Washington D.C. is a vibe. From Howard University Homecoming to the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference, it seems like there’s always something to do or see in “Chocolate City.” Not to mention, the city has some of the best restaurants, nightlife and cultural attractions along the entire East Coast.
But if you’ve never been, you may not know how to map out your visit. During your next trip to the nation’s capitol, visit D.C. local Andréa Richardson’s favorites for the ultimate insider experience.
Canopy by Hilton Washington DC The Wharf You’ll fall in love with the Canopy DC Wharf as soon as you walk through its doors. Not only does the hotel have an unbeatable location, the hotel features stunning waterfront views of the Potomac River — which is just footsteps away! Not to mention, the hotel is situated in the vibrant Southwest Waterfront, which features some of the city’s best restaurants, shops and attractions. While there, don’t forget to check out Whiskey Charlie for the ultimate rooftop bar experience. Why She Loves It: The rooms are spacious with everything an on-the-go person looking for good integration of work life and a healthy social life would need. Photo: Courtesy of Canopy by Hilton Washington DC The Wharf
Kith/Kin in Washington D.C. Known as one of D.C.’s best up-and-coming restaurants, Kith/Kin is not only delicious, but also Black owned! Helmed by former “Top Chef” contestant, Kwame Onwuachi, the Afro-Caribbean restaurant is a labor of love, pulling from Onwuachi’s blend of Nigerian, Jamaican and American heritage. Your mouth will start watering as soon as you look at the menu, which serves up uniquely crafted dishes such as oxtail cavatelli, salmon escovitch, braised oxtails with jasmine rice, pigeon peas and oxtail jus tropical cream parfait and assorted sorbet. Why She Loves It: As a person of West Indian descent I am always on the lookout for authentic flavors inspired by the Caribbean. Kith & Kin certainly delivers just that! Photographed by Maya Darasaw, Mad Works Photography
The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy Washington D.C. has never had a shortage of nightlife options. But with so many options to choose from, it can be hard to determine the spot with the best “vibes.” The Alex is a speakeasy that is perfect for any crowd — it’s cozy, intimate and, of course, has unique cocktails. Located inside The Graham Georgetown, The Alex also plays live Jazz music on Saturdays, making it great for a date night, or a girl’s night on the town. Why She Loves It: The drinks alone are an experience and overall, it’s a super fun vibe. Photo: Courtesy of Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy
Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge You can’t visit the DMV (as it is affectionately called), without getting some good ‘ol seafood. And if you’re on the hunt for some of the best — Chef Tobias Dorzon’s Union Distict Oyster Bar will most definitely hit the spot. The former NFL player and personal chef opened this eatery last year in Union Market, and it’s since become a local favorite serving up a range of oysters, seafood dishes, and brick-oven pizza. Why She Loves It: After 11pm on Fridays & Saturdays the upper level lounge area is open. It’s a great after dinner spot. Photo: Courtesy of Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge
National Museum of African American History & Culture Washington D.C. has a beautiful, rich Black history that must be experienced (and shared) by all. Thankfully, the National Museum of African American History & Culture is making it easier than ever for us to learn about our history in a unique and beautiful way. Why She Loves It: It’s a highly recommended experience for anyone visiting D.C. no matter their background. African-American history is a cornerstone of American history. Photographed by Maya Darasaw, Mad Works Photography
Pinstripes Looking for some casual fun in D.C.? Beers, burgers and bowling will do just the trick. Pinstripes in Georgetown not only gives you an excuse to visit this great neighborhood, it’s a great place for a friend’s night out over bowling and bocce ball. Why She Loves It: This is definitely the type of place you can spend 3 or more hours in the company of family or friends while enjoying delicious food and beverages. Photographed by Maya Darasaw, Mad Works Photography
Shops at The Wharf It’s time to shop until you drop! And you’ve come to the right place. With a range of locally owned boutiques, and brand favorites, you’ll find something for everyone (or just yourself, if you choose) when shopping at The Wharf! Photo: Courtesy of The Wharf – Washington, D.C