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Here's what you need to experience the local side of the District, from hot restaurants to the best vintage shops and Instagram spots.

13 Farm-to-Table Restaurants to Check Out in Washington, DC

The word “locavore” (defined as, “one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible”) was added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a few years back; it’s also a concept that rules at many Washington, DC restaurants. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of must-try spots that source what’s on...

Convivial - Shaw Neighborhood Restaurant - Washington, DC
10 Things to See & Do in Shaw

African-American history runs deep in Shaw , a rowhouse-, restaurant- and retail-filled neighborhood northeast of the White House. Duke Ellington was born here, and he and other stars of “Black Broadway” played at nearby theaters that are still standing. These days, the zone is just as well known...

Crowd Outside Historic Howard Theatre in Shaw - Events in Washington, DC
Exploring Shaw’s Alleys & Offshoots

In the 19th century, hundreds of intersecting alleys existed behind DC’s blocks of rowhouses. The brick-paved zones were home to stables, workshops and working-class dwellings. Today, many of these alleys are gone, but a few remain – and they’ve become some of the hottest areas for bars,...

Colorful street art mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Historic alleyway in Washington, DC
12 Distinctly DC Music Venues You Have to Experience

When it comes to DC’s music legends, the landscape is as diverse as the city itself: Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown, Marvin Gaye, Ian MacKaye, Dave Grohl and Wale all share space atop the District’s musical Rushmore. Each artist has influenced the local landscape for years, but what’s the scene like...

Echostage - Live Music Venues in Washington, DC
Appetite for Perfection: Bib Gourmand Restaurants in Washington, DC

Although Michelin stars are highly coveted, the Bib Gourmand designation (“Bib” is short for “Bibendum,” known as “Michelin Man” in English) signifies a restaurant delivering a high quality dining experience at a reasonable price. To be precise, a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand restaurant must offer...

Diners at The Royal in Shaw - Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Restaurant in Washington, DC
DC on the Water: 12 Ways to Embrace Washington's Waterfronts

The District’s two rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia, shine brightly once the warm weather of spring and summer settles on the city. Fortunately for visitors, there are plenty of ways to explore these DC waterfronts, with family friendly outdoor activities that include being both on or beside...

Kayaking on the Capitol Riverfront - Family Friendly and Waterfront Activities in Washington, DC
Made in DC: 19 Local Businesses That Deserve Your Attention

The best keepsake from a great vacation is a product or experience that truly embodies the city that you visited. With that mind, we’re featuring DC businesses that reflect the city’s entrepreneurial streak while producing a notable product. Each of these vendors are members of Made in DC , a local...

District Doughnut - Made in DC - Shop Local in Washington, DC
What to Do on a Snow Day in Washington, DC

In Washington, DC, there’s a snowball fight association, sleds are MacGyvered to great (and not so great) effect and legendary restaurants and bars dare to deliver a cozy ski lodge atmosphere 70 miles from the nearest slopes. Here are a few must-dos the next time you encounter a snowstorm in the...

20+ Hot Restaurants to Try Now in Washington, DC

In case you missed it, the nation's capital has officially become a top tier foodie destination with a stream of accolades. The District has a Michelin Guide , was named Bon Appétit 's restaurant city of the year and Zagat 's hottest food city in 2016 and three restaurants, Pineapple & Pearls,...

The Dabney - Shaw - Blagden Alley - Washington, DC
30+ Concerts to Check Out This Fall in Washington, DC

Alright, so, summer is over (or almost, anyway). We’re disappointed. You’re disappointed. But have no fear! Many of Washington, DC’s music venues will welcome dozens of great artists from numerous genres to their stages this fall . Among these venues: The Anthem, a 6,000-seat masterpiece that is...

Musical Performance at the 9:30 Club Concert Venue - Concerts in Washington, DC