A strollable hood, with bars and restaurants luring a youthful, politics-obsessed crowd
Where exuberant nightlife confronts the diplomatic set
Upscale playground for the federal contingent, Foggy Bottom offers culture and cuisine by the Potomac
Find boutique shopping and space to breathe in Northern Virginia’s historic enclave
Arts and culture in Foggy Bottom
Festooned with decorative gifts from many nations and some wonderful 20th-century works of art, "Ken Cen" is as much a spectacle as the shows it presents, with its flag-filled Hall of States and Hall of Nations, six theaters and concert halls, three rooftop restaurants and great views from the open-air terrace. Free concerts (6pm daily) liven up the Millennium Stage, and there are free 45-minute guided tours (call 1-202 416 8340 or walk-ins welcome; visit the Tour Desk on Level A). Parking is inadequate when several shows are playing at once—better to walk or take the free shuttle bus from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop.
Located in George Washington University, Lisner hosts dance troupes, Latin music and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. Author readings and rock shows are scheduled as well, sometimes on the same night, as when Dave Eggers split the bill with They Might Be Giants. This is the most likely DC site for shows by prominent African performers, including Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
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The best shopping in Georgetown
This family-owned Georgetown institution offers affordable designer jewelry and comfortable clothes for women, as well as sought-after Mexican imports—Day of the Dead figurines, alebrijes (colorful, fanciful animals) and antique silver. There is a wide selection of separates from the likes of Eileen Fisher, Cut Loose and White + Warren. Semi-precious-bead necklaces and earrings dominate the numerous trinket cases, culled from the collections of local and international jewelry artists. Latico, Ellington and Carla Mancini bags and versatile knit dresses round out the wardrobe offerings.
Hugh & Crye
"Shirts that fit" is the motto of Hugh & Crye, which designs shirts in 12 sizes to fit every man from the short and skinny to the tall and broad. Primarily an online company, Hugh & Crye now runs a showroom in the heart of Georgetown, where customers can try on their shirts in person before buying