Bistros, bars and boutiques line the streets that come together at Dupont Circle, the meeting place of this cosmopolitan neighborhood. The largest concentration of international embassies sits just northwest of the circle, giving the neighborhood an extra dash of global flavor. Arts and entertainment collide with restaurants, shops, hotels, quaint B&Bs, galleries and museums (The Phillips Collection, The Textile Museum, Woodrow Wilson House and National Geographic Society’s Explorers Hall, to name a few).
Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Avenues, at P and 19th Streets.
Join in a pick-up game of chess in the Circle, or people-watch as locals roll past on bicycles or stroll past with dogs. Stop by the neighborhood farmer’s market on Sunday for fresh local produce and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Try the popcorn shrimp and fried clams at Hank’s Oyster Bar, or choose from a tremendous selection of beers from around the world at the Bier Baron. View breathtaking art in an intimate setting at The Phillips Collection.
With beautiful Victorian architecture, charming cafes, lavish embassies and trendy shops and galleries, Dupont Circle is perfect for exploring on foot. If you're not sure where to begin, start at the Dupont Circle Metro station and pass these points of interest:
- The Heurich House, also known as the "Brewmaster's Castle"
- Historic homes, including the Blaine Mansion and the Walsh-McLean House, home of one-time owners of the Hope Diamond
- The Woodrow Wilson House, DC's only presidential residence
- The Textile Museum, a fascinating collection of textile artifacts