The District of Columbia, located on the north bank of the Potomac River, is the capital city of United States. The centers of all three branches of the US federal government are located in the city, as are many of the nation’s monuments and museums. Washington, DC hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The headquarters of other institutions such as national trade unions, lobbying groups, and professional associations are also located in the District. The greater DC region is also home to numerous government and defense contractors.

WHERE TO STAY

  • THE GRAHAM HOTEL GEORGETOWN – NZTE’s favorite “go-to” hotel, located in one of DC’s coolest, historic neighborhoods. The Graham offers awesome customer service and an amazing rooftop. The rooms are extremely comfortable and impeccably decorated. It is located across the street from one of DC’s most famous bakeries plus great walking/running trails are situated directly outside the hotel that runs along the C&O canal.
  • KIMPTON HOTEL PALOMAR – Recently renovated and centrally located in a great neighborhood. The Kimpton is within close proximity to jogging/walking/biking trails in Rock Creek Park. It is also located close to DuPont Circle and the metro.
  • THE MELROSE GEORGETOWN  – Iconic boutique hotel located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, walking distance to Georgetown, the metro and the National Mall/Smithsonian.
  • MARRIOTT MARQUIS WASHINGTON DC – Conveniently located adjacent to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Guests can directly access the convention center via an underground concourse. With more than 105,000 square feet of event space offering 54 breakout rooms and five restaurants, the Marquis is a perfect location for hosting large conventions in the heart of DC.

CO-WORKING

  • 1776 – Offering more than just office space, these guys are one of many U.S. incubators providing a hosting environment for startup companies.
  • WEWORK DC – Six offices across Washington DC.
  • COVE – Nine co-working locations across DC (and two in Boston!).
  • CANVAS CO-WORK – DC’s largest co-working community, boasting 6,000 square feet of open space. Situated in downtown, just a block-and-a-half south of Dupont Circle, four blocks from Farragut North and eight blocks from The White House.
  • MAKEOFFICES AT DUPONT – Fast WiFi, conference rooms and 24/7 access. Make Offices also hosts regular meet-up events and networking activities.

COFFEE & KAI

FOR COFFEE

  • FILTER COFFEE HO– USE & ESPRESSO BAR – Dupont Circle branch serves a proper flat white.
  • BAKED & WIRED  A family owned coffee shop and bakery located in Georgetown.  Located south of the canal on Thomas Jefferson St (in between 30th and 31st). Baked & Wired have professional baristas, trained in the craft of preparing REAL coffee. 
  • ZEKE’S COFFEE – Is a small batch coffee roastery located in Woodridge (east of Brookland). Zekes’s feature single-origin coffees and create our own custom blends. 
  • LO COLOMBE – Features signature cornerstone blends as well as seasonal single-origin coffees on drip, espresso, and pour over. They also offer cold brew on tap. Four D.C. locations: Uline, Manhattan Laundry, Chinatown and Blagden.
  • GREENHEART – A boutique juice and smoothie shop that crafts 100% organic, unpasteurized, cold-pressed juices.

FOR LUNCH AND DINNER

  • CHEF GEOFF’S – Ideal location for a casual lunch meeting in heart of DC.
  • OLD EBBITT GRILL – Founded in 1856, Ebbit Grill is the oldest saloon in Washington. Quintessential D.C. traditional style and historic character. A favorite for senators and congressmen.
  • LE DIPLOMAT – The extensive French menu features a variety of classic favorites including onion soup, steak frites, escargots and home made crusty baguettes. The stylish dining room exudes a welcoming vibe and in warmer weather, enjoy dining “en plein air” in the stunning outdoor cafe.
  • RASIKA – Offering award winning, modern Indian food. Two D.C. locations: Penn Quater & West End
  • ZAYTINYA – Under the direction of celebrated chef José Andrés, Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisine.
  • MOMOFUKU CCDC – Offering a unique Asian / Japanese American menu that changes with the seasons. Momofuku has a bar, noodle bar, and private dining room. The fried chicken dinner is a truly memorable entertaining experience, ideal for large groups.
  • BLT STEAK – Sharing a neighborhood with the White House, BLT is a modern American steakhouse. The menu showcases raw bar selections, signature warm popovers, and top-notch steak and fish. The private dining room is the ultimate space for business lunches and cocktail parties.
  • CAFE MILANO – Often referred to as the power center for diplomats, politicians, journalists, broadcasters, lobbyists, and entertainers. Cafe Milano is the perfect venue for a classic Italian dining experience … and awesome people watching.
  • JOE’S SEAFOOD, PRIME STEAK & STONE CRAB – Having gained a reputation as a world-class steakhouse, Joe’s serves prime Midwestern grain-fed beef. Best known for the 16 oz. Filet Mignon and 24 oz. Rib Eye. They also feature a wide selection of fresh seafood including their famous Florida Stone Crab Claws.

NIGHT SPOTS

  • POV ROOFTOP – Situated above the W Hotel offering amazing views across DC including the White House grounds.
  • ROOFTOP AT THE GRAHAM HOTEL  The ideal location to impress out of town guests, watch spectacular sunsets, lounge on the overstuffed sofas, listen to the cool lounge beats, and take in the sweeping views of historic Georgetown and Washington DC. Reservations are not required however highly encouraged to guarantee seating. Bottle service and bar packages are available, and the venue is available for booking private events.
  • HAMILTON BLUE DUCK TAVERN  Is a neighborhood Georgetown restaurant serving modern, “creative” American cuisine. Blue Duck is a casually-chic tavern that evokes the warmth and inviting setting of a residential kitchen and a communal gathering place. The menu is based on the concept of simple, rustic food prepared with an artisan approach.
  • PERRY’S – a multi-level establishment boasts a spacious, yet intimate dining room with a bar and sushi bar, as well as a year round rooftop bar and seasonal rooftop terrace.

COOL HUNTING

  • Head to the National Mall to check out the monuments including the White House and The Library of Congress. Go to THE SMITHSONIAN an awesome free activity. Everything is in one walkable area of DC including many more free museums on the National Mall.
  • DC has distinct and different neighborhoods to explore so try lunch or dinner in various parts of the city. Take a walk around the Georgetown neighborhood for historic architecture, shops, and restaurants. Georgetown also has a walkable waterfront near K Street for views of the Potomac River.
  • EASTERN MARKET is an interesting art and food market in a great historical residential area near Capitol Hill. As well as the market there are great restaurants and bars plus the popular Barracks Row is nearby with many new restaurants.
  • UNION MARKET is a food market with various little restaurants much like The Pennsy in New York, but larger. More than just food and drinks Union Market has an art exhibit space which is constantly changing exhibits of different art mediums, a small film cinema and a large event space. In the actual market there are around 40 different food, drink and home goods vendors with around ten of those vendors doing pop up stalls. Peregrine Espresso and Mason Dixie Biscuit Co are recommended but there are no bad options in Union Market.
  • If you have a car and some time, drive to the picturesque town of ANNAPOLIS, one hour from DC.
  • For more information on things to do and a calendar of events for the city see WASHINGTON TOURISM. Lonely Planet’s 48 HOURS IN DC is another great read.

GETTING AROUND

  • DC is compact with a great public transport system. Taking the METRO around the city is the easiest, fastest and most efficient way to avoid traffic. UBER & LYFT are widely available too.

EXPLORING THE CITY

 

  • If you have any questions about the location of something always ask someone. DC is broken up into four “quadrants” so you can easily get caught in a “not-so-nice” part of the city if you don’t include NW, NE, SW, or SE in the address of your destination.For more on getting around D.C. click here, plus check out this handy selection of other fun NEED-TO-KNOWS.

 

AIR & RAIL TRAVEL

 

  • REAGAN AIRPORT (20-minutes/$20) is the closest location to Downtown.
  • WASHINGTON DULLES (40-minutes/$70). Dulles offers more flights but we recommend checking your options at Reagan first due to its closer proximity to the city.
  • AMTRAK connects DC with Philadelphia in two-hours and NYC in 3.5 hours. Rail travel through Northeast cities is a great option as opposed air travel. It’s cheaper and also time (and effort) effective given you forego airport check-in. Harsh DC Winter weather often causes delays and flight cancellations whereas rail will always keep you moving.

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