Dupont Circle

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The Samuel Francis duPont Memorial Fountain

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You might find impromptu yoga, pick-up games of chess and dog-walking locals at this social circle, which anchors its neighborhood namesake.

Dupont Circle - Neighborhood Landmarks - Washington, DC

Explore Dupont Circle and you’ll discover dozens of bistros, bars, boutiques and museums, as well as the vibrant stretch along 17th Street famed for its gay-owned businesses.

Every day of the year, laid-back locals and savvy visitors flock to the Dupont Circle fountain to read, people-watch and meet up with others. We highly recommend getting in some time there, too.

This cosmopolitan neighborhood offers a little something for everyone. An array of unique shops and exciting restaurants along Connecticut Avenue, one of the busy streets in the neighborhood, is exciting enough to keep you going all day.

Art-lovers can gallery hop around for First Friday Dupont or experience America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection. Globally minded folks should trek down Embassy Row, which starts on Massachusetts Avenue and cuts right through the circle.

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As far as food goes, expect that international flavor of embassies to rub off on restaurants. Dupont's dining spots radiate outward from the central circle and include a diverse mix of marquee restaurants, casual bistros, brunch hot spots and late-night dining options. Check off a Michelin-starred dining experience at Sushi Taro, one of the District’s best Japanese restaurants (Chef Nobu Yamazaki’s kaiseki, or tasting menu, is not to be missed), or sample globally-inspired farm-to-table fare at The Pembroke.

A can't-miss activity in the neighborhood is joining the throngs of locals on Sundays who visit the year-round Dupont Circle farmers’ market (one of our favorite farmers’ markets in the District) in front of the Metro station entrance on Q and 20th streets.

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Author talks followed by drinks at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, the picnic-friendly Spanish Steps, perusing modern art at The Phillips Collection, the bars and restaurants along 17th Street, lounging in The Dupont Circle Hotel or The Rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel.

Getting There

Ride the Metro to the Dupont Circle stop on the Red Line since it’s the easiest way to get to the neighborhood. By bus, you can take the Dupont Circle-Georgetown-Rosslyn DC Circulator route or the 42, 43, L1 and L2 Metrobus routes. Capital Bikeshare has multiple docks located within the neighborhood, and, like the rest of the city, it’s also very walkable to most popular neighborhoods and landmarks.