Hipsters Guide to Visiting Washington, DC

Washington, DC has no shortage of fine restaurants, hip bars, museums and activities and eclectic neighborhoods to explore.  Whether your visiting for a few hours, a long weekend or several days, I will try to help you avoid the obvious sights and the hoards of tourists, (although that might be impossible during the summer) and experience DC from a locals point of view.   I have compiled a list of where the DC Hipsters like to Sip with the best views, where to grab a quick bite with a scene, where to Stay and what to See during your visit to our Nations Capital, Washington, DC.


Washington, DC is best seen from the top. Enjoy the view while you sip cocktails at one of these fantastic Roof Top Bars.

W Hotel POV - 515 15th St NW
Overlooks the White House and surrounding areas.

The Graham Hotel Observatory Rooftop - 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Overlooks Georgetown and surrounding area.

DNV Rooftop Lounge Donovan Hotel - 1155 14th Street
Overlooks downtown DC.  Select Sunday nights feature DJs and pool party.

Preferred Eats - 

There are so many places to eat in Washington, DC its hard to choose the best.   So, I have selected a few of my favorites.  They are all guaranteed to please, offering excellent food and a hip scene day or night.

Central Michel Richard -1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW The Best Fried Chicken and pomme frites in town.

Cafe Milano - 3251 Prospect St NW Italian in Georgetown. A hipsters scene. Excellent Italian food and service. A Washington Institution.

Le Diplomate - 1601 14th street French brasserie serving amazing steaks and seafood and Sunday brunch.  A tough reservation to get but well worth it.

Burger Tap and Shake - 2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW,  Perfect for a quick stop or break from city touring.  Features a wide range of burgers, shakes, beers, and cocktails - near Foggy Bottom Metro.


Looking for a well situated hotel, modern atmosphere and luxurious rooms?  I got you covered with four outstanding hotel options.

W Hotel - 515 15th Street, NW Near the White House.
Uber hip hotel with excellent location and beautiful contemporary rooms.

The Four Seasons - 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.  Located in Georgetown.
The Four Seasons does not disappoint, this hotel is true luxury.  The interiors are beautiful and modern.  The Lounge at Bourbon Steak is a great place to grab a drink and people watch as its packed with beautiful people.

Ritz Carlton - Georgetown or M Street Locations
Both locations are the epitome of Ritz Carlton luxury and service.  Beautifully decorated with sleek modern furnishings.

Willard Intercontinental Hotel - 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Stately, traditional interiors.


National Mall and Smithsonian Museums

No visit to DC is complete without a trip to the National Mall and the Smithsonian Museums. The Mall is lined with monuments and amazing (free) Smithsonian museums. We prefer the National Gallery of Art, chock full of contemporary and modern art, the American History Museum where you can see the original American Flag and the National Air and Space Museum, a fun and interactive place for kids and families.

The views from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capital are spectacular, especially at night.


The Potomac River isn't exactly known for having Caribbean blue waters, but it does provide a fun outlet for fun in the sun. Along the banks of the river just outside Georgetown, Fletchers Boat house rents kayaks, row boats and stand up paddle boards. Take a break from tourists and crowds and enjoy some adventure and water fun.

Double Decker - hop-on hop-off bus

Relax and see the city in a day with the convenient hop-on hop-off bus.  Although far from luxury, you can't beat the convenience of the City Sights tour bus.  You will see every thing DC has to offer including the White House, US Capitol, National Mall, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Georgetown waterfront, Arlington National Cemetery and much more!

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