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Washington, D.C. city guide

Little Pearl

For the all-day dining

You can spend an entire day on the verdant back patio of this Capitol Hill eatery. For an afternoon pick-me-up, pair a cortado or banana latte (a house specialty) with a homemade snickerdoodle cookie or savoury financiers. As evening rolls around, chef Aaron Silverman’s Michelin-starred $49 prix-fixe menu takes centre stage, with wine pairings to match.

Call Your Mother Deli

For the bagels

Good wood-fired bagels have finally arrived in D.C. with this casual Jewish – emphasis on the “ish” – spot in Parkview. Take your pick of schmears (from hummus to candied-salmon cream cheese), along with latkes, a nostalgia-heavy pizza bagel and challah-roll sandwiches. They’re not overly concerned with tradition here, so go ahead and top your bagel with bacon instead of pastrami.


For the Middle-Eastern sharing plates

Meaning town square in Arabic, Maydan is an eclectic Michelin-starred restaurant where chefs grill lamb shoulder, salmon kebabs and halloumi with Egyptian dukkha over an open firepit. Fresh toné bread serves as the centrepiece of the meal – it goes with everything and servers don’t slack on the free top-ups.


For the Italian fare

A café, trattoria, year-round rooftop patio and gourmet food market come together in this three-storey Italian culinary destination in the Wharf. The Salotto – a five-seat bar with handsome leather stools – has an impressive collection of vintage and rare bottles of amaro, while the Trattoria (led by Michelin-starred chef Nicholas Stefanelli) focuses on homemade pastas and other traditional fare.


For the elevated Burmese street food

This female-led intergenerational joint in the H Street Corridor is the city’s only full-service Burmese restaurant. Drop in for plates of pickled tea-leaf salad, curried prawns and mushroom coconut-lentil noodles in a vibrant space bursting with bold patterns. Things get creative for Sunday brunch – think mango mimosas and catfish hash with a side of lemongrass congee.


For the modern American fine dining

Former White House chef Frank Ruta heads up this posh eatery in Kalorama, an upscale neighbourhood on the outskirts of Dupont Circle. Sit at the tiled bar or beneath the skylight in the plant-filled garden room for coffee-and-cardamom-cured salmon followed by Wagyu beef in Béarnaise. Save room for a slice of goat cheesecake served with huckleberry-balsamic sorbet.

Chicken + Whiskey

For the speakeasy vibes

Bird is the word at this Peruvian and Venezuelan joint where their signature spit-roasted chicken gets brined for 12 hours. Pair a quarter, half or whole bird with yuca fries and sweet plantains, and head to the discreet whisky bar in the back for a selection of 99 varieties of whisky, bourbon and rye.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

For the black history

Opened to the public in 2016, this museum celebrates African-American history and culture. Exhibitions range from the Civil Rights movement and the history of activism (see the Woolworth’s stools from the 1960 Greensboro sit-in) to slavery and the Underground Railroad (don’t miss the silk and lace shawl that Queen Victoria gave Harriet Tubman around 1897).

United States National Arboretum

For the Instagram-worthy plants

Home to the Instagram-friendly sandstone National Capitol Columns, this landmark features nearly 7,000 types of plants and shrubs, including bonsais, azaleas and dogwoods. The arboretum hosts rotating exhibitions, public events and guided tours. If you’re in town during a full moon, join a two-hour nighttime stroll through the garden and its surrounding forests.

National Air and Space Museum

For the intergalactic discovery

Get ready for takeoff with the world’s largest collection of all things space and aviation. Gawk at Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit and Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega 5B before journeying into orbit on a rocket at the IMAX theatre or taking a topsy-turvy flight-simulator ride – don’t eat the dehydrated astronaut ice cream from the gift shop beforehand.

National Portrait Gallery

For the famous faces

Climb the imperial staircase to the second floor where the America’s Presidents exhibition features Kehinde Wiley’s painting of Barack Obama. Then, check out the 20th Century Americans exhibit, complete with striking portraits of Toni Morrison and Robert F. Kennedy. Let it all sink in over a cup of espresso in the glass-covered courtyard café.

Key Bridge Boathouse

For the paddling adventures

Located where the Potomac and Anacostia rivers meet, D.C. has no shortage of places to paddle. Head to the Georgetown waterfront to kayak, canoe or paddleboard your way past famous sites like Theodore Roosevelt Island, the Kennedy Center and the Watergate Hotel. In the springtime, spot the city’s famed cherry blossoms along the shore.

Union Market

For the selection

NoMa’s community-centric shopping hub brings together a slew of local favourites under one roof. Check out Salt & Sundry for eclectic home decor and jewellery handmade in D.C.; smarten up at beloved independent bookstore Politics and Prose; and grab an Israeli eggplant burger from Shouk or coffee from the socially conscious Village Cafe.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords

For the staff picks

Along with featuring a rotation of picks from knowledgeable staff, this literary haven in Dupont Circle hosts readings, story times, book clubs, comedy shows and live jazz. Once you’ve stocked up on fresh reads, head to the shop’s café for avocado toast or a slice of salted caramel vanilla cake.


For the luxury labels

Owner Nancy Pearlstein has been stocking her high-end Georgetown boutique with on-trend womenswear for over 20 years. (In 2019, it was the only outpost in town for fashion icon Carolina Castiglioni’s breakout collection, Plan C.) Shop mainstays like Marc Jacobs alongside avant-garde options like Dries van Noten and French label Maison Margiela.

Shop Made In DC

For the locally made finds

Discover D.C.’s crafty side at any of this retail initiative’s three outposts that stock nearly 5,000 locally made goods from more than 200 makers, including Dorpare’s spicy ginger tea, Miks Letterpress + greeting cards and Yinibini Baby’s kids’ clothes. Sign up for a workshop and try your hand at embroidering, calligraphy or upholstering.

The Jefferson

For the old-world luxury

The mural of President Thomas Jefferson’s famous property, Monticello, in the Greenhouse restaurant is just one example of this hotel’s dedication to honouring the past. Guests can also hear tales of the hotel's past from the in-house historian and get a taste of nostalgia with a top-shelf glass of 19th-century Madeira at Michelin-starred Plume.

Thompson Washington D.C.

For the dining scene

Pack your appetite for a stay at this newly opened Navy Yard property. Renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Maialino Mare makes waves with a Roman-style, seafood-forward menu featuring littleneck-clam pasta and salt-baked sea bass for two. For lighter bites – and Anacostia River views – head to the rooftop bar where the after-work crowd opts for spritzes and smoked fish.

The Darcy

For the business amenities

This stylish boutique hotel caters to business travellers with perks that include custom tailoring and styling services; leather clutches, ties and cufflinks available to borrow; and an exclusive prix-fixe menu. When the workday is done, hop on one of the Darcy’s complimentary bikes and explore nearby attractions like the White House and the National Mall.

The Line

For the art-forward design

Housed in a 110-year-old church, this boutique hotel in Adams Morgan doubles as a cultural hub, with its own Internet radio studio, community centre and 3,000 pieces of original artwork by local female artists. Rooms feature handmade bath products, a curated selection of books and a retro radio. (Don’t worry – the media hub is entirely modern.)

Hotel Hive

For the budget-friendly rooms

Smack in the heart of Foggy Bottom, D.C.’s first micro hotel boasts three room types to choose from – lofts with exposed brick walls; “hives” (standard rooms); and buzz rooms (for those who can “sleep through anything”). Head to the Hive Bar for spicy paloma and mushroom pie from &pizza – one of the city’s favourite slice slingers.

Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.

Getting from the Airport

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Purchase a $5 ticket for the Silver Line Express Bus at Arrival Door 4. The 15-minute bus ride will connect you to the Wiehle-Reston Metrorail station on the Silver Line. From there, you can ride the metro for around 45 minutes to get all the way downtown.

If you’re looking for a faster option, a cab ride from the airport to the downtown core costs about US$60. Lyft and Uber are also available – they charge an additional US$4 fee on top of their standard fare for trips from the airport.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
The 10-minute cab ride from the airport to the downtown core costs between US$15 and US$20.

The Metrorail connects with Terminals B and C, so you can easily hop on the train after getting off the plane. Fares vary depending on which station you start at.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Located in Maryland, this airport is closer to Baltimore than to D.C. An express shuttle runs every 60 minutes from here to Greenbelt Station on bus route B30. At Greenbelt, hop on the Green Line or the Yellow Line that runs into the city or call a taxi – a ride downtown costs about $US$60.

Public Transportation

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has an extensive rail and bus system. Train fares vary by time of day and distance travelled. Keep your ticket handy because you'll need proof of payment to exit the station.

Taxis and Ridesharing

Cabs are easy to hail in the downtown core. If you’re in a quieter area, call DC Yellow cab or Taxi Transportation or use the Curb app.
DC Yellow cab: 202-544-1212
Taxi Transportation: 202-398-0500

Ridesharing services Lyft, Uber and Via operate throughout the city and surrounding suburbs.


Capital Bikeshare has hundreds of pick-up and drop-off stations throughout the city. Rentals cost US$2 per trip or you can get a 24-hour pass for US$8.

Weather in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday broken clouds
20°C Oct 21, 2020
Thursday sky is clear
24°C Oct 22, 2020
Friday broken clouds
22°C Oct 23, 2020
Saturday light rain
22°C Oct 24, 2020
Sunday light rain
12°C Oct 25, 2020
Monday light rain
17°C Oct 26, 2020
Tuesday heavy intensity rain
23°C Oct 27, 2020
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