Top things to do in Capitol Hill & South DC

Top Choice Landmark in Capitol Hill & South DC

US Capitol

Since 1800, this is where the legislative branch of American government (ie Congress) has met to write the country's laws. The lower House of Representatives (435 members) and upper Senate (100) meet respectively in…
Top Choice Library in Capitol Hill & South DC

Library of Congress

The world's largest library – with 164 million books, manuscripts, maps, photos, films and other items – awes in both scope and design. The centerpiece is the 1897 Jefferson Building. Gawk at the Great Hall, done up…
Top Choice Museum in Capitol Hill & South DC

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

For a deep understanding of the Holocaust – its victims, perpetrators and bystanders – this harrowing museum is a must-see. The main exhibit gives visitors the identity card of a single Holocaust victim, whose story…
Top Choice Stadium in Capitol Hill & South DC

Nationals Park

The major-league Washington Nationals play baseball at this spiffy stadium beside the Anacostia River. Don't miss the mid-fourth-inning ‘Presidents' Race’ – an odd foot race between giant-headed caricatures of Georg…
Top Choice American in Capitol Hill & South DC

Rose's Luxury

Michelin-starred Rose's is one of DC's most buzzed-about eateries. Crowds fork into worldly Southern comfort food as twinkling lights glow overhead and candles flicker around the industrial-chic, half-finished room.…
Top Choice Balkan in Capitol Hill & South DC


Ambar buzzes, especially at happy hour, when the convivial, European-style restaurant slings heaps of small plates. Roasted pepper and eggplant, smoked trout and jalapeño, mushroom pilaf, lamb prosciutto, brandy-soa…
Top Choice Asian in Capitol Hill & South DC


ChiKo stands for Chinese and Korean, and it fuses the cuisines with low-key style. Dishes such as pork and kimchi potstickers and chilled acorn noodles wow the foodie masses: it's high-brow fare at a budget price. T…
Top Choice Books in Capitol Hill & South DC

Capitol Hill Books

A trove of secondhand awesomeness, this shop has so many books that staff have to double-stack them on the shelves. Categories are, er, unconventional, including 'Hinduism and Bobby Knight' and 'Sideshows and Carniv…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Capitol Hill & South DC

Copycat Co

When you walk into Copycat it feels like a Chinese fast-food restaurant. That's because it is (sort of) on the 1st floor, where Chinese street-food nibbles are available. The fizzy drinks and egg-white-topped cockta…
Top Choice Beer in Capitol Hill & South DC


Beloved by beer geeks, this outdoor fest held next to Nationals Park features a terrific selection of 400 brews (some quite rare), dance punk bands and food trucks. Held on a Saturday in mid- to late September.