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Guidebook for Washington

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Guidebook for Washington

Food Scene
My single favorite restaurant in Washington! A delectable fusion of Turkish, Lebanese, and Greek cuisine, with a decor that matches the quality of the food. Reservations are a must for this one!
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Zaytinya
701 9th Street Northwest
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My single favorite restaurant in Washington! A delectable fusion of Turkish, Lebanese, and Greek cuisine, with a decor that matches the quality of the food. Reservations are a must for this one!
A fantastic nearby choice if you're looking for some great sushi. Many vegan & gluten-free options; slow during the week, hour-long waits on the weekend!
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Sticky Rice
1224 H Street Northeast
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A fantastic nearby choice if you're looking for some great sushi. Many vegan & gluten-free options; slow during the week, hour-long waits on the weekend!
Hands-down the best Mexican in D.C., with a bar that spits out fantastic margaritas. Another restaurant concept by Jose Andres, be sure to get the guacamole - they make it table-side!
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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
401 7th Street Northwest
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Hands-down the best Mexican in D.C., with a bar that spits out fantastic margaritas. Another restaurant concept by Jose Andres, be sure to get the guacamole - they make it table-side!
While DC's famous cupcakery is Georgetown Cupcakes (from the TV show DC Cupcakes), Baked & Wired has infinitely superior cupcakes (and brownies!) without the nightmarish lines.
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Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson Street Northwest
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While DC's famous cupcakery is Georgetown Cupcakes (from the TV show DC Cupcakes), Baked & Wired has infinitely superior cupcakes (and brownies!) without the nightmarish lines.
Welcome to DC's lunch obsession! Many locations throughout the city, which was founded on a farm-to-table philosophy. The locally sourced salads can be expensive, and 'froyo' is among the city's best.
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sweetgreen
1512 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
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Welcome to DC's lunch obsession! Many locations throughout the city, which was founded on a farm-to-table philosophy. The locally sourced salads can be expensive, and 'froyo' is among the city's best.
American food done right with a farm-to-table twist (and great drinks)! Hands down the city's best brunch, which makes it among the most popular restaurants in the city. Be warned: plan ahead!
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Founding Farmers DC
1924 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
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American food done right with a farm-to-table twist (and great drinks)! Hands down the city's best brunch, which makes it among the most popular restaurants in the city. Be warned: plan ahead!
Just a seven minute walk away, Union Market is warehouse full of dozens of local food artisans and pop-up kitchens. Great place to spend for lunch or dinner in between sightseeing.
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Union Market
1309 5th Street Northeast
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Just a seven minute walk away, Union Market is warehouse full of dozens of local food artisans and pop-up kitchens. Great place to spend for lunch or dinner in between sightseeing.
Jaleo brought the Spanish tapas craze to DC back in 1993, when its chef was just starting off. More than two decades later, it helped make Jose Andres into one of the most famous chefs in the world.
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Jaleo
480 7th Street Northwest
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Jaleo brought the Spanish tapas craze to DC back in 1993, when its chef was just starting off. More than two decades later, it helped make Jose Andres into one of the most famous chefs in the world.
You can't go wrong with the burgers and milkshakes here, brought to DC from 'Top Chef' finalist Spike Mendelsohn.
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Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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You can't go wrong with the burgers and milkshakes here, brought to DC from 'Top Chef' finalist Spike Mendelsohn.
Le Diplomate is the hottest table in town, which means regular VIP sightings (it's one of Michele Obama's favorites). Everything - the food, the wine, the decor - makes this French bistro a must.
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Le Diplomate
1601 14th Street Northwest
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Le Diplomate is the hottest table in town, which means regular VIP sightings (it's one of Michele Obama's favorites). Everything - the food, the wine, the decor - makes this French bistro a must.
The name says it all - every bit of hype this pie shack has earned is well-earned. There's also a food truck, which you might catch dishing out pies throughout the city.
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Dangerously Delicious Pies
1339 H Street Northeast
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The name says it all - every bit of hype this pie shack has earned is well-earned. There's also a food truck, which you might catch dishing out pies throughout the city.
Nothing makes a D.C. resident more gleeful than a bottomless mimosa brunch. Agora is one of the best options, with $30 getting you both bottomless mimosas and Mediterranean-inspired tapas.
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Agora
1527 17th Street Northwest
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Nothing makes a D.C. resident more gleeful than a bottomless mimosa brunch. Agora is one of the best options, with $30 getting you both bottomless mimosas and Mediterranean-inspired tapas.
For $35, you'll get all-you-can-eat brunch food at this fantastic Spanish tapas joint. Of course, the customary DC offering of bottomless mimosas is included in this deal.
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Masa 14
1825 14th St NW
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For $35, you'll get all-you-can-eat brunch food at this fantastic Spanish tapas joint. Of course, the customary DC offering of bottomless mimosas is included in this deal.
There's a reason this local sandwich shop has become a go-to favorite of President Obama and locals around the city. They offer exemplary sandwich options with fresh ingredients.
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Taylor Gourmet
485 K Street Northwest
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There's a reason this local sandwich shop has become a go-to favorite of President Obama and locals around the city. They offer exemplary sandwich options with fresh ingredients.
A great place to stop for a healthy snack or lunch. Their smoothies are fantastic, and the fact that they're loaded with protein is a nice added benefit :)
Protein Bar & Kitchen
398 7th St NW
A great place to stop for a healthy snack or lunch. Their smoothies are fantastic, and the fact that they're loaded with protein is a nice added benefit :)
Essentials
Almost anything you might want to stock up on can be found here. Huge beer and wine selection, as well as a hot bar for lunch during the day.
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Harris Teeter
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Almost anything you might want to stock up on can be found here. Huge beer and wine selection, as well as a hot bar for lunch during the day.
Arts & Culture
A god-send for music lovers, 9:30 Club is undoubtably one of the best music venues in the country. Musicians flock here from around the world to perform to the famously intimate crowds. 930.com
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9:30
815 V Street Northwest
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A god-send for music lovers, 9:30 Club is undoubtably one of the best music venues in the country. Musicians flock here from around the world to perform to the famously intimate crowds. 930.com
If you like art but are overwhelmed by the more popular Smithsonian museums, the Phillips Collection offers an intimate modern art collection tucked away from the crowds.
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菲利普美术馆
1600 21st Street Northwest
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If you like art but are overwhelmed by the more popular Smithsonian museums, the Phillips Collection offers an intimate modern art collection tucked away from the crowds.
Sightseeing
Washington's main cultural jewel along the picturesque Potomac River. Two insider tips: there are often free shows for the public, and the Center's rooftop offers spectacular views of the DC skyline.
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约翰·肯尼迪表演艺术中心
2700 F Street Northwest
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Washington's main cultural jewel along the picturesque Potomac River. Two insider tips: there are often free shows for the public, and the Center's rooftop offers spectacular views of the DC skyline.
Famous for its tiered fountains, MHP is a favorite for locals in the summer - particularly for picnics. On Sundays, don't miss the drum circle in the center of the park!
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子午线山公园
16th Street Northwest
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Famous for its tiered fountains, MHP is a favorite for locals in the summer - particularly for picnics. On Sundays, don't miss the drum circle in the center of the park!
The home of the Washington Nationals, there's no better way to spend a nice summer or fall evening. Tickets can be found cheap, and there is a beer garden right outside the park itself.
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Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street Southeast
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The home of the Washington Nationals, there's no better way to spend a nice summer or fall evening. Tickets can be found cheap, and there is a beer garden right outside the park itself.
While it's one of my favorite museums in DC, it has a steep $22.95 entrance fee. But what you get for it - a unique museum documenting the history of news coverage in America - is a sight to behold.
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新闻博物馆
555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
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While it's one of my favorite museums in DC, it has a steep $22.95 entrance fee. But what you get for it - a unique museum documenting the history of news coverage in America - is a sight to behold.
If you go to one museum during your entire visit, make it this one. It consists of the largest collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the world. And like all Smithsonian's, it's free!
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Avenue Southwest
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If you go to one museum during your entire visit, make it this one. It consists of the largest collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the world. And like all Smithsonian's, it's free!
While it may seem far, the National Zoo is easily accessible via the Metro (and free!) Be sure to see Bao Bao, the panda cub that became Washington's youngest celebrity when she was born in late-2013.
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国立动物园
3001 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
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While it may seem far, the National Zoo is easily accessible via the Metro (and free!) Be sure to see Bao Bao, the panda cub that became Washington's youngest celebrity when she was born in late-2013.
Name an important historical document (Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights) and it's most likely displayed. But more importantly, 'National Treasure' was filmed here!
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National Archives Building
700 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
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Name an important historical document (Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights) and it's most likely displayed. But more importantly, 'National Treasure' was filmed here!
Amid this sprawling 624 acre park lies more 400,000 graves for the men and women that have served the United States. As our National Cemetery, this also includes the graves of many past Presidents.
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阿灵顿公墓
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Amid this sprawling 624 acre park lies more 400,000 graves for the men and women that have served the United States. As our National Cemetery, this also includes the graves of many past Presidents.
Ask most D.C. locals, and they won't even know this exists. Operating as a shipping canal from 1831 until 1924, this is a great place to escape from the crowds for a nice, picturesque walk.
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C&O Canal Mile Marker 0
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Ask most D.C. locals, and they won't even know this exists. Operating as a shipping canal from 1831 until 1924, this is a great place to escape from the crowds for a nice, picturesque walk.
Built in 1765, this building is the last Pre-Revolutionary War Colonial building on its original foundation in DC. The park is easy to miss walking down M St, and gorgeous in the spring and summer.
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岩溪公园
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Built in 1765, this building is the last Pre-Revolutionary War Colonial building on its original foundation in DC. The park is easy to miss walking down M St, and gorgeous in the spring and summer.
When there is an issue affecting the American public, this is where they come to protest our nation's leaders. This includes in 1963, when MLK Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream Speech."
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林肯纪念堂
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle Northwest
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When there is an issue affecting the American public, this is where they come to protest our nation's leaders. This includes in 1963, when MLK Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream Speech."
One of the most picturesque bike trails on the entire East Coast, you can rent a Bikeshare at one of many stations and take this downhill trail to the National Mall.
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Rock Creek Parkway Northwest
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One of the most picturesque bike trails on the entire East Coast, you can rent a Bikeshare at one of many stations and take this downhill trail to the National Mall.
If you didn't book a tour 3-6 months in advance, you won't be getting inside. But you can still walk the general perimeter and take a look at the home of President Obama.
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美国白宫
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
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If you didn't book a tour 3-6 months in advance, you won't be getting inside. But you can still walk the general perimeter and take a look at the home of President Obama.
The seat of our nation's Congress. In order to take an official tour of the U.S. Capitol, reservations are required. Given a few weeks advanced notice, I can do my best to help you get tickets.
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美国国会大厦游客中心
First St NE
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The seat of our nation's Congress. In order to take an official tour of the U.S. Capitol, reservations are required. Given a few weeks advanced notice, I can do my best to help you get tickets.
The center of our nation's judicial branch. The schedule is online, and all hearings are open to the public on a first-come basis. If you have some time to kill, highly recommend trying to attend.
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美国最高法院
1 First Street Northeast
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The center of our nation's judicial branch. The schedule is online, and all hearings are open to the public on a first-come basis. If you have some time to kill, highly recommend trying to attend.
The research library that serves the U.S. Congress, the perfect place to get some work done or simply take a break from a busy day of sightseeing. It's next door neighbors to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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国会图书馆
101 Independence Avenue Southeast
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The research library that serves the U.S. Congress, the perfect place to get some work done or simply take a break from a busy day of sightseeing. It's next door neighbors to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A perfect afternoon trip, Old Town Alexandria is a beautifully preserved historic district that traces its history back to the founding of our country. Spectacular waterfront and boutique shops.
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Old Town
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A perfect afternoon trip, Old Town Alexandria is a beautifully preserved historic district that traces its history back to the founding of our country. Spectacular waterfront and boutique shops.
One of the nicest views of the Potomac River, much of this park - including the landscaping and fountain - is brand new. On a typical weekend, you'll find it full of families with their kids and dogs!
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乔治敦海滨公园
3303 Water Street Northwest
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One of the nicest views of the Potomac River, much of this park - including the landscaping and fountain - is brand new. On a typical weekend, you'll find it full of families with their kids and dogs!
One of the most under-the-radar attractions in DC, this 446-acre escape is idyllic on a nice summer afternoon. Very rarely gets crowded, and a great place to snap some pictures.
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美国国家植物园
3501 New York Avenue Northeast
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One of the most under-the-radar attractions in DC, this 446-acre escape is idyllic on a nice summer afternoon. Very rarely gets crowded, and a great place to snap some pictures.
Shopping
One of the city's best menswear stores and one of just a few locations in the world, I worked here for a few months and loved their functional take on menswear favorites. They specialize in bags!
Jack Spade
1250 Wisconsin Ave NW
One of the city's best menswear stores and one of just a few locations in the world, I worked here for a few months and loved their functional take on menswear favorites. They specialize in bags!
If you need to stock up on some essentials, or simply want to splurge, look no further. Prices are generally 40-70% off department store prices, and they have great deals on name-brand sunglasses.
Nordstrom Rack Downtown DC
1800 L Street Northwest
If you need to stock up on some essentials, or simply want to splurge, look no further. Prices are generally 40-70% off department store prices, and they have great deals on name-brand sunglasses.
While locals love to complain how "far" Pentagon City is, it's actually extremely accessible and has very high quality stores. The best mall in the immediate D.C.-metro area.
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Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
1100 S Hayes St
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While locals love to complain how "far" Pentagon City is, it's actually extremely accessible and has very high quality stores. The best mall in the immediate D.C.-metro area.
Drinks & Nightlife
If you like beer, welcome to the craft beer mecca that is ChurchKey! This behemoth has more than 50 drafts divided by flavor profile and great happy hour specials during the week.
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ChurchKey
1337 14th Street Northwest
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If you like beer, welcome to the craft beer mecca that is ChurchKey! This behemoth has more than 50 drafts divided by flavor profile and great happy hour specials during the week.
P.O.V. (Point of View), the W Hotel’s rooftop bar, is a must—it overlooks the White House. Drinks will cost you a pretty penny, but are no doubt worth it on a picturesque evening.
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POV Rooftop
515 15th Street Northwest
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P.O.V. (Point of View), the W Hotel’s rooftop bar, is a must—it overlooks the White House. Drinks will cost you a pretty penny, but are no doubt worth it on a picturesque evening.
It might be out of the way, but it's truly one of the hidden gems of the city. They're everything: a neighborhood restaurant, bakery, coffee shop and wine bar. Lots of prime outdoor seating!
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Room 11
3234 11th St NW
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It might be out of the way, but it's truly one of the hidden gems of the city. They're everything: a neighborhood restaurant, bakery, coffee shop and wine bar. Lots of prime outdoor seating!
If you're exploring the U Street corridor, a stop at our local gay sports bar is a must. It gets packed during happy hour and on weekends, and has surprisingly good bar food for a pre-9:30 Club meal.
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Nellie's Sports Bar
900 U St NW
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If you're exploring the U Street corridor, a stop at our local gay sports bar is a must. It gets packed during happy hour and on weekends, and has surprisingly good bar food for a pre-9:30 Club meal.
While it can get rowdy during happy hour, this wine bar has one of the city's nicest outdoor terraces and fantastic drinks.
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Barcelona Wine Bar
1622 14th Street Northwest
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While it can get rowdy during happy hour, this wine bar has one of the city's nicest outdoor terraces and fantastic drinks.
This brewery has great crafted drafts and bites that can be described as elevated comfort food. The interior has the appeal of an outdoor beer garden. Get there early, as it gets crowded fast!
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Right Proper Brewing Company
624 T Street Northwest
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This brewery has great crafted drafts and bites that can be described as elevated comfort food. The interior has the appeal of an outdoor beer garden. Get there early, as it gets crowded fast!
Drink where the locals drink at this newly opened oyster bar. Along with perfectly crafted cocktails for happy hour, oysters are half off!
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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
1612 14th Street Northwest
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Drink where the locals drink at this newly opened oyster bar. Along with perfectly crafted cocktails for happy hour, oysters are half off!
Everything Else
This functions as Washington's hub for Amtrak trains, among other transit options. It's a five block walk from our apartment, and also has a Metro station on the Red Line.
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联合车站
50 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
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This functions as Washington's hub for Amtrak trains, among other transit options. It's a five block walk from our apartment, and also has a Metro station on the Red Line.