Many people think Washington, DC starts and ends with the federal government, but this city has so much more – and it’s at the top of its game. Michelin-starred masterpieces. Pre-Broadway premieres. Hands-on history. Find out what the District is really all about. Whether you become inspired by free museums or culturally diverse neighbourhoods with bustling shops and cafes, this city has it all. Vibrant neighbourhoods, a thriving arts scene, delicious food, outdoor adventures, world-class sports, shopping, theatre, and nightlife. Discover the Real DC.
Spectacular museums and historical monuments stand side by side in the nation’s capital. With so many things to see and do, it can be overwhelming to decide what to put on the to-do list – but we’ve done it all for you. We have compiled the ultimate guide filled with must-see city attractions, together with the top restaurants and cocktail bars you should visit… Because sightseeing requires a lot of energy!
Over the past years, Washington, DC has transformed itself into a foodie’s destination where an eclectic mix of flavours, cuisines and venues await.
Le Diplomate: Fancy a bit of Paris in America? You have found the right spot. Topping lists all over the world and paying sincere homage to French cafe culture, Le Diplomat is a must when in the capital city.
The extensive menu combines French classics such as steak frites, escargots and onion soup, with daily plates such as cassoulet and delicious baguettes filled with camembert, French salami and more. Top it all up with a carefully selected wine list, and you will have an unforgettable dining experience in one of the best addresses in the city.
Call Your Mother Deli: Bagels are one of the world’s most loved foods right now, and if you want to try some of the finest in the country, Call your Mother Deli should be on your list.
Cooked to perfection in a wood fired oven, these bagels are stuffed with some of the best ingredients out there: from pastrami to salmon. We highly recommend trying the pizza bagel called ‘pizza bagel life’ (with tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni and basil)…trust us, you have found your next lunch spot right here.
The Oval Room: Located just minutes away from the White House, The Oval Room is where you can rub shoulders with congressmen and lobbyists, as you enjoy fine dining delicacies.
An institution in DC this restaurant was featured on the 2019 Michelin Guide and oozes sophistication. Here you will be treated to well-prepared classics such as pork belly, Atlantic salmon and prime Angus beef strip-loin all accompanied by a refined selection of fine wines.
Washingtonians love a good cocktail and the bar scene in the capital is so good it’s hard to pick where to end the evening. From Mescal bars to hidden speakeasies and beyond, these are our picks:
Copycat: You know a place does good cocktails when the top bartenders in the city can be spotted sipping one of the modern concoctions at the bar. This is Copycat. While the menu offers a wide selection of all-time favourites, we suggest picking the bartender’s choice and leave it to the experts to create the perfect cocktail for you.
Denson Liquor Bar: Located in the basement of a Chinatown building, this stylish speakeasy is the only place in the capital where you can sip on a rare – and unique – Caviar Martini, in a dimly lit, ultra-stylish environment.
Barmini: Serving some of the most innovative cocktails in the city, the swanky Barmini is like a cocktail lab celebrating both classics and modern creations. Offering over 100 cocktails, all served in a white-on-white, minimalist space, Barmini is one of the top bars in Washington, DC
Washington, DC boasts a long list of over 90 museums, so many it would take you a full week to explore them all! ’No matter what experience you are looking for, the collection of DC museums has got you covered. Whether you are into space stations or art, you will be spoilt for choice in the U.S capital. ’Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, this world-renowned museum and research complex consists of 17 museums, galleries and a zoo. The best thing about the Smithsonian Institutions? Admission is always free.
National Air and Space Museum: Missiles, aircraft, space stations and more await at the National Air and Space Museum. Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the permanent exhibition is a display of all things aerospace, from Soviet nuclear missiles to a lunar sample acquired during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.
National Gallery of Art: Defining itself as ‘The nation’s museum’, the National Gallery of Art is a spectacular exhibition of some of the finest artworks in the world. From Van Gogh’s self-portrait to Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpieces, make sure you put some time aside to explore this gem.
National Museum of Natural History: One of the world’s most popular natural history museums, this is a must-see when in Washington, DC Offering a fascinating insight on the story of our planet, featuring over 247 stuffed animals, gem collections and a butterfly pavilion, the National Museum of Natural History will have you captured right away.
International Spy Museum: You can become a spy at the new and exciting International Spy Museum. With interactive exhibitions and installations, the foremost collection of spy artefacts in the world, and first-person accounts from top intelligence officers and experts, the new Museum places visitors in the shoes of the spies. Be sure to get your tickets in advance.
100+ Free Things to Do: No city provides as many world-class activities for free as Washington, DC. Offering attractions and activities for every visitor, whether traveling on a budget or looking for added value. With unmatched access to incredible free museums, monuments, memorials, outdoor activities and one-of-a-kind events, DC is in a class by itself. Discover your own free adventure in the nation’s capital, and make sure to see what free events are going on right now.
Live Entertainment: Washington, DC is a cultural hub that surely knows how to put on an unforgettable show. Experience everything from Broadway premieres in world-class theatres to home-grown jazz trios in intimate venues. And, thanks to pro sports teams from every major American sport, as well as top-level college programs, there are always great games going on all year long.
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