Go beyond the National Mall and experience DC like a local. DCIS HOME TO DOZENS OF DISTINCT NEIGHBORHOODS Get to know unique communities and insider tips for experiencing them by day or night. Explore more at WASHINGTON.ORG Art & Soul Patio Capitol Hill Victorian row houses mesh with iconic neoclassical architecture in this charming and cuisine-rich neighborhood. BY DAY Tap into DC's political world with a visit to the U. S. Capitol Building, Supreme Court and Library of Congress. Then grab lunch from the folksy Art & Soul, a farm-to-table favorite. BY NIGHT Pay homage to The Bard by catching a performance at the Elizabethan theater at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Head to Barracks Row for restaurants like mussels hot spot Belga Café and Ambar. Madame Tussauds Penn Quarter & CHINATOWN Top entertainment venues, museums and restaurants electrify DC's downtown. BY DAY Treat the whole family for lunch at Hill Country Barbecue, make like you're on the French Riviera at Fig & Olive or pick up Italian marketplace favorites with fresh pasta at Chef Amy Brandwein's Centrolina BY NIGHT Experience Penn Quarter as celebrated chef José Andrés would with Tour de José, a ticketed culinary journey through four of José’s restaurants and enjoy the most quintessential dishes and drinks at each locale. Tickets at joseandres.com. Canal Park Ice Rink Photo by Capitol Riverfront BID Capitol Riverfront This revitalized neighborhood goes beyond baseball with new developments and restaurants. BY DAY Canal Park’s ice rink is perfect for winter-time revelry. Grab lunch at Arsenal inside Bluejacket brewery, or go for some spicy Korean fried chicken at Bonchon. BY NIGHT Gaze at the Anacostia River during a jaunt through Yards Park before settling down for dinner at the ever-cozy Osteria Morini, which specializes in Italian cuisine. Greg Engert, Beer Director, Neighborhood Restaurant Group/ Bluejacket brewery on Capitol Riverfront: “It’s become one of the most eclectic and exciting neighborhoods in the city, and it continues to fuse the old and the new.” #MyDCcool @Bluejacketdc 3 FUN ACTIVITIES FOR H STREET ROMANTICS 1 Explore Maketto, a restaurant coffeehouse-retail hybrid featuring urban-inspired threads, fresh java and Cambodian and Taiwanese fare. 2 Catch a show at either the Rock and Roll Hotel, one of the city’s best concert venues, or the Atlas Performing Arts Center, a re-spun, mid-century movie theater. 3 Cap off the night with hand-crafted cocktails at TEN 01, but if you’re in the mood for brews and mini-golf, pay a visit to H Street Country Club. Adams Morgan Roofer's Union A hub for students, artists and the party crowd, the neighborhood features a half-mile stretch of 18th Street lined with vintage boutiques, record shops and great nightlife, plus ravedabout restaurants along Columbia Road. BY DAY Shop for vintage fashions at Meeps or dig through vintage records at Smash! Enjoy animal crackers and coffee at Tryst before the famed drag-queen brunch on Sundays at Perry’s. BY NIGHT Get offbeat eats like goat lasagna at New American spot Tail Up Goat, or hit the insulated roof deck at Roofer’s Union for cocktails. Then, stomp your feet to the blues at Madam’s Organ. Anacostia Anacostia Community Museum Museums, bike paths and a rich African American history characterize this area. BY DAY Community exhibits are the subject at the Anacostia Community Museum, which also hosts tours and film screenings. Review Frederick Douglass’ fascinating home life at Cedar Hill. BY NIGHT Take in a free performance or artist talk at Anacostia Arts Center, or check out what’s on stage at the Anacostia Playhouse. Before or after, savor chicken and waffles or catfish sandwiches at Uniontown Bar & Grill. Georgetown Heart of Georgetown Founded in 1751, Georgetown is actually older than DC itself. Its streets are lined with stellar restaurants, historical attractions, high-fashion retailers and art galleries. BY DAY Explore Tudor Place, a Federal-style mansion, and pay a visit to DC’s oldest structure, Old Stone House. Ice skate at Washington Harbour before heading to Farmers Fishers Bakers for lunch. BY NIGHT Embark on a “Ghosts of Georgetown” tour from DC by Foot, which includes a stop at the famous "Exorcist" stairs. Sip on wine flights at ENO Wine Bar or try Richard Sandoval’s take on Mexican cuisine at El Centro D.F. Georgetown. Lauren Boston, Georgetown Business Improvement District: “Some of the country's best shopping, an unrivaled waterfront, Taste of Georgetown and holiday festivities like GLOW make this time of year in Georgetown truly magical.” #MyDCcool @georgetowndc Dupont Circle The Phillips Collection Courtesy of The Phillips Collection, photographer Max Hirshfeld It’s multi-dimensional all the way, from the Connecticut Avenue strip to cozy P Street and 17th Street, which bustles with gay-owned businesses and nightlife. BY DAY Start the day at America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection. Shop at independently owned spots like Betsy Fisher and Proper Topper. BY NIGHT Get your laughs in at DC Improv, which hosts both locally and nationally known comedians. Dinner is served at Urbana, a P Street locale that specializes in Italian cuisine. Top the night off at Bar Dupont. U STREET 9:30 Club This neighborhood features entertainment for the history buff , foodie, music lover and party animal. BY DAY Admire the African American Civil War Memorial and step inside its museum to see Civil War-era military attire. Survey edible offerings on a Carpe DC Food Tour, or stop for lunch and a cocktail at Ben's Next Door. BY NIGHT Check out a concert any night of the week at 9:30 Club, Howard Theatre or U Street Music Hall. Otherwise, sneak away to The Gibson speakeasy. 3 FUN ACTIVITIES FOR DASHING DOWNTOWNERS 1 Cherish the Sultan of Swat (and educate the kids) at the National Portrait Gallery with the new One Life: Babe Ruth exhibit. 2 Make your way to CityCenterDC, a buzzworthy development filled with shopping and dining. Check out the high-end offerings at Paul Stuart and Kate Spade New York. 3 Relish the sweet side of life at Dolcezza for unique takes on gelato, Co Co. Sala for delicious chocolate and Buttercream Bakery for decadent pastries.
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