Dupont Circle

Things to do in Dupont Circle

The Brewmaster’s Castle, open for guided tours, captures the elegance and opulence of the Gilded Age. However, the 31-room home of German brewer Christian Heurich was also ahead of its era with indoor plumbing and a pneumatic communications system, among other innovations.

Beer is king at this upstairs-downstairs bar. The assortment of brews is epic, with more than 500 types of bottled beer from around the world and 50 different drafts on tap. To be sure, the drink menu itself is longer than a Raymond Carver short story.

The mansion, designed by U.S. Capitol architect Edward Clark, is a study in eclecticism and eccentricity. The museum collection can only be described as pack rat with a trust fund, and its tours are equally wild and unconventional.

The snug shop sells artisanal confections from all over the map, including designer bonbons from Arlington, Virginia, and pure cocoa bars from Madagascar.

Located off the usual tourist track in the Kalorama neighborhood, this small museum is dedicated to fostering an appreciation for the artistic value of textiles from around the world.

Irvine Contemporary, founded by Georgetown professor Dr. Martin Irvine, showcases works by emerging and mid-career artists. Past exhibits have included politically-minded themes, such as Seeing Green, focusing on issues in Iran.

This swanky watering hole with over-the-top décor is half hotel restaurant and half hopping DC nightspot.

This Dupont Circle wine bar has a contemporary feel with red walls, sleek black furniture, and exposed brick.

Established in 1997, the Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market is a year-round farmers' market welcoming producers from the Chesapeake Bay region. Located between Massachusetts and Connecticut Avenues, the market is open on Sunday mornings until 1 p.m.

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 clothing, as well as jewelry, from high-end designers, such as Jachs, Citizens of Humanity, and Sea NYC.

Owned by husband and wife Timothy and Mia Worrell, Timothy Paul opened in 2003 and sells carefully selected carpets and home décor items.

Located in Dupont Circle, Tabletop is a housewares and lifestyle store. Founded by three friends and opened in 2003, the store carries a collection of modern housewares, such as furniture, mirrors, wall décor, barware, and food and drink books.

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 Dupont Circle mansion of its founder, steel heir Duncan Phillips.

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-fashioned browse.