D St. NW, 202.643.8204 Metro: Union Station www.njamf.org JEFFERSON MEMORIAL John Russell Pope’s neoclassical marble monument for the third U.S. president and main author of the Declaration of Independence. Rangers. Bookstore. Parking (south side). South end of 15th St. SW, 202.426.6841 www.nps. gov/thje LIBRARY OF CONGRESS World’s largest library holding more than 168 million items, among them more than 39 million books, the Gutenberg Bible, a re-creation of Thomas Jefferson’s founding collection. Dramatic Reading Room. Open M-Sa. Free. Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, 202.707.8000 www.loc.gov MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NATIONAL MEMORIAL On the National Mall, a nearly 30-foot-high statue of King emerging from a granite block, the Stone of Hope, and inscription
DUMBARTON OAKS RESEARCH LIBRARY AND COLLECTION Site of the United Nations 1944 beginnings, a 19th-century manse plus Philip Johnsondesigned pavilion. Library, formal gardens, gift shop. Open Tu-Su. Museum free. Gardens
$5-$10. 1703 32nd St. NW, 202.339.6400 www.doaks.org
$8-$10. Free on “Community Days,” the first Sunday of each month. New York Ave. & 13th St. NW, 202.783.5000 Metro: Metro Center www.nmwa.org
walls bearing his eloquent words. Accessible 24 hours. Northwest corner of Tidal Basin at West Basin Drive SW & Independence Ave. SW, 888.484.3373 www. nps.gov/mlkm NATIONAL ARCHIVES The “Charters of Freedom”— Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Theater with films. David M. Rubenstein Gallery and Visitor Orientation Plaza. Open daily. Gift shop. Free. 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (enter rotunda on Constitution Ave. NW), 877.874.7616 Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial www. archives.gov/dc
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NATIONAL MALL Pierre L’Enfant’s grand landscape from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, with Smithsonians, Washington Monument (check website for access updates), and tributes to war veterans and Martin Luther King Jr. Free. www.nps. gov/nama PENTAGON U.S. Dept. of Defense HQ and nerve center for command and control. On-site memorial (accessible 24 hours) dedicated to 184 lives lost there in the 9/11 attack. Tours M-F. Reserve online at least two weeks prior. Group tours available. Free. Army Navy Drive & Fern St., Arlington, Va., 703.697.1776 Metro: Pentagon pentagontours.osd.mil/tours/ SUPREME COURT The nation’s highest tribunal. Justices convene October through July in public sessions. When court isn’t sitting, lectures on the half-hour. Cafeteria, gift shop. Open M-F. Free. First St. NE between Maryland Ave. & E. Capitol St., 202.479.3030 Metro: Capitol South www.supremecourt.gov THEODORE ROOSEVELT ISLAND Bronze statue memorializes the environmentalist president. Three nature trails for spotting wildlife. No cars or bicycles. Open daily. Free. Free parking. By footbridge from George Washington Memorial Parkway, 703.289.2500 Metro: Rosslyn www.nps.gov/this
THE WHITE HOUSE Presidential residence from the time of John Adams. Photo ops from north and south gates. Self-guided public tour requests must be submitted through a member of Congress at least 21 days ahead. Tours Tu-Sa. See Visitor Centers listing. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.456.7041 www.white house.gov U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM America’s only national memorial to genocide designed by James Ingo Freed. More than 900 artifacts, 70 video monitors, four theaters, contemporary art and room for reflection. Gift shop, cafe and library. Open daily. Free. 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW (14th St. main entry), 202.488.0400 Metro: Smithsonian www. ushmm.org
Points of Interest AMERICAN VETERANS DISABLED FOR LIFE MEMORIAL Landscape architect Michael Vergason’s star-shaped fountain with eternal flame book-ended by a grove of trees honoring men and women injured in combat. Accessible 24 hours. 150 Washington Ave. SW, at 2nd and C sts., No phone Metro: Federal Center SW www.avdlm.org BELMONT-PAUL WOMEN’S EQUALITY NATIONAL MONUMENT Capitol Hill’s oldest house (1798, with parts dating to 1680), the home of suffragette Alice Paul, drafter of the Equal Rights Amendment. Gift shop. Free. 2nd St. NE & Constitution Ave. NE, 202.546.1210 Metro: Union Station www.sewall belmont.org EASTERN MARKET City’s oldest public market. Flea market each Sunday (from handmade jewelry to postcards and printing press letters). Produce, music, flowers, food. Open daily. 225 Seventh St. SE, 202.698.5253 www.eastern market-dc.org
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FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY World’s largest collection of Shakespeareana (including 82 First Folios), a multimedia exhibit hall with film, an active theater, concerts and an Elizabethan-style garden. Walk-in guided tours. Reading room tours (by reservation) Su. Library for scholars only. Gift shop. Open daily. Free. 201 E. Capitol St. SE, 202.544.4600 Metro: Capitol South www. folger.edu FORD’S THEATRE Historic venue where Lincoln was assassinated. On-site museum opens one hour before curtain (and for daytime visits). Active theater for works exploring the American experience. 511 10th St. NW, 202.347.4833 Metro: Metro Center www. fords.org INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM Site dedicated to the craft, practice and history of espionage around the world with artifacts like a WWII German Enigma cipher and an East German camera for seeing through walls. Check website for hours and admission. 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 202.393.7798 Metro: L’Enfant Plaza www.spymuseum.org LAFAYETTE SQUARE Across from the White House, National Historic Landmark District public park popular for picnicking and protesting, bordered by Dolley Madison’s residence, Decatur House, White House Historical Association and St. John’s Episcopal Church. Open daily. Pennsylvania Ave. NW & 16th St. NW Metro: McPherson Sq MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE High-tech site devoted to the sacred book’s history, stories and impact. Performing arts hall with 3-D projection map, “digital docent” personal tour system. Open daily. $9.99-$24.99. 400 4th St. SW, 866.430.6682 Metro: Federal Center SW www.museumofthe bible.org
NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM 1887 U.S. Pension Building now showing architecture, engineering, construction trades and design. Large-scale, interactive installations in summer. Open M-Sa. Themed group tours (escape room, ghost, exhibit). Book online. Cafe, gift shop. $7-$10. 401 F St. NW, 202.272.2448 Metro: Judiciary Sq www.nbm.org NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM At the Society’s headquarters, gallery spaces plus Explorers Hall with exhibitions and lectures. Gift shop. Open daily. $10-$15, under 5 free. 3-D movie $7. 1145 17th St. NW, 202.857.7700 Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West www. nationalgeographic.org NEWSEUM Venue to the First Amendment. Sections of the Berlin Wall, historic front pages, Pulitzer-Prize winners, 9/11 memorial, daily displays of front pages from every U.S. state. Open daily. $14.95-$24.95. 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 888.639.7386 Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial www. newseum.org STABLER-LEADBEATER APOTHECARY MUSEUM Edward Stabler’s 1792 pharmacy, serving George Washington, Robert E. Lee and James Monroe. Closed in 1933 and preserved as a museum. Original ingredients, drug mills, pill rollers, documents on display. Open daily. Call to reserve guided tour or book online. $3-$5, under 5 free. 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Va., 703.746.3852 www.apothecary museum.org U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN Just west of the Capitol, North America’s oldest botanic garden. Art Deco-era conservatory, jungle area, orchid house. Rotating exhibits. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Free. 100 Maryland Ave. SW, 202.225.8333 Metro: Federal Center SW www.usbg.gov U.S. NATIONAL ARBORETUM A 446-acre site with specialty gardens, the former U.S. Capitol columns, Arbor House Gift
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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE MUSEUM Edifice of glass with metal panels housing artifacts including Harriet Tubman’s hymnal, Emmett Till’s casket. Oprah Winfrey Theater, Contemplative Court. Open daily. Free, but timed tickets required. Some same-day tickets. See website for details. 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, 844.750.3012 Metro: L’Enfant Plaza or Smithsonian www. nmaahc.si.edu AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM Under renovation; check website for open exhibits. World’s largest collection of aircraft and space vehicles. Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, Albert Einstein Planetarium, Pulseworks VR Transporter (fees). Gift shop. Food court. Open daily (extended hours late spring-early fall). 6th St. & Independence Ave. SW, 202.633.2214 Metro: L’Enfant Plaza www.airandspace.si.edu AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM UDVAR-HAZY CENTER Hangar-like facility displaying 160-plus aircraft, the Enola Gay (first to drop an atomic bomb) and an F-4 Phantom. IMAX theater, flight simulations. Parking ($15) or Fairfax Connector No. 983 between Dulles Airport and museum. Open daily. Free. 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Va., 202.633.1000 www.airandspace.si.edu AMERICAN ART MUSEUM Collections from folk art to LED installations and one gallery dedicated to video and time-based artwork. Gift shop. Kogod Courtyard with Norman Foster-designed canopy, free Wi-Fi and a cafe. Open daily. Free. 8th & F sts. NW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Gallery PlChinatown www.americanart. si.edu
AMERICAN INDIAN MUSEUM Curved building of golden-hued limestone facing the rising sun. Tribal exhibitions, hands-on projects like weaving a giant basket. Gift shops, two theaters and Mitsitam Cafe. Open daily. Free. 4th St. & Independence Ave. SW, 202.633.1000 Metro: L’Enfant Plaza www.american indian.si.edu ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM Closed through fall 2019 for renovations. Devoted to activism, urban communities and African-American heritage, with artifacts, thought-provoking exhibitions. Open daily. Free. 1901 Fort Place SE, 202.633.4820 www.anacostia.si.edu ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY In a dramatic underground building, Asian and Near Eastern artworks spanning 6,000 years. Gift shop. Open daily. Free. 1050 Independence Ave. SW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Smithsonian www.freersackler. si.edu THE CASTLE The first Smithsonian building has an information center, James Smithson’s crypt and samples from the collection, plus exhibitions exploring the history of the institution. Haupt Garden (south side). Open daily. Free. 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Smithsonian www.si.edu FREER GALLERY Eastern and South Asian and Islamic art in an Italian-style villa. James McNeill Whistler’s “The Peacock Room Comes to America” restored to its
AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM Repository for the country’s cultural, scientific and technological heritage with artifacts, including Thomas Jefferson’s desk, Julia Child’s kitchen, a piece of Plymouth Rock and Dorothy’s slippers. Gift shops, ice cream parlor, cafeteria. Open daily. Free. 14th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Smithsonian www.american history.si.edu
Shop and the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Visitor Center. Free. Visit by car recommended. 3501 New York Ave. NE, 202.245.2726 www.usna. usda.gov
original 1908 appearance. Films, gift shop. Open daily. Free. Jefferson Drive and 12th St. SW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Smithsonian www.freer sackler.si.edu HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Gordon Bunshaft’s doughnut-shaped building holding Joseph H. Hirshhorn’s gift collection plus later acquisitions. Picasso, Calder, Warhol, current stars. Sculpture Garden. Open daily. Free. Seventh St. & Independence Ave. SW, 202.633.1000 Metro: L’Enfant Plaza-Smithsonian www.hirsh horn.si.edu NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART Sub-Saharan African art: masks, textiles, regalia, furniture, ceramics. Gift shop. Open daily. Free. 950 Independence Ave. SW, 202.633.4600 Metro: Smithsonian www.africa.si.edu
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NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY Famed likenesses throughout U.S. history. Only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House. Gift shop, café. Open daily. Free. Eighth & F sts. NW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown www.npg.si.edu NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM Former main post office, now museum of postal artifacts, stamps, multimedia stations and exhibits. Special workshops, welcome center, gift shop and post office. Open daily. Free. 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202.633.1000 Metro: Union Station www.postal museum.si.edu NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL PARK Founded in 1889, a 163-acre zoo with more than 2,000 animals like famed giant pandas, exhibits like Elephant Trails, Asia Trail. Solar-powered carousel ($3.50). Parking $25. Check website for seasonal hours. Free. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.673.4888 Metro: Cleveland Park (downhill to zoo) or Woodley Park-Zoo (uphill to zoo) www.nationalzoo.si.edu
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Exhibits tracking the natural world since prehistoric time and newly opened Fossil Hall delving into “deep time.” Hope Diamond, Butterfly Pavilion ($6.50-$7.50; Tu free with timed tickets). “Q?rius” learning center for teens. Cafe and gift shop. Open daily. Free. Constitution Ave. at 10th St. NW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Federal Triangle-Smithsonian www. naturalhistory.si.edu RENWICK GALLERY Revamped site across from White House designed by James Renwick Jr. in 1859. American fine crafts, plus modern works. Gift shop. Open daily. Free. 17th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Farragut West www.si.edu
Visitor Centers U.S. CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER Exhibits, artifacts, an 11-foottall model of the Capitol dome and interactive kiosks. Tours. Admission to the House or Senate galleries issued by a constituent’s representative or senator. Limited same-day passes from info desk. Open M-Sa. Free. Below the East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution & Independence aves., 202.226.8000 Metro: Capitol South www.visitthe capitol.gov WHITE HOUSE VISITOR CENTER Interactive exhibits, photos and videos about the famed residence and its occupants. Gift shop. Open daily (closed New Year’s, Thanksgiving, Christmas). Free. 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.208.1631 Metro: Farragut West www.nps.gov/whho
DINING 14th & U Corridor BEN’S CHILI BOWL Southern. The original located in a former pool hall and known for chili half-smokes, burgers and cakes since 1958. Additional locations. B (M-F); L, D (daily). 1213 U
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St. NW, 202.667.0909 Metro: U St.-Cardozo www.benschili bowl.com COMPASS ROSE Global. Colorful rowhouse by globetrotting owners for international street food favorites. Georgian khachapuri, Lebanese lamb kefta. Private dinners in glam Bedouin-style tent. D (daily), Br (Su). 1346 T St. NW, 202.506.4765 www.com passrosedc.com DUKEM Ethiopian. Expat haven for communal-style, spice-rich kitfo, tibs, vegetarian dishes to scoop with spongy injera. VIP Bar with Ethiopian art. Big-screen TVs. Live jazz. L, D (daily). 1114-1118 U St. NW, 202.667.8735 www.dukem restaurant.com MAYDAN Middle Eastern. Below-ground digs with blazing hearth for seafood, kabobs, meats, spreads and salads referencing North Africa to Iran. Bar till late. D (daily). 1346 Florida Ave. NW, 202.370.3696 Metro: U StCardozo www.maydandc.com
Adams Morgan, D.C. A RAKE’S PROGRESS American. James Beard winner Spike Gjerde’s D.C. outpost focused on local producers and seasonal ingredients. Raw bar. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). The Line Hotel, 1770 Euclid St. NW, 202.864.4190 www.theline hotel.com BROTHERS AND SISTERS American/Asian. James Beardnominated Erik Bruner-Yang’s all-day spot for Western-style food as seen through the lens of Japan and Taiwan. Octopus hot dog, uni tray service. B, L, D (daily). 1770 Euclid St. NW, 202.864.4180 www.brothersandsistersdc.com MINTWOOD PLACE American. Cedric Maupillier’s classy comfort food (sustainable and local): deviled pickled eggs, duck and pork cassoulet, key lime pie. Kids menu. Greenfriendly interior with wood from an Amish barn. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 1813 Columbia Road
NW, 202.234.6732 www.mint woodplace.com TAIL UP GOAT American. Chefs with lauded resumes in their own laid-back Michelin-starred spot. Inventive twists on classics: smoked potato ravioli, crowd favorite lamb ribs. D (daily). 1827 Adams Mill Road NW, 202.986.9600 www. tailupgoat.com
Alexandria, Va. BASTILLE BRASSERIE & BAR French. Upscale Parisian bistro with locally inspired cuisine. Prix fixe lunch and dinner available. Artisanal cocktails, prized desserts and housemade ice creams. L (Tu-Sa), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 606 N. Fayette St., Alexandria, Va., 703.519.3776 www.bastillerestaurant.com JUNCTION BAKERY & BISTRO American. Cozy bakery and restaurant (three locations) for sweet and savory dishes, all made from scratch. “Cruffin” (croissant meets muffin), grab-and-go sandwiches, roast chicken, quinoa bowls. Beer, wine, coffee. B, L, D (daily). 1508 Mount Vernon Ave., 703.436.0025 Metro: Braddock Rd www.junctionbakery.com LIVE OAK Southern. Chef Justus Frank (Fiola) bringing Charleston by way of Alexandria. Upscale comfort classics (head on) shrimp and grits, smoked pork ribs, braised collard greens tortellini. Strawberry shortcake, housemade ice cream. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 1603 Commonwealth Ave., 571.312.0402 www.liveoakdel ray.com MOUNT VERNON INN Southern. Candlelit dining with George and Martha favorites like hoecakes, peanut and chestnut soup, plus cheddar burger, crab cakes, fried chicken, steaks. Kid’s menu. Fireplace. Live music some nights. L (M-F), D (Tu-Sa), Br (Sa-Su). George Washington Memorial Parkway, 703.799.6800 www.mount vernon.org/inn
VERMILION American. Lantern-lit townhouse for hand-rolled pastas, changing tasting menu. Lounge with convex bar, plasma TV and often live music. L (M, W-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1120 King St., 703.684.9669 www.vermilion restaurant.com
Capitol Hill CAFE BERLIN German & European. In three former town houses, schnitzels, pork medallions, goulasch. Housemade traditional cakes and tarts. German wines and beers. Popular sidewalk tables. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Su). 322 Massachusetts Ave.
NE, 202.543.7656 Metro: Union Station www.cafeberlindc.com CHIKO Asian. Top D.C. chefs joining forces for cumin lamb stir-fry, pork and kimchi potstickers, rib eye with rice cakes. Vegetarian, gluten-free. “Kitchen Counter” with views of the action (reserve online). D (daily). 423 8th St. SE, 202.558.9934 Metro: Eastern Market www.chikodc.com GOOD STUFF EATERY American. “Top Chef ” Spike Mendelsohn’s specialty burgers, hand-cut fries, old-fashioned shakes. Modern-rustic counter service, communal table. Several locations. L, D (M-Sa); Airport B, L, D (daily). 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.543.8222 Metro: Capitol South or Eastern Market www. goodstuffeatery.com LITTLE PEARL American. In refurbished carriage house, James Beard Award winner Aaron Silverman’s
cafe during the day (coffee, pastries, sandwiches, etc.) and fixed-price tasting menu spot at night. B, L, D (Tu-Su). 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.618.1868 Metro: Eastern Market www.littlepearldc.com SUSHI CAPITOL Japanese. Longtime expert Minoru Ogawa’s spot for topnotch raw fish. Omakase at the bar in the back. Reservations highly recommended. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 325 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.627.0325 www.sushi capitol.com TED’S BULLETIN American. Lively spot with vintage decor and leather booths in multiple locations. All-day breakfast, BBQ, chili, nightly specials. House-made pies, “pop tarts.” Bar with spiked milkshakes, malts and cocktails. B, L, D (daily). 505 8th St. SE, 202.544.8337 www.teds bulletin.com
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Downtown AMERICAN SON American. Tim Ma’s allday cafe serving twists on American fare as seen through the eyes of an immigrant. Hudson Valley duck breast, tofu gnocchi and spaghetti squash “ssam” (wraps). B, L, D (daily). 1201 K St. NW, 202.900.8416 Metro: McPherson Sq www. americanson1978.com EQUINOX RESTAURANT American. Conscientious, prize-winning Todd Gray pairing wines to crab cakes with grits, grass-fed veal. A la carte or multicourse tastings. Prix-fixe menus (regular and vegan) L (M-F), D (M-Sa), Br (Su). 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.331.8118 Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West www. equinoxrestaurant.com OCCIDENTAL GRILL & SEAFOOD American. Legendary spot with portraits of famous faces (and presidents) of former diners. Duck breast, filet mignon, Maine lobster bisque. Valet $8 (with validation) at Willard InterContinental. L (M-F), D (MSa), Br (Sa-Su). 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.783.1475 Metro: Metro Center www.occident aldc.com PLUME American. Ralf Schlegel’s Michelin-starred restaurant decked in landscape murals on silk with fireplace inside Jefferson Hotel. Foie gras terrine, lobster gratin. Prix fixe and chef ’s tasting. 1,300-label wine cellar. Free parking. D (Tu-Sa). 1200 16th St. NW, 202.448.3227 www.jeffersondc.com SUSHI NAKAZAWA Japanese. D.C. outpost of NYC’s Daisuke Nakazawa (protegé of master chef Jiro Ono of famed “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” doc) in Trump International Hotel. Elegant surrounds for highend omakase sushi, many cuts flown in from Japan. D (daily). 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.289.3515 Metro: Federal Triangle www.sushinakazawa. com/washington-dc
NASIME Japanese. Cozy modern dining room on bustling main drag in Old Town, pampering with high-end tasting menu highlighting fromscratch dishes at an affordable price. D (daily). 1209 King St., 703.457.0146 www.nasime restaurant.com
Dupont Circle BOQUERIA Spanish. Lively spot for zesty bites like Colorado lamb skewers with pickled shallots, bacon-wrapped dates, Ibérico ham, artisanal cheeses, churros. cava cocktail, sherries. Two locations. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1837 M St. NW, 202.558.9545 www.boqueria restaurant.com HANK’S OYSTER BAR Seafood. Chef Jamie Leeds with her famous “Meat and Two” (one protein with two sides). Wines and cocktails like “i know what boys like” (bacon-washed rye and blended scotch whiskey). Hours vary by location. 1624 Q St. NW, 202.462.4265 Metro: Dupont Circle www.hanks oysterbar.com www.hanks oysterbar.com
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PIZZERIA PARADISO Pizza. Naples-style pies from wood-burning oven, plus panini, antipasti. International craft beers, wine. Multiple locations. L, D (daily). 2003 P St. NW, 202.223.1245 Metro: Dupont Circle www.eatyourpizza.com SUSHI TARO Japanese. Michelin-starred second-story spot with cherry wood walls and pristine fish (flute fish, live scallops) by master chef Nobu Yamazaki and team. Lauded “omakase” (chef’s choice). L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 1503 17th St. NW, 202.462.8999 www.sushitaro.com
Foggy Bottom/ West End BEEFSTEAK Vegetarian. From José Andrés, assembly line-style, fast-casual serving a vegetable-heavy menu of bowls (some meat, too). Fresh-pressed juices, wine and local craft beer. Multiple locations. L, D (daily). 800 22nd St. NW, 202.296.1439 www. beefsteakveggies.com CHALIN’S Chinese. Mandarin, Szechuan and Cantonese dishes by chefs with a “century of experience.” Contemporary takes on tra-
ditional cuisine. Vegetarian, low-sodium and low-fat items. Carryout and delivery. L, D (daily). 1912 I St. NW, 202.293.6000 www.chalins chinese.com KAZ SUSHI BISTRO Japanese. Prized chef Kazuhiro Okochi’s seared albacore tuna, pork belly lettuce wrap, grilled baby octopus. Tasting menu. Bento boxes, sakes. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 1915 I St. NW, 202.530.5500 www.kaz sushi.com
Georgetown AMERICA EATS TAVERN American. James Beard Award winner José Andrés’ ode to American culinary roots in skillet cornbread, oyster-heavy seafood bar, BBQ, woodfire-grilled salmon. Martha Washington’s chocolate cake. L, D (daily). 3139 M St. NW, 202.450.6862 www.americaeatstavern.com BOURBON STEAK Steaks. Michael Mina’s outpost in David Rockwelldesigned space in the Four Seasons bringing FrenchMediterranean flavor to hormone-free meats, seafood, regional produce. Patio, onsite garden. L (M-F), D (daily). Popular lounge later. Four Seasons, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.944.2026 www. bourbonsteakdc.com CHEZ BILLY SUD French. Musician brothers Eric Hilton and Ian Hilton’s popular bistro. Boeuf Bourguignon, steak frites, roasted butternut squash soup served in a cozy residence-like space. L (Tu-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1039 31st St. NW, 202.965.2606 www.chez billysud.com DAS Ethiopian. In a light-filled town house, a favorite of diplomats and Georgetowners for its authentic spicy or mild seafood (shrimp tibs), chicken (doro wat, infillay), injera, stews, African beers, honey wine. Vegetarian entrées. Summer patio. L (W-Sa), D (daily). 1201 28th St. NW, 202.333.4710 www.dasethiopian.com
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DYLLAN’S RAW BAR GRILL Seafood. Clubby vibe for seafood classics with views of the historic canal. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1054 31st St. NW, 202.470.6606 www. dyllansrawbargrill.com FIOLA MARE Seafood. James Beard Awardwinner Fabio Trabocchi’s venture by the river serving up Italian coastal cuisine. Cocktails and mocktails. L (Tu-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). Valet parking available. 3050 K St. NW, 202.525.1402 www.fiolamaredc.com MARTIN’S TAVERN American. Since 1933, politicos, Supreme Court justices, spies and celebs have been saying “Meet me at Martin’s” for classic fare: burger, prime rib, fish and chips, plus daily chef ’s specials. Patio. Ask to see history brochure. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.333.7370 www.martins tavern.com
National Harbor FISH BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS Seafood. Beard winner José Andrés in MGM National Harbor with views, patio with bar and fountains. Live seafood in tanks highlighting local fare. Tuna tartare, lobster jambalaya. D (W-M). 7100 Oxon Hill Road, 301.971.6050 www. mgmnationalharbor.com VOLTAGGIO BROTHERS STEAK HOUSE Steakhouse. Celebrity chef brothers Michael and Bryan Voltaggio’s joint effort in MGM National Harbor resort. Residence-like digs for fry-aged USDA prime, American wagyu plus wedge salad with gorgonzola “snow.” Extensive wine list; Timeline of cocktails from 1670’s “Clarified Milk Punch” to 2005’s “5-Spice Penicillin.” D (W-Su). 101 MGM National Ave., 301.971.6060 www.mgm nationalharbor.com/en.html
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BOMBAY STREET FOOD Indian. London Curry House founder’s DC foray highlighting the popular street foods of his native India. Vada pav (spicy potato burgers), Indo-Chinese dishes, thali platters, plus classics (chicken tikka masala), traditional breads (naan, paratha, roti). Also in Capitol Hill. Hours vary by location. 1413 Park Road NW, 202.758.2415 www.bombay streetfood.us CALL YOUR MOTHER Deli. Self-proclaimed “Jew-ish” deli for house-made bagels, pastrami sandwiches, even “Jewish” tacos with brisket. Coffee, kombucha, cocktails, Yoo-hoo. B, L (daily). 3301 Georgia Ave. NW, No phone www.callyour motherdeli.com
A few short blocks from Union Station and the US Capitol. Traditional and new German cuisine; 7 German beers on draft, delicious German & Austrian wines, & hard to find schnapps. Celebrate Oktoberfest! Sept. 21-Oct. 20 322 Massachusetts Ave, NE 202.543.7656 www.cafeberlin-dc.com
MASSERIA Italian. A glam patio with granite fire pits leading into Nicholas Stefanelli’s Michelinstarred ode to Italy’s Puglia region. Set-price menu of elegantly prepared seasonal dishes in four, five or six courses. Check website for latest prices. No sneakers/sportswear. D (Tu-Sa). 1340 4th St. NE, 202.608.1330 Metro: NoMa-Gallaudet U www.masseria-dc.com TOKI UNDERGROUND Japanese. Above the Pug, customized ramen noodles with different meats, vegetables and noodles. Dumplings, cold tofu, kimchi and Taiwanese root beer. L, D (M-Sa). Bar late. 1234 H St. NE, 202.388.3086 www. tokiunderground.com
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FIOLA Italian. James Beard Awardwinning Fabio Trabocchi in his Michelin-starred “villa.” Lobster ravioli, rib-eye, seafood. Themed tastings. Across from National Gallery of Art. L (M-F), D (daily). 678 Indiana Ave. NW, 202.628.2888 www.fioladc.com JALEO Spanish. Tapas (60 hot and cold) and paella by José Andrés and team in vibrantly decorated spot. Spanish wines, sherries. Multiple locationsL, D (daily). 480 7th St. NW, 202.628.7949 Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial www.jaleo.com LEGAL SEA FOODS Seafood. Famed for its lobster, raw bar, clam chowder and an award-winning wine list. Most locations L & D (daily). Multiple locations. 704 7th St. NW, 202.347.0007 www.legal seafoods.com MOMOFUKU Asian. Prize-winning chef David Chang’s popular NYC spot for pork buns, whole roasted pork shoulder lettuce wraps with Korean twist. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1090 I St. NW, 202.602.1832 Metro: Metro Center or Gallery Pl-Chinatown ccdc.momofuku.com
Shaw ALL-PURPOSE PIZZERIA Pizza. A selection of nine whole wheat pies. Housemade charcuterie, hot and cold antipasti. Craft cocktails. Sweets by nearby Buttercream Bakeshop. Two locations. L (M-Sa), D (daily), Br (Su). 1250 Ninth St. NW, 202.849.6174 www.allpurposedc.com CHERCHER Ethiopian. Friendly, casual spot serving popular and authentic dishes like doro we’t (chicken stew) and yebeg we’t (lamb stew). Plenty of vegetarian options, Ethiopian coffee.
ELLE American. Brad Deboy helming lovely digs for counter service eats during the day and a fullscale restaurant at night. Baked goods (on-site Paisley Fig bakery), plus eclectic menu ( kimchi toast, corn cacio e pepe, et. al.) B, L (daily), D (W-M). 3221 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, 202.652.0040 www.eatatelle.com
house-cured meats, seafood, burgers, regional produce, even a suckling pig. Glass walls, china plates signed by celeb chef pals. Good spirits, unique beers. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (SaSu). 931 H St. NW, 202.695.7660 www.dbgb.com
L, D (daily). Two locations. 1334 Ninth St. NW, 202.299.9703. Metro: Mt. Vernon Sq www. chercherrestaurant.com CONVIVIAL American. Star chef Cedric Maupillier’s modern take on French-style cafe food (bouillabaisse with catfish, coq au vin fried chicken). D (daily), Br (SaSu). 801 O St. NW, 202.525.2870 www.convivialdc.com THE DABNEY American. Jeremiah Langhorne’s Michelin-starred digs in Blagden Alley for openhearth cooking with ingredients from a rooftop garden. D (Tu-Su). Downstairs, Dabney Cellar pouring wines by the glass. No reservations. 122 Blagden Alley, 202.450.1015 Metro: Mt. Vernon Sq www. thedabney.com
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EL SOL Mexican. Lauded taqueria and restaurant by a brother and sister team, dishing up madefrom-scratch ceviches, pozole, tortas and huaraches (a popular Mexican sandwich). D (daily). 1227 11th St. NW, 202.815.4789 www.elsol-dc.com ESTUARY American. Top toque brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio’s ode to the Chesapeake inside the swanky Conrad Hotel. Reimagined dishes like ramen with Atlantic cod, Maryland crab roll with crispy crustacean-shaped chips. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 950 New York Ave. NW, 202.844.5895 www. estuarydc.com KINSHIP American. Acclaimed Chef Eric Ziebold’s Michelin-starred dining room. Lobster French toast, grilled Japanese Kuroge beef, whole-roasted meat, poultry, fish. Extensive wine list. D (daily). 1015 Seventh St. NW, 202.737.7700 Metro: Mt. Vernon Sq www.kinshipdc.com TORTINO RESTAURANT Italian. Longtime D.C. chef Noé Canales turning out soulful modern Tuscan dishes in a warm and inviting environment. L (M-F), D (daily). 1228 11th St. NW, 202.312.5570 www. tortinorestaurant.com
VINOTECA WINE BAR & BISTRO New American. Intimate space for sampling 100-plus wines from around the globe, comfort food and small plates. Daily happy hour specials and back patio with bocce court in warm months. Open Tu-Su. 1940 11th St. NW, 202.332.9463 www. vinotecadc.com
Waterfront CHLOE Global. Chef Haidar Karoum showcasing his background with Lebanese, Western European and Southeast Asian cuisine. Included in the 2018 Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1331 4th St. SE, 202.313.7007 Metro: Navy Yard www.restaurant chloe.com DEL MAR Seafood. James Beard Awardwinner Fabio Trabocchi’s Spanish coastal cuisine. Wideranging menu, cocktails, mocktails and ciders. Spanish wine list with some from France and California. L (Tu-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 791 Wharf St. SW, 02.525.1402 Metro: Waterfront www.delmardc.com KALIWA Asian. Chef Cathal Armstrong’s outpost at The Wharf focusing on the cuisine of Thailand, the Philippines and Korea with distinct dishes from each. Large, 4,300-square-foot space with outdoor riverside dining in good weather. L, D (daily). The Wharf, 751 Wharf St. SW, 202.516.4739 Metro: Waterfront www.kaliwadc.com KITH AND KIN Caribbean. Chef Kwame Onwuachi serving updated African-accented flavors from his youth. Dry-aged ribeye with crab jollof rice, duck with ground nut stew, braised oxtails. Inside the InterContinental hotel. B, L, D (daily). 801 Wharf St. SW, 202.878.8566 Metro: Waterfront www.kithandkindc.com OFFICINA Italian. Lauded chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s glitzy all-day cafe, trattoria and marketplace at
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The Wharf. Salumi, hand-made pastas, dry-aged rib eye, panini. Extensive wine, spirits list. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1120 Maine Ave. SW, 202.747.5222 www. officinadc.com OSTERIA MORINI Italian. From Michael White, rustic cuisine of the EmiliaRomagna with patio and water views. Grilled meats, baby octopus, housemade pastas. Smallbatch and sparkling wines, excellent cocktails. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 301 Water St. SE, 202.484.0660 www.osteria morini.com THE SALT LINE Seafood. New England meets the Chesapeake Bay with a “sea to table” credo in lobster rolls, coddies, surf and turf. Raw bar, towers. Next to Nationals Park, with waterfront views, outdoor seating in good weather. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 79 Potomac Ave. SE, 202.506.2368 Metro: Navy Yard (Ballpark) www.the saltline.com WHALEY’S RAW BAR & RESTAURANT Seafood. Airy waterfront spot for sustainably raised seafood. Raw bar, day boat scallop crudo, seafood towers. chicken fried oysters, family-style seafood risotto. Wines, local beers, craft cocktails. D (daily). Br (Sa-Su). 301 Water St. SE #115, 202.484.8800 Metro: Navy Yard www.whaleysdc.com
ENTERTAINMENT Bars & Lounges BARMINI Adjoining his experimental Minibar, celeb chef José Andrés’ sleek cocktail bar offering 100plus original creations and fresh takes on classics. Reservations recommended. Tu-Sa from 5:30 pm. 501 9th St. NW, 202.393.4451 Metro: Archives or Gallery Pl-Chinatown www. minibarbyjoseandres.com BARREL DC Rustic space with two bar areas—a main level, plus a downstairs “Rum-DMV” space with rum-focused cocktails and hip-hop beats. Full menu. Open daily. 613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE,
202.543.3622 Metro: Capitol South www.barreldc.com COLUMBIA ROOM Acclaimed cocktail bar with Tasting Room (four-course menu by reservation); Spirits Library/Punch Garden for small plates gourmet cocktails, open Tu-Sa. 124 Blagden Alley NW, 202.316.9396. Metro: Mt. Vernon Sq-Convention Center www.columbiaroomdc.com HANUMANH Bar-forward, mural-painted spot dishing up Laotian sour pork jowl salad with toasted rice, red crab curry with banana blossoms. Cocktails by Barmini’s Al Thompson. D (W-M). 1604 Seventh St. NW, No phone www.hanumanh.com HAROLD BLACK Speakeasy bar located above Acqua al 2 restaurant in Eastern Market for cocktails and quiet conversation. Reservations required. Open Tu-Sa. 212 7th St. SE, Capitol Hill, 202.627.0994 Metro: Eastern Market www. haroldblackdc.com JACK ROSE DINING SALOON Bar with dining room, cigars and 1,400 kinds of liquor (emphasis on whiskey) lining the shelves. Open-air roof terrace with seasonal tiki bar, cellar. Open daily. 2007 18th St. NW, 202.588.7388 www.jackrose diningsaloon.com MAXWELL PARK Wine guru Brent Kroll looking out for the “adventurous imbiber” with more than 50 wines by the glass, stored in high-tech temperature-controlled environments. Charcuterie plus smoked trout pate, burrata. Open daily. 1336 Ninth St. NW, 202.792.9522 www.maxwell parkdc.com THE NEXT WHISKY BAR Inside the Watergate Hotel, bar with a large selection of spirits and a hand-picked rotating selection of cigars. Open daily. 2650 Virginia Ave. NW, 202.827.1600. Metro: Foggy Bottom www.thewatergate hotel.com THE PASSENGER Tom Brown’s popular cock-
Concerts & Opera CAPITAL ONE ARENA Anchoring downtown’s bustling Penn Quarter, major venue for top touring musicians plus the NBA Wizards and NHL Capitals. Full schedule online. 601 F St. NW, 202.628.3200 Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown www.capitalonearena.com
STRATHMORE Scenic acres in Maryland with 2,000-seat concert hall, base of National Philharmonic and second home of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, N. Bethesda, Md., 301.581.5100 Metro: Grosvenor www.strathmore.org
Music Clubs 9:30 CLUB Frequent winner of nightclub of the year. Visit the Back Bar early for first entry into shows. 815 V St. NW, 202.265.0930 Metro: U St-Cardozo www.930.com THE ANTHEM Concert venue on The Wharf waterfront redevelopment for big-name rock/pop and indie stars. State-of-the-art sound system, multilevel tiers, bars. 901 Wharf St. SW, 202.888.0020 Metro: Waterfront www.the anthemdc.com BLACK CAT Booking indie rockers for the upstairs Mainstage and the smaller downstairs Backstage (often local bands). Also DJ
BLUES ALLEY Tucked away in a Georgetown alley, legendary jazz supper club showcasing artists like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Byrd since 1965. 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.337.4141 www. bluesalley.com MADAM’S ORGAN Live music nightly at this rowdy Adams Morgan bar where redheads get a half-price drink special. Pool tables, karaoke and rooftop bar. Open daily. 2461 18th St. NW, 202.667.5370 www.madamsorgan.com PEARL STREET WAREHOUSE Lively, intimate space for established and emerging rock, country, folk, soul, bluegrass and R&B acts. 33 Pearl St. SW, 202.380.9620 Metro: Waterfront www.pearlstreet warehouse.com
THE KENNEDY CENTER Living memorial to John F. Kennedy with bust by Robert Berks, flag-draped Hall of Nations and Hall of States, and venues including Opera House, Concert Hall and Millennium Stage with free shows. 2700 F St. NW, 202.467.4600 Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU (free shuttle to/ from venue) www.kennedycenter.org MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY Thought-provoking works grappling with social and political issues. Based at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. 1333 H St. NE, 202.399.7993 www. mosaictheater.org
EXPLORE Tours & Transport BIG BUS TOURS The capital from the enclosed first level or open upper deck of a hop-on, hop-off bus with narration. Buses run 15-30 minutes. $35-$49. 877.332.8689 www.bigbustours.com
D.C. UNITED SOCCER The capital city’s Major League Soccer club, ruling the pitch at new Audi Field in Southwest. 100 Potomac Ave. SW, 202.587.5000 www.dcunited.com
BIKE AND ROLL Guided tours by bike and Segway, plus bike rentals. Four locations: National Mall, Union Station, Old Town Alexandria (Va.) and Smithsonian. See website for details. www.bikeand rolldc.com
WASHINGTON NATIONALS D.C.’s MLB team at bat in LEEDcertified Nationals Park. Racing Presidents, six presidential mascots who race in the fourth inning pulling tricks (yes, even Honest Abe) to win. Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE, 202.675.6287 Metro: Navy Yard www.mlb.com/nationals
BOATING IN DC Sail boat, kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals and lessons on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. Also kayak tours, SUP yoga, sculling classes and Tidal Basin paddle boat rentals. See website for locations. Key Bridge Boathouse, 3500 Water St. NW, 202.337.9642 www. boatingindc.com
Theater & Dance ARENA STAGE Classic and contemporary productions in glass complex by the water. Catwalk Cafe features dishes inspired by current shows. 1101 6th St. SW, 202.554.9066 Metro: Waterfront www.arenastage.org
CARPE DC FOOD TOURS Walking tours featuring restaurants in the historic and trendy U Street/Shaw neighborhoods, plus cultural and historic points of interest. Also, private and drinking tours. $55-$89. Check schedule online. 888.697.2693 www.carpedc foodtours.com
DC BY FOOT Name-your-price tours of the major sites and several neighborhoods. Also food tours. Ghosts of Georgetown explores the dark past of D.C.’s oldest zone. Website for times/ meeting locations. 202.370.1830 www.freetoursbyfoot.com DC CIRCULATOR Daily bus running six routes including east-west between Union Station and Georgetown and north-south between Woodley Park and McPherson Square, plus a National Mall loop. Buses arrive every 10 minutes. $1, children under 5 free. www.dccirculator.com DC METRO FOOD TOURS Food-focused tours of neighborhoods in D.C., plus Old Town Alexandria. Rate/reservations online. 202.851.2268 www. dcmetrofoodtours.com NATIONAL PEDICABS City sights on three wheels for 2-3 passengers. Call for pick up and pricing for a single ride; $105 per hour-long tour; tours last 2-4 hours. 202.269.9090 www.nationalpedicabs.com NIGHTLY SPIRITS Haunted pub crawls for history buffs. Zones include the White House, Capitol Hill and Georgetown. Times and departure locations vary. Must be 21 or older. F-Sa. $25. 202.596.607 www.nightlyspirits.com PICKLE PEA WALKS Tours focused on the White House with costumed actors portraying historical figures. (no entry to White House). Tours Tu-W, Sa-Su. $23, children $15, under 6 free. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 301.251.7064 Metro: Farragut West or McPherson Sq www. picklepeawalks.com POTOMAC RIVERBOAT COMPANY Water taxi servicing Alexandria, Virginia; National Harbor, Maryland; Georgetown; and The Wharf, plus Nationals Park, sightseeing, canine cruises. Private charters. See routes/rates/locations online. 877.511.2628 www.potomac riverboat.com
THE KENNEDY CENTER Living memorial to John F. Kennedy with bust by Robert Berks, flag-draped Hall of Nations and Hall of States, and venues including Opera House, Concert Hall and Millennium Stage with free shows. 2700 F St. NW, 202.467.4600 Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU (free shuttle to/ from venue) www.kennedycenter.org
and theme nights, pinball machines, a bar and a cafe with vegan options. 1811 14th St. NW, 202.667.4490 Metro: U StCardozo www.blackcatdc.com
tail bar in Shaw with a mural inspired by the namesake Iggy Pop tune and experts mixing drinks. Open daily. 1539 Seventh St. NW, 202.853.3588 Metro: Shaw-Howard U www. passengerdc.com
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National Zoological Park, Hillwood Museum
To: Washington National Cathedral
ADAMS MORGAN Meridian International Center
Meridian Hill Park
14TH & U CORRIDOR
Dumbarton Oaks Park
Sheridan Circle Dupont Circle
Scottish Rite Temple
The Keegan Theatre Theatre J
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Mt. Vernon Square
CHINATOWN Lafayette Square
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Constitution Hall Interior Dept.
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Nat’l Portrait Arena Gallery Pl.- C Gallery American Art
Madame Tussauds Ford’s National Theatre Theatre Warner Theatre
Mt. Vernon Sq. Washington Convention Center
Foggy Bottom -GWU
Museum of African American History & Culture
Museum of American Natural History Museum History
World War l Korean War Memorial Veterans Memorial
West Potomac Park
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Lady Bird Johnson Park
Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheatre
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Bureau of Engraving & Printing
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Women In Military Memorial
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Tomb of the Unknowns
Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove
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Air & Space Museum
L’Enfant VIR GIN Plaza IA Int’l Spy Museum
SW The Wharf
East Potomac Park
Pentagon Air Force Memorial
RSO N DR Freer Gallery
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Pentagon (9/11) Memorial Pentagon
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To: Lincoln Cottage
To: Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Pope John Paul II Center, Franciscan Monastery, Catholic U. Rhode Island Ave/ Brentwood
NY Ave/ Florida Ave
Capitol Reflecting Pool
U. S. Capitol
1/2 mi 1000 m
Capitol Visitor Center
RFK Stadium DC Armory
Stadium -Armory Capitol South
eral Center SW
Georgetown – Union Station Woodley Park – Adams Morgan – McPherson Square Metro
Union Station – Navy Yard Metro Potomac Ave Metro – Skyland via Barracks Row
Anacostia NEW! National Mall Route Park
Dupont Circle – Georgetown – Rosslyn
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WhereTraveler Washington DC is the premier travel magazine for discovering the best things to do and see in Washington DC, United States. Ch...