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The Food Scene: Our Recommended Restaurants

Lapis is a must-visit when in DC to try delicious Afghan food! And the best part is that it is literally right around the corner. Great options for all and excellent service. On weekends the line can be long so either make a reservation or get there early to put your name on the list.
53 locals recommend
Lapis
1847 Columbia Rd NW
53 locals recommend
Lapis is a must-visit when in DC to try delicious Afghan food! And the best part is that it is literally right around the corner. Great options for all and excellent service. On weekends the line can be long so either make a reservation or get there early to put your name on the list.
Freshly made in-house Gelato with a variety of flavors. Also, a great spot to grab a cup of coffee and an Italian breakfast sandwich or lunch. Cute patio and inside seating options that is literally just a block away!
10 locals recommend
Pitango Gelato
1841 Columbia Rd NW
10 locals recommend
Freshly made in-house Gelato with a variety of flavors. Also, a great spot to grab a cup of coffee and an Italian breakfast sandwich or lunch. Cute patio and inside seating options that is literally just a block away!
Amazing family run Ethiopian food! Adams Morgan is known for its Ethiopian restaurants and this is our favorite. In fact, it was just recognized within the Michelin guide! Definitely recommend if you are looking to try a local spot.
12 locals recommend
Zenebech Restaurant
2420 18th St NW
12 locals recommend
Amazing family run Ethiopian food! Adams Morgan is known for its Ethiopian restaurants and this is our favorite. In fact, it was just recognized within the Michelin guide! Definitely recommend if you are looking to try a local spot.
Great breakfast, coffee and lunch options right down the street.
252 locals recommend
Tryst
2459 18th St NW
252 locals recommend
Great breakfast, coffee and lunch options right down the street.
As California natives, we greatly appreciate having a Philz around the corner. It’s a great spot for a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
61 locals recommend
Philz Coffee
1827 Adams Mill Rd NW
61 locals recommend
As California natives, we greatly appreciate having a Philz around the corner. It’s a great spot for a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Sightseeing

On the national mall, this free Modern Art museum is one of our favorites. The exhibits are intriguing and offer a respite from the historical focus of much of DC. Plus, there is a great coffee shop in the lobby so it makes for a nice break spot between museums!
230 locals recommend
Hirshhorn Museum
7th Street Southwest
230 locals recommend
On the national mall, this free Modern Art museum is one of our favorites. The exhibits are intriguing and offer a respite from the historical focus of much of DC. Plus, there is a great coffee shop in the lobby so it makes for a nice break spot between museums!
A must visit when in DC, plus they are usually open later than other museums until 7:30 pm! (Just double check with Google prior to heading over for a late visit)
365 locals recommend
National Portrait Gallery
365 locals recommend
A must visit when in DC, plus they are usually open later than other museums until 7:30 pm! (Just double check with Google prior to heading over for a late visit)
If you are interested in US History, then this is your place! See the founding documents from the Declaration of Independence to the US Constitution up close and personal. Then, if you'd like to walk about ten minutes over to the National Portrait Gallery for the art.
46 locals recommend
The National Archives Museum
701 Constitution Ave. NW
46 locals recommend
If you are interested in US History, then this is your place! See the founding documents from the Declaration of Independence to the US Constitution up close and personal. Then, if you'd like to walk about ten minutes over to the National Portrait Gallery for the art.

Neighborhoods

Grab a coffee at Compass, a cupcake at Baked and Wired, and stroll through the neighborhood. There is a beautiful waterfront area, and overall, it is excellent for shopping, cobblestone streets, and restaurants. Plus, check out Georgetown University for a historic campus!
666 locals recommend
Georgetown
666 locals recommend
Grab a coffee at Compass, a cupcake at Baked and Wired, and stroll through the neighborhood. There is a beautiful waterfront area, and overall, it is excellent for shopping, cobblestone streets, and restaurants. Plus, check out Georgetown University for a historic campus!

DC Scene

If you are heading over to the Georgetown area, then we highly recommend grabbing a cupcake and coffee here! Unique flavors, friendly service, and a quick walk down to the waterfront make it a great spot.
141 locals recommend
Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
141 locals recommend
If you are heading over to the Georgetown area, then we highly recommend grabbing a cupcake and coffee here! Unique flavors, friendly service, and a quick walk down to the waterfront make it a great spot.
Ben's is an institution, and they have a variety of options for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike! Plus once you are on U-street there is a ton of bars and nightlife to partake in.
289 locals recommend
Ben's Chili Bowl Mural
1213 U St NW
289 locals recommend
Ben's is an institution, and they have a variety of options for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike! Plus once you are on U-street there is a ton of bars and nightlife to partake in.
A few blocks over on 18th find this local favorite for a night out and music.
124 locals recommend
Madam's Organ
2461 18th St NW
124 locals recommend
A few blocks over on 18th find this local favorite for a night out and music.