Capitol Hill is known as the political center of the nation’s capital. “The Hill,” of course, acquired the name from its statement landmark— the beautiful Capitol Building, which sits high, overlooking the National Mall. But surrounding the politics and monuments, past the members of congress, lobbyists, and journalists, is actually the largest residential historic district in Washington, DC. There are Victorian row houses and a collection of restaurants and bars. There’s even the up and coming H Street that offers hip shopping, dining, and nightlife. Another perk of Capitol Hill is its proximity to Union Station, one of the largest transportation hubs in the country.
Adding to all of Capitol Hill’s glory, 300 hundred steps from Union Station, is a District Offices’ location —which is why we’ve decided to layout a guide to working in the area.
Location, Location, Location & Union Station
Before we get to highlight the spots on Capitol Hill, we want to go over Union Station and what all it has to offer. Moral of the story —if you work near Union Station, use it to your full advantage.
- Get where you need to go. Numerous transportation modes are available, including rail options in the form of Metro, Amtrak, MARC trains, and the Virginia Railway Express. There is a taxi dispatch at the Main Hall entrance that is open from 8 a.m. – 1 a.m. daily. You can also easily catch a bus or rent a car at Union Station. Lastly, parking is available at the Union Station Parking Garage at 30 Massachusetts Avenue NE.
- It’s filled with shopping. From H&M to Ann Taylor, Blue Mercury, to Aurea, you will be able to find what you need.
- There are endless dining options. Everyone will find something at Union Station, a quick list including—Cava, Chipotle, Potbelly, Shake Shack, Subway, Blue Bottle Coffee, Jamba Juice, Le Pain Quotidien, and even the area’s only Bojangles.
- Do some sightseeing! You can also book a sightseeing tour from Union Station, as Big Bus Tours, City Sights DC, DC Ducks, and Old Town Trolley Tours all have outlets there.
Now let’s break it down—
Where to Get Your Coffee Fix:
- Peregrine Espresso: Founded in 2008, this is the first of three locations in DC. With a focus on quality coffee, friendly service, and sustainability, it’s a great place to get your daily caffeine. They even offer classes about brewing coffee & espresso fundamentals!
- Souk: A globally inspired market and bakery, you will find more than just your coffee at Souk, and that is precisely the draw to it. Wander around, grab a fresh scone or croissant, and browse their unique range of international ingredients in the marketplace.
Where to Eat Lunch:
- Sweetgreen: A repeat from our District Guide to Working in Georgetown, this fast-casual restaurant with mind-blowing salads has a location on Capitol Hill. Stop by and grab healthy fuel to power you through the day.
- Good Stuff Eatery: The best burgers are a block away from the Library of Congress at Good Stuff Eatery. All about fresh farm ingredients, it’s a place you can feel good supporting.
- Toki Underground: Recognized frequently for its Ramen, Toki Underground offers Taiwanese & Japanese-Inspired dishes in an intimate artistic space. Located in H Street Corridor, this is a place worth checking out and maybe bringing a colleague along to indulge in their handcrafted cocktails!
Where to Eat Dinner:
- Masseria: Chef Nick Stefanelli’s innovative Italian cooking has earned a Michelin star and a lot of attention. For a fine dining experience, check out Masseria.
- Hanks on The Hill: Hank’s Oyster Bar is just a few blocks from the Capitol with yummy seafood options such as lobster, crab cakes, and seasonal mussels. Try the coastal favorites in a warm and friendly environment!
- Beuchert’s Saloon: A neighborhood restaurant with a more laid back vibe, come here for creative American fare. Bonus: it’s farm to table.
Where to Take a Break:
- Bartholdi park: Bartholdi Park is a public park named after French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who designed the Statue of Liberty. At the corner of Independence Avenue and Washington Avenue, it’s a prime spot for catching a breath during your workday.
- National Mall: A stroll on the famous National Mall is a great way to remind yourself of the immense history present in DC. It’s another spot for a mid-afternoon get-away.
After Work Fun:
- The Dubliner: Long workday? Head to this popular Irish pub and grab a drink!
- Present Company Public House: Pub food, 12 beers on tap, and built-in DC’s oldest firehouse, we recommend making this your usual Friday happy hour spot.
Things To Do:
- Learn about the history of the U.S. Postal Service, the Pony Express, and the preserved remains of Owney, the first unofficial postal mascot at the Postal Museum.
- Visit the National Building Museum to explore the great stories of architecture, engineering, and design.
- Visit the beautiful historic landmark — the Summerhouse.
- Catch a baseball game at Nationals Park! (Around 15-20-minute commute on public transport).
I am sure you can gather from this extensive list that it’s difficult to be bored on Capitol Hill. It has everything you need and an easy transport system to anywhere you need to get to.