where to stay
both are really great areas + very safe. dupont circle is pretty centrally located. georgetown is quant and charming. lots of shopping and of course baked and wired.
how to get around
we took a cab from the airport to our hotel. i typically take public transportation but since this was our first time in the city we decided on a cab to get us to the hotel.
metro- we took the metro once. it was very easy to navigate and they have plenty of trains so we didn’t have to wait long. i’ve heard it can get a little congested so be aware of the time of day you’re getting on and plan accordingly.
walking- we walked the whole rest of the time. i love walking and we probably did 8+ miles a day. if you like to walk, this city is definitely manageable.
my best advice is navigate ahead of time what you want to see. if you plan on breakfast in eastern market don’t plan lunch in georgetown. i typically start my planning with what I’m eating on the trip. yep, i love food that much! then i figure out what restaurants are in that same area for lunch and possibly dinner along with what we plan on doing for the day. this saves you a lot of walking across town or missing out on places you wanted to go.
what to do
the national mall- covers pretty much all the monuments
abraham lincoln, mlk, jefferson, roosevelt monuments
you could spend an entire day here and not see it all
smithsonian- made up of 19 museums. all free. i loved the art museum but i wouldn’t recommend taking kids. the air and space museum and natural history museum are great for little ones.
eastern market- its not huge but fun to walk around. they have a flea market sunday mornings.
georgetown- m street and wisconsin ave have really great shopping.
arlington national cemetery
what to eat
founding farmers- great breakfast, fresh farm to table.
2 amys- pizza. i didn’t make it here but i’ve heard amazing things and i really wished i had tried it.
baked and wired- i went twice. i like the vanilla vanilla cupcake.
georgetown cupcakes- good cupcakes, not as good as baked and wired.
shake shack- love the shake burger + cheese fries. do. not. forget. the. cheese. fries. and a shake, i get the black and white unless the flavor of the week is really good.
old ebbitt grill- my sister got the lentil cakes and loved them. i got the crab cakes, they’re known for the crab cakes so i had to. they were pretty good. the restaurant is something like 130 years old and looks out to the treasury. that alone is enough reason to visit.
amsterdam falafel shop- really really good falafel. tons of toppings.
sweetgreen- great for a fresh + light salad. after all the junk i just told you to eat. lemonade is good too.
pitango gelato- this was also on the list but i didn’t make it. try it out and tell me what you thing.
little serow- we saw a huge line and no sign on the restaurant. so i asked someone what they were waiting for. apparently its amazing thai food. you stand in line and they seat two groups. you wait hours, so if you have kids with you i don’t advise this place. he told me the food is out of this world. we were going try it the next night but after reading that they don’t give you food options you get a 7 course meal they prepare the same for everyone we didn’t go. my sister is vegetarian and she would have only been able to eat maybe 2 of the courses. he also told me its super spicy. being so close to az, nothing is super spicy to me, so take that for what its worth.
komi- the nice man i met at little serow told me komi is the best place to eat in dc but you must make reservations months in advance.
eastern market- the blue buckwheat pancakes are worth the wait.
a few other places i wanted to try but didn’t-
matchbox chinatown burgers
busboys and poets
good stuff eatery
farmers fishers bakers