Developed as a middle-class neighborhood in the 1920s, Burleith is home to an almost‑100‑year‑old neighborhood association. Today, it’s an area with a gated community, the French Embassy, an arts school and urban hiking along local trails.
- Baguettes served in four different styles from nearby Fresh Baguette, a small French bakery open daily.
- Simit (Turkish circular bread) at nearby Janti Cafe, a Turkish cafe with a market on its second floor.
- French wine at nearby Bistrot Lepic, a wine bar with over 30 glasses of wine at half price from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday‑Thursday and Sundays.
- Turkish coffee at nearby Janti Cafe, a small Turkish cafe that treats customers like family.
- Find modern sculptures, including a giant lawn chair on the grounds of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the alma mater of comedian Dave Chappelle.
- Hike the Glover Archbold Trail, a 5.7-mile trail through the city.
- Shop vintage at nearby Georgetown Flea, open every Sunday since 1972 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wisconsin Avenue and S Street N.W.
- Classical Revival architecture at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, an arts school inside the city’s first building constructed as a high school.
- Embassy of France, France’s largest foreign embassy at 4101 Reservoir Road N.W.
- Live jazz on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at nearby Bistrot Lepic, a French restaurant and wine bar.
- World War II‑era victory garden at nearby Whitehaven Community Garden.
Originally located where Federal Triangle stands today, Chinatown is a neighborhood trying to hold onto its roots despite development and high-rise buildings moving in. Among stores like Walgreens and the Capital One Arena are family‑owned restaurants and businesses around for decades. Shops that make handcrafted noodles sit next to trendy hummus stores. Home to one of the largest ceremonial arches outside of China, walk down alleys to find art and historic buildings.
- Dim sum from cash‑only China Boy, a no-frills popular Chinese restaurant.
- Crab rangoons from Full Kee, a small restaurant that opened over 40 years.
- Hand‑made dumplings from Chinatown Express, a family‑owned restaurant that opened over two decades ago.
- Mushroom rice from nearby Cranes, a Michelin‑star restaurant combining Spanish and Japanese flavors.
- Philly steak made from tofu and mushrooms at HipCityVeg, a 100% plant‑based fast‑casual restaurant.
- Plant‑based tacos from Chais Tacos, a woman‑owned business.
- Spicy miso ramen from nearby Daikaya, a small, no‑reservations ramen shop.
- Classic pearl black milk tea from ShareTea DC, a small boba shop.
- Cocktails for $10 at Free State, a cocktail bar in a basement.
- Attend an author event at Sixth and I, one of the oldest synagogues in the city that regular hosts events.
- Go on a scavenger hunt at the National Portrait Gallery. (Ask at the front desk.)
- Read a book inside the nearby Kogod Courtyard, a light‑filled space inside the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
- Brutalist architecture at Wah Luck House, the only affordable living building in the neighborhood.
- Friendship Archway, one of the largest ceremonial arches outside of China.
- Secret garden down an alley along 7th Street NW in between I and K Streets NW.
- View of the city from Crimson Whiskey Bar‘s rooftop.
Downtown D.C. is a lesson in not judging a book by its cover. It’s so much more than office buildings and commuters onboarding and offloading buses from the suburbs. Home to the city’s Wall Street in the early 20th century, grand buildings decorate the area. Coffee shops, museums, speakeasies and public art color Downtown D.C.
- Almond croissant from Nino’s Bakery, a small-batch bakery named after the owner’s dachshund.
- Borscht from Mari Vanna, a Russian restaurant with a popular brunch. (They are closing at the end of January 2024.)
- Bub’s Italian hoagie at Bub and Pop’s, a family-owned Philly sandwich shop consistently voted “best sandwich in the city.”
- Crispy chicken melt from The Best Sandwich Place, a popular lunch spot among office workers open Monday through Friday.
- Hummus bowl at Little Sesame, an Israeli restaurant with hummus bowls and tahini soft serve ice cream.
- Viet Vibes bowl from Immigrant Food, an immigrant-owned fast-casual restaurant that gives back to immigrants.
- Coffee from The Coffee Bar, a 2012 local coffee shop with a neon sign inside.
- Latte with sweetened condensed milk from Dua Coffee, the city’s first Indonesian coffee shop.
- Milk tea bubble tea from Gong Cha, a D.C.-area bubble tea chain.
- Pisco sour from Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar, a top-rated Peruvian restaurant with a stunning interior.
- Rotating cocktails at Allegory, a speakeasy behind a hotel library.
- Eat lunch at FreshFarm’s White House location, a farmers market Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April through November.
- Grab lunch from the food trucks along Farragut Square, a park with benches, tables and events.
- Learn about DC Public School’s history at the Charles Sumner School, one of the oldest Black school buildings in the city.
- Listen to live music in Franklin Park, a park with springs that once supplied the White House.
- Start to understand Chinese-American history at the Chinese-American Museum, a museum inside a 1907 Beaux-Arts mansion open for free Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
- Visit Planet Word, an interactive museum dedicated to language in a historic school.
- Addison Karl‘s “In Service” mural honoring veterans at the McPherson Square Metro.
- Beaux-Arts architecture at the Bowen Building, a 1920s building build part of D.C’s Wall Street.
- Neoclassical architecture down Zei Alley, remnants of a popular club back in the day.
A neighborhood reminiscent of Europe, Dupont Circle is home to a famous circle, Embassy Row, art galleries and restaurants/bars.
- ‑Bagels from Bagels Etc., a no‑frills, cash‑only shop with 20+ kinds of bagels made fresh every early morning.
- Dan dan noodles from Astoria DC, a well‑designed cocktail bar from the owners of popular Copycat.
- Doughnuts from Tabard Inn, the city’s oldest continually operating hotel with a popular restaurant with a courtyard.
- Fruit and vegetables at the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, a large, year‑round Sunday farmers market open 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Thai food at three of the city’s top restaurants‑ Regent Thai and Thai Chef Street Food.
- Golden milk latte from Emissary, a cafe that turns into a cocktail bar at night.
- Local craft beer at 1921 Biergarten, an outdoor beer garden open Thursday‑Saturday on the ground of the Heurich House, a Gilded Age mansion once owned by a brewmaster.
- Seasonal cocktails at Residents Cafe & Bar, an all‑day cafe and bar with a well‑designed patio.
- Attend an event at the Dupont Underground, an old streetcar station underground now an art gallery/event space.
- Browse the outside discount carts at Second Story Books, a 1973 bookstore that’s one of the largest used and rare bookstores in the world.
- Eat lunch on the steps of the Scottish Rite House of the Temple, a grand 1915 neo‑classical Masonic temple.
- Find over 70 secret doors in O Museum in the Mansion, a museum/hotel/event space in a row of historic mansions.
- Take your kids to Stead Park, an urban park with a basketball court, a field and two playgrounds.
- Walk Embassy Row, a series of embassies in historic mansions along Massachusetts Ave NW.
- Art at The Phillips Collection, the country’s first modern art museum.
- Exhibits at Studio Gallery, the city’s oldest artist collective.
- People playing chess in Dupont Circle, a park in a traffic circle with a fountain designed by the person behind the Lincoln Memorial.
- Romanesque Revival architecture at The Cairo, an 1894 apartment building that sparked city regulations around the height of buildings.
- Walt Witman’s quote etched into the Dupont Circle Metro Station at the corner of Q and 20th Streets NW.
Hidden among government buildings are delis, museums, art and an 1854 Catholic church.
- Half smoke from Sami’s Hot Dog Cart, a long-standing institution behind the FAA building.
- Health‑conscious buffet food at the USDA South Building Cafeteria open to the public Monday through Friday.
- Rice bowl from Rice Bar, a Korean fast‑casual restaurant set up like Chipotle.
- Wall Street club sandwich from 2 Sisters Deli, a popular weekday deli.
- Cocktails at Artechouse, an innovative art gallery with an augmented reality bar.
- Eat lunch at the picnic tables with views of the Washington Monument outside the Department of Energy‘s west building on the second level.
- Escape the city at nearby Spirit of Justice Park built upon a parking garage.
- Feel like you’re in a scene of the TV show The Americans outside the HUD building.
- Find modern sculptures outside U.S. Health & Human Services.
- Learn how money is made on the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
- Pretend to be a spy at the Spy Museum, home to the largest public espionage exhibition and a unique gift shop.
- Read a book by the Bartholdi Fountain, designed by the same person behind the Statue of Liberty.
- Vow to fight injustice around the world after touring the Holocaust Museum.
- Walk the path just south of 225 E St SW where a 1905 railroad control tower stands.
- Watch trains pass with the U.S. Capitol in the background along L’Enfant Plaza SW and S Street SE.
- 1854 Catholic church building at St. Dominic Church, one of the few buildings preserved when government buildings went up in the neighborhood.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, one of D.C.’s newest memorials in front of the U.S. Department of Education.
- Murals at L’Enfant Plaza, including Ally Grimm‘s piece honoring Nicole Stott and Joy Buolamwini, two women in STEM.
- New Deal art outside government buildings like the USDA.
- Tech‑forward art at Artechouse, an award‑winning gallery with rotating immersive exhibits.
- U.S. Capitol up close from the Museum of the Bible‘s rooftop.
- Views of the Washington Monument from behind the Salamander, a Black-woman owned luxury hotel.
- Wall of Fame, a graffiti wall along the tracks near L’Enfant Plaza SW and 5th Street SW.
It’s important to note that D.C.’s original Chinatown stood where Federal Triangle is now. In the 1930s, government buildings went up in the area. They remain today, but among the buildings is a children’s museum, art and architecture.
- Fried chicken and doughnuts from nearby Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, an award‑winning local doughnut shop.
- Gumbo at award‑winning Sweet Home Cafe, he cafe inside the nearby National Museum of African American History & Culture.
- Rice bowls at Rice Bar Market Place, a local Korean fast‑casual restaurant set up like Chipotle.
- Sushi at Sushi Nakazawa, a Michelin‑star restaurant.
- Creative cocktails at barmini, a top‑rated cocktail longue by Chef Jose Andres.
- Flat white from Bluestone Lane inside the National Children’s Museum.
- Attend an event at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, a 1930s Classical Revival auditorium that once served as a set on the TV show Top Chef.
- Climb the 1899 Old Post Office Clock Tower for a breathtaking view of Washington, D.C.
- Find the Oscar Straus Memorial, honoring the first Jew to serve in the cabinet of a U.S. President.
- Learn history at the White House Visitor Center, open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Shop at Capital Harvest on the Plaza, a Friday farmers market at Woodrow Wilson Plaza spring through fall.
- Take your kids to the National Children’s Museum, an interactive children’s museum with a two-story slide.
- Man Controlling Trade sculptures, built in 1942, outside the Federal Trade Commission.
- Modern sculptures at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza.
- Piece of the Berlin Wall inside the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
- U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence at the National Archives.
- View of the U.S. Capitol from Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
- World War I Memorial in nearby Pershing Park.
Known as one of D.C.’s oldest neighborhoods, Foggy Bottom also houses the campus of George Washington University. It’s an area with many statues, memorials, cafes and small urban parks.
- Honey butter fried chicken sandwich from Black-owned Roaming Rooster inside Western Market, a food hall with 14 vendors.
- Indian street food from Bindass, the local restaurant’s second location.
- Wagyu Burger at Duke’s Grocery, a local chain that often gets voted “best burger” in town.
- Bubble tea from SecreTea, a shop that also sells creative cookies.
- Latte from Swing’s Coffee, the area’s oldest roastery.
- Amplify your voice by standing in the center of the dais at the Albert Einstein Memorial on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Browse books and textbooks at Reiter’s Books, a bookstore in the basement of an office building.
- Explore the sculpture garden at the Art Museum of the Americas, the oldest Latin American and Caribbean art museum in the country. Find the turquoise room inside.
- Honor Black history at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, the city’s first Black Episcopal community founded in 1867.
- Find all five Statues of the Liberators, honoring Western Hemisphere liberators like Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar.
- Learn about American diplomacy at the National Museum of American Diplomacy, open Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Play with your kids at the secluded playground at 26th and I Streets NW.
- See a 360 view of the area from the Kennedy Center‘s rooftop. Don’t miss the exhibit about President Kennedy.
- Spot sport‑related statues within Edward J. Kelly Park.
- Take the U.S. Department of Interior’s free New Deal mural tour when they are offered again. Don’t miss the museum inside.
- Wander the gardens at The REACH, a well‑designed space on the Kennedy Center‘s campus.
- Accidentally Wes Anderson photo opp at the 1937 Eccles Building, also known as the Federal Reserve Building.
- Art at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design inside an 1887 art space near the White House.
- Oldest private residence in the city at the Octagon Museum, which served as the White House briefly During the War of 1812.
- One of the city’s most beautiful libraries at the 1896 DAR Library.
- Pink blossoms every spring at Rawlins Park, a small urban park with a statue honoring a Civil War Union general.
Before there was D.C., there was Georgetown. Before Georgetown, there was Tohoga, a Nacotchtank trade port. Through the years, Georgetown is a neighborhood of contrasts. While people were enslaved, a free Black community thrived. Today, it’s known for its shops and fancy houses, but noteworthy are its off‑the‑beaten‑path museums, parks and a Black cemetery once a Underground Railroad stop.
- Cupcakes from Baked & Wired, the locals’ best cupcake pick.
- Falafel at Falafel Inc., a fast‑casual restaurant that helps feed refugees in need.
- Pastrami sandwich that can feed two at Stachowski’s Market, a family‑owned butchery.
- Sunchoke soup at Green Almond Market, a woman‑owned Mediterranean restaurant and market.
- Vegetarian tacos at Chaia, a women-owned taco shop inside a quaint building.
- Belgian beer at The Sovereign, a bar down an alley.
- Halva honey latte at YELLOW, a cafe and bakery that sells pastries marrying French technique with Middle Eastern flavors.
- Juice‑pressed cocktails at Sandlot Georgetown, a Black‑owned event space that supports Black‑owned businesses.
- Wine at Apero, a sommelier‑owned wine/champagne/cocktail bar that’s a coffee shop in the day.
- Find shade at Francis Scott Key Park, a small park with a memorial honoring the author of the national anthem’s lyrics.
- Honor the legacies buried at Mt Zion and Female Union Band Society Cemeteries, the city’s oldest Black cemeteries and a stop on the Underground Railroad.
- Shop local at the Wednesday farmers market at Rose Park, a 1918 park built for Black children during segregation and where tennis stars Margaret Peters and Roumania Peters Walker got their start.
- Walk the trails of Dumbarton Oaks Park, a public park behind Harvard‑owned Dumbarton Oaks Museum & Gardens.
- Art by local creators at the Jackson Art Center, a historic school that’s now artists’ studios.
- Heyden Observatory, an 1844 observatory and garden on the campus of Georgetown University, one of the country’s oldest universities.
- Public gardens behind the Old Stone House, the city’s second oldest house.
- View of the Potomac River from The Exorcist Steps made famous by the 1973 horror film The Exorcist.
Reminiscent of European cities, Logan Circle is home to Victorian houses, alley murals and top‑rated restaurants. Once the site of a Civil War barracks for people formerly enslaved, the neighborhood tells many stories about D.C.’s Black history.
- Butter chicken from Pappe, an Indian restaurant with a brunch menu.
- Chicken red curry at Rice Market, an Asian market with a sushi counter and grab-n-go Thai food.
- Dim sum at Da Hong Pao Restaurant & Bar, an immigrant‑owned Chinese restaurant.
- Pizza from Etto, a local favorite restaurant with an outdoor patio across from Le Diplomate.
- Tacos from El Sol, a Mexican restaurant run by sibling chefs.
- Craft cocktails at Jane Jane, a well‑designed, quaint bar along 14th Street NW.
- Old Fashioned at The Crown & Crow, a Victorian‑era bar with speakeasy vibes.
- Over 50 beers on tap at ChurchKey, a popular bar with almost 500 different bottles/cans of beer from around the world.
- Tahitian vanilla latte from Slipstream, a coffee shop with an award‑winning coffee program.
- Find The Magic Tree Box, a miniature world around a tree at R Street and Johnson Avenue NW.
- Go on a neighborhood walking tour through the Steinbruck Center part of Luther Place Memorial Church, an 1873 church building erected as a peace and reconciliation memorial after the Civil War.
- Learn about Black history at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, the first HQ of The National Council of Negro Women and former home of activist Mary McLeod Bethune that’s now a museum open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday‑Saturday.
- Shop at Miss Pixie’s, a vintage home furnishings store that gets new items every Wednesday.
- Visit the Old Korean Legation Museum, a museum about U.S.‑Korean relations inside an 1877 mansion open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday‑Sunday.
- An alley garage mural by Wade K. Wilson near 13th Street in between R Street and Corcoran Street NW.
- Barbies seasonally decorated on the 1400 block of Q Street NW.
- Fine modern art at Gallery Neptune & Brown, a small gallery open 12‑7 p.m. Wednesday‑Saturday and 1‑4 p.m. Sunday.
- Mural of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson by Nia Keturah Calhoun on the side of Chicken + Whiskey.
- A play at Studio Theatre, a newly‑renovated contemporary theater with four stages.
Mount Vernon Square
Included in the original city plan, Mount Vernon Square is the neighborhood where the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located. Beyond the Convention Center are old furniture store buildings, Michelin‑star restaurants, public art and historic Black churches.
- Biscuit sammies at A Baked Joint, the sister cafe of beloved Baked & Wired.
- Cashew labneh from Shouk, a Middle Eastern vegan restaurant.
- Hand‑rolled bagels at Pearl’s Bagels, a husband‑wife‑run shop named after their French bulldog.
- Modern American food at Kinship, a Michelin‑star restaurant inside a 1907 building.
- Spicy Thai food from nearby Baan Siam, a restaurant with frozen lychee and mango cocktails.
- 11 German and Austrian beers on tap at Prost DC, a Bavarian restaurant and bar open daily.
- Artisanal cocktails at Morris American Bar, a top‑rated bar inside the Convention Center.
- Coffee at Chez Lily, a dog‑friendly cafe open every day, brewing local Vigilante Coffee.
- “Sojutinis,” $8 soju martinis at Mandu, a 2006 family‑owned and run Korean restaurant.
- Tamarind margarita at Rasa, a fast‑casual Indian restaurant with a giant pink door.
- Find the 1933 Samuel Gompers Memorial, honoring the leader in American labor history.
- Read in the courtyard of Morrison-Clark Historic Inn, an inn inside an 1864 mansion and former Chinese church.
- Reflect at 10th Street Community Park, a small green space hidden by high‑rise buildings honoring a woman who championed the city.
- Contemporary art at Hemphill Artworks, a gallery open Tuesday‑Saturday 12‑5 p.m.
- Grand organ at Ascension and St. Agnes Church, an 1874 church that offers free lunch to those who need it most every Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
- “‘I’ Is for Inspiration” sculpture, a 3,500‑pound, 2010 metal sculpture by Midnight Metalworks at 5th and K Streets NW.
- Murals on the “Mystery Silo,” a 395 ventilation shaft at H and 2nd Streets NW.
- Romanesque Revival 1899 apartment building that preserves the neighborhood’s original history at 315 H St NW.
- Second Baptist Church, a nearby 1894 Gothic Revival church on the site of an Underground Railroad stop.
- “Women In Climate Action” mural by HERA of herakut at 455 Eye Apartments.
Penn Quarter is a neighborhood where tourists and locals mingle. Deeply historic, Penn Quarter has top‑restaurants, hotels with history and off‑the‑beaten‑path memorials.
- Breakfast at Lincoln’s Waffle Shop, a family‑owned restaurant that opens every day at 6 a.m. near the Ford’s Theatre.
- Hand‑made noodles at nearby Chinatown Express, a family‑owned restaurant around for decades.
- Meatless Philly steak at HipCityVeg, a plant‑based fast‑casual restaurant.
- Tapas at Cranes, a Michelin‑star Spanish‑Japanese fusion restaurant with an open kitchen.
- Coffee from the cafe within the Kogod Courtyard, a light‑filled atrium that connects the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
- Craft cocktails between $15‑$16 at Denson Liquor Bar, a cocktail bar in a basement.
- One of over 100 cocktails at barmini by José Andrés, a spot that’s more laboratory than bar.
- Tea from Teaism, a women‑owned tea shop/restaurant with a daily iced tea special.
- Create an echo at the nearby Canadian Embassy‘s rotunda.
- Go on a scavenger hunt by asking any staff at the American Art Museum.
- Learn about architecture and design at the National Building Museum, a museum inside the old 1887 Pension Building.
- Snap a photo with the nearby 1983 “The Chess Players” sculpture at John Marshall Park, named after the Supreme Court Justice.
- Take your kids to the MLK Memorial Library, a large public library with a cafe, a slide, exhibits, and a rooftop.
- Watch independent movies at E Street Cinema, an eight‑screen theater with a bar and $7 tickets on Mondays and Tuesdays.
- Darlington Memorial Fountain, a 1923 gilded bronze fountain at nearby Judiciary Park.
- Oldest memorial to President Lincoln in the country (dedicated three years after his death) in front of the D.C. Court of Appeals.
- A play at one of three theatres‑ Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Ford’s Theatre.
- Remnants of D.C.’s Gilded Age on the outside of the 1902 old “Woodies” building at the 100 block of F Street NW.
Shaw’s history is Black history. It developed as people once enslaved settled there, calling it Uptown. Over the years, it became the epicenter of Black culture. As new restaurants move in, many iconic landmarks remain honoring its history.
- Awaze tibs from Habesha Market & Carry Out, a beloved Ethiopian restaurant that’s a nod to an area once known as “Little Ethiopia.”
- Fried chicken and whiting at Saints Paradise Cafeteria, a hidden cafe inside a church.
- Pupusas from Benitos Place, a top‑rated Honduran restaurant owned by a husband‑wife team.
- Ramen at Chaplin’s Restaurant, a ramen spot/cocktail bar with a daily happy hour from 4‑7 p.m.
- Tasting menu at The Dabney, a Michelin-star Mid-Atlantic restaurant within Blagden Alley.
- Waffle egg rolls at 1914 by Kolben, a Vietnamese street food spot.
- Beer at Dacha Beer Garden, a beer garden with weekly programming.
- Craft beer at All Souls Bar, a corner bar that allows you to bring in your own food.
- Mimosas at Nina May, a family‑style restaurant with a weekend brunch menu.
- Pisco flight at Causa Amazonia, a Peruvian restaurant in the Michelin guide inside an 1873 building in Blagden Alley.
- Shaw latte (made with nutmeg) at The Roasted Boon Co., a spacious cafe with Wi-Fi open every day.
- Buy spices at Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant & Mart, a top‑rated Ethiopian restaurant with a market attached.
- Cool off at the summer splash pad at Kennedy Recreation Center, a recreation center with two large playgrounds.
- Grab dinner at Seylou Bakery‘s, a whole‑grain bakery, pizza night.
- Harvest vegetables at Marion Street Intergenerational Garden, a small City Blossoms garden with kids programming and community celebrations.
- Take your kids to Westminster Playground, a small playground in between rowhouses with a mural and mosaic art.
- City’s first all‑Black fire company at Engine Company No 4 built in 1885.
- Fine art at Long View Gallery, a small gallery open Thursday‑Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Listen to gospel music at 10 a.m. on Sundays from Salem Baptist Church, a historic Black congregation near Blagden Alley.
- A memorial of the “Father of Black History” at Carter G. Woodson Memorial Park, a small park near Woodson’s historic home.
- Murals from local artists at D.C. Alley Museum, an outdoor art gallery in Blagden Alley.
Often referred to as Kalorama, Sheridan‑Kalorama is the west end of the neighborhood. Historic mansions in all styles line Sheridan‑Kalorama. It’s no surprise that the area was home to six presidents, including President Obama. Among the mansions are embassies and parks.
- Cheese from Open Door Market, one of the only corner stores in the neighborhood.
- Upscale sushi at Sushi Ogawa owned by a second‑generation Japanese sushi chef.
- Nicaraguan coffee at Café Integral, a cafe open daily at 7 a.m. inside the Generator Hotel.
- Tiki drinks from McClellan’s Retreat, a cocktail bar with drinks to‑go and six kinds of $4 popcorn.
- Harvest herbs at Mitchell Park, a park with a playground, courts, picnic tables and a community herb garden.
- Honor Irish Independence by finding the Robert Emmet statue in a small park bearing his name.
- Read a book at the gardens open during the day at Friends Meeting of Washington.
- Respect Ukraine by stopping by the Ukraine House, a historic mansion preserving Ukrainian culture at 2134 Kalorama Rd NW.
- Stroll up Massachusetts Ave. N.W. looking at all the foreign embassies inside mansions.
- Take a self‑guided tour for $15 at the Woodrow Wilson House, the former home of President Wilson that’s now a museum/event space.
- Walk D.C.’s own Spanish Steps, built in 1911 to connect to streets.
- Call boxes throughout the neighborhood that tell the area’s history.
- Korean art at the Korean Cultural Center, which often hosts exhibitions, performances and other events.
- Little Free Library at the Embassy of Latvia filled with Latvian books in English.
- Miniature Statue of Liberty in front of the French ambassador’s residence at 2221 Kalorama Rd NW.
- Oldest house in D.C. at 2401 Kalorama Rd NW built in 1754.
- Sheridan Circle Park, a small park in a circle with a statue honoring a Union Army general.
- View of the Taft Bridge from Belmont Road Park, a hidden park with handcrafted benches, a Little Free Library and play areas for dogs.
The westernmost part of the original plan of D.C., West End historically was a Black community. Today, public art, parks and neighborhood restaurants blend in with luxury hotels, condo buildings and fine dining.
- Brunch at Blue Duck Tavern, a fine‑dining restaurant with a weekend brunch with more affordable prices.
- Sandwiches at Aroma Cafe, a little shop with more affordable prices.
- Seafood lasagna at Ristorante La Perla of Washington, an Italian fine dining restaurant with a garden patio April through October.
- Tandoori chicken tikka at Rasika, the popular Indian restaurant’s second location.
- Bubble tea from Charm Thai, a Thai restaurant inside an 1899 building.
- Flat white at Australian cafe Bluestone Lane‘s first D.C. location within the West End Library.
- Wine from woman‑owned Bottles Wine Garden, a wine bar with a foliage‑covered patio.
- Find three sculptures on the 2400 block of N Street NW.
- Play tennis at the courts behind 2301 N St NW.
- Read a book at the West End Library, a well‑designed D.C. Public Library.
- Swim at the Francis Outdoor Pool when it reopens.
- Take your dog to P Street Beach, a large grassy space along Rock Creek.
- 1833 lime kilns along Rock Creek Parkway.
- Birthplace of Duke Ellington, Marion Barry, Al Gore, Katherine Heigl at The Columbia, an Italian Renaissance‑style condo building that used to be the Columbia Hospital for Women.
- Ceramic statue designed by the man behind the Iwo Jima Memorial at St Stephen‑Martyr Church, an 1866 parish.