If you follow me on Instagram, you would know I’ve been pretty busy this last week and a half. I’ve been bouncing around the East Coast!
I started the trip off by freezing my buns off in Washington DC! Lol!
I was there to visit my friend Jiesi. I seriously love our nation’s capital. It’s so fun and full of so much history! Plus, now that my close friend lives there I have an excuse to go as often as I can! How gorgeous is Jiesi?!
I was so inspired by the city that I decided to put together a little DC Local Love post for you!
What is Local Love?
It’s literally all of the places I love in an area when I’m there. I may even try to interview some bloggers from around the country to get their Local Love Lists (if you’re a blogger and you’re interested hit me up!) But basically below I made a list of my favorite spots in the area, that I consider a must visit in this city. I hope to do this kind of post more regularly. It’s my way of showing some love to the great cities of this country and the businesses operating within them.
And what better way to kick it off than to start in our nation’s capital, right? Perfect!
Seriously THE CUTEST shop in Washington DC serving daily-made gelato & expertly crafted coffee drinks. They started out in a tiny kitchen in Georgetown, and now serve in 5 locations and several downtown farmers’ markets. Not only do they serve my favorite cold brew, Stumptown Coffee, but they have Gelato pops! I hung out at their Logan circle location while in DC, it’s in such a cute area, right on adorable 14th street. Definitely a great place to hang out and work.
Okay so apparently in DC, cupcakes are like, a big deal. I’ve heard theres a ton of places that will literally have a line out the door. Jiesi brought me home a cupcake from Red Velvet and it was soo delicious, but I also recommend checking out Georgetown Cupcake, Baked and Wired, and of course Sprinkles.
First, Jack Rose. This is one of the coolest bars in DC. The walls are shelved floor to ceiling, stocked with hundreds of Whiskeys, Bourbons, and Scotches. I love the ambiance here. The people are cool, they’re there for a good stiff drink without all the fake syrup fruity stuff.
Now for Dram and Grain. Named one of the Top 21 Best New Bars in the USA by Thrillist, this place is seriously RAD. Located underneath Jack Rose, this speakeasy requires you text them in order to get a seat at their bar. With just a few seats, you can expect some serious cocktail magic to happen downstairs. They aren’t open every night, and if you do manage to get a reservation, you’ll enter through a door back behind the restrooms. It’s worth it! The bartenders are skilled and can make you pretty much anything.
If you’re looking for Asian food, this is the place to go. There is a ramen bar downstairs (Daikaya) and a full restaurant upstairs (Izakaya). We had dinner at Izakaya. The decor is sooo rad. You feel like you’re in Asia. We asked our waitress to pick a few things and send it out, it’s all tapas style. I recommend you do the same, everything is SO good!
If you’re looking for something quick, delicious, and healthy Sweetgreen a must try! It’s literally my favorite. Founded in 2007 in DC, Sweetgreen sources organic ingredients from local farmers, supporting the communities around their locations. I personally love the Avocabbo, but everything is good. Check out their story:
I’m a reaaaal sucker for Chef Michael Mina Restaurants, and Bourbon Steak in DC definitely does not disappoint. I always order the flight of fries, SO GOOD, and the signature Michael Mina root beer float with chocolate chip cookies. My mouth is literally watering just thinking about it. The restaurant is located inside the Four Season in Georgetown, with a super chic bar. Every time I go this bar I meet great people from the DC area. Definitely a must visit spot in DC.
This place is right on Capitol Hill. Food is amazing, and you’ll probably run in to some lobbyists or Senators if you dine here. The bar is great for drinks before or after Dinner. The bartenders and manager has been there forever so definitely say hi and ask them to show you where President JFK and First Lady Jackie loved to sit!
[The best desert with our friends Julian and Paul]
This place is seriously so Moulin Rouge. Jiesi and I went here on Saturday night. The inside of the lounge is all gold and red with the most elegant decor. A giant stage upstairs through a window with random Burlesque performances through out the night. Head here if you’re ready for a fun night out with your friends. They serve dinner, and turn into a lounge/nightclub around 10:30/11. Apparently they also do an amazing Sunday party brunch. Ill definitely be checking it out next time I head to DC.
Open since 1856, Old Ebbitt was Washington’s oldest saloon. They’ve had multiple locations in DC, but all of which have been graced by the presence of notable statesmen and celebrities. Their menu has mostly comfort foods, but is so extensive there is something for everyone. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and are open late night. I personally love the chili. It’s so yummy! Oh, and the oysters! So good. Definitely a historic spot and a favorite of DC locals.
Well that’s all folks! I think I’ve come up with a pretty good list.
DC locals, do you have any other recommendations? I would definitely love to know for my next visit! Let me know in the comments below so I can add it to my list!
Anyway, I hope you are all having a great week. I am currently icing my knee 🙁 I think I hurt it running around DC and Harry Potter world. It’s so swollen!
Oh! And get excited, because later this week I’ll be posting all the pictures from my adventures at Universal Studios in Orlando for my good friend Jordan’s bachelorette party. I know two Jordans, its confusing, but the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is literally insane. The detail is crazy.
Anyway I wish you all a wonderful week and happy almost Valentine’s Day!