Are you planning a trip to Washington D.C. and looking for things to do or hotspots to visit? Read about some great restaurants and other places I visited on my last trip to this amazing city.
With several shops throughout the city, including some artsy pop-ups, Dolcezza is one of D.C.’s most popular spots for gelato and sorbets. Their gelato is crafted every morning in their Gelato Factory right behind Union Market. They try to use as many local ingredients as possible and work with seasonal produce like strawberries in Spring and quince in Fall. You can visit their shops year round, but during Spring and Summer you can also visit the factory where you can order exclusive items like the deliciously smooth milkshakes.
(relaxed patio @Barcelona Wine Bar on 14th)
This popular wine bar and restaurant in Washington D.C. was such a lucky find! With its relaxed patio, buzzy atmosphere, extensive wine selection, and ever-changing tapas menu, Barcelona on 14th is the perfect spot for date night or a get together with friends. This spot is surrounded by many trendy boutiques and hip cafes, so plan to go a bit earlier or stay in the area if you’re interested in more nocturnal hotspots
(foodie heaven @Union Market D.C.)
If you’re a foodie like me, you absolutely have to go to Union Market and plan to come with an appetite. At this market, you find almost 50 vendors and pop-up shops under one roof offering freshly prepared food and drinks, ingredients for a home cooked meal, and other goods. They also organise events such as a monthly drive in where you can bring or rent a car, bike swaps, and Sunday Supper, so be sure to check their website before you go!
You may be familiar with this French bakery as it’s located in cities all over the world. Unfortunately, Houston is not one of their destinations, so when we discovered Le Pain Quotidien in Washington D.C. we simply had to go there for breakfast. One of my favorite items on the menu? Their bread basket that comes with a selection of fresh bread and fifteen different spreads to choose from, such as Belgian hazelnut praline, apricot jam and white chocolate paste. They also serve a great granola, lots of different sandwiches, croissants, and yummy cookies to take on the go.
(cupcakes everywhere @Georgetown Cupcakes)
With its long lines, I wouldn’t call Georgetown Cupcake a hidden gem. But their gourmet cupcakes baked on-site and pretty pink packaging are certainly worth the wait. Another plus of this spot is that it’s located in a lovely and lively area of Washington D.C. packed with shops and cafes. You can easily spend a couple hours in this neighborhood! The sisters behind this concept have their own show on TLC, DC Cupcakes, and you can even live stream the whereabouts in the bakery via the Cupcake Cam.
(kebab bowls @SKWR)
There’s so much to see in Washington D.C. that you may not want to spend too much time on lunch. This fast-casual spot close to the White House offers customized kebabs in bowls and wraps with many different toppings. Perfect to sit down for a minute to get a health, filling meal and be on the go in no-time.
We were only two days in D.C. which is by far not enough to see all the beautiful and interesting spots that the city has to offer. Since we had already spent quite some time strolling through the different neighborhoods and exploring the city by bus, there was unfortunately not much time left to visit museums. We decided to focus on one of the most popular museums, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. As with many museums in Washington D.C., admission is free and you can best go early in the morning to avoid long lines.