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Elvert Barnes

Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel

Start your day with a robust cup of coffee at our bright and airy Illy Caffe.

An authentic neighborhood vibe is exactly what you'll get with a stay at our Dupont Circle hotel in Washington, DC, in the beating heart of one of the U.S. capital's most exciting districts. Resident Navigator Aida will give you the lowdown on the coolest boutique shops on Georgetown's famous cobble streets, where to get the best ribs in town, and, of course, on the latest bustling hotspots clustered around U Street. Meanwhile, our comfortable, airy boutique hotel offer everything the DC visitor needs, whether in town for business or leisure. With in-room coffee facilities and flat-screen HDTV, you'll feel right at home in no time, while the sophisticated charm of our signature restaurant will mean you may never want to leave.

The amenities

  • Plush Bedding
  • Personal Navigator
  • JOYA NYC Fragrance
  • Flat-Screen HDTVs
  • Multi-Cultural Cuisine
  • Fitness Center
  • Valet Dry-Cleaning
  • Virtual Concierge
  • Mobile check-in
Full hotel details

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café

Browse great trade books at this open-late bookstore.
An eclectic bookstore turned café and bar, Kramerbooks is a great place to curl up with your favorite novel and a cup of joe or hang among the local hipsters and their gin & tonics. Kramerbooks has been around for quite some time and offers a great selection, so you're bound to find something that you'll like!
Address:1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, 20036
phone:+1 202 387 1400
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Dumbarton House

See a beautiful historic home in the heart of Georgetown.
Visit a lovely, historical house and garden that recalls the early days of Washington DC. Dumbarton House is a wonderful museum and event venue. Happy exploring!
Address:2700 Q Street NW, Washington DC, 20007
phone:+202 337 2288
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Lauriol Plaza

Meet up with old friends or make new ones at zesty Lauriol Plaza.
Located in the Northwest part of the Dupont Circle neighborhood, Lauriol Plaza offers everything you need in Mexican restaurant. There is great service and a wonderful selection of food and drinks from the very first bite of chips. Enjoy frozen margaritas and rooftop views amidst a fun and festive atmosphere. Lauriol Plaza is also the perfect spot for brunch or a first date!
Address:1835 18th Street NW, Washington, 20009
phone:+202 387 0035
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Bistrot du Coin

Enjoy a lively crowd and excellent food at Bistrot du Coin.
Bistrot du Coin serves delicious, authentic French cuisine. The food is exceptional from the mussels to the steak tartar. In fact, everything is a must-try. The restaurant is warm and welcoming with chic, typical French décor, including an open-air atmosphere. If you like French food, this is definitely the place to go, but it gets crowded on the weekends, so plan ahead.
Address:1738 Connecticut Ave NW, Wasshington, 20009
phone:+202 234 6969
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Anderson House

Step back in time to the Gilded Age with a visit to the Anderson House.
Formerly owned by Larz Anderson, this mansion turned museum was built in 1902, and in 1939, it opened its doors as a cultural sight. The beautiful house offers both a permanent collection and rotating exhibitions, neither of which will disappoint. If you want to skip the over-crowded museums at the mall, this is the place to be!
Address:2118 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, 202-785-2040
phone:+202 785 2040
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TableTop

Check out this unique one stop shop for housewares, gifts, and more.
TableTop is a great place to pick up gifts for friends. It has everything you need to decorated your home and offers a wide range of home décor and special gifts for any occasion. The store is well organized, a bit pricey, and well worth it.
Address:1608 20th Street, Washingron, 20009
phone:+202 387 7117
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Succotash

Succotash serves elevated southern fare in a roomy, posh space.
From the location to the décor, the food to the service, Succotash is one of the best new restaurants in DC. Its dishes are both classic and nouveau, and it offers an extensive wine list; these elements combine to create an unforgettable experience at one of the most exquisite, and refined restaurants in downtown DC by far. Try this extraordinary restaurant for a wonderful occasion.
Address:915 F Street NW, Washington, 20004
phone:+(202) 849 6933
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Captain Cookie and the Milk Man

Enjoy homemade cookies and delicious milk.
Captain Cookie and the Milk Man is saving the world one cookie at a time through its unique variety of homemade cookies, ice cream and milkshakes made to order, and of course milk. They offer three convenient ways to enjoy your milk and cookies, a mobile food truck that can be seen all over DC, stand alone store, as well as delivery to wherever you are in DC.
Address:2000 Pennsylvania NW, Washington, 20006
phone:+1 202 795 9184
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The Newseum

Learn something new at this museum dedicated to the history of journalism.
Newseum offers modern and up-to-date information from around the world. It offers amazing exhibits on topics ranging from the Civil Rights Movement to the 911 terror attack to the Berlin wall. It is one of the most interactive museums in the district, serving as a fun and educational place to brush up on your world history. Better still, the balcony offers a spectacular view of Pennsylvania Ave.
Address:555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, 20001
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Thaipoon

Stop by this fun and eclectic dining room with a great atmosphere.
Come enjoy classic Thai dishes presented in a modern setting. Thaipoon serves delicious meals like cashew chicken sautéed with onions, scallions, and nuts in a sweet tamarind sauce, as well as totally amazing vegetarian options. It's also a great place for large groups to hangout.
Address:2011 S St NW, Washington, 20009
phone:+202) 667 3505
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Proper Topper

This cute shop with lots of handmade clothing and accessories is great for browsing.
For over 20 years, Proper Topper has been part of DC, providing women with the proper accessories to complete that perfect outfit. A boutique-style store that offers unique scarves, jewelry, women’s fashion, and accessories, Proper Topper gives each customer the individual attention they need during their shopping experiences. While you’re there, you can even shop for home décor or a perfect gift.
Address:1350 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, 20036
phone:+202 842 3055
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Hanks Oyster Bar

Find fresh fish, a raw bar with oysters, and a big beer selection in a casual atmosphere.
Hanks Oyster Bar serves coastal favorites mixed with New England classics such as lobster rolls. Although Oysters is in the name, Hanks has much more to offer, from its daily fresh fish specials to its flatiron steak. Pair one of the classic dishes with a hanky panky or cider house rules cocktail, which will enlighten your taste buds. Just don't forget the oysters altogether!
Address:1624 Q Street NW, Washington, 20009
phone:+202 462 4265
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Le Diplomate

Oh la la! Get a taste of French culture. Bite into a warm croissant slurp on some French Onion Soup and dine on lobsters and oysters.
A charming French-inspired setting with food to match makes Le Diplomate the perfect place to grab a French meal. The menu offers classic French fare from eggs en cocotte for breakfast to beef bourguignon, foie gras parfait and chicken paillard for lunch. Dinner specialties include boudin blanc, steak au poivre, veal escalope and trout amandine. The drinks list offers a fine selection of wines, beers and cocktail specialties, including a few varieties of absinthe. The restaurant interior exudes a charming, old-world ambience and adds to the authenticity of the French experience. 
Address:1601 14th Street Northwest, Washington DC, 20009
phone:+1 202 332 3333

Birch & Barley

Savor American haute cuisine, paired with a choice of 500 artisanal beers, and rub shoulders with the country's famous brewing specialists.
Birch & Barley is a highly-acclaimed fine dining restaurant. Chef Kyle Bailey has teamed with specialized pastry and beer connoisseurs to offer creative American cuisine paired with a choice of 555 beers sourced from renowned breweries. Guests can start their meal with appetizers such as Curdo of Kampachi, a blend of cranberries, red sorrel, parsnip purée, mustard fruits and frisée. Their mains include Pan-seared Cod and Honey Glazed Duck Breast. Finish your meal with desserts like Creamsicle Cheesecake and Figgy Toffee Pudding. One can also sample artisanal cheese as part of their tasting menu. Savor bottled liquors such as Bavarian Pilsener, Saison-Blond and Helles Lager Malt, and draught beer like the Castagn-ale with chestnuts. Patrons can meet renowned brewers including experts from DC Brau, Brooklyn Brewery, and Victory and Founders at exclusive beer tastings.
Address:1337 14th Street Northwest, Washington DC, 20005
phone:+1 202 567 2576

Capitol City Brewing Company

Visit the first brew pub in the nation's capitol since the end of prohibition. Be sure to try one of their signature brews.
Capitol City is a boisterous restaurant and pub where the home-brewed beers take center stage. The crowds that gather here include local college students and tourists. A huge bar fills the middle of the room and is surrounded by dining tables and an upstairs balcony. The restaurant's location, in the National Postal Museum near the National Mall, makes it a perfect place to grab a bite or a drink after taking in the sights. 
Address:1100 New York Avenue Northwest, Washington, 20005
phone:+1 202 628 2222

Marsha Mateyka Gallery

This gallery counts major museums among their clients, so you know they sell quality works of art. Even browsing can be fun!
Established in 1983 and located at the historic DuPont Circle area, Marsha Mateyka Gallery is a prominent contemporary gallery showcasing contemporary art pieces. Their art pieces include paintings, sculptures, photographs and other works of art on paper. Housed in a beautiful stone-house, the gallery represents over 20 artists and also has clients which include nationwide eminent museums, corporate and private collectors. The gallery was opened by art historian Marsha Perry Mateyka, who conducts art shows.
Address:2012 R Street Northwest, Washington, 20009
phone:+1 202 328 0088
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Lucky Bar

This watering hole bustles with sports fanatics on game nights. Cheer for your favorite team with beer and classic pub grub.
Lucky Bar is DC's dedicated address for live sports. With over 20 television screens, this place comes alive on game nights, especially on NFL Sundays. Grab a beer or premium libation to complement classic bar fare like burgers, burritos, onion rings, mozzarella sticks and nachos. Shoot some pool while staying updated with the score or unwind with a drink out on their sidewalk patio. Great happy hour offers and happening dance nights attract a mix of students and young professionals.
Address:1221 Connecticut Avenue North West, Washington, 20036
phone:+1 202 331 3733
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Arlington National Cemetery

The final resting place of many famous Americans heroes, including the grave of President John Kennedy lit by an eternal flame.
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of many who gave their lives in service to the country. Two US presidents - John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft - are buried here. The crew of the Challenger space shuttle, civil rights leader Medgar Evers and film star Audie Murphy are among the many honored here. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, containing remains of unidentified soldiers from World Wars I, II, and the Korean War, is guarded 24 hours a day. The changing of the guard ceremony is a moving tribute to them. Arlington House, the home of Robert E. Lee until the outbreak of the Civil War, is located on the cemetery grounds. Visitors may walk through the cemetery or board a tour tram.
Address:1 Memorial Drive, Arlington, 22211
phone:+1 877 907 8585

Bureau of Engraving

This popular tour is first come, first serve, so be sure to come early. Watching the production of money is really interesting!
The paper currency for the US is printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Kids and adults will love visiting this “money factory.” The guided tour is brief, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, but the line can be daunting. Tours are on a first come first serve basis. Summer evening tours require tickets, which are handed out at the visitor Center. Visitors can see a display with a million one dollar bills and view dollars at every stage of production. The bureau runs 24 hours a day and prints $450 million daily.
Address:14th Street Southwest & C Street Southwest, Washington, 20228
phone:+1 877 874 4114

Lou Lou Boutiques

This store is so cute! The clothes and accessories are stylish and fun – the bracelets and necklaces are colorful and look great!
Lou Lou is absolutely a girl's dream! This small, cute boutique, nestled alongside restaurants on Bethesda Row, is jam packed with bright, lively and fun accessories for every occasion and at a great price. A large selection of sparkly and glittery jewelry lines the walls and shelves of the store. Little tables and baskets throughout the boutique invite shoppers to find beautifully jeweled hair clips, berets and vintage lace headbands. Look for a charming and affordable collection of unique handbags, evening bags and purses. There is also an array of colorful scarves, hats and gloves in the mix to complement any outfit. Overall, Lou Lou is the ultimate fabulous place for girls to discover a treasure trove of accessories at affordable prices!
Address:1601 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, 22009
phone:+1 301 652 0048

i Ricchi

An authentic Italian restaurant just a short walk from the hotel.
I Ricchi has been a D.C. staple for 28 years. The owner, Christianne Ricchi, lived in Florence for 17 years, where she learned the secrets of great Italian cooking that she has brought it back to the district! Everything is made in-house, from the soups and sauces to the tiramisu, using only the freshest ingredients. You'll think you're in Italy!!
Address:1220 19th St NW, Washington, 20036
phone:+2028721220

Secondi

Longtime designer consignment shop for women in Dupont Circle.
Secondi is a designer consignment shop located just blocks away from DuPont Circle. Secondi has something for everybody, whether you looking for designer clothing or something on the cutting edge, and all at affordable prices.
Address:1702 Connecticut Ave NW, Second Floor, Washington, 20009
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FarmFresh Dupont Circle Market

For over ten years, the FarmFresh Market has offered local produce, hand-made products & gifts from local vendors.
In the heart of Dupont Circle, this market features more then 50 vendors and operates year round. Taste fresh foods or mingle with neighborhood locals as you stroll through this four-block market in one of DC's most vibrant areas.
Address:1500 20th Street NW, Washington, 20036
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The Board Room DC

This local watering hole is perfect for board game and craft beer lovers alike
This hipster hangout right off Dupont Circle welcomes board game and craft beer fanatics . Relax over a game of Chess or challenge your friends to a round of Battleship or Jenga. If you're hungry, make sure to stop by and pick up some take out on the way - this local gem doesn't have a kitchen!
Address:1737 Connecut Ave, Washington, 20009
phone:+2025187666
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Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Discover more then 2,000 bottles of whisky at this distinctive saloon-style bar.
If you're a whisky aficionado, you'll be in heaven at Jack Rose Dining Saloon where you will be surrounded by more then 2,500 bottles of some of the best whiskeys from around the world. Not sure what you're in the mood for? Let your Whisky Ambassador take the lead and pour some of their favorite DC spirits.
Address:2007 18th street NW, washington, 20009
phone:+2025887388
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Spanish Steps

Nestled between grand embassies and residences, the Spanish Steps is a nice place to relax and read a book.
The Spanish Steps offers a peaceful and charming respite from your daily bustle. It is perfect for an afternoon stroll or a little picnic, and it is even more beautiful at night when the city is lit up. Whether you’re a visitor to the area or a local, the Spanish Steps are definitely worth stopping by for a breath of fresh air or photo op.
Address:1725 22nd St NW, Washington, 20008
phone:+(202) 483 0553
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The Phillips Collection

Enjoy modern and contemporary art in a personal setting.
Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, The Phillips Collection offers an extraordinary and inspiring collection for all ages. The museum also offers one-hour guided tours by reservation only.
Address:1600 21st Street, Washington, 20009
phone:+202.387.2151
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Duke's Grocery

Check out this British-inspired hidden hangout with a cozy and comfy vibe.
This charming neighborhood eatery is tucked into the fabric of Dupont Circle. It is a cool place to get drinks and food with friends and offers variety of beers. You'll also find handcrafted cocktails and exotic dishes.
Address:1513 17th street NW, Washington, 20036
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Bub and Pop's

Enjoy handcrafted hoagies and salads served up in a hip neighborhood nook.
If you're craving a great sandwich, Bub and Pop’s the place. It serves delicious, juicy handcrafted hoagies with unique homemade pickles. Not in the mood for a sandwich? Most of the hoagies can be turned into salads.
Address:1815 M Street NW, Washington, 20036
phone:+202 457 1111
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Upper West Side Cafe

Enjoy modern bites and drinks served inside the West End's newest sports facility.
Located on top of one of DC's oldest fire departments, the Upper West Side Cafe is part of the new Squash on Fire facility. The fresh menu features salads and sandwiches for a quick lunch or a full bar surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass squash courts and eight flat screen TVs where you can watch all the games at once. UWSC has an outdoor terrace overlooking M street for great people watching.
Address:2233 M Street NW, Washington, 20037
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Shop Made In DC

Enjoy a cafe-restaurant turned boutique that sells all things made in the District of Columbia.
Designed to have all of DC's favorites in one place, Shop Made In DC features a rotating selection of products designed, created, built, and made in the District. The food served at the cafe gives you a taste of the cultural mix in DC, ranging from Tibetan-style dumplings to hand-made tacos. Serving food and drink all day (including 8 beers on tap), this place has a little of everything!
Address:1330 19th Street, Washington, 20037
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Honeysuckle

Check out this creative place with unusual and inspiring combinations of food and deserts.
Honeysuckle is an upscale restaurant that offers signature southern dishes packed with flavor. The service is outstanding, and the wine selection is both impressive and well put together.
Address:1990 M Street NW, Washington DC, 20037
phone:+202 659 1995
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Emissary

Stop by for great coffee and good food! Emissary is definitely a step up from your usual coffee-shop experience.
Emissary is a cozy, comfortable place to meet and chat with friends. The coffee bar serves up coffee from a variety of independent, third-wave roasters, so if you want to fuel your caffeine addiction, this is the place to be. The building itself is charming and has an old-world vibe, complete with brick wall and Edison lights decor.
Address:2032 P Street NW, Washington, 20036
phone:+202 748 5655
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Buffalo Billiards

Treat yourself to a casual bar with a welcoming atmosphere.
Boasting all you could possibly desire when it comes to watching sports, Buffalo Billiards is a combination of a sports bar and a late-night party palace. Offering great drink promotions and good food, the venue also has multiple large plasma screens showing all sporting events. Buffalo Billiards also comes equipped with a pool table, so you'll always have something to do at half-time!
Address:1330 19th Street NW, Washington, 20036
phone:+202 331 7665
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Boqueria

Boqueria is a great spot for drinks and food.
Boqueria is very popular with the locals. Casual and trendy, it serves as a great locale for a night out with friends or place to kick back and relax. Everything at Boqueria is cooked to perfection and full of vibrant flavor. On busy nights, you can also head out to the terrace and pair cocktails with people watching.
Address:1837 M Street NW, Washington, 20036
phone:+202 558 9548
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Yoga District

Yoga District offers a variety of exciting classes throughout the day.
Yoga District is located on Pennsylvania Ave, an easy walk from the Foggy Bottom metro. It offers challenging yoga classes suited to your needs and is the best place to go after a busy and stressful work week. Yoga District boasts a nice way to rejuvenate yourself both mentally and physically. The students and teachers are diverse, and the studio is warm and welcoming. Come on down!
Address:1922 I Street, Washington, 20036
phone:+202 265 9642
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El Chalan

Enjoy this small, family-owned neighborhood restaurant.
Despite its modest exterior, El Chalon is quite the restaurant. Offering homestyle Peruvian dishes in a cozy environment, this hidden gem will surprise you with its authentic and delicious fare. Try the Cabrito Norteno-Northern goat meat! Note that the restaurant is small and tends to get crowded during lunch time.
Address:1924 I Street NW, Washington, 20006
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National Geographic Museum

The National Geographic Museum is small but very cool spot for a quick stop.
Small compared to the Smithsonian museums, the National Geographic Museum is still very entertaining and informative! It is a great place to visit with kids. It's very interactive, has some nice displays, and serves as a great place to learn about animals and the environment.
Address:1145 17th Street NW, Washington, 20036
phone:+202 857 7700
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