D.C. Metro Area Travel Guide

DC Travel Guide

Where to Eat:

Rose’s Luxury ( Barrack’s Row, D.C.): one of the top restaurants in D.C., get the strawberry pasta!

Founding Farmers (Foggy Bottom, D.C.): delicious food with a lively bar scene

Cava Mezze (Arlington, Capitol Hill D.C.): Greek small plates

Hank’s Oyster Bar (Old Town Alexandria, D.C.): spot-on lobster rolls & oysters

Lyon’s Hall (Arlington): A Belgium brasserie that is especially good for brunch

where to eat in DC

Quick & Casual Bites:

Northside Social (Arlington- for wine or coffee): amazing for coffee during the day, wine at night

Cava Grill (throughout VA, MD, & D.C.): The casual sister to Cava Mezze

Where to Go, Beyond the Monuments & Smithsonian:

Union Market (D.C.): a local artisanal food hall

Eastern Market (D.C.): outdoor vendors on the weekend, plus a food market, & local shops

The Newseum (D.C.): not a free part of the Smithsonian but an amazing museum dedicated to the media with rotating exhibitions on major news events

Mount Vernon (Old Town Alexandria): George Washington’s home, a favorite historical spot

where to shop in DC

Where to Shop:

Georgetown: a mix of chains & designers, great for walking around

City Center: high end designers like Burberry, Dior, Hermes, & Louis Vuitton

Old Town Alexandria:  great for boutique shopping (my favorites are Bishop Boutique, Coco Blanca, & The Shoe Hive), great restaurants & views on the water

National Harbor: across the water from Old Town, it combines shopping with stores like South Moon Under & Black Dog, with harbor views & a small beach.