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Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

The next best thing to catching live action at the Capital One Arena is to cheer with fellow fans at our lively Presidents Sports Bar.

Located right in between Capitol Hill and the White House, our downtown DC hotel could not be better positioned for any visitor who wants to soak up the incredible history of the nation's capital. Our Navigator Saidu is on hand for any advice about where to go to get the full Washington experience, and can help out with visits to nearby attractions such as the National Portrait Gallery or the National Mall monuments. For sports fans, we're also only a stroll away from the Capital One Arena, home of the NBA's Washington Wizards and NHL's Washington Capitals. And if all that sightseeing has helped you work up an appetite, try one of our five on-site restaurants, serving food for every palate.

The amenities

  • Plush Bedding
  • Personal Navigator
  • JOYA NYC Fragrance
  • Valet Dry-Cleaning
  • Multi-Cultural Cuisine
  • Vida Health Club
  • Aura Spa
  • Sauna
  • Lobby Library
  • Mobile check-in
Full hotel details

Our spin on a concierge, Renaissance Hotels Navigators are local experts who have been hand-picked to help you find what the guidebooks can't tell you.

Saidu Yusuf's top finds

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
phone:+1 202 682 0505
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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
phone:+1 202 462 5143

National Gallery of Art

The art collection here is one of the best in the world, with works from American and European masters going back over 6
The National Gallery houses an extensive collection of European and American art in two spectacular buildings. In the grand, neoclassical West Building, Rembrandt, Rubens and Gainsborough are well-represented. The permanent collection includes works from the 13th to 20th Centuries including a section devoted to Impressionism. An underground concourse with a cafeteria, an excellent gift shop
Address:700,Constitution Avenue Northwest, Between 3rd and 9th Streets, Washington, 20565
phone:+1 202 737 4215

Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II

The Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II is a memorial and monument designed by Nina Akamu.
The central cast bronze sculpture consists of two Japanese cranes caught in barbed wire on top of a tall, square pedestal incised with grooves suggestive of drill cores used to extract stone from queries. Standing amongst a landscaped plaza, a semi-circular granite wall curves around the sculpture. The wall features inscriptions of the names of the ten internment camps where over 120,000 Japanese
Address:Louisiana Avenue and D Street nw, Washington, 20003
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Right Proper Brewing Company

Brewpub hosting beer brewed in-house and a great menu fueled by Southern fare.
Right Proper is a brewpub in the Shaw neighborhood and just blocks away from Howard Theatre. Here you will find a menu guaranteed to make you want to come back! Try their pulled pork sandwich and pair it with one of their house-made brews while sitting right across from where the brewing magic happens. Be sure to notice the art murals spread throughout the building while you enjoy your meal.
Address:624 T street NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 607 2337

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States.
Located on The Catholic University of America's campus, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate conception is the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States, and is in the top ten largest churches in the entire world. Dedicated to Mary, who is the patroness of the United States, it is also sometimes called America's Catholic Church. Host to over 1 million pilgrims every year.
Address:400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, 20017
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United States Navy Memorial

Honoring those who have served and are currently serving in the United States Navy.
The United States Navy Memorial calls Memorial Plaza home. This plaza features a statue by Stanly Bleifield called The Lone Sailor. This statue is dedicated as a tribute to all the personnel who serve in the sea services. The statue overlooks the Granite Sea, which is a 100 feet in diameter replica of the oceans of the world.
Address:701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, 20004
phone:+202 737 2300

DBGB

Daniel Boulud brings a French bistro feel with American twists to his Penn Quarter location.
Located in new City Center, this Daniel Boulud restaurant focuses on bringing a little bit of French cuisine with a touch of American in perfect harmony. Here you can experience one of their seven house-made sausages, gourmet burgers, and spicy fried chicken. Their bar brings a creative approach to cocktails, not only making this spot a great place for a meal, but an experience as well.
Address:931 H St NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 695 7660
Website: dbgb.com

China Chilcano

José Andrés' newest addition to Penn Quarter focuses on the vibrancy of Peruvian and Japanese fusion.
José Andrés' focuses on the Peruvian style of exotic flavors as well as native Japanese techniques and ingredients. China Chilcano takes one on an intriguing adventure that make the dishes one that you will not soon forget about. From their signature ceviche to dim sum and fried bananas, this experience will leave you wanting more.
Address:418 7th St NW, Washington, 20004
phone:+202 783 0941

SEI Restaurant and Lounge

This modern, sleek environment leads the way for small Asian inspired plates and sushi
SEI is different from most sushi restaurants in D.C. Walking in, one will notice their sleek white decor, bringing about a beautiful atmosphere to the Penn Quarter. They are creative with their small Asian-inspired plates, and make innovative sushi that one would not see on a normal menu. Make sure to try their inventive fish-and-chip roll.
Address:444 7th St NW, Washington, 20004
phone:+202 783 7007

Titanic Memorial

Marvel at this exquisite memorial.
The Titanic Memorial is a granite statue in southwest Washington, D.C. The Memorial is one of the lesser seen memorials in our nation's capital. It's at the northern corner of Fort McNair, off P Street and 4th Street in Southwest DC, and six blocks west of the Nationals Ballpark.
Address:Southwest Water Front Park SW, Washington
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Corduroy DC

One of the best fine dining spots located just across from the DC Convention Center.
Chef Tom Power's Corduroy DC is one of the hidden gems of the Washington dining scene, since they moved to there new location just across from the Washington Convention. There new contemporary menus are packed with the best American meals in town, and If you want peace and quiet while dining, you're likely to find it at Corduroy.
Address:1122 9Th. Street nw, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 589 0699

Redeem

Redeem is a men’s and women’s clothing shop that sells unique casual wear.
Owned by a native Washingtonian designer, the shop's mission is to support unsung brands and offer products that are interesting, unique and fun for all occasions and budgets.
Address:1810 14th. Street NW, Washington, 20009
phone:+202 332 7447
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Cuba Libre

Cuban cuisine served in a vast rum bar accented by Caribbean decor and Friday night Salsa dancing.
Smell and feel the taste of the Island nation. The open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage décor, and upbeat Latin music will enthrall you. The bar opens up for salsa dancing on the weekend. It's amazing how much fun you can have here. Be sure to try the house-made Caipirinha Infusion.
Address:801 9Th. Street nw, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 408 1600
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The African American Civil War Memorial

Commemorates the service of African-American soldiers and sailors who fought for the Union in the American Civil War
The memorial is appropriately placed in the Shaw section of the District. Shaw refers to R. Gould Shaw, the white colonel of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. The memorial is a sculpture commemorating the more than 209,175 soldiers who served in the United States Color Troupes during the Civil War. The names of some of the Unknown can also be found on the wall.
Address:1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 667 2667
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The Bird DC

New addition to the lively Logan Circle drinks and eateries with a lovely outside terrace.
Executive Chef Michael Bonk is offering seasonal dishes ranging from the classic to the adventurous, including ostrich tartare, roasted chicken served with the feet on and jumbo quail, plus bird-themed craft cocktails. This spot features an outdoor terrace, brightly colored stools and chairs and whimsical murals by local artists.
Address:1337 11th St NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 518 3609

Marine Corps War Memorial

Iwo Jima Memorial, also known as the U. S. Marine Corps War Memorial, is one of the most moving memorials in the nation.
The memorial design is based on famous photographer Joe Rosenthal's photo taken during World War II at Mount Suribachi, Japan. It was one of the deadliest battles for Americans during the war. The iconic picture shows five U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor raising an American flag over the battle-scarred Japanese island of Iwo Jima.
Address:George Washington Memorial Parkway., Fort Myer Road., Arlington, 22209
phone:+703 289 2500

Eighteenth Street Lounge

The outdoor chandeliers remind you that you’re having a classy evening, with the special drinks and live DJ.
The Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) opened its doors in April 1995 and unknowingly changed the face of DC's dance culture forever. The bar is both a lively setting and a place where people are able to socialize in an intimate environment. Each room inside the Eighteenth Street Lounge has its own breed of cool, but the deck bar takes the cake for coolest spot.
Address:1212 18th St NW, Washington, 20036
phone:+202 466 3922

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
phone:+1 202 785 1975

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
phone:+1 202 245 2726

HERMES OF PARIS

Revel in this luxury brand's apparel, handbags, scarves & other accessories.
This Hermes is located in the new shopping center just across the street from our hotel. Hermes is one of the best shopping outlets in the nation's capital. Be sure to browse their luxury items and be amazed by the quality of their products.
Address:944 Palmer Alley NW., Washington, 20001
phone:+703 506 4546

Nordstrom Rack Downtown DC

Save on apparel, accessories, home items, and more at our neighborhood Nordstrom.
Where style meets savings. This store used to be part of the retail space that was formerly home to Barnes & Noble in downtown D.C. This is one of the best places to look for high quality items with good discounts.
Address:555 12th St NW, Washington, 20004
phone:+202 827 2499

Convivial DC

Enjoy imaginative French-American fare and a great selection of craft cocktails.
Chef Cedric Maupillier's modern twist on French cuisine is a delicious take on modern French food. Located in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood, this French American restaurant boasts flavorful dishes in an eclectic setting. Be sure to try the restaurant's roulade, which wraps sheer, sumac-seasoned zucchini around whipped goat cheese and roasted tomato.
Address:801 O Street nw, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 525 2870

Macy's DC

Visit this Macy's department store chain providing brand-name clothing, accessories, home and housewares items.
Macy's has a wide variety of housewares, gifts and furniture. Located in the middle of the downtown area, it's close to two Metro stops. Macy's normally has 20% off discounts on Fridays and Saturdays.
Address:1201 G. Street N.W., Washington, 20005
phone:+202 628 6661

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.
One of the most peaceful civil rights activists, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who became a notable figure during the U.S. civil rights movement in the1950s. He was tragically assassinated in 1968. He was the first African American honored with a memorial on the National Mall and the fourth non-president to be remembered in such a way.
Address:1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington, 20024
phone:+202 426 6841
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All-Purpose

All-Purpose dishes up Italian-American eats from Chef Mike Friedman.
This is one of the best destinations for artisanal pizzas, antipasti and wine. Enjoy your meal in a buzzy, rustic-modern open space dining hall.
Address:1250 9th. Street nw, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 849 6174
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The Smith DC

One of the quality places located in the center of the Penn Quarter neighborhood of DC and steps from the Verizon Center
The first Smith restaurant in Washington DC comes vibrant atmosphere and flavors. Smith DC works closely with local farmers and food suppliers around the area so that its dishes can be made with the freshest of ingredients. There seasonal fare and craft cocktails are perfect for any occasion.
Address:901 F Street nw, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 868 4900

Brick & Mortar

Tucked away in a basement, this throwback bar features 1920 Prohibition-style cocktails.
Hidden in the basement of a WWI era building, Brick and Mortar is the permanent bar located in Prequel, a pop-up building in Penn Quarter. Focusing on small bites, and a strong selection of cocktails, wine, and beer. It is no surprise that this has become one of the more popular new bars in the District.
Address:918 F St NW, Washington, 20004
phone:+202 510 9917

The Emancipation Memorial

The Emancipation Memorial is in the heart of Lincoln Park in northeast DC, just behind Capitol Hill.
Dedicated in 1876, the Emancipation Memorial depicts President Abraham Lincoln standing while a former slave kneels next to him. In one hand Lincoln holds a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, the document that declared slavery illegal in 1863.
Address:Lincoln Park, East Capitol Street, Washington, 20002
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City Tap House

Great place for happy hour and beyond, offering over 40 craft beers and American pub fare.
The City Tap House hosts a draft list of 40 rotating draft beers from around the country. Keep an eye out for one of their many craft brewery special events, happy hour specials, and stop in for some of the amazing food the city tap house has to offer. With a patio for dining, great bar and dining area, and various private spaces, this place is sure to be a hit for all.
Address:901 9th St. NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 733 5333

Ivy and Coney

Dive bar bringing the tastes of Chicago and Detroit to Washington D.C.
Recently named one of the best dive bars in the District, Ivy and Coney is a cash only, no frills bar. Here you can buy bowls of peanuts, cracker jacks and the classic Chicago and Coney-style hot dogs. They leave the pretension that one can find so often in D.C. at the door, so one can come in raise a pint and relax with friends and neighbors.
Address:1537 7th St NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 670 9489

Penn Social

A playground for adults with over 30 draft beers, this happy hour spot is a great place to catch a game.
This is the best place for sports fans to go watch the game on a 22 ft projector. Penn Social is a great place to go unwind, play skee ball, old school arcade games, and an assortment of board games. They also have become popular for intense trivia battles, and open mic nights.
Address:801 E St NW, Washington, 20004
phone:+202 697 4900

Churchkey

This popular craft beer pub offers over 500 different types of beer.
Located on popular 14th St, Churchkey has set itself apart from all the other gastro pubs in D.C. Offering over 555 different types of craft beer and over 50 taps, this bar is ever changing; you can always go and have a new experience. While you visit make sure you try the famous D.C. half smoke!
Address:1337 14th St NW, Washington, 20005
phone:+202 567 2576

Renwick Gallery

After a two year renovation, the Renwick reopens with "Wonder" and exhibit for all senses.
Going into the newly refurbished Renwick Gallery, a grown adult cannot help but to feel their imaginations soar. From a rainbow completely made of string, to Maya Lin creating the ocean out of marbles. This exhibit allows the viewer to feel as though they are a part of the exhibit, by each room creating a new experience.
Address:1700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, 20006
phone:+202 633 7970

Albert Einstein Memorial

Created by sculptor Robert Berks, this memorial is dedicated to Albert Einstein.
Dedicated on the centennial of Albert Einstein's birth on April 22, 1979, this memorial is completely made of bronze, and in the scientists hands you will see a piece of paper depicting his three greatest accomplishments: photoelectric effect, the theory of general relativity, and the equivalence of energy and matter. Tip: It is said that if you rub his nose you will have good luck!
Address:2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, 20418
phone:+202 334 2000

Thally

Neighborhood eatery with stylish, rustic design and modern American cuisine that changes seasonally.
Thally describes their food as simple, fresh, and flavorful, and that is exactly what it presents. This Shaw eatery serves modern American cuisine and uses only the freshest, and in-season ingredients to showcase their recipes. It began with an idea of two friends to bring casual-elegant cuisine to the neighborhoods of D.C. It soon became one of the most mouthwatering spots in town.
Address:1316 9th St NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 733 3849

Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial

Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was an American educator and life rights leader from Florida.
This is the first memorial in the city dedicated to an African American leader. The Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial is a bronze statue sculpted by Robert Berks. Note that she is supported by a cane that was given to her by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Address:East Capitol & 12th Sts NE, Washington, 20002
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Pennsylvania 6

New downtown hot spot with excellent raw bar and hand crafted cocktails
Pennsylvania 6 is the home of some of the freshest raw bar items in the District of Columbia. Stop here and check out some of their amazing hand crafted cocktails that pair excellently with their top rated menu. Pennsylvania 6 also hosts an incredible selection of vintage wines from around the world
Address:1350 I Street NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 796 1600

Lost & Found

Local neighborhood bar with local musicians and craft beers.
From the outside Lost & Found looks like a little hole in the wall, but upon entering, one will notice that it appeals to all. Focusing on whiskey, and local craft beers, here one can listen to local bands, catch the game, play Cards Against Humanity, and complete in trivia contests.
Address:1240 9th St NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 450 6052

Chaplin's Restaurant

This Charlie Chaplin themed bar is famous for their 1920's styled drinks and half off drinks during happy hour from 5-7.
This 1920's themed restaurant has prohibition style drinks with a modern interpretation. Complete with Charlie Chaplin movies playing on the back wall, grab a bag of popcorn, sit on the outside patio and enjoy some hookah, or go to their second floor and dance to some local DJs.
Address:1501 9th St NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 644 8806

Baby Wale

A gastropub with a great happy hour and no fuss food offerings.
This industrial-style pub focuses on the simple side of enjoying a cocktail. Their happy hour specials consist of $5 beers, $6 wine and rail drinks. Their menu consists of Filipino spring rolls, wood-fired pizza, and an ever changing roster of soups that change with the seasons.
Address:1124 9th St NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 450 3311

Flight Wine Bar

This wine bar is a local lounge with happy hour on Mondays and Wednesdays and a bottle of wine for $35.
A bustling Penn Quarter neighborhood haunt offers a specially curated of wine offerings. Bringing together the old with the new, the drinker can have a full education on wine, as well as lovely food to pair with it.
Address:777 6th St NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 864 6445

United States Botanic Garden

A museum that focuses on living plants and the value of plants to our ecosystem.
Dedicated to the ecological importance of plants, the Botanical Gardens promote the cultivation of knowledge through plants and how it can affect humankind. Here you can see the pink lady slipper, the First Ladies Water Garden, and the famous Corpse Plant which only blooms once every three years.
Address:100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, 20024
phone:+202 225 8333

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Located in the Potomac River, this island is 88.5 acre memorial that is dedicated to Teddy Roosevelt.
Dedicated to our 26th President Theodore Roosevelt for his part in forming the National Park Service, this island is located between Washington D.C. and Virginia in the Potomac River. This is a great location to come on a light hike, take pictures of nature, as well as a picnic lunch.
Address:Theodore Roosevelt Island, Washington, 20001
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Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

The memorial was dedicated in 1922 on the west side of the Capitol Building to President Ulysses S. Grant.
Located in Union Square on the edge of the reflection pool, this memorial is dedicated to President Ulysses S. Grant and the Commander of the Union Troops. This memorial was designed by sculptor Henry Shrady, and the finished product was completed after twenty years. The monument shows opposites, contrasting Grant’s customary stillness while observing battles with the charging Calvary.
Address:Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, Washington, 20016
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Matchbox

A local D.C. staple known for their wood-fired pizza and mini-burger sliders served in a comfortable setting.
Step into Matchbox's contemporary space filled with warm wood and exposed brick. This eatery makes you feel comfortable from the moment that you step through the door. Matchbox is famous for their crispy wood-fire pizza, consisting of local produce making it the freshest pizza around. They also specialize in mini-burger sliders, and fabulous sandwiches, and crab cakes for all to enjoy!
Address:713 H St NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 289 4441

The Source

One of DC's spectacular Asian food restaurants, as well as a top class cocktail and cookies place.
The selection of dim sum and the won ton soup is prepared right in front of diners; guests are now able to book a four person hot pot table experience. This restaurant has been honored with many awards and accolades.
Address:575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, 20565
phone:+202 637 6100
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The Hamilton

American fare is served along with sushi and seasonal cold cooked meats. Take it all in with live music.
The Hamilton is located in the heart of downtown. Favorite sushi rolls include the dynamite tempura calamari, spicy scallop, spicy lump crab, habañero tobiko, and soy bean paper - this was a very interesting roll,
Address:600 14Th. Street NW, Washington, 20005
phone:+202 787 1000
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District of Columbia War Memorial

Memorial that is dedicated to the citizens of Washington D.C. who fought during WWI.
Dedicated by President Herbert Hoover on Armistice Day, November 11, 1931, this became the first war memorial to be erected in West Potomac Park. It is also the only memorial that is dedicated to the District on the National Mall. Inscribed on the sides are the names of the 499 citizens who lost their lives during WWI.
Address:1900 Independence Ave SW, Washington, 20245
phone:+202 426 6841

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:1025 5th. Street nw, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 789 2227

Union Kitchen Grocery

DC-owned Union Grocery stocks its shelves with local and national brands, including more than 155 food and beverages.
If you are looking to get some local treats in the Metropolitan area of the nation's capital, head to Union Kitchen Grocery. Not only will you find delicious treats, but you will also get to snack on some free samples.
Address:1251 9th. Street Nw., Washington, 20001
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Sephora DC

Beauty advisors at Sephora DC will make you look beautiful as you can imagine in 15 or 45 minutes of your time.
You can look your best at the Sephora DC Beauty Studio in 15 minutes for a touch-up, 45 minutes for a makeover, or 90 minutes for a customized consultation, and you can also buy extra beauty supplies for you to take home. And don't forget, they do offer beauty classes too.
Address:1001 F Street nw, Washington, 20004
phone:+202 347 5115

Zaytinya

Chef José Andrés' offers Greek and Eastern Mediterranean small plates and regional wines.
Zaytinya's menu features shared small plates of authentic and innovative fare, creative cocktails, and unique Mediterranean wines. Relax on the outdoor patio facing 9th Street and escape from the daily grind of the city. Be sure to try the fried calamari, which comes with a delicious garlic sauce.
Address:701 9th St NW, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 638 0800

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
phone:+1 202 707 5000

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
phone:+1 202 785 2333

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
phone:+1 202 956 6650

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
phone:+1 202 667 0909

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
phone:+1 202 265 1751
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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
phone:+1 202 232 6307

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
phone:+1 202 234 1818
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Heights

There is a sense of community here. The atmosphere is casual, but the food is top-notch. If the weather is right eat on
The Heights is a home away from home to some local Columbia Heights residents; yet it has the air of a trendy chill-out spot for other patrons around the city to visit. �Community tables both in and outside are coveted for the generous reduced happy hour specials. And the party�s always on for outdoor diners who like to people-watch the interesting cast of characters in the diverse Columbia Height
Address:14th Street Northwest, Washington, 20010
phone:+1 202 797 7227

Ford's Theater

The infamous spot in which our 16th President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and his wife attended "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater. During the performance, President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, and was then carried across the street to the Peterson House, where he eventually passed away. Here you can see the many books that have been written about this great man, as well as enjoy a performance.
Address:511 10th St NW, Washington, 20004
phone:+202 347 4833

Ristorante Tosca

Northern Italian-inspired cooking in the nation's capital.
This restaurant is distinctive for it's seasonal menu, including fried zucchini, soft-shell crab, risotto, linguini and ravioli that is stuffed with braised short ribs.
Address:1112 F Street NW, Washington, 20004
phone:+202 367 1990
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Luke's Lobster

Washington D C 's first Luke's Lobster restaurant outside Manhattan since 2011.
Luke's Lobster is great place for lobster and seafood in a casual atmosphere. This restaurant specializes in very fresh Maine-style lobster, crab, shrimp, and warm buttery rolls. It is the perfect dining option for families with children and even offers take out.
Address:624 E Street N W, Washington, 20001
phone:+202 347 3355
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Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo

The National Zoo’s annual family oriented Halloween evening event is now an essential part of the holiday in DC. Geared toward wholesome fun,...

The National Zoo’s annual family oriented Halloween evening event is now an essential part of the holiday in DC. Geared toward wholesome fun, features more than 40 treat stations, as well as after-hours access to many of the Zoo's animal houses and exhibits. Visit our Front Desk and Restaurant outlets in costume for some Halloween treats. Also, our Lobby area will have a mini pumpkin workshop for kids to create their own Jack o' Lantern

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Venue: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Address: 999 9th Street Northwest, Washington, 20001, DC, USA
Phone: +1 202 898 9000
Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Festival

Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Festival

Each fall, Mount Vernon Estate welcomes the season with Fall Harvest Family Days, a weekend of activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat...

Each fall, Mount Vernon Estate welcomes the season with Fall Harvest Family Days, a weekend of activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations. Come enjoy our Martha Washington Punch bowl in the lobby when you return. Our local spirt maker District Distilling will be here to create this classic rum punch.

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Venue: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Address: 999 9th Street Northwest, Washington, 20001, DC, USA
Phone: +1 202 898 9000
17th Street High Heel Race

17th Street High Heel Race

An epic DC tradition for 30 years, the 17th Street High Heel Race in Dupont Circle neighborhood is a Halloween-flavored spectacle. Heel hobblers,...

An epic DC tradition for 30 years, the 17th Street High Heel Race in Dupont Circle neighborhood is a Halloween-flavored spectacle. Heel hobblers, most of whom are decked out in full drag and makeup, are cheered on by screaming fans for the full quarter-mile race. Visit our Mixx Lounge before you leave for the event to enjoy our Oyster shucker as they create a fresh oyster dish in front your eyes

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Venue: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Address: 999 9th Street Northwest, Washington, 20001, DC, USA
Phone: +1 202 898 9000
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Venue: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Address: 999 9th Street Northwest, Washington, 20001, DC, USA
Phone: +1 202 898 9000