Hello Dupont Circle
Just northwest of Downtown and south of Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle is lively, lived-in and very likable. A glut of nearby embassies and a growing residential population has led to Dupont Circle having one of Washington DC’s most enterprising restaurant, café, and bar scenes. And despite its central location, it feels there’s a slower pace of life here. There’s a farmers’ market outside the metro station, and Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café mixes restaurant and bar with an independent bookstore. The leafy haven of Dupont Park is another favorite for slowing down; stop by the fountain for a spot of people-watching. This is a stylish neighborhood too, with a concentration of private art galleries, boutique clothes and gift shops along busy Connecticut Avenue, while 17th Street has become known for its gay-owned businesses, bars, and restaurants. For art lovers, The Phillips Collection houses America’s first museum of modern art, and for free entry to selected galleries, check out First Friday Dupont from 6-8pm on the first Friday of the month.