Summer 2017 Guide to D.C.

Summer 2017 Guide to D.C.

D.C. summers can bring sweltering heats and non-stop thunderstorms, but that doesn't mean you should stay inside. Take advantage of all the incredible options available to you and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant food, shopping and cultural scenes. Keep reading for some of our favorite spots in the nation's capital, and for more great recommendations, read our D.C. Summer Work Files here and our foodie guide here.


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1. Via Gypset: Well curated yet affordable vintage can feel impossible to come by, but Via Gypset balances both facets perfectly in their adorable Dupont Circle shop. The boutique has just enough clutter to please seasoned thrifters, but is well organized and accessible enough for casual shoppers as well. They offer everything from vintage wedding dresses to quirky looks from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and your next favorite slouchy band tee. 

2. Chaia: If you find yourself in Georgetown, you have to stop by Chaia for a quick bite to eat. The vegan "farm to taco" menu features seasonal produce, sides and deliciously refreshing juices and teas that are perfect for combatting muggy D.C. summers. The fast-casual restaurant has quickly become a local favorite and if you take your tacos to go, you can enjoy them along the C&O canal or Georgetown waterfront nearby. 

3. 9:30 Club: This is definitely my favorite concert venue in DC. 9:30 Club has an amazing, low-key atmosphere and attracts great acts on a daily basis. With most tickets fetching for under $30, you can catch some incredible artists and discover more up and coming acts at affordable prices. This summer, performers include Sylvan Esso, Lupe Fiasco, BANKS, Royal Blood and more. After the concert, don't forget to head down the street for a late night bite at Ben's Chili Bowl.  

4. Compass Rose: This bar and restaurant transforms street foods sourced from around the globe into appealing dinner plates. From reimagined poke, grilled calamari or Kakuni steamed buns, to falafel and their signature Khachapuri cheese filled bread, Compass Rose is perfect for adventurous foodies. They also boast an impressive craft beer and wine list, which are particularly delightful when enjoyed against the restaurant's dreamy, candlelight backdrop.


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1. Founding Farmers: Owned and supplied by family farms across the U.S., Founding Farmers is the perfect summer lunch spot. Just a few blocks from the White House, the cozy interior consists of ceiling-to-floor wooden panels and handmade tables. Their menus can be found online, and "inspired by our country's rich culinary tradition, including our versions of all-American classics, as well as innovative creations based on a wide range of American cuisine." I love the cranberry & brie vegetable burger, and their signature beignets, "Uncle Buck's Beignets," are sublime. 

2. National Museum of Women in the Arts: The National Museum of Women in the Arts is a one-of-a-kind museum, dedicated to showcasing the impact of talented women artists around the world. This summer, relive your favorite SOSC class in an exhibition entitled From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir, an exploration of de Beauvoir's works and writings. According to the Museum's website, "This installation invites visitors to reflect on Beauvoir’s impact, not only in her time and not only as a feminist, but in our own time and in the areas of literature, philosophy, and popular culture."

3. Georgetown Cupcake: A summer in D.C. isn't complete without visiting (and waiting in line at) Georgetown Cupcake. Due to the quality ingredients used, the range of flavors offered, seasonal assortments, and vegan and gluten-free options, Georgetown Cupcake has become a major DC tourist attraction and is featured on TLC's DC Cupcakes and Cupcake Cam LIVE. My favorite flavor is the Milk Chocolate Birthday (or, if I'm feeling adventurous, the Double Milk Chocolate Birthday), covered in a divine milk chocolate buttercream frosting.

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