Capitol Hill DC Neighborhood Guide
SouthEast & NorthEast DC • National Mall • Variety of Dining • Convenient
1 BR: $2313
2 BR: $3237
Transit Score: 83
Metro: Blue, Orange & Silver Lines
Capitol Hill is one of D.C.’s most historic neighborhoods, and also one of it’s most popular. As the Nation’s political center, Capitol Hill is full of landmarks, history, and noteworthy individuals. Additionally, the neighborhood is known for having the largest residential historic district. Capitol Hill has residents of all kinds – while there are constantly newcomers due to the political aspect of the neighborhood, there are also those who have moved to the neighborhood and will never leave it. Its convenient location mixed with an energetic neighborly feel make Capitol Hill one of the district’s most appealing neighborhoods.
Our Favorite Brunch Spot
While finding an outstanding brunch in the Capitol Hill neighborhood is not much of a challenge, Ted’s Bulletin takes the cake as our favorite brunch spot in this neighborhood. Breakfast is served all day, and trust us, it will not disappoint. The menu features classic breakfast options including steak and eggs, omelets, crab cake Benedict, and several other items. The Ted’s Tarts, homemade pop-tarts, are a must get – Strawberry, Salted Caramel, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon, and Blueberry Cheesecake are the flavors offered, and its hard to say which one is the best. The friendly neighborhood vibes at Ted’s Bulletin make the experience even better. Great food and great company at Ted’s Bulletin make for the perfect Saturday or Sunday brunch.
Our Favorite Happy Hour Spot
Ambar Restaurant is a Balkan-inspired restaurant in Capitol Hill with a delicious menu and a stellar happy hour. With a $5 happy hour menu Monday – Friday from 4:00PM to 7:00PM it’s hard to beat. The happy hour menu doesn’t disappoint either. There are several drink and small plate options, allowing happy hour goers to enjoy the full experience. Most food items at Ambar are small plates and include options such as hummus, pork sliders, mussels, and more. Rakia, Balkan’s most popular drink, is featured on the menu as well and absolutely worth trying out. The service is phenomenal, and the food is authentic, making for a well-rounded and enjoyable evening.
Best Place To Work Up A Sweat
Biker Barre is a one of a kind spinning and barre studio located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. There are four different types of spinning classes and three different types of barre classes offered at the studio. Clients at Biker Barre rave about the intensity of the workouts, the motivating music, and the welcoming and supportive environment. The pricing at Biker Barre varies. For new clients, there is a buy one class, get one class free option for $25, as well as a one-month unlimited option for $125. After that, there are both class pack options as well as unlimited monthly options.
Best Way To Get Around
Capitol Hill’s location makes for several convenient transportation options. With a Walk Score of 85, the neighborhood is considered “very walkable”. Capitol Hill residents have the capability to run most daily errands and can get to several restaurants and bars within minutes, all by foot. Public transportation is extremely convenient here as well. There are 21 bus lines passing through the neighborhood as well as 3 metro lines. Additionally, Union Station is in walking distance and is D.C’s main transportation hub. The Metro, Amtrak, and bus stations can all be found at Union Station. Capitol Bike Share is an option as well. When it comes to transportation in Capitol Hill, the best way to get around is your preferred method, as most options are convenient.
Capitol Hill has a very unique neighborhood lifestyle. The neighborhood is extremely politically driven, and this plays a huge role in the daily lifestyle here. Additionally, the history of the neighborhood still shapes a lot of the lifestyle today. Corner stores, local businesses, markets, and parks are common neighborhood findings. Capitol Hill has a great balance of both an energetic and a relaxed feel. Things are constantly happening here on The Hill – there seems to always be some sort of action. The Eastern Market is a big part of the Capitol Hill community. With over 100 vendors, you’ll find produce, baked goods, cheese, seafood and poultry, arts, jewelry and so much more when wandering through the various markets. Keep up with their happenings here.
What You Won’t Find
A lively nightlife scene is not something that you will find on the Hill. Capitol Hill’s nightlife is much more low-key than what you typically find in D.C. While there are a few popular areas with their own scene, such as Barrack’s Row, this is not the neighborhood to choose for those looking to be in the thick of the D.C. party scene. There are several restaurants throughout the neighborhood that bring a social aspect to Capitol Hill, adding to the relaxed yet energized feel that we love about The Hill.
Living In Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill is one of the most sought-after areas to live in within the District. The neighborhood is full of rowhouses, condos, and apartments. While there are various options throughout, the rowhouses account for most of the housing in the area. When you get closer to the Potomac Avenue and Navy Yard areas, you’ll start to see much more development. Condominiums and new apartment buildings are in the works to accommodate the number of people who want to live in Capitol Hill. Living on The Hill is definitely pricey, but the neighborhood is certainly worth it.