It’s no surprise to find a collection of fine hotels and restaurants in this corner of the city, which plays host to diplomats, dignitaries and celebrities who visit neighborhood landmarks such as the IMF, the World Bank, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Department of State. Foggy Bottom stretches down to the Potomac shoreline, welcoming runners, bikers and watersports enthusiasts to the southernmost point of Rock Creek Park.
Head to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for free nightly performances, and discover a marvelous view of the city from the P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge & Terrace. Take a photo of the infamous Watergate complex. Join students from The George Washington University for happy hour specials at McFadden’s, or mingle with lobbyists and lawyers over raw oysters at Kinkead’s.