A Grad Student’s Guide to D.C. & Beyond

In general, if someone wanted to find a grad student, they’d have better luck in the library than a hopping coffee shop or restaurant in D.C. While there’s always work to be done, it is also important to make time to explore the vibrant neighborhoods in the city and its surrounding area.

We asked several graduate students about their favorite destinations and neighborhoods so that if you happen to find yourself with some free time or want to take a break for an adventure, you have some great choices with a grad student stamp of approval!

Enticing Food & Drinks

Baked & Wired
If you’re looking for: Coffee, Baked Goods
Highlight: Decent cappuccino
Closest Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom
Website: http://bakedandwired.com/

"Creative Commons Baked & Wired" by ephien is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Creative Commons Baked & Wired” by ephien is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Kramer Books & Afterwords

If you’re looking for: Books and Dessert
Highlight: Death by Chocolate
Closest Metro Stop: Dupont Circle
Website: http://www.kramers.com/index.html

“Creative Commons Untitled” by Chris Staley is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Creative Commons Untitled” by Chris Staley is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mad Hatter
If you’re looking for: Brunch
Highlight: Bottomless mimosas
Closest Metro Stop: Dupont Circle
Website: http://www.madhatterdc.com/

Bistro Bohem
If you’re looking for: Central European Cuisine
Highlight: Pierogies
Closest Metro Stop: Shaw
Website: http://www.bistrobohem.com/

Bistro Bistro
If you’re looking for: French Cuisine
Highlights: Authentic, fancy or casual
Closest Metro Stop: Dupont Circle
Website: http://www.bistrobistrodc.com/

Round Robin at the Willard Hotel
(and other historic hotels near the Capitol) If you’re looking for: Drinks, Late-night Eats
Highlights: Gorgeous lobby, wonderful old Washington feel, open late (gourmet food even at 3am!)
Closest Metro Stop: Gallery Place
Website : http://washington.intercontinental.com/food-drink/round-robin-scotch-bar

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“Creative Commons The Willard Hotel” by David is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Republic
If you’re looking for: Drinks, Organic Food Highlight: High-end cocktails and delicious organic food
Closest Metro Stop: Takoma
Check it out: http://www.republictakoma.com/

Mark’s Kitchen
If you’re looking for: Vegetarian & Vegan Food (Non-vegetarian options too!) Highlight: Great place to go if you can’t make up your mind what to eat
Closest Metro Stop: Tacoma
Website: http://www.markskitchen.com/ordereze/splash.html

Martin’s Tavern
If you’re looking for: Quality Beer
Highlight: Have a pint where the Presidents do!
Closest Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom
Website: http://www.martinstavern.com/

Sign of the Whale
If you’re looking for: Cheap Happy Hours Highlight: Free happy hours if you put your name down–you actually win them!
Closest Metro Stop: Farragut North
Website: http://www.signofthewhaledc.com/

"Creative Commons Sign of the Whale" by David Reid is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Creative Commons Sign of the Whale” by David Reid is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busboys & Poets
If you’re looking for: Quality Sustainable Food, Arts & Culture, Working Space Highlight: Good, versatile food and drink options, low key spot where you can work, relax, or enjoy a night out, built-in book store, live poetry readings, multiple locations, open mike nights
Closest Metro Stops: U Street, Gallery Place, Mt. Vernon Square
Website: http://www.busboysandpoets.com

"Creative Commons Busboys and Poets - 5th & K - DC" by Tony Webster is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Creative Commons Busboys and Poets – 5th & K – DC” by Tony Webster is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bilbo Baggins Global Restaurant
If you’re looking for: Fun, Themed Bar
Highlight: Lord of the Rings themed bar w/a special selection of beers and drinks
Closest Metro Stops: Braddock Road, King Street
Website: http://www.bilbobaggins.net/

Adega Wine Cellars & Cafe
If you’re looking for: Delicious Food, Good Service
Highlight: Low key atmosphere, good wine selection
Closest Metro Stop: Silver Spring
Website: http://www.adegawinecellars.com/

Sakuramen
If you’re looking for: Ramen Bar
Highlight: You might actually see yourself finishing the entire bowl, worth the trek and then some!
Closest Metro Stops: Columbia Heights
Website: http://sakuramen.info/web/

Neighborhoods & Areas

Historic Shaw & Howard University
Highlights: Awesome African American history, live music (9:30 Club–intimate concert venue), U Street shops, bars, and restaurants
Metro Stops: Shaw-Howard University, U Street, and Mt. Vernon Square
Learn more: http://washington.org/topics/arts-district-u-street-shaw

Dupont Circle
Highlights: Beautiful brownstones, lots of embassies, outdoor chess games, tons of bars and restaurants, shops and galleries
Metro Stop: Dupont Circle
Learn more: http://washington.org/topics/dupont-circle

Adams Morgan 
Highlights: Great for a pub crawl or a good bite, many happy hour and brunch options, international food, boutiques
Metro Stops: Woodley Park-Zoo/AdamsMorgan, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle
Learn more: http://washington.org/topics/adams-morgan

Georgetown
Highlights: Beautiful architecture, history, and good coffee/drinks, walk along water- front or through canals, M Street shops, bars along the riverbank
Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom
Learn more: http://www.georgetowndc.com

“Creative Commons Georgetown - M Street” by Roger Wollstadt is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Creative Commons Georgetown – M Street” by Roger Wollstadt is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Places to Explore

Dumberton Oaks
Highlight: Absolutely stunning, 6th on National Geographic’s Top 10 World Gar- dens List
Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom
Learn More: http://www.doaks.org/

Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Highlights: Free entrance, visit the animals and walk the surrounding trails, baby panda!
Metro Stop: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan
Learn more: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/

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“Creative Commons Bao Bao’s Second Day Outside April, 2, 2014” by Abby Wood, Smithsonian’s National Zoo is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Union Market
Highlights: A foodies dream with tons of deliciousness around every corner!
Metro Stop: Noma-Gallaudet U
Learn more: http://unionmarketdc.com/

Eastern Market
Highlights: Loads of fun for the shopping and people watching, market is vast and includes everything from a flea market
to an absolutely awesome food market, exterior is surrounded by mom-and-pop shops selling anything from soap to goat cheese
Metro Stop: Eastern Market
Learn more: http://www.easternmarketdc.org/

Downtown Silver Spring 
Highlights: Awesome for live music in the square on the weekend, American Film Institute (AFI) where you can get a pint and a popcorn for a reasonable price and watch an independent film
Metro Stop: Silver Spring
Learn more: http://www.downtownsilverspring.com

“Creative Commons It’s A Wonderful Life” by Kevin Harber is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Creative Commons It’s A Wonderful Life”
by Kevin Harber is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Takoma Park
Highlights: Has a super laid back un-D.C. vibe and it is the first nuclear free zone in the country, Sligo Creek is a great walk
Metro Stop: Takoma Park
Learn more: http://www.takomaparkmd.gov/

“Creative Commons sligo.” by brian hefele is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Creative Commons sligo.” by brian hefele is licensed under CC by 2.0

Contributors:

Tuesday Barnes, Melissa Brown, E Young Harris, Hsiang-Yuan Ho, Gordon Rinderknecht, Robert Reynoso, Megan Wilhelm, Moriah Willow

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