DC isn’t all pols and power brokers — intellectuals and creatives of every creed and color have also staked their claim on the capitol, making the DMV a city as rich in cultural variety as it is in partisan politics. Our pro’s note: Prepare for its labyrinthine layout ahead of arrival (hint: befriend Google maps), and (in our most chief-of-stately stripes, of course!) seek out these spring-forward stops.
BEST PRESSED / Cold-pressed juice: What was once a novelty item, sought out exclusively by “health-nuts” and concocted to mixed flavor results, has been perfected in Bethesda. Purée Artisan Juice Bar’s signature blends and shakes don’t shock the palate like their early predecessors, and instead, bank on concoctions equal parts health-bent and taste-conscious.
Where/Purée Artisan Juice Bar, 4903 Elm Street, Bethesda; 301-654-7873.
When/Monday — Saturday, 8am-8pm & Sundays 8am-5pm.
Where/Purée @ MINT Health Club, 1724 California Street, NW; 202-328-6468.
When/Monday — Friday 7am-8pm, Saturdays 9am-7pm & Sundays 9am-5pm.
BEST BOUTIQUE BET / In need of trés chic kitchen accouterment? Look no further than veteran food critic Amanda McClements’s DC storefront. Alongside local provisions like Langdon Wood maple syrup and Agent Marmalade jams, McClements’s stocks the teak salt cellars, whiskey stones and all manner of chic housewares you’ll need to stay ahead of Mother’s Day gifting.
Where/Salt & Sundry, 1309 5th Street NE, Union Market; 202-556-1866.
When/Wednesday — Friday 11am-8pm & Saturday — Sunday 8am-8pm.
BEST TIPS / Now that DC’s weather is turning up for good, it’s high time for some toes-TLC. This Sunday, get yours sandals season-ready at this Dupont Circle spa, boasting luxury-bent, organic spa treatments to match its sustainably outfitted interior.
Where/Nusta Spa, 1129 20th Street, Dupont Circle; 202-530-5700.
When/Monday — Friday 10am-8pm, Saturdays 9am-7pm & Sundays 10am-6pm.
BEST TEA TIME / Stay at this boutique hotel in Dupont Circle and take you’ll take tea with a touch of international affairs. Set alongside Wyoming Avenue’s row of international embassies, the space is typical resting-spot for visiting dignitaries and DC’s political grandees. Once you’re finished up at The Phillips (just minutes walking!), be dressed to impress and make your way to the lounge for a cup of earl grey.
Where/The Normandy Hotel, 2118 Wyoming Avenue NW, Kalorama; 202-483-1350.
BEST BOUQUET / At this DC shop, the owner takes great care to ensure that her “floral creations” are customer-focused. Her expert eye integrates your untrained vision into consistently stunning, in-season-only arrangements.
Where/Bouquets & More, 1628 U Street NW, U Street Corridor; 202-300-1348.
When/Tuesday — Friday 12-5pm & Saturday — Sunday 11am-5pm.
BEST SMALL PLATE / During the weekend, Eastern Market is Capitol Hill’s global bizarre — tended to by craftspeople and antiques vendors with well-stocked tables and tents ripe for the skimming. Stroll through starting Monday; however, and you’re met by an expanse of haute edibles, produce and fresh flowers — Miguel’s Magnificent Mini Donuts are a must!
Where/Eastern Market, 225 7th Street SE, Capitol Hill.
When/Tuesday — Friday 7am-7pm, Saturdays 7am-6pm & Sundays 9am-5pm.