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Here's what you need to experience the local side of the District, from hot restaurants to the best vintage shops and Instagram spots.

Cedric Maupillier Dishes on His French-American Mash Up in Shaw

A charming accent reveals Cedric Maupillier’s roots in the South of France. But the ambitious chef (also the force behind Adams Morgan ’s Mintwood Place ) recently became an American citizen, and the menu at his Shaw bistro borrows liberally from the cuisine of both countries. What’s the secret to...

Chicken Coq au Vin at Convivial - Dining in Shaw - Washington, DC
10 Awesome Summer Hotel Packages & Deals in Washington, DC

Summertime is a great time to visit Washington, DC, as the city comes alive with can’t-miss events and festivals. Hotels all over the city, and even some just outside of it, are offering awesome packages and deals throughout the season. Check out some great options below and make sure to explore...

The Rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel - Best rooftop bars and restaurants in Washington, DC
Exploring Shaw’s Alleys & Offshoots

In the 19th century, hundreds of intersecting alleys existed behind DC’s blocks of rowhouses. The brick-paved zones were home to stables, workshops and working-class dwellings. Today, many of these alleys are gone, but a few remain – and they’ve become some of the hottest areas for bars,...

Colorful street art mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Historic alleyway in Washington, DC
Before the Sun Sets on Summer Sweepstakes

It’s not too late to plan your summer adventure! Enter to win a trip for two to Washington, DC, including a hotel stay, memorable dining experiences, a night of live music, tours and more! Before the Sun Sets on Summer Sweepstakes And don't forget to plan your best summer ever with our ultimate...

Before the Sun Sets on Summer Sweepstakes - Win a Trip to Washington, DC
Appetite for Perfection: Bib Gourmand Restaurants in Washington, DC

Although Michelin stars are highly coveted, the Bib Gourmand designation (“Bib” is short for “Bibendum,” known as “Michelin Man” in English) signifies a restaurant delivering a high quality dining experience at a reasonable price. To be precise, a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand restaurant must offer...

Diners at The Royal in Shaw - Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Restaurant in Washington, DC
20+ Rooftop Bars & Restaurants to Check Out in Washington, DC

It's always the right time to head out on the town, find the nearest rooftop bar and order up your favorite cocktail or draft beer. During happy hour or any hour, feel the breeze and ease back at these District locales, who have set up shop up top for your warm weather pleasure.

DNV Rooftop at The Donovan  - Rooftop Bars in Washington, DC
9 Vintage Shops & Thrift Stores for New-to-You Finds in Washington, DC

From luxe labels to locally owned boutiques, there’s no shortage of places for DC’s fashionable crowd to make a statement – and their last-season finds are your newest treasures. Get thrifty at these vintage boutiques for second-time-around gems.

Vintage Fashion at Meeps in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in DC's Shaw Neighborhood

A short walk from Howard University from the north or Mount Vernon Square from the south, the ultra hot neighborhood of Shaw has made a name for itself with its mix of eclectic retail, raved about restaurants and bragging rights to some very cool African American jazz history. No national chains...

Haikan ramen restaurant in Shaw neighborhood - Where to eat in Shaw Washington, DC
7 Places to Get the Best Views of Washington, DC

The nation’s capital has no shortage of great rooftop bars and restaurants , but it also includes some especially iconic cityscapes with marble memorials and sweeping National Mall vistas. While the Washington Monument gets some modern upgrades for its elevator, visitors can still get a bird’s-eye...

Terrace Overlooking Potomac River from John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Where to Get the Best Skyline Views in Washington, DC
Stars of the Show: Award-Winning Restaurants in Washington, DC

As you may have heard, DC’s dining scene has arrived. in addition to the city's Michelin Guide , there are numerous award-winning restaurants that require your attention. Accolades include Bib Gourmand or star-status in the aforementioned guide, James Beard Awards , RAMMY Awards (honors handed out...

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace on 14th Street NW - Award-Winning Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Washington, DC