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Guidebook for Washington

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Guidebook for Washington

Food Scene
This award-winning bakery is unique and totally delicious: they make fresh pretzels all day until 5 or 6 pm. Choose from the basic salt, cinnamon-sugar, & "everything" pretzels, or go for their tasty breakfast sliders on mini pretzel rolls (egg/bacon/cheese), a pretzel dog (hot dog wrapped in a pretzel roll), a calzone, or a "pretzel bomb" (a pretzel roll stuffed with nutella and cinnamon!). Plus, delicious homemade lemonade and local coffee/tea options. We love to walk here on weekend mornings!
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The Pretzel Bakery
257 15th St SE
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This award-winning bakery is unique and totally delicious: they make fresh pretzels all day until 5 or 6 pm. Choose from the basic salt, cinnamon-sugar, & "everything" pretzels, or go for their tasty breakfast sliders on mini pretzel rolls (egg/bacon/cheese), a pretzel dog (hot dog wrapped in a pretzel roll), a calzone, or a "pretzel bomb" (a pretzel roll stuffed with nutella and cinnamon!). Plus, delicious homemade lemonade and local coffee/tea options. We love to walk here on weekend mornings!
This quaint little basement shop offers illy coffee options, seasonal drinks, and anything you could possibly want for a picnic at Lincoln Park across the street: freshly-baked pastries, baguette sandwiches, charcuterie, cheeses, wine and beer, and plenty of gelato or ice cream choices. Plus, they are super friendly and love seeing repeat customers.
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Wine & Butter Cafe & Market
1023 E Capitol St SE
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This quaint little basement shop offers illy coffee options, seasonal drinks, and anything you could possibly want for a picnic at Lincoln Park across the street: freshly-baked pastries, baguette sandwiches, charcuterie, cheeses, wine and beer, and plenty of gelato or ice cream choices. Plus, they are super friendly and love seeing repeat customers.
We are obsessed with this pie shop, which offers both sweet and savory pies by either the slice or the whole pie. Our favorites include the S.M.O.G. (steak/mushroom/onion/gruyere) for dinner and the dark chocolate pecan pie for dessert. On some weekdays they have a great dine-in deal where you can get two slices of savory + two slices of sweet + two drinks for only about $20 -- a total steal! Also open pretty late and great for takeout; some nights you can even catch some live music.
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Dangerously Delicious Pies
1339 H Street Northeast
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We are obsessed with this pie shop, which offers both sweet and savory pies by either the slice or the whole pie. Our favorites include the S.M.O.G. (steak/mushroom/onion/gruyere) for dinner and the dark chocolate pecan pie for dessert. On some weekdays they have a great dine-in deal where you can get two slices of savory + two slices of sweet + two drinks for only about $20 -- a total steal! Also open pretty late and great for takeout; some nights you can even catch some live music.
Cute little DC-themed candy shop. We particularly love that they serve ice cream and even stock pints of our favorite local ice cream brands, like Ice Cream Jubilee. Great for picking up DC-themed gifts/souvenirs too!
The Capital Candy Jar
201 15th St NE
Cute little DC-themed candy shop. We particularly love that they serve ice cream and even stock pints of our favorite local ice cream brands, like Ice Cream Jubilee. Great for picking up DC-themed gifts/souvenirs too!
Hands-down the best ramen in DC. They usually don't take reservations & spots fill up fast, so go early!
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Toki Underground
1234 H Street Northeast
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Hands-down the best ramen in DC. They usually don't take reservations & spots fill up fast, so go early!
California transplant near the Navy Yard. Plenty of table space and strong wifi for working, plus tasty baked goods, avocado toast, and drink options other than coffee.
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Philz Coffee
1331 4th St SE
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California transplant near the Navy Yard. Plenty of table space and strong wifi for working, plus tasty baked goods, avocado toast, and drink options other than coffee.
Beautiful view over the water and fresh, fantastic Italian food. On Mondays they have half-price pasta at dinner!
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Osteria Morini
301 Water Street Southeast
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Beautiful view over the water and fresh, fantastic Italian food. On Mondays they have half-price pasta at dinner!
Routinely listed as some of the best Italian food in the city - a great anniversary/celebration/date night option.
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Acqua Al 2
212 7th Street Southeast
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Routinely listed as some of the best Italian food in the city - a great anniversary/celebration/date night option.
Union Market is a huge indoor food hall with tons of culinary options. Our favorite is Neopol Smokery for truly excellent smoked salmon, but you can also find great fish & chips, fresh-brewed kombucha, Korean bbq tacos, French crepes, empanadas, and many others. Lots of options if your group includes picky eaters!
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Union Market
1309 5th Street Northeast
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Union Market is a huge indoor food hall with tons of culinary options. Our favorite is Neopol Smokery for truly excellent smoked salmon, but you can also find great fish & chips, fresh-brewed kombucha, Korean bbq tacos, French crepes, empanadas, and many others. Lots of options if your group includes picky eaters!
I love this pretty bakery for its varied drink options, Instagram-worthy decor, and phenomenal pastry options - they bake all day long so the fare is always fresh out of the oven. On the weekends you can also pick up traditional French baguettes and other bread options. Everything is delicious.
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Pluma by Bluebird Bakery
391 Morse St NE
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I love this pretty bakery for its varied drink options, Instagram-worthy decor, and phenomenal pastry options - they bake all day long so the fare is always fresh out of the oven. On the weekends you can also pick up traditional French baguettes and other bread options. Everything is delicious.
New and affordable option for tasty tacos and other Mexican dishes. I especially love the esquites (street corn)! They also offer $2 Taco Tuesdays.
Taco City DC
1102 8th St SE
New and affordable option for tasty tacos and other Mexican dishes. I especially love the esquites (street corn)! They also offer $2 Taco Tuesdays.
If you love a good gyro and appreciate authentic tzatziki, look no further. This is a great quick spot for a tasty lunch. If visiting Ford's Theater is on your DC itinerary, they also have a location directly across the street from the theater entrance.
GRK Fresh Greek - H St NW Washington DC
2121 H St NW
If you love a good gyro and appreciate authentic tzatziki, look no further. This is a great quick spot for a tasty lunch. If visiting Ford's Theater is on your DC itinerary, they also have a location directly across the street from the theater entrance.
We love this place and regularly take friends and family here when they come to town. The set up is a little unusual - everyone pays $20 and everyone gets the same thing: salad, bread, and two servings of steak and frites. Everything is absolutely delicious and a good value! If you can manage to fit in some dessert after your two helpings of steak and fries, their carrot cake is some of the best we've ever tasted.
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Medium Rare
515 8th Street Southeast
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We love this place and regularly take friends and family here when they come to town. The set up is a little unusual - everyone pays $20 and everyone gets the same thing: salad, bread, and two servings of steak and frites. Everything is absolutely delicious and a good value! If you can manage to fit in some dessert after your two helpings of steak and fries, their carrot cake is some of the best we've ever tasted.
This is a brand-new pizzeria that just opened up by Union Market. It features a wide range of neapolitan-style pizza, plus delicious apps and other treats. If you don't want to make the trek all the way across town to 2Amys, this is a good standby!
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Stellina Pizzeria
399 Morse St NE
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This is a brand-new pizzeria that just opened up by Union Market. It features a wide range of neapolitan-style pizza, plus delicious apps and other treats. If you don't want to make the trek all the way across town to 2Amys, this is a good standby!
This pizza place is a decent drive or metro ride away, but the reward is some of the best pizza in the city. Regularly featured in awards and "best of" lists, 2 Amys is so popular that you are always highly encouraged to show up early or risk waiting 1 hour+ for a table. It's worth the trek!
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2 Amys
3715 Macomb Street Northwest
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This pizza place is a decent drive or metro ride away, but the reward is some of the best pizza in the city. Regularly featured in awards and "best of" lists, 2 Amys is so popular that you are always highly encouraged to show up early or risk waiting 1 hour+ for a table. It's worth the trek!
This gelato is famous throughout the city, and this location is extra-special because it is their gelato factory! You can watch the process, taste new flavors, and of course buy a cone or cup to go. Worth a stop if you're exploring near Union Market!
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Dolcezza Factory
550 Penn Street Northeast
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This gelato is famous throughout the city, and this location is extra-special because it is their gelato factory! You can watch the process, taste new flavors, and of course buy a cone or cup to go. Worth a stop if you're exploring near Union Market!
Parks & Nature
This beautiful, sprawling park in the middle of Capitol Hill is a lovely place to relax for a picnic and some people-watching. In the summer you can join pick up games of frisbee or soccer, and in the fall you'll be walking under a beautiful canopy of changing autumn leaves. Two large playgrounds are great for kids, too.
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Lincoln Park
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This beautiful, sprawling park in the middle of Capitol Hill is a lovely place to relax for a picnic and some people-watching. In the summer you can join pick up games of frisbee or soccer, and in the fall you'll be walking under a beautiful canopy of changing autumn leaves. Two large playgrounds are great for kids, too.
Beautiful, sprawling reserve in the middle of the city - great for bike rides, family photos, nature walks with kids, and long runs where you don't have to stop for traffic lights every few minutes. Especially beautiful in the fall!
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Arboretum
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Beautiful, sprawling reserve in the middle of the city - great for bike rides, family photos, nature walks with kids, and long runs where you don't have to stop for traffic lights every few minutes. Especially beautiful in the fall!
This is one of our favorite areas of DC - a newly-developed, thriving neighborhood right on the waterfront. There are splash pads and wading pools for kids in the summer, an ice rink in the winter, tons of great restaurants at various price-points, and even a trapeze school. During the summer we like to attend the weekly outdoor movie nights and live concerts right on the water while enjoying a Jubilee ice cream cone.
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The Yards Park
355 Water Street Southeast
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This is one of our favorite areas of DC - a newly-developed, thriving neighborhood right on the waterfront. There are splash pads and wading pools for kids in the summer, an ice rink in the winter, tons of great restaurants at various price-points, and even a trapeze school. During the summer we like to attend the weekly outdoor movie nights and live concerts right on the water while enjoying a Jubilee ice cream cone.
Shopping
This iconic market has been around since 1873 and is still open for business every day. Inside the market hall you can find vendors of all different kinds of groceries and food, plus a restaurant (cash only!) serving famous pancakes. On Saturdays and Sundays many more vendors arrive to set up shop on the streets outside, offering handmade souvenirs of all kinds, delicious food, and a flea market stretching for several blocks.
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Eastern Market
225 7th Street Southeast
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This iconic market has been around since 1873 and is still open for business every day. Inside the market hall you can find vendors of all different kinds of groceries and food, plus a restaurant (cash only!) serving famous pancakes. On Saturdays and Sundays many more vendors arrive to set up shop on the streets outside, offering handmade souvenirs of all kinds, delicious food, and a flea market stretching for several blocks.
Stop by this popular store for trendy clothes, paper goods, and coffee or lunch.
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Maketto
1351 H Street Northeast
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Stop by this popular store for trendy clothes, paper goods, and coffee or lunch.
A brand-new bookstore on popular H Street, just down the street from Whole Foods and the Wydown cafe.
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Solid State Books
600F H St NE
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A brand-new bookstore on popular H Street, just down the street from Whole Foods and the Wydown cafe.
We love this independent bookstore for its helpful staff, large inventory, busy calendar of events, and lots of DC-specific items.
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East City Bookshop
645 Pennsylvania Ave SE
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We love this independent bookstore for its helpful staff, large inventory, busy calendar of events, and lots of DC-specific items.
A one-of-a-kind shop full of more books, puzzles, and games than you knew existed. Great place for quirky/nerdy gifts.
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Labyrinth Games & Puzzles
645 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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A one-of-a-kind shop full of more books, puzzles, and games than you knew existed. Great place for quirky/nerdy gifts.
Essentials
Great local option for groceries in central Capitol Hill.
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Trader Joe's
750 Pennsylvania Ave SE
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Great local option for groceries in central Capitol Hill.
Large grocery store with a wide selection of organic/health-minded options.
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Whole Foods Market
600 H St NE
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Large grocery store with a wide selection of organic/health-minded options.
Getting Around
Local metro station servicing the blue, orange, and silver lines; a bikeshare station is also located here. It's a good idea to check the WMATA website for any real-time track or line updates, since the DC metro system is perpetually under construction.
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Stadium-Armory Station
192 19th Street Southeast
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Local metro station servicing the blue, orange, and silver lines; a bikeshare station is also located here. It's a good idea to check the WMATA website for any real-time track or line updates, since the DC metro system is perpetually under construction.
The DC Streetcar runs along H Street to Union Station.
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DC Streetcar
2550 Benning Rd NE
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The DC Streetcar runs along H Street to Union Station.
Arts & Culture
The guided tours can be a little slow, but you shouldn't miss seeing the beautiful reading room on a trip to DC. Check the website for special exhibits too - they are usually fantastic. They also offer story time and other free events for kids.
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Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue Southeast
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The guided tours can be a little slow, but you shouldn't miss seeing the beautiful reading room on a trip to DC. Check the website for special exhibits too - they are usually fantastic. They also offer story time and other free events for kids.
Schedule a tour or wander around yourself - this is a beautiful building. Check the Court website to see whether an argument is scheduled the day of your visit; it's worth it to stand in a (usually short) line to be able to step into the argument room for about 3-5 minutes and see the Justices in action.
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United States Supreme Court Building
1 First Street Northeast
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Schedule a tour or wander around yourself - this is a beautiful building. Check the Court website to see whether an argument is scheduled the day of your visit; it's worth it to stand in a (usually short) line to be able to step into the argument room for about 3-5 minutes and see the Justices in action.
Sightseeing
Schedule a tour ahead of time with your congressional representative; it is almost always busy, but worth the stop! In the summer, PBS hosts a Fourth of July concert on the lawn, and in the winter stop by to see the Capitol Christmas tree.
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United States Capitol
East Capitol Street Northeast
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Schedule a tour ahead of time with your congressional representative; it is almost always busy, but worth the stop! In the summer, PBS hosts a Fourth of July concert on the lawn, and in the winter stop by to see the Capitol Christmas tree.