A day in the Capital City
Washington DC is way more than politics and monuments, and regardless of which side of the isle you sit, we can all agree that there's nothing like a good bike ride. We took a spin with our friend and talented photographer Anne Kim through some of her favorite spots in the Capital—the first large eastern city to reach gold level in the Bike Friendly Community award and according to peopleforbikes rated #13 in the country as a great city to bike in—not a small achievement when 510 U.S. cities were rated.
You'll find more than 30 diverse, local DC shops, craftsmen, and artisans here at Union Market, which is a gathering place for DC natives and tourists alike. From dosas, ramen, and craft beers to jewelry and cutlery, you'll experience the full energy, creativity, and diversity of the nation's capital here.
1309 5th Street NE Washington DC, 20002
Here are few of Anne's favorite places in Union Market:
Salt & Sundry
This is one of my favorite shops to visit! The scent of the Eucalyptus + Sage candle from Sydney Hale Co. brings me back to this boutique stocked with urban-bohemian home furnishings and gifts from local makers and designers. Also check out sister shop Little Leaf, a "tiny jungle" where you can source plants to make your space more green.
The Village Cafe
Founded by three DC born and bred natives, The Village Cafe is an intentional space with the mission of serving locally sourced food and drink and being a hub for community members to connect with one another.
Do-nut forgot to stop by District Doughnut. While deceptively simple in looks, these doughnuts are handcrafted using the freshest and finest ingredients. My go-to's are the Brown Butter and Dulce de Leche Creme Brulee.
JRINK & Apothekary
Practice self-care. These sisters' shops embrace "Wellthy is the New Wealthy" by offering refreshing, nutrition-packed cold pressed juices and herbal remedies.
My morning routine often includes picking up an Almond Butter Bowl with extra almond butter! You'll also find a variety of protein smoothies to help get your day started.
Dolcezza Gelato Factory & Coffee Lab
There is beauty in careful craftsmanship. Even more so when it is exercised over two of my favorite things: gelato and coffee.
Historic precedence is interpreted with clean lines, minimalist color palettes, and modern finishings at Hotel Hive. As DC's first micro hotel, it is conveniently located near "buzzworthy" attractions like the Lincoln Memorial, White House, and Kennedy Center. And after a day of biking around the city, you'll lay your head to rest contemplating the witty quotes that mark each room. Did we mention that your pet is welcome too and that the staff is amazing?
2224 F. St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Is there a better way to end the day...than pizza in bed? An &pizza outpost conveniently located in Hotel Hive means just that. Remember to bring your room key as you come down to order your custom pie. Or as pizza is excellent at any time of the day, you can also check out &pizza shops across the city—each with its own distinct neighborhood feel, but aligned with the brand's consistent black and white aesthetic.
@ Hotel Hive