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Live Like a Local in Washington, D.C.

If you are new to Washington, D.C., welcome! Also, you have a great opportunity to check out some of the best sights that only the locals know about. Sure, you should spend some time visiting the Smithsonian museums, the National Gallery of Art, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. But, once you are bored with that stuff, grab a friend and explore these less well-known destinations.

Where Do Washingtonians Dine?

One of the great things about the District of Columbia is that it is incredibly cosmopolitan. Nowhere is this more evident than in its food offerings. There are excellent restaurants serving just about any cuisine you can imagine. The best place for Mediterranean food is Zaytinya. This is the second DC restaurant (the first is Jaleo) for world-renowned chef Jose Andres. The buzzy restaurant features delicious flatbread, octopus, and Brussel sprouts.

If you prefer Indian food, head down to Penn Quarter where you will find Rasika. Chef Vikram Sunderam takes a contemporary look at traditional Indian favorites like flavorful curries, crispy palak chaat, and more.

If you prefer dishes that are closer to home, the Blue Duck Tavern Georgetown is the place to go. Their American cuisine is regularly voted among the best in the city by the Washington Post, the Washington Association of Metropolitan Washington, Zagat, and Washingtonian. We recommend their apple pie.

Shop Like the Locals

At the intersection of dining and shopping in Washington, you find Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café. As the name may suggest, this is a combination of bookstore and café. They serve up fine espresso drinks as well as meals all day long, but before you sit down to eat, grab a book from the wide selection of new releases, old favorites, and hard-to-find treats.

For the most part, you would not think to go shopping in a train station unless you were about to leave the city and forgot to buy souvenirs. However, DC’s most popular tourist site is also becoming the city’s best shopping destinations. Union Station has more than a hundred specialty shops and restaurants. Stores include MAC Cosmetics, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, President Cigars, H&M, and many more.

If you want to look your best and money is not an object, consider heading to CityCenterDC for luxury international fashion brands. This is a ten-acre, mixed-use development with shopping options like Longchamp, TUMI, Allen Edmonds, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, BOSS, Loro Piana, Zadig & Voltaire, and kate spade new York.

Where the Locals Get Their Hair Done

Part of being a power broker in Washington D.C. is having a polished look. This is only possible with the help of the city’s many talented hair stylists. With locations in Logan Circle, Chinatown, Navy Yard, and U Street, Bang Salons are a Washington fixture. They are sure to have an experienced stylist who can work wonders with your hair.

Whether you are looking for soft layers or an edgy cut, Immortal Beloved will leave you looking your best.

This list is just the start when it comes to local favorites in DC. You are sure to find some hidden gems of your own as you run with these suggestions.

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