Dupont Circle

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  • Melting Pot
The Samuel Francis duPont Memorial Fountain

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You might find impromptu yoga, pick-up games of chess and dog-walking locals at this social circle, which anchors its neighborhood namesake.

Explore Dupont Circle and you’ll discover dozens of bistros, bars, boutiques and museums, as well as the vibrant stretch along 17th Street famed for its gay-owned businesses.

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Every day of the year, laid-back locals and savvy visitors flock to the Dupont Circle fountain to read, people-watch and meet up with others. We highly recommend getting in some time there, too.

This cosmopolitan neighborhood offers a little something for everyone. An array of unique shops and exciting restaurants along Connecticut Avenue, one of the busy streets in the neighborhood, is exciting enough to keep you going all day.

Art-lovers can gallery hop around for First Friday Dupont or experience America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection. Globally minded folks should trek down Embassy Row, which starts on Massachusetts Avenue and cuts right through the circle.

As far as food goes, expect that international flavor of embassies to rub off on restaurants, which line P Street, gay-friendly 17th Street, Connecticut Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue and offshoots in between.

Join the throngs of locals on Sundays who visit the year-round Dupont Circle farmers’ market in front of the Metro station entrance on Q and 20th streets.

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Author talks followed by drinks at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, the picnic-friendly Spanish Steps, The Phillips Collection, the bars and restaurants along 17th Street, the first certified organic restaurant in the nation, Restaurant Nora, lounging in The Dupont Circle hotel or The Rooftop at The Embassy Row

Getting There

Ride the Metro to the Dupont Circle stop on the Red Line since it’s the easiest way to get to the neighborhood. By bus, you can take the Dupont Circle-Georgetown-Rosslyn DC Circulator route or the 42, 43, L1 and L2 Metrobus routes. Capital Bikeshare has multiple docks located within the neighborhood, and, like the rest of the city, it’s also very walkable to most popular neighborhoods and landmarks.