Insider Favorites: Jessica’s Guide to Washington, DC
I moved to Washington, DC, in 2012 after living overseas for nine years. I had experienced the city in fragments as I traveled here frequently for work. I love how it has the feel of a large city, but it is still small enough to navigate. I love being a tourist in my own city, sometimes even going to the museums during lunch. Washington, DC, also has an exploding culinary scene. There’s always an amazing restaurant to explore.
I want to share with you my favorite…
- Quick-service restaurant: Amsterdam Falafelshop
- Mid-range restaurant: Lavagna DC
- Fancy restaurant: Blue Duck Tavern
- Al fresco dining spot: Shaw’s Tavern
- Dance club: El Centro DF, after the restaurant closes
- Live music venue: 9:30 Club
- Sporting event: Washington Wizards (I’m a season ticket holder!)
- Hiking trail: Rock Creek Park
- Place to get a view of the city: The rooftop at the W Washington DC Hotel
- Place to watch the sunset: From the Netherlands Carillon in Arlighton
- Summertime activity: Long outdoor brunches
- Wintertime activity: Staying warm in a museum
Culture and Attractions
- Museum: National Gallery of Art
- Historical landmark: The National Mall
- Place to take visiting family members: The National Mall and a tour of the Pentagon (where I work for my day job)
- Place to take your special someone: The National Mall at night. My husband proposed at the foot of the reflecting pool.
- Brand-name shopping mall: CityCenterDC (luxury) and Pentagon City (mid-range)
- Boutique shopping spot: Old Town Alexandria (20-minute Metro ride from Downtown DC) and Georgetown DC
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