This residential and densely populated historic neighborhood is located east of the Capitol Building. It has some of the most unique row house architecture in the city.
Getting there: Capitol Hill is a large neighborhood and there are several Metro stop options: Capitol South and Eastern Market on the Blue and Orange lines as well as Union Station on the Red line. Regarding parking, I’ve never had a problem finding street parking a few blocks from where I’m going.
- Ted’s Bulletin – Homemade pop tarts. ‘Nough said.
- Banana Café & Piano Bar – A fun, tropical feel even in the dead of winter.
- Grandville Moore’s – Great service, great beer and great mussels.
- Café 8 – An intimate Turkish restaurant.
- Capitol Hill Arts Workshop – Take a class in anything from ceramics to knitting to movie making.
- Good Stuff Eatery – Spike Mendelsohn makes amazing shakes, burgers and fries.
- The Chesapeake Room – For when you’re feeling a little fancy.
- Atlas Performing Arts Center – The only community-based performing arts center in Washington.
- Eastern Market – Going to this large, fresh food public market is, in my opinion, the perfect Sunday afternoon. It’s got a nice neighborhood vibe and you can find lots of locally grown food. A fire severely damaged the market’s building in 2007, but it reopened in 2009.
- The Flea Market – If you go to Eastern Market, make sure to stop at the Flea Market, which hosts 100 exhibitors.
According to Wikipedia, about a third of all Members of Congress live on Capitol Hill when they’re in DC.