Itinerary

A Skip and a Dash Around Dupont Circle

by Fernanda DeSouza

posted on February 23, 2019

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Dupont Circle is best known for its famous traffic circle and the gushing fountain at the center. But there’s more than meets the eye in this historic district in northwest D.C. After you emerge from the subterranean metro station (it’s a long escalator ride up), frolic from iconic eateries to historical sights and museums, and do a little shopping in between.

You won't find anything exotic on the menu at this crimson-walled mainstay attached to the Carlyle Hotel. What you will find is a bustling (often loud and packed) eatery serving pretty damn good classics. It's worth the noise and older crowds.

Checkout: Deviled eggs, Roasted chicken, Potato purée, Ice-cream sundae.

Photo courtesy: theriggsby

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Walking Distance

0.47 miles

Part-cafe, part-indie bookstore landmark, locals flock to this 40-year-old spot for its cheery patio and stacks of novels piled high. Cure your hangover with a stuffed omelet or sandwich, or pick this spot for a cozy date with a fellow book-lover.

Checkout: Are You There God It's Me Margarita, smoked pork cubano, goober pie

Photo courtesy: pootie_ting

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Walking Distance

0.15 miles

This neat little home goods/gift/kitchen store provides its loyal clients with everything they never knew they'd need. Besides all the whimsical offerings like animal shaped everything, there's also plenty of really useful - and pretty - stuff too.

Photo courtesy: wanderingwashingtonians

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Walking Distance

0.24 miles

When this former diplomat's residence isn't being used for extravagant weddings, visitors are in for a treat. Travel through time as you sift through countless Revolutionary-era books, maps & manuscripts inside the intricate Beaux-Arts mansion.

Photo courtesy: sunhee_evans

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Walking Distance

0.25 miles

For a true pizza experience in DC, look no further than Pizzeria Paradiso which puts their wood-fired oven in the heart of their restaurant. Paired with an extensive menu of international beers, this joint is a must for the hardcore pizza enthusiast.

Checkout: Atomica, Bosco, Mozzerella e Prosciutto, craft beer

Photo courtesy: tallulahalexandra

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Walking Distance

0.23 miles

The Phillips Collection prides itself on two things: being the first modern art museum in America and owning Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. Admire countless works by the likes of Pollock, Klee and more as you wander the spacious galleries.

Photo courtesy: phillipscollection

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Walking Distance

0.56 miles

You may find yourself walking out of Jenni Bick’s with more notebooks than you know what to do with, but who can blame you? This minimalist shop is packed full of notebooks, pens, pencils, paper goods and best of all custom made journals.

Photo courtesy: jennibick

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Walking Distance

0.49 miles

One of the best fine dining experiences in DC, Komi features an American-Mediterranean menu with an extensive prix fixe meal that is a symphony of flavors. Pair this with an incredible wine tasting and treat yourself to a truly unforgettable meal.

Checkout: Foie gras with Concord grape, Greek dumplings with crab, Japanese cheesecake

Photo courtesy: washingtonpostmag

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Walking Distance

0.02 miles

This fro-yo shop, opened by a group of rocket scientists, puts a wacky twist on a classic treat. Answer trivia questions, join a sing-along, recite monologues and more to earn discounts off your frozen treats and inventive toppings.

Checkout: Original Tangy, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Original Soft

Photo courtesy: hassanoz

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Walking Distance

0.55 miles

After two decades of hosting politicians and celebrities, Eighteenth Street Lounge is a living nightlife legend in the District. Grab an antique sofa with some friends, or dance under chandeliers and disco balls while toasting the good life.

Photo courtesy: zacharycutler

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