The cosmopolitan downtown neighborhood in DC offers a combination of sought-after restaurant options, many must-visit museums and high-end shopping places. As the name suggests, Downtown is at the heart of it all here in the capital of the US. From luxury shopping to fun and fine dining, you have many ways to buy happiness in Downtown.
Visit White House Visitor Center to Learn about Presidential History
Before going to take a photo with the White House behind you, or taking a White House tour, you should head to the Visitor Center. It is open seven days per week, and offers an insider’s view of American president’s residence with a virtual tour of not just the White House, but also the artifacts from its collection and a short film about it. The gift shop of the White House Historical Association offers valued and sought after items, including the White House ornaments.
Shop as Much as you Want at CityCenterDC
Another popular destination in Downtown is CityCenterDC. This mixed-use development is spread over many city blocks, and it has luxe brands. Window shop or shop for products of brands such as Paul Stuart, Hermes, Gucci, Christian Dior, Allen Edmonds, and Kate Spade.
Explore World-Class Artworks at the National Gallery of Art
Former US Treasury Secretary and famed financier Andrew Mellon proposed to donate his massive collection of art for launching a national museum. Franklin D. Roosevelt said yes to the offer and in 1937, this art gallery was officially established. The museum is now home to great artworks such as “Ginevra de Benci” by Leonardo da Vinci, “Self Portrait” by Vincent van Gogh, and “Little Dancer Aged 14”. The museum is made up of West and East buildings, adjoined by a concourse walkway with the mesmerizing artwork “Multiverse”. Walking from one of the buildings to the other through this walkway alone will be a memorable experience to you.
Enjoy a Concert at the DAR Constitution Hall
Daughters of the American Revolution National Headquarters double up as a concert venue in Downtown. The DAR Constitution Hall calendar is often full of performances by comedians, touring musicians and special programs. The first level of the property is also home to a museum, devoted to the American Revolution history.
Savor Tasty Bites at CityCenterDC
There are more things to do at CityCenterDC than just shopping. It is also dining location, housing in-demand restaurants such as Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, DBGB Kitchen & Bar, Fig & Olive, and Centrolina. There is also the luxury hotel named Conrad, where “Top Chef” reality competition alumni Michael and Bryan Voltaggio make diners reconsider seafood at Estuary.
Explore the National Museum of Women in the Arts
This is the only museum in the world dedicated to recognizing the creative contributions of women to the world of art. The museum is home to an impressive art collection, including works made by Mary Cassatt, Sarah Bernhardt, and Frida Kahlo. The museum occasionally hosts temporary exhibitions, which will start and end on a specified date. So be sure to check all of the events at National Museum of Women in the Arts before you go.
Have Drinks with a View from Pov Lounge and Terrace
The W Hotel has the POV lounge and terrace, with outdoor and indoor seating, which makes it a great option for having an evening “appertif” drink. The lounge is popular for its Washington DC-themed vibe, creative cocktails and the stunning White House view on offer from here. The POV terrace is so close to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that you can see “Secret Service” on the roof of the White House. If you are lucky, you will be here when the “Marine One” chopper of the President lands on the lawn of the White House.
Discover Urban Sophistication at the ‘Eaton DC’ Hotel
Eaton is technically a hotel containing more than 200 rooms, but it defies the usual definition with a progressive coworking space, a cinema and unique food and drink shops. Acclaimed DC chef named Tim MA has made a menu containing items you have any time of the day. This thoughtful seasonal menu has highlights such as a spaghetti squash ssam and confit-stuffed banh mi. If you are after rooftop vibes, go to Wild Days at Eaton for Asian-inspired taco, best coupled with live music. There is also the photo-worthy Kintsugi, a hybrid of a coffee shop and juice bar, and Allegory, a dimly-lit and sleep cocktail bar with a great drink list.
Have Fun at the National Geographic Museum
This headquarters for both National Geographic TV and Magazine is situated in Downtown, and it is one exciting place. The first level of the building is home to a museum, devoted to all things wild. A 3D film screen featuring special engagements and rotating exhibitions make this offbeat museum one worth checking out during your tours in Washington DC.