A Visitor's Guide to Capitol Hill
Whether you're visiting MWC from outside of DC or just another side of town, Capitol Hill offers a ton of landmarks, activities, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and more. We hope this guide will help you to make the most of your time in the neighborhood.
About Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill is one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in America. While we do have more politicians (and dry cleaners) than most areas, there is way more going on here than national politics. The neighborhood has changed rapidly over the last 15 years, resulting in an incredibly vibrant and diverse place to spend some time.
Located between the Capitol Building to the west and the Anacostia River to the east, Capitol Hill consists of multiple business districts. The main areas are Pennsylvania Ave, Eastern Market, and Barracks Row (where MWC is located). Other great places to spend some time close by include H Street NE, the Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront, and the brand new Wharf District.
The closest Metro stop to MWC is Eastern Market, accessible by the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines.
You can see a full Metro map here to plan your trip.
While driving a car in Capitol Hill is not as easy as it is in the suburbs, there are numerous highways nearby and parking options available.
The easiest way to reach Capitol Hill by car is to take I-695 coming from the west, I-295 coming from the north or south, or U.S. Route 50 coming from the east.
Once you arrive, you can either park in one of the nearby public parking lots, find a metered spot using Parkmobile, or park in a neighborhood spot with a green sign. Note: you can only stay in a neighborhood spot for 2 hours. If you see a red sign that says Zone 6 Only or Loading Zone, do not park there or you will get a ticket.
From there, you can take the Union Station - Congress Heights Circulator route, ride a Capital Bikeshare across the neighborhood, take a Lyft/Uber for ~$8 to MWC, or walk for 15 minutes across the neighborhood.
Capitol Hill is one of the most bike friendly neighborhoods in America. Here is a map of all the bike lanes and trails that lead to MWC. There is a bike rack a few feet from our front door.
If you don't have a bike of your own, you can rent one for $2 from Capital Bikeshare. The closest bikeshare station is a 1/2 block north, next to the Eastern Market Metro.
Capitol Building. Where congress does its business. There are great views over DC to the west, especially when the sun is setting.
National Mall. A beautiful park that links together most of the monuments and museums in DC. A great place to go for a nice walk, jog, or bike ride.
Library of Congress. Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the Library of Congress has an incredible reading room and collection of books.
Smithsonian Museums. A collection of museums that have something for everyone. You can spend a whole week looking at the world class exhibits and still not see everything. Best of all it's free!
Congressional Cemetery. Take a tranquil walk through history. Row after row of old senators, FBI directors, and more.
Eastern Market. One of the oldest and largest public markets in America. Great food and crafts from 9am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday.
The Fridge. Our neighborhood art gallery. They have a continually rotating collection of different exhibits from local artists. Often provocative, but never forgettable.
DC United or Nationals Game. Both teams have brand new stadiums only a few minutes from MWC. Even if they lose, it's always a good time when the weather's nice.
Anacostia River Trail and Kingman Island. Miles and miles of paved trails on either side of the Anacostia River. Kingman Island features boardwalks that'll make you feel like you're somewhere in South Carolina.
Lincoln Park. A peaceful, historic park right in the middle of Capitol Hill. Great for people and dog watching, or just laying in the grass to take in some sun.
Navy Yard/Yards Park. A relatively new area along the Anacostia featuring one of the nicest parks in DC; Yard Park.
The Wharf. After $1 billion in investments, The Wharf has a bunch of great concert venues and an amazing boardwalk.
H Street. A fun collection of bars and restaurants to the north of Capitol Hill. This area has also changed quite considerably, but has still retained some of its charm.
Jimmy T’s. Capitol Hill's classic diner where nothing's changed for decades.
Mangialardo's. 8- year old Italian sub shop loved by all.
Torai. Great Japanese & Korean food run by a very nice couple.
Bullfrog Bagels. Best bagels in Capitol Hill.
Taco City DC. New taco shop to satisfy your taco cravings.
&Pizza. Chipotle style pizza chain started on H Street and has now taken over the city.
Chipotle. It's Chipotle. 2 doors down from MWC.
Popeye's. Fried chicken and biscuits directly below MWC.
Ted’s Bulletin. Slightly upscale diner known for their breakfast and milkshakes.
Matchbox. Wood oven cooked pizza and drinks. Like Ted's, the original Matchbox opened here and now they are all over the DMV.
Lavagna. Friendly Italian restaurant where everything is made in house.
Medium Rare. One thing on the menu; $22 for bread, salad, and double steak frites.
Cava Mezze. Mediterranean tapas. Like Ted's and Matchbox, the original Cava opened up here.
Ambar. Balkan tapas with an all you can eat option.
Sushi Capitol. Some of the best sushi you'll find in DC in a very cozy environment.
Beaucharts. Southern food with 2 giant bison heads behind the bar.
Roses Luxury. A Michelin Star restaurant right here on Barracks Row.
Acqua Al 2. Upscale Italian with another location in Florence, Italy.
Bourbon Coffee. Cozy place to read a book or meet a friend with seasonal drinks and healthy food.
Souk. Coffees and teas from around the world.
Hype Cafe. Ethiopian coffee shop with a strong neighborhood feel.
Little Pearl. Upscale cafe from the same people behind Rose's Luxury
Starbucks. Probably the most ubiquitous coffee chain in America. On the same block as MWC.
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