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Dupont Circle: Best Restaurants and Shops

Dupont Circle: Best Restaurants and Shops

Dupont Circle is one of my favorite DC neighborhoods to wander around, eat and window shop. (Plus, they have a killer farmer’s market on Sundays!)

Here are some of my favorite restaurants and shops in this historic neighborhood.


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Top Food Picks

Pizzeria Paradiso
This spot is arguably DC’s top pizzeria, and with a robust global craft beer menu, it’s also the perfect way to start a DC night out on the town. For a pizza with a hearty kick, try the Atomica with spicy salami, hot pepper flakes and tangy kalamata olives.
$$ (2003 P Street NW, 202.223.1245)

Lauriol Plaza
Forget Puxatony Phil’s prediction… You’ll know spring has officially arrived when hoards of sun-starved Washingtonians head to the popular Lauriol Plaza for a pitcher of tart margaritas and some of DC’s best Mexican food.
$$-$$$ (1835 18th Street NW, 202.387.0035)

Julia’s Empanadas
During the day, it’s easy to walk by this little storefront along Connecticut Avenue, but as night falls, the crowds converge on this late night hot spot, vying for the fresh hand-held pastries filled with flavorful ingredients like chorizo, chicken, ground beef and spinach.
$ (1221 Connecticut Ave NW, 202.861.8828)

Top Shopping Picks 

Kramerbooks & Afterwords
If you’re a bookstore aficionado, be prepared to lose hours walking amongst Kramerbooks’ crowded shelves filled with quirky and hard to find paperbacks. Hungry? There’s also a bustling cafe on site open 24 hours on the weekend serving everything from breakfast to late night cocktails (hence, the “Afterwords”).
(1517 Connecticut Ave NW, 202.387.1462)

Walking into Beadazzled’s crafty haven, you’re instantly inspired to create. Hundreds of cups of color-coordinated and glittering beads await, where you can mix and match to your hearts delight. Friendly staff are on hand as well, to provide advice or to help get you started on your jewelry masterpiece.
(1507 Connecticut Ave NW, 202.265.2323)

Proper Topper
Whether you’re dressing for the Royal Wedding, the Kentucky Derby or just a day at the beach, Proper Topper will satisfy all hat needs for both him and her. But wait, there’s more! Besides hats, there’s also a stylish array of accessories, scarves, clothing and gifts.
(1350 Connecticut Avenue NW, 202.842.3055)

Providing some of the best window shopping in Dupont Circle, Tabletop draws you in with it’s funky and functional collection of housewares, decor and gifts. Whether you’re looking to spend a little or a lot, there’s something for every budget.
(1608 20th Street NW, 202.387.7117)

Have you been to Dupont Circle? What are your favorite spots?

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