You may know the National Mall for its museums and monuments, and Georgetown for its historic homes. But don't miss visiting 14th Street and the Logan Circle neighborhood to see how Washingtonians live, eat, party, and work out. Here's where to go and what to see in one of DC's most desirable zip codes.
Walk Around Logan Circle
Walk down 14th Street to the traffic circle that is surrounded by impressive mansions. It's a bit of green space in this urban neighborhood. The bronze statue at the center is a Civil War general named General John A. Logan and the statue was dedicated in 1901. This is a popular spot for Washingtonians to walk their dogs, read, mingle, and sunbathe on nice days.
Go Out to Eat at This Restaurant-Packed Neighborhood
14th Street's seen an explosion of restaurants in recent years, and there's truly something for every diner here. Hit the Michelin Guide-rated Bresca or eat al fresco at a picnic table at Garden District. For lively tapas, there's Barcelona Wine Bar and Estadio, pizza at Etto, and fare from all over the world at the cozy Compass Rose. On a beautiful weekend, it feels like the whole city is dining outside on this street — or at least trying to get into the outdoor patio at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace.
Dinner and a show is a perfect plan for a night out on 14th Street: snag tickets to Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW for excellent contemporary theater. Studio Theatre has been in the neighborhood for years, operating since 1978. This is a place for cutting-edge shows about everything from corruption in politics to modern parenting or 14th Street real estate. It's an intimate place: the venue's four performance spaces each seat less than 225 patrons.
Honor the life and legacy of educator and civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune by visiting this historic site. The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site is administered by the National Park Service. This free museum is located at 1318 Vermont Avenue NW. Here you'll find the National Archives for Black Women's History and learn about Mary McLeod Bethune, who founded the National Council of Negro Women and advised Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Work Up a Sweat at a Fitness Class
Washingtonians are very much "work hard, play hard" types, and that include fitness. 14th Street is home to every boutique fitness class you could think of, from indoor cycling classes at SoulCycle to Cut Seven's body-weight workouts. Barre3 is popular here, as are yoga studios like YogaWorks or YogaDistrict. For a homegrown gym, Vida at Logan Circle is very popular.
Go Out for a Pancakes and a Mimosa-Fueled Brunch
Spend a lazy weekend day indulging with waffles and Bloody Marys on 14th Street: many of the spots in this row of restaurants are known for brunch. Try doffles or doughnut waffle hybrids at Belgian restaurant B Too, homemade pop tarts at nostalgia-inducing diner Ted's Bulletin, bottomless brunch at Masa 14, or Parisian bistro fare at Le Diplomate.
Alternative and indie music fans should definitely check the schedule at the Black Cat, a music venue on 14th Street that's been hosting bands since 1993. Arcade Fire, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and The Strokes are a few of the bands that have played here. There's something happening at the Black Cat practically every night, from music acts to story slams to DJ nights.
Go Shopping at Local Boutiques and More
If you want to shop for unique furniture and decor in Washington, DC, 14th Street is the place. Miss Pixie's and GoodWood are both home to vintage treasures of all sorts, so happy hunting for a treasure that no one else will have. Salt & Sundry has the best greeting card collection with colorful decor, while plant store Little Leaf will unleash your inner gardener. Shop for clothes at Lettie Gooch and consignment store Current Boutique. National retailers are moving into the neighborhood too, like Madewell and West Elm.
Indulge in Something Sweet
End your visit to 14th Street with a sweet treat: this is the home of D.C.'s flagship Milk Bar dessert shop. Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi grew up in the D.C. area, and she went big for this shop, which is home to B'Day Truffles, Cereal Milk ice cream and a kitchen space that can host classes. There's also churros at trendy Cuban spot Colada Shop, and people line up for cones from Jeni's Ice Cream's 14th Street location.