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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.

20+ Hot Restaurants to Try Now in Washington, DC

In case you missed it, the nation's capital has officially become a top tier foodie destination with a stream of accolades. The District has a Michelin Guide , was named Bon Appétit 's restaurant city of the year and Zagat 's hottest food city in 2016 and multiple restaurants, Ellē, Maydan and The...

Dining Room at District Winery's Ana Restaurant - Where to Eat on the Capitol Riverfront in Washington, DC
10 Things to See & Do On U Street

U Street was once truly the heart of black culture in Washington, DC, attracting locals and visitors for an unparalleled music and nightlife scene. The neighborhood has experienced a comeback in recent years, and is full of diverse attractions and dining options. Check out all there is to do in...

@amandaeisner - Washington, DC Skyline from U Street
DC Hotel Bars with Character & Cocktails

In its more than 200-year-history, DC has been home to hotels from humble 18th-century rooming houses to grand 19th-century overnighters. Raising a cold glass of something at a historic hotel bar is a time-honored tradition, and it’ll land you both in good company and in atmospheric surrounds.

Off The Record at The Hay-Adams - Historic Bar 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 also make sure to read up on the top rooftop bars and beer gardens in...

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

African-American history runs deep in Shaw , a rowhouse-, restaurant- and retail-filled neighborhood northeast of the White House. Duke Ellington was born here, and he and other stars of “Black Broadway” played at nearby theaters that are still standing. These days, the zone is just as well known...

Crowd Outside Historic Howard Theatre in Shaw - Events in Washington, DC
Color Me DC: 14 Ways to Embrace Color in Washington, DC This Spring

Pink is perhaps the most popular color in DC come springtime, as the city’s famous cherry blossoms bloom . However, you can find nearly the entire color spectrum when you peruse DC's museums, attractions, restaurants and neighborhoods. Lucky for you, we've picked out the best ways to discover all...

@beautifulpaper - 'LOVE' mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Colorful things to do in Washington, DC
Where to Eat, Drink & Shop at DC's Union Market

It’s a Sunday afternoon at NoMa’s Union Market , and a couple is slurping bivalves at Rappahannock Oyster Bar while, nearby, a tween struggles to eat a taco while walking. Just across the way, there’s a line forming for either the beer, the bratwursts or both at Red Apron Butchery . Welcome to...

Union Market in NoMa - Food hall and shopping center 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
12 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Check out our end-of-the-week picks and discover all of the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, concerts and more happening in the nation’s capital. Friday Sketching Is Seeing: Mindful Sketching The National Gallery of Art is celebrating the art of sketching throughout the month of October. On...

Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon - George Washington's Mount Vernon
9 Distilleries You Should Know About In & Around Washington, DC

It seems fitting that 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 to craft distilling. See how spirits are made and sample the end...

Cotton and Reed Rum Distillery in NoMa near Union Market - Distilleries in Washington, DC