Washington DC isn’t all politics; there are plenty of great dining options, museums and hole-in-the-wall bars to explore. Take Jessica Voelker, food and drink writer and Washington DC local’s advice and sample Thai delicacies in the capital.
Little Serow – At Johnny Monis’s northern-Thai place in Dupont Circle, you usually have to line up for your table – but it’s always well worth the wait. A laid-back vibe teemed with top-grade food makes for a real winner.
Rose’s Luxury – This cosy neighbourhood restaurant is more than a place to relax. For every meal Rose’s Luxury serves, it donates 25 cents to World Food Program USA to help feed hungry children around the world.
Columbia Room – A tiny bar (10 seats) where drinks take centre-stage, this is one space where you’ll get to know your neighbours. The cocktail tasting is worth it, so make sure you’ve got a ride home.
The Red Hen – With its extensive wine and cocktail lists, this intimate restaurant is my favourite place to kick back and enjoy a drink.
Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art – This whimsical and always inspiring space makes for a fun day out. There are trees and pretty flowering plants in summer, as well as a fountain that serves as an ice rink in winter.
The Yards Park – This well-designed new park has a great riverfront location, relaxing lounge chairs and fun water features that kids love. Plus, it’s home to one of my favourite ice-cream shops in DC – Ice Cream Jubilee.
Gettysburg – Book a tour to Gettysburg and witness the site where the largest battle ever fought on USA soil took place.
Theodore Roosevelt Island – Floating in the middle of the city, this place is a great spot to get back to nature. I love picnicking on a bench and exploring the trails that traverse the island.
Insider info #1 – Ask people where to eat. There are plenty of great diners around if you do your research.
Insider info #2 – Up-and-coming H Street has some of the edgiest bars, coffee shops and restaurants in DC. Toki Underground is one of the best.