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Guidebook for DC - Dupont area

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Guidebook for DC - Dupont area

Local Transportation
Metro stops - Dupont Circle [Red Line] and U Street/Cardozo [Yellow Line, Green Line] Bus -- run from both U Street and 16th Street Bikeshare -- docking station at the corner of T and 17th.
Metro access
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Dupont Circle Station
1525 20th St. NW
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Metro access
Metro access
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U St/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Station
1020 U Street Northwest
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Metro access
Rae's Favorites
A few must-try places
Great food
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Rosemary's Thyme Bistro
1801 18 Street Northwest
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Great food
Great meals. and unrivaled cheese and salume. Yummmm.
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Lupo Verde
1401 T Street Northwest
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Great meals. and unrivaled cheese and salume. Yummmm.
Great local jazz nightly, with no cover charge. Tips encouraged. Sunday brunch includes bottomless drinks and live jam sessions with local artists.
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Jojo Restaurant & Bar
1518 U Street Northwest
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Great local jazz nightly, with no cover charge. Tips encouraged. Sunday brunch includes bottomless drinks and live jam sessions with local artists.
Food Scene
Fab patio dining
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Iron Gate Restaurant
1734 N Street Northwest
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Fab patio dining
Wonderful upscale dining and people watching
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Le Diplomate
1601 14th Street Northwest
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Wonderful upscale dining and people watching
Italian -- with great happy hour and cool peninsula bar overlooking 14th Street
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Ghibellina
1610 14th Street Northwest
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Italian -- with great happy hour and cool peninsula bar overlooking 14th Street
Belgian
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B Too
1324 14th Street Northwest
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Belgian
A DC institution. Great, inexpensive Greek food. Rare outdoor seating in Dupont Circle/Connecticut Ave area.
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Zorba's Café
1612 20th Street Northwest
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A DC institution. Great, inexpensive Greek food. Rare outdoor seating in Dupont Circle/Connecticut Ave area.
DC institution -- watch for presidents, politicians, and celebs, but mostly mingle with locals.
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Ben's Chili Bowl
1213 U Street Northwest
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DC institution -- watch for presidents, politicians, and celebs, but mostly mingle with locals.
Good Spanish tapas. Great patio -- even has heaters for colder weather seasons.
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Barcelona Wine Bar
1622 14th Street Northwest
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Good Spanish tapas. Great patio -- even has heaters for colder weather seasons.
Great selection of wine and wonderful deli/food-to-go section -- great for picnics and special meals.
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Cork Wine Bar & Market
1805 14th Street Northwest
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Great selection of wine and wonderful deli/food-to-go section -- great for picnics and special meals.
Well-regarded cocktail bar -- with Georgian fare.
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Compass Rose
1346 T Street Northwest
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Well-regarded cocktail bar -- with Georgian fare.
Best sushi and Japanese food in the district. High prices, but good quality.
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Sushi Taro
1503 17th St NW
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Best sushi and Japanese food in the district. High prices, but good quality.
Popular brunch venue for locals.
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Commissary
1443 P Street Northwest
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Popular brunch venue for locals.
Great oysters and seafood.
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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
1612 14th Street Northwest
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Great oysters and seafood.
Great happy hour with large selection of discounted wines.
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Vinoteca
1940 11th Street Northwest
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Great happy hour with large selection of discounted wines.
One of the original neighborhood bars on 14th. Good food, but has changed from ''American'' to Asian fusion last time I was there. DJs and music in the basement on some nights.
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Cafe Saint-Ex
1847 14th Street Northwest
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One of the original neighborhood bars on 14th. Good food, but has changed from ''American'' to Asian fusion last time I was there. DJs and music in the basement on some nights.
Good Tex-Mex, particularly homemade tamales and fresh tortillas and salsa.
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Lauriol Plaza
1835 18 Street Northwest
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Good Tex-Mex, particularly homemade tamales and fresh tortillas and salsa.
Best neighborhood seafood.
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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
1612 14th Street Northwest
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Best neighborhood seafood.
''American'' menu -- from burgers to pork chops, to meatloaf, and matzo ball soup. Menu changes a lot. Nice happy hour at the bar with good drink prices and limited bar menu.
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Firefly
1310 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest
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''American'' menu -- from burgers to pork chops, to meatloaf, and matzo ball soup. Menu changes a lot. Nice happy hour at the bar with good drink prices and limited bar menu.
Local Sites
Things you might want to check out...
Hidden gem in the neighborhood -- a smaller version of those in Rome.
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Spanish Steps
1725 22nd Street Northwest
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Hidden gem in the neighborhood -- a smaller version of those in Rome.
Great for people watching -- or play chess with the locals.
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Dupont Circle
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Great for people watching -- or play chess with the locals.
Great place to take a jog, see 4th of July fireworks, join weekend pick-up games, and people watch.
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Meridian Hill Park
16th Street Northwest
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Great place to take a jog, see 4th of July fireworks, join weekend pick-up games, and people watch.
Easy to miss, quirky park in DC.
Sonny Bono Park
1362 New Hampshire Ave NW
Easy to miss, quirky park in DC.
High-end B and B with hidden passageways. Room after room filled with an eclectic mix of antiques, art, and other collectibles, with almost everything in the place for sale. Check the website for events, including Sunday brunch, happy hours, etc.
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The Mansion on O & O Street Museum
2020 O Street Northwest
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High-end B and B with hidden passageways. Room after room filled with an eclectic mix of antiques, art, and other collectibles, with almost everything in the place for sale. Check the website for events, including Sunday brunch, happy hours, etc.
Woodrow Wilson House
2340 S St NW
Everything from Renoir to modern artists.
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The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street Northwest
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Everything from Renoir to modern artists.
Channel your inner Dan Brown.
Masonic Temple, House of the Temple
1339 Riggs St NW
Channel your inner Dan Brown.