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Things to do in Dupont Circle

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Dupont Circle. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Dupont Circle attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Dupont Circle to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Dupont Circle.

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  • Bar Rouge

    This swanky watering hole with over-the-top décor is half hotel restaurant and half hopping DC nightspot. At home in Dupont Circle's bohemian Hotel... More
  • Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market

    Established in 1997, the Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market is a year-round farmers' market welcoming producers from the Chesapeake Bay region. Located... More
  • Green and Blue

    This Dupont Circle shop is owned by Czech Republic natives and friends Daniela Cermanova and Michaela Schwartz. The shop carries men’s and women’s ... More
  • Irvine Contemporary

    Irvine Contemporary, founded by Georgetown professor Dr. Martin Irvine, showcases works by emerging and mid-career artists. Past exhibits have incl... More
  • Kramerbooks

    Washington’s most celebrated independent bookstore has been open for more than 30 years, and it’s still the best place in town for a good, old-fash... More
  • Phillips Collection

    The city's first museum of modern art is its richest, with a fine collection of paintings from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries showcased in the... More
  • Tabletop

    Located in Dupont Circle, Tabletop is a housewares and lifestyle store. Founded by three friends and opened in 2003, the store carries a collection... More
  • Textile Museum

    Located off the usual tourist track in the Kalorama neighborhood, this small museum is dedicated to fostering an appreciation for the artistic valu... More
  • Timothy Paul Carpets & Textiles

    Owned by husband and wife Timothy and Mia Worrell, Timothy Paul opened in 2003 and sells carefully selected carpets and home décor items. The store... More
  • Veritas, D.C.

    This Dupont Circle wine bar has a contemporary feel with red walls, sleek black furniture, and exposed brick. The neighborhood favorite is known fo... More

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