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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.

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
20+ Women-Focused Places to Go in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital has been front and center to some of the most significant moments in women’s civil rights history. From the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession down America’s Main Street – Pennsylvania Avenue – to the 2017 Women’s March, Washington, DC continues to serve as a fitting backdrop for...

@jackie.bird - Women viewing art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts - Women-focused attractions in Washington, DC
20+ Great Patios for Eating & Drinking in Washington, DC

Many of the city’s best restaurants and most exciting bars offer outdoor seating, so whether you're a foodie or just looking for some sunshine, there are great options for you. Check out our list of the best DC patios below, and make sure to visit the Georgetown waterfront , the Capitol Riverfront...

Outdoor dining on patio at Lupo Verde on 14th Street - Best restaurant patios in Washington, DC
19 Things to See & Do at The Wharf in Washington, DC

Home to the nation’s longest continually operating open-air fish market, The Wharf has transformed into one of DC’s most exciting waterfront destination. The sustainable entertainment, dining and retail connects the rest of the District to Southwest & The Wharf and features an accessible...

Recreation Pier at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Dining, Shopping and Entertainment Destination in 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
Guide to Dining at Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Washington, DC

For roving gastronomes and travelers who revel in experiences centered on food, it’s time to reserve a table in the nation’s capital. The 2019 Washington, DC Michelin Guide is available , and it’s brimming with Michelin-starred restaurants, affordable hot spots and essential eating insights...

minibar by José Andrés - Luxe Date Ideas in Washington, DC
8 Distilleries You Should Know About In & Around Washington, DC

It seems fitting that in the region that serves as the birthplace of American whiskey and in close proximity to where Congress ratified the amendment that brought Prohibition to an end is a thriving vodka, gin, rum and whiskey distillery scene. In recent years many DC locals have turned their hand...

Cotton and Reed Rum Distillery in NoMa near Union Market - Distilleries in Washington, DC
11+ Cool Hotels for Your Next Trip to Washington, DC

When booking your stay in the nation’s capital, your hotel options are plentiful. We’re here to help you find that unique locale that will take your trip to the next level. Read up on some of Washington, DC’s coolest and trendiest hotels below. Find exclusive deals and discounts on hotels right now...

@carahedge - Summer day outside The LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan - Unique hotels in Washington, DC
7 Record Shops In & Around DC That Will Satisfy Your Vinyl Fix

The intimacy of purchasing and listening to music has been dulled over the last decade, as the modern consumer browses streaming services, YouTube and the iTunes store in a frivolous search for something catchy. For those of us who still prefer the dropping of a needle, then hearing an artist’s...

Som Record Store on 14th Street - Where to browse records and vinyl in Washington, DC
The 20+ Most Instagrammable Places in Washington, DC

The District is brimming with scenic, one-of-a-kind #views, mouthwatering #eeeeeats and plenty of unique spots to capture the best #photooftheday. Lucky for you, we've picked more than 20 of the coolest places to take pictures in Washington, DC. And make sure to follow @visitwashingtondc on...

Man taking photographs of the National Arboretum National Capitol Columns - The most Instagrammable places in Washington, DC