It’s difficult to describe the eclectic neighborhood vibe that radiates from the famous Dupont Circle. With a glorious fountain at its epicenter, the Circle looks out on lush Victorian mansions, delicious cafes and fancy embassies. You’ll also find bohemian boutiques, upscale shops, and dive bars nearby. There is a niche for every kind of traveler in this diverse neighborhood, and visitors could easily spend hours, if not days, lost in the surrounding streets. So book a budget hotel in Washington D.C. and consult this eclectic list of some of the most popular spots to visit in Dupont Circle:
Relax in Dupont Circle’s Green Space
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The real reason for visiting Dupont Circle is to see the Circle itself. With a gorgeous marble fountain as its centerpiece, the Circle is made up of a wide sidewalk, lush foliage and soft, green grass. You’ll easily find a quiet place to lounge or a heated chess match to observe. Don’t be surprised if music suddenly erupts, as the Circle is a popular place for impromptu musical performances. If you love to people watch, Dupont Circle is the place to do it.
Stroll Down Memory Lane
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One of the most exciting aspects of the Dupont Circle neighborhood is the eclectic mix of historical buildings. From the gorgeous mansions that line Embassy Row to the upscale Strivers’ Section that once housed Frederick Douglass, you’ll find dozens of famously historical homes. Some other notable stops on your tour should include the mysterious and intriguing Mansion on O Street, the Brewmaster’s Castle, and Woodrow Wilson’s House.
Get Your Cultural Fix
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Whether you’re a history buff or traveling with kids, you’ll find fantastic cultural collections in Dupont Circle. Some of the more interesting sites include the National Geographic Museum, which offers fascinating exhibits, films, and concerts, the Phillips Collection featuring the art critic’s private inventory, and the Hillyer Art Space, presenting quirky, international pieces in one of the hippest galleries in town.
Eat (and Drink) Your Heart Out
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One of the most popular activities in Dupont Circle is eating the delectable foods on offer in the neighborhood’s cafes, boutique eateries, and upscale restaurants. Local favorites are always a safe bet so be sure to peruse the fantastic book collection in Kramerbooks before tucking yourself away in the Afterwords Cafe. Sample the fried clams and popcorn shrimp at Hank’s Oyster Bar or sip on an impressive array of international brews at the Bier Baron tavern. For dessert, pop over to the quirky and beloved Mr. Yogato for delicious fro-yo and Nintendo games.
Shop the Sunday Farmer’s Market
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Farmers’ markets are always a great place to find souvenirs and gifts, or to just enjoy a sunny afternoon full of snacks and people watching. The FRESHFARM Sunday Market in Dupont Circle is no exception, offering up products that come from within a 150-mile radius of Washington D.C. Pick up a fresh bouquet of flowers, sample local cheeses and artisanal breads, or try an array of pickled foods while perusing the goods on offer. The market is open from 9:30 a.m. to 1p.m. January to March and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April to December.