A Newcomer’s Guide to Capitol Hill

You can’t come to Washington, D.C. without paying a visit to the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, home to the seat of the country’s government and an incredible restaurant scene. Read on for our recommendations on where you need to go:

See democracy in action with a visit to Congress

Watch the U.S. democratic progress in action during a trip to Congress, where you can observe elected officials debating and discussing legislation. To secure a pass, contact your Senator or Congressperson. You may also head there and visit the Capitol Visitors Center.

East Capitol St NE & First St SE
(202) 226-8000

Eat to your heart’s content on Barracks Row

Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row is a foodie’s dream come true. It’s home to fantastic restaurants like Michelin-studded Pineapple and Pearls, vegetable-centric gourmet spot Garrison, and eclectic gastropub EatBar. And don’t forget to pay a visit to local favorite District Doughnut for coffee and pastries in the morning.

Shop without wearing out your wallet

Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market is the place to go for artisanal crafts, farm-fresh fruits and veggies, and hipster-approved coffee. Head over on a weekend to shop from dozens of local vendors, selling jewelry, produce, clothing, and art.

225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 698-5253

Relax with a refreshing drink (or two)

Once you’ve experienced the food scene and shopped Eastern Market, you’ll definitely be ready for a drink. Our suggestions: have a throwback night at hushed speakeasy Harold Black or toss back happy hour specials at Hank’s Oyster Bar.

Harold Black DC. 212 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003. (202) 627-0994
Hank’s Oyster Bar. 1624 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20009. (202) 462-4265

Check out the Supreme Court

When the Supreme Court is in session, visitors have the chance to walk through and observe the judges trying cases. Whether you’re a super-fan of the notorious RBG (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) or more interested in learning about Chief Justice John Roberts’ philosophies, you’ll love getting to watch history being made at the Court.

1 First St NE, Washington, DC 20543. (202) 479-3000