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Top Choice Museum in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Phillips Collection

The first modern-art museum in the country (opened in 1921) houses a small but exquisite collection of European and American works. Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party is a highlight, along with pieces by Gauguin…
Top Choice French in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Bistrot du Coin

The lively and much-loved Bistrot du Coin is a neighborhood favorite for roll-up-your sleeves, working-class French fare. The kitchen sends out consistently good onion soup, classic steak-frites (grilled steak and F…
Top Choice Bar in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Bar Charley

Bar Charley draws a mixed crowd from the neighborhood – young, old, gay and straight. They come for groovy cocktails sloshing in vintage glassware and ceramic tiki mugs, served at very reasonable prices by DC standa…
Top Choice Thai in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Little Serow

Set in a cavern-like green basement, Little Serow has no phone, no reservations and no sign on the door. It only seats groups of four or fewer (larger parties will be separated), but despite all this, people line up…
Top Choice Architecture in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Embassy Row

Want to take a trip around the world? Stroll northwest along Massachusetts Ave from Dupont Circle (the actual traffic circle) and you pass more than 40 embassies housed in mansions that range from elegant to imposin…
Top Choice Books in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Kramerbooks

This flagship independent – which leapt into First Amendment history when it refused to release Monica Lewinsky’s book-buying list to Ken Starr's snoops – features first-rate literature, travel and politics sections…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Bub & Pop's

A chef tired of the fine-dining rat race opened this gourmet sandwich shop with his parents. Ingredients are made in-house from scratch – the meatballs, pickles, mayonnaise, roasted pork. Congenial mom Arlene rules …
Top Choice Bar in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Board Room

Grab a table, pull up a stool and crush your opponent at Hungry Hungry Hippos. Or summon spirits with a Ouija board. Board Room lets you flash back to childhood via stacks of board games. Battleship, Risk, Operation…
Top Choice Books in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Second Story Books

Packed with dusty secondhand tomes, atmospheric Second Story also sells used CDs (mostly jazz and classical), antiquarian books and old sheet music. The prices are decent and the choices are broad (particularly in t…
American in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Blue Duck Tavern

A reliable rave winner, the Michelin-starred Blue Duck creates a rustic kitchen ambience in the midst of an uber-urbanized corridor of M St. The changing menu draws from farms across the country, mixing mains such a…