Big cities mean tons of options, which unfortunately can also mean too many options when you’re pressed to find the best. When you want insight into the top spots a city has to offer, you turn to the locals. So to share the best gems of DC, we’ve assembled the A-team of insiders: some of our favorite Krrb sellers and local bloggers with knowledge on where to go and who to see. Let’s meet the team!
Jodi Kurtz of Kurtz + Atkins Design Company is a professional furniture designer who makes one-of-a-kind pieces from reclaimed materials. She works closely with local non-profits and developers to salvage wood and other materials from old buildings in the area. Check out her corner on Krrb and follow her on Instagram! (JK)
Cate Henderson of Style Mutt Home works alongside Chelsea Bieber in order to bring excellent design to clients and their loyal followers. These two enjoy mixing styles when it comes to home decor in order to create the most “you” space possible! Follow along with Cate and Chelsea on Instagram to see their latest projects! (CH)
Alicia Chew of Alicia Tenise is a marketing professional with some serious style. You can follow along on her blog to read about Alicia’s fashion choices, favorite trends and about the latest happenings in her city! Check her out on Instagram too to get daily updates! (AC)
1. Where do you go to enjoy lazy cup of coffee and people watch?
CH: That is definitely Jimmy T’s on 5th street SE. It’s so easy to miss since it’s a hole-in-the-wall diner in the first floor of a row house. But the prices are great and the food down-to-earth. (But bring cash!)
JK: There are several great local coffee roasters, so depending on where I am. I always opt to get the coffee to go so I can walk around and people watch. La Colombe, Qualia and Swings are a few of my favorites.
2. What’s your favorite burger spot in the neighborhood?
CH: I have become a big fan of Good Stuff Eatery. I happen to adore their Obama burger (bacon, onion, roquefort, and horseradish) – delish ;) But their rosemary fries and assortment of dipping mayo is also worth the trip! However, if you are willing to venture out of the city to Leesburg – Melt is worth a mention. The artisanal burgers are the size of your FACE!
JK: I love Duke’s Grocery. The brioche bun is amazing! I always get mine with gouda and a dollop of garlic mayo!
AC: Burger Tap and Shake in Foggy Bottom. The burgers are amazing, and the adult milkshakes are the perfect compliment!
3. After an exhausting day, where do you go locally to recharge?
JK: I am from North Dakota, so I love going to Founding Farmers or Farmers Fishers Bakers. The restaurants are owned by the more than 40,000 family farmers of the North Dakota Farmers Union. I can relax enjoy a great craft cocktail and eat comfort food that reminds me of home. The double whipped red potatoes are a must have when I go.
AC: I sneak in a quick happy hour at Fuego in Arlington! Go on Thursdays, their margarita of the day (Jarritos Paloma) is my favorite.
4. The forecast calls for a rainy afternoon. Where do you while away the hours?
CH: When in DC, I HIGHLY recommend Capital Hill Books in Eastern Market. Book nerd or not, it’s a treasure hunt of literature. I have been known to hole up in the coffee table book section just to look at pictures ;) I think on Wednesday evenings they even do a wine and cheese situation that’s worth checking out.
JK: At one of the many amazing free museums. One of the best things about DC is the sheer number of museums. I recently went to the American History Museum when my parents were in town. I will definitely visit again.
AC: I’ll head to Bayou Bakery in Arlington since it’s super close to my apartment. Great place to post up, and the food is out of this world.
5. You want to spend as little money possible but still have a good time. What do you do?
CH: DC is such a great little big city that there is so much to do for free or cheap! You can go to the zoo, poke around Eastern Market on flea market day, or my fave (and obvious choice) hit the museums! I’ve done hilarious scavenger hunts through the entire Smithsonian. Set up my own fashion photo shoot in the botanical gardens for funsies. And my fondest date ever was buying balsa wood airplanes from the Air & Space Museum gift shop and flying them on the Mall on a sunny day.
JK: Hiking the C&O Canal is a great way to spend time with friends. It is free to hike or bike. We typically pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery along the way!
AC: I’m a big fan of going to the monuments after dark. They’re stunning at night, and there aren’t as many tourists. Plus, it’s free!
6. And for fellow travelers, what one place is a must-see on a tour of the city?
CH: For off-the-beaten path travelers, I suggest the Mansion on O Street. After stuffing yourself with tiny sandwiches at High Tea, you can wander through the entire boutique hotel – hunting through flea market wares (which you can purchase to benefit charity) and through the over 100 rooms and 32 secret doors!
JK: I think everyone needs to take a walking tour of the National Mall! If you are an early riser it is amazing at sunrise.
AC: If you want amazing food, go to Rose’s Luxury in Eastern Market. Best meal you’ll ever have!
We hope you’ve been inspired to discover the best of DC! If you have any other local favorites (with some insider perspective), let us know in the comments!