Local: Washington DC

When you think of Washington DC, the White House and its numerous real and fictional representations may be the first association you make. Allow us to present you to the city we have come to know and love.  Washington DC has reinvented itself from straight-laced political bureaucracy to a top-notch destination, sure to satisfy history buffs and cool hunters alike. The capital of the USA,… Read more »

One of the only museums in the world dedicated to all things related to construction, the National Building Museum defines itself as “a cultural institution dedicated to interpreting the history and impact of the built environment”. Past and current methods, building materials and elements of design are deconstructed, questioned and discussed. Although it may seem targeted to engineering and architecture professionals and appreciators, it is… Read more »

As the oldest cultural institution in the US, the largest library in the world and housed in the historic Capitol Hill estate, a visit to the Library of Congress is essential when in Washington DC. Formed by three buildings, the Jefferson Building being the most famous, it currently serves as a research institution and as repository to some of the most important documents in history,… Read more »

This lovely and quaint historical neighborhood is our favorite part of Washington DC. We have been to the US capital many times and often choose to stay here for a more laid-back experience, away from the hustle and bustle of The Mall. Georgetown has taken advantage of its historic heritage and kept its allure, with its cobblestone streets, beautiful mansions and colorful brick houses. Enjoy… Read more »

Early Fall, late Spring and Summer are ideal to enjoy riverside walking and jogging, but we recommend you try rowing, kayaking, canoeing or paddling on calm waters of the Potomac River. Surrounded by trees, flowers and iconic monuments, this energizing yet relaxing experience can be leisurely or active, just adjust your pace! Check out the sites for information about equipment rental or consider a private… Read more »

A stroll around Tidal Basin is very pleasant, yet particularly so if surrounded by beautifully blossoming cherry trees, a gift from the people of Japan to the US. Located on West Potomac Park and adjacent to the Potomac River, you will see the FDR and Jefferson Memorials and will be steps away from the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials. You will see many people exercising… Read more »

Dedicated to promoting free expression in a very interactive way, you can see parts of the Berlin Wall (largest pieces outside Germany), press and photograph galleries of historical events and social movements, exhibitions that are a showcase of the evolution of communication and other relevant exhibits. Its centrally located modern building is an attraction in itself. We were lucky enough to participate in a closed… Read more »

Conveniently located in one of Georgetown’s main streets, it is the type of place you go to experience the bustle of a meeting point for locals. The ambiance is unpretentious and the menu offers many options of American classics. We wanted a good old American cheeseburger and were fully satisfied! We did notice our neighboring tables were enjoying delicious looking Caesar salads, rib eye steaks… Read more »

The modest discrete exterior does not hint at this being one of the best Italian restaurants in town, frequented by celebrities and politicians. Just blocks away from the White House, the interior is elegant, in neutral colors, and the service is impeccable. The food is outstanding. We have been there many times and were never disappointed. More than once we had the delicious tuna carpaccio,… Read more »

Located in the Park Hyatt Hotel, right at the entrance of Georgetown, this contemporary restaurant is a deliciously comfortable choice. We have stayed at the Park Hyatt Hotel on a few occasions and dined at the Blue Duck Tavern quite often: never disappointing. The menu, built around a selection of seasonal and very fresh ingredients from regional farmers, changes regularly. All meals we tried, including Sunday… Read more »

When in Washington DC you get the feeling you need to pay homage to history somehow, and a delicious way to honor this is by going to a traditional restaurant. Enter the Old Ebbitt Grill. Steps from the White House, the oldest restaurant in town, established in the 1846, is quite popular with locals, politicians and expats. We enjoyed the bustling atmosphere and the old… Read more »

A petit venue in Georgetown that has already become an institution in the city, this French bistro has a rustic décor and cozy atmosphere with its low ceilings, wooden beams, stone walls and a welcoming fireplace. The tables are quite close to one another, and the restaurant is a hotspot for politicians, so we felt at some point that we may overhear discussions of congressional… Read more »

This very casual and informal tapas bar in downtown DC has become something of a hot spot. It is usually busy, drawing an eclectic crowd, from youngsters to families into its the modern, lively and colorful ambience. Jaleo serves delicious dishes, perfectly made to be shared. The typical Jamón Ibérico was thinly sliced to perfection, the Manchego cheese satisfied our craving and the sautéed artichokes… Read more »

Charming Italian restaurant centrally located in Georgetown, just off Wisconsin Avenue. It is well in demand by the mostly local clientele, so it may be worth booking a table. The staff is very welcoming and attentive, and you cannot go wrong with the fried zucchini or octopus to start your meal, followed by one of the amazing pastas (the lobster linguini was sublime when we… Read more »

Located at the heart of Washington DC in Dupont Circle, a neighborhood full of fabulous restaurants, cafés, boutiques and galleries. It is quite near most of Washington’s historical attractions and museums and there is a Metro station a 5 min walk away. The hotel has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with its marble lobby, modern furniture and sleek decor, and attracts leisure and business travelers alike. All… Read more »

This is a good choice if you want to stay closer to Union Station and walking distance to Capitol Hill or the Library of Congress. The George Hotel has a fashionable atmosphere with artsy posters of historical American characters, vibrant color schemes and a quirky horse-lamp in the entrance lobby. The in-house French bistro is quite convenient for all day meals, and when the weather… Read more »

Located in Georgetown on the banks of the Potomac River, this charming boutique style hotel is perfectly located if you plan to stay in this region. You will be in a lovely residential area yet close to the center of Georgetown. Neutral dark and light shades set tone to the modern amenities and contemporary decor. The recently relaunched Observatory Rooftop Bar provides the perfect chic… Read more »

What we like most about this hotel is its convenient downtown location, within walking distance to most of Washington’s attractions and Dupont Circle. There is a subway station close by for transport to farther locations. The décor is modern, with sleek and stylish furniture such as designer hanging chairs. The accommodation feels somewhat business-like, minimalist yet comfortable, with leather furnishing and carpets in neutral tones… Read more »

In the heart of Washington’s downtown area, a five minute walk to the Smithsonian, the Obelisk and many of the city’s memorials, this designer hotel suits guests looking for a very modern, cool and trendy atmosphere. The décor is bright with lot of lighting and colorful details, and DJs liven the lobby on weekdays. The clientele is young, hip, and stylish and loves to have… Read more »

The nearest you can come to the White House without being invited by POTUS, you will not find a more traditional and classic hotel in Washington DC. The Hay-Adams is quintessentially American in its history, architecture and culture, and exhales refinement, elegance and class. Chandeliers, wooden panels, decorated high ceilings and ornate moldings adorn the magnificent lobby, hinting at the classical theme in keeping throughout… Read more »