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Saidu Yusuf

Navigator Saidu Yusuf has an insatiable appetite for the delights of Washington, DC.

Navigator Biography

Navigator Saidu Yusuf has fully engrossed himself in the exhilarating cultural scene of Washington, DC since moving to the American capital from Sierra Leone. Starting out as a tour guide, Saidu quickly found himself answering questions from visitors concerned with what to do and where to go in the city. Now, after 14 years in DC, he holds all the answers. He enlists the support of a variety of sources to stay ahead of the curve — from credible blogs and websites to the recommendations of his own team. But Saidu knows that a true Navigator of a city as culturally rich and diverse as Washington, DC — where the low-slung charms of Chinatown sit just a stone’s throw away from the pomp and prestige of the White House — must make their own judgments. And so day after day he endeavors to see DC through new eyes. He begins with a two-mile run, keeping his eyes peeled for new openings and events along the way, and may end it with a drink in an underground cocktail joint or at his favorite oyster bar. In between he helps guests at his Penn Quarter hotel to experience the city like never before. Away from work, Saidu likes to keep it simple. He lists his hobbies as “cooking, working out, traveling and volunteering.” And then comes the curveball … “I'm coming to realize that I might sing and play drums at the same time. I just need to polish my vocal chords more!”


Betsy Fisher - find
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Betsy Fisher

One-of-a-kind items are delivered here daily for your perusal, and the friendly staff is very willing to help you look your best.
Although you have to ring a doorbell to gain entry, you should not be intimidated by Betsy Fisher. This light-filled boutique features creative clothing and accessories for day and evening. Beautiful dresses, ranging from the funky to the elegant, are the store's bread and butter and rightfully hang on the front racks near the door. Betsy Fisher sells one-of-a-kind items as well as name-brand labels such as Nicole Miller, Max and Co. and Easel. Buyers can be assured no one else will be wearing the same thing.
Address: 1224 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, 20036, United States
Phone: +1 202 785 1975
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM,Thursday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM,Saturday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM,Sunday from 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Distance: 1.2 mi
Library of Congress - find
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Library of Congress

Over 100 million items are contained in this library, including original copies of the Gettysburg Address and a Gutenberg Bible.
Originally intended as a small reference library, the Library of Congress now contains the largest collection of books in the world, with 100 million items, including a Gutenberg Bible, first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The splendor of the magnificent Main Reading Room is worth the visit, but you should also browse the many excellent collections and exhibits in the library's three buildings. Its collections are available for research to adults 18 and older.
Address: 101 Independence Avenue Southeast, Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, 20540, United States
Phone: +1 202 707 5000
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Distance: 1.7 mi
Appalachina Spring - find
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Appalachina Spring

This shop offers gifts from artists in the Appalachian region of America. Products include fine jewelry, pottery and art glass.
Established in 1968, Appalachian Spring opens its doors to the world of handcrafted gifts and collectibles made by American artisans. The products sold here include art glasses, vases, jewelry, kitchen accessories, scarves, handbags and kaleidoscopes. These products are sourced from artists based in Appalachian states of United States and the fine quality reflects the amount of work put in to create each piece. Appalachian Spring on Massachusetts Avenue is a perfect place to pick up quality handcrafted collectibles.
Address: 50 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast, Washington, 20002, United States
Phone: +1 202 682 0505
Hotel: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Distance: 1 mi
Urbana Restaurant & Wine Bar - find
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Urbana Restaurant & Wine Bar

This Dupont Circle establishment is a fun local hotspot, with wine from Northern Italy and France being a main attraction.
Sleek designs and dark tones, peppered with rich materials and a contemporary setting makes Urbana Restaurant & Wine Bar a hot spot for fine dining. The ingenious fare, influenced from regions of Northern Italy and Southern France is served well. The impressive wall of wines here scores high points for its presentation and quality and so does the warm ambiance. Try the pizzas from the wood-burning oven, pasta or meat offerings and make sure to dig into the olive oil poached Atlantic cod or the Osso Bucco. It is sure to make you come back for more!
Address: 2121 P Street Northwest, Washington, 20037, United States
Phone: +1 202 956 6650
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 06:30 AM to 10:30 AM,Monday to Friday from 11:30 AM to 02:00 PM,Sunday to Thursday from 05:30 PM to 10:00 PM,Friday to Saturday from 05:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Distance: 1.6 mi
Busboys and Poets - find
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Busboys and Poets

This place has more than just coffee. Live music, poetry readings and film screenings are scheduled most weeks and are always interesting!
This social meeting place in the U Street neighborhood caters to the politically and artistically-minded. The gallery at Busboys and Poets features local artists, and events include speakers, poetry readings, live music and film screenings. The atmosphere is perfect for a relaxing afternoon. After lunching with friends over pizza, browse the bookstore, and then snuggle up on the couch with a laptop and a cup of coffee, enjoying the free wireless internet. Busboys and Poets at night has a livelier social scene, featuring music and a full bar.
Address: 2021 14th Street Northwest, at 14th & V, Langston Lofts, Washington, 20009, United States
Phone: +1 202 387 7638
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 08:00 AM to 12:00 AM,Friday from 08:00 AM to 02:00 AM,Saturday from 08:00 AM to 02:00 AM,Sunday from 09:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Hotel: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Distance: 1.4 mi
Ben's Chili Bowl - find
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Ben's Chili Bowl

Since 1958, this local landmark has been serving its deliciously famous chili in bowls and on burgers, hot dogs and fries!
This Washington landmark has been serving up hot dogs with chili, fries, hamburgers and shakes since 1958. Rumor has it that comedian Bill Cosby orders his chili dogs from Ben's when he comes to town. He's one of two people who can eat there for free; the other one is Barack Obama. A wide range of hot dogs is served here, from the traditional dog to half-smokes and turkey dogs smothered in onions, cheese and chili. Fries and onion rings, cream pies and shakes are also offered, and breakfast is served six days a week.
Address: 1213 U Street Northwest, Washington, 20009, United States
Phone: +1 202 667 0909
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 06:00 AM to 02:00 AM,Friday from 06:00 AM to 04:00 AM,Saturday from 07:00 AM to 04:00 AM,Sunday from 11:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Distance: 1.3 mi
The Big Hunt - find
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The Big Hunt

More than 25 beers are on tap at this eccentric bar that features a jungle décor. The jukebox here is one of the best in town!
With its eccentric jungle decor and two bars serving more than 25 beers on tap, this is a fun place to hang out. The laid-back crowd settles into booths on the lower level or around one of the bars. Meanwhile, the jukebox kicks out hip and energetic tunes. The pizza is half-price during happy hour, which runs from 4:00pm to 7:30pm on weekdays. There is also a tasty chili, burgers, veggie burgers, fish and chips, as well as other pub grub.
Address: 1345 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, 20036, United States
Phone: +1 202 785 2333
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 04:00 PM to 02:00 AM,Friday from 04:00 PM to 03:00 AM,Saturday from 05:00 PM to 03:00 AM,Sunday from 05:00 PM to 02:00 AM
Hotel: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Distance: 1.3 mi
Bar Pilar - find
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Bar Pilar

Try a cocktail like the Bee’s Knees or the Dark and Stormy! For a safer bet, sample a bottle from their extensive wine list.
Numerous Washington natives have heaped praise on Bar Pilar for its ambiance and extensive wine list. The brunch and dinner menus are seasonal and undergo constant changes based on which local ingredients are the freshest. The apple tart and 'Milkyway' brownie are the pick of the bunch among the desserts. Few bars can match the overall experience of this establishment.
Address: 1833 14th Street Northwest, Washington, 20009, United States
Phone: +1 202 265 1751
Hotel: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Distance: 1.3 mi
Trio Fox & Hounds - find
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Trio Fox & Hounds

Watch the city pass you by at this bar's outdoor seating while you savor unique cocktails, microbrews and coffee liqueur drinks.
This neighborhood pub is tucked between Dupont Circle and Adams-Morgan. Fox and Hounds offers a friendly atmosphere and fun crowd. The outdoor cafe is an ideal spot for people watching on 17th Street. At all times, patrons will find that both drinks and food - standard pub fare, such as burgers and other sandwiches - are served with a generous hand. Customers enjoy the large number of coffee liqueur drinks, wines by the glass, imported beers and microbrews.
Address: 1537 17th Street Northwest, Washington, 20036, United States
Phone: +1 202 232 6307
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 04:00 PM to 02:00 AM,Friday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 03:00 AM,Sunday from 11:00 AM to 02:00 AM
Hotel: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Distance: 1.2 mi
Restaurant Nora - find
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Restaurant Nora

This relaxed Dupont Circle restaurant was the first in America to be certified organic. Try the Hand-rolled Potato Gnocchi.
Restaurant Nora is well loved by discerning diners in Washington. A forerunner in the organic food movement, Chef Nora Pouillon has long been transforming the freshest and healthiest meats and produce into creative and tasty dishes. The menu changes often, but expect preparations like rack of lamb, blue nosed snapper and Amish duck. So if you love experimenting with food, this joint is the place for you.
Address: 2132 Florida Avenue Northwest, At Florida and R Street, Washington, 20008, United States
Phone: +1 202 462 5143
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 05:30 PM to 10:00 PM,Friday to Saturday from 05:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Hotel: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Distance: 1.7 mi
Stoney's - find
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Stoney's

This bar is often filled with downtown workers at the end of the day, who enjoy the wide selection of brews and mixed drinks.
This bar has been a neighborhood watering hole for decades. Downtown professionals often drop by to relax after a long day at the office. This is a basic bar. While that does not include an imaginative decor, regulars keep coming back for the bar's good food and friendly atmosphere. The menu is simple, but reliably hearty. No matter what you order--burgers, steaks, sandwiches or pizza--the portions are not stingy.
Address: 1433 P Street Northwest, Washington, 20005, United States
Phone: +1 202 234 1818
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 11:00 AM to 02:00 AM,Friday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 03:00 AM,Sunday from 11:00 AM to 02:00 AM
Hotel: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Distance: 0.95 mi

United States National Arboretum

This 444-acre park is as large as it is beautiful. The National Bonsai Collection, a gift from Japan, is worth your time
Best known for its vast collection of azaleas, (Washington's favorite porch-flower), this 444-acre (180-hectare) garden park has much else to offer. Fountains, pools and open space separate a series of focused gardens at United States National Arboretum. The National Bonsai Collection, a gift from Japan, is a fascinating exhibit of tiny trees. Another notable section is the aquatic garden.
Address: 3501, New York Avenue Northeast, Washington, 20002, DC, United States
Phone: +1 202 245 2726
Opening hours: Friday to Monday from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Distance: 3.5 mi