Welcome to Capitol Hill
A bustling, historic neighborhood in the heart of the United States’ capital city.
This historic area of Washington, DC, is as diverse as it gets. With several distinct neighborhoods in one expansive area, Capitol Hill allows its residents to embrace the many opportunities in this luxurious (yet historic and quirky) community. While Capitol Hill is the oldest neighborhood in the DC area, its urban atmosphere buzzes with activities for all ages within its four quadrants. Whether you enjoy a night out or an afternoon spent in a museum, Capitol Hill is the ideal place to call home.
What to Love
- Walkable neighborhood with easy access to the subway system.
- Special outdoor events held throughout the year.
- Many educational opportunities in one area, from top-notch schools and universities to local museums and landmarks.
Home to the largest neighborhood in the area, Capitol Hill features charming turn-of-the-century row houses mixed with modern, upscale condominiums and apartments. The area is highly walkable, with an excellent public transportation system and hundreds of options for local shopping, dining, and special events.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Searching for top-notch dining and shopping experiences? The possibilities are endless in this sprawling neighborhood. If you enjoy a multitude of options for every event, mood, and special occasion, Capitol Hill has got you covered! Make sure to experience Eastern Market
for premier food and art and Union Station
, which features over 100 shops.
For a memorable dining experience, visit these unique restaurants:
- Ambar offers Balkan cuisine in Southeast DC. “From your tastebuds to your feet, you will be energized by our Balkan atmosphere” and mesmerized by the beautiful details of the expansive menu of traditional Balkan dishes and the restaurant’s design.
- Ted’s Bulletin is known for its modern take on traditional American dishes. They offer all-day breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails at the bar for happy hour. Service is welcoming and friendly, and it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a day at work.
- Book your table at Art and Soul, an award-winning restaurant located inside YOTEL Washington, DC. This upscale spot offers seasonal, locally sourced ingredients straight from the Chesapeake Bay.
- Founded in 1960 and known as Capitol Hill’s first “fine cloth dining restaurant,” The Monocle on Capitol Hill has a legacy of entertaining the country’s most notable politicians (Kennedy and Nixon were two of their first customers). They offer traditional American fare throughout the day and host private events.
Things to Do
In Capitol Hill, there is no shortage of things to do. From paddling the Anacostia in your kayak at the Ballpark Boathouse
to exploring the United States Botanic Garden,
Capitol Hill has daily activities for everyone, along with dozens of special events throughout the year. It also boasts over 50 public parks, providing plenty of green space for its residents.
The Capitol Hill Pride Alliance
hosts annual Pride celebrations throughout June. With a different theme each year, the community comes together for various events held all over Capitol Hill in a celebration like no other. Can’t-miss events include the Colorful Pridemobile Parade, Pride Walk and Rally, a Taste of Pride brunch, guest speakers, and specific opportunities to help support the LGBTQ+ members of Washington, DC’s community.
Another can’t-miss summer activity is the annual Fourth of July celebration. As the nation’s capital, DC has a certain reputation to uphold, and The Capitol Hill Community 4th of July Parade
is considered one of the city’s best events of the year. In addition to the parade, you can stop over to participate in the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival
, an international exhibition showcasing living cultural heritage held on the National Mall. The festival takes place over two weeks and draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors. They encourage people to participate in cultural discussions, cooking classes, and dancing from over 90 cultures and traditions. This festival has been named one of the top events in the United States.
If you’re looking to spend time exploring the Capitol Hill music scene, The DC Jazz Festival
is held annually in September. It brings in a robust group of performers, hosting over 20 concerts, interviews, and special events over a few days. Concerts are held at venues throughout the city and virtually.
There are a few notable and high-ranking schools in the Capitol Hill area. Some of them include: