Downtown-Penn Quarter DC Neighborhood Guide
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NorthWest DC • Shopping • Variety of Dining • Convenient
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The Downtown and Penn Quarter neighborhoods are essentially the center of all of Washington D.C.’s action. The historic and sophisticated feel of Downtown mixed with the energetic and modern feel of Penn Quarter creates one of the Districts’ most unique neighborhoods. The area is packed with museums, high-end shopping, bars and restaurants, and of course, The White House. The Verizon Center is another focal point of the neighborhood, hosting both professional teams and performers. The mix of culture, history, and trends has people flocking to Downtown and Penn Quarter. For those that desire an energetic neighborhood with non-stop action, this is the Washington D.C. neighborhood for you.
Our Favorite Brunch Spot
The Smith, located in Penn Quarter, is a New York City original that D.C. residents are now lucky enough to experience. At The Smith, they believe in using fresh, local, and sustainable resources as frequent as possible. They also strive to create a fun yet relaxing environment that welcomes anyone and everyone for all occasions. While we love to enjoy any meal here, our favorite is Brunch. The brunch menu is extensive, with a variety of standard brunch items, a raw bar, and both salad and sandwich options. While there isn’t a bottomless brunch option, they have your typical brunch cocktails as well as a few specialty brunch cocktails. Insiders tip: the Monkey Bread starter is a must get! All in all, you can’t beat the quality of both service and food when dining at The Smith.
Our Favorite Happy Hour Spot
Nailing down our favorite Happy Hour location is always tough – each D.C. neighborhood has such a wide variety of options to choose from and it’s hard to go wrong. That being said, there is one spot in the Downtown / Penn Quarter neighborhood that really sticks out to us: Oyamel. Oyamel is a Mexican restaurant that serves small plates, tacos, signature margaritas, and plenty of tequila. Happy Hour is offered Monday – Friday from 4:00 PM through 6:00 PM. $4 beers, $5 glasses of wine, and $5-7 signature cocktails are featured on the Happy Hour Menu, along with several small plates to choose from. The environment at Oyamel makes Happy Hour all the more enjoyable – bright butterflies decorating the walls, an energetic and lively staff, and a central location just minutes away from Downtown makes for the perfect evening.
Best Place To Work Up A Sweat
Flywheel is an indoor cycling studio offering 45, 60, and 90-minute classes where coaches guide riders through an intensive workout of climbs, sprints, races, and more. The method behind the madness at Flywheel boils down to the Personal Performance Data and the TorqBoard. Whether you achieve more through self-motivation, or through competition, Flywheel has you covered. Each bike is equipped with a TechPack that tracks the status of your entire ride. This information feeds to the TorqBoard, displaying class rankings and stats as the class goes on. Riders can opt out of the TorqBoard if they aren’t as motivated by friendly competition. Flywheel is centrally located in the Downtown neighborhood, and classes are offered all throughout the day. The studio is clean, inviting, and energetic, and the coaches are top of the line. Your first ride is just $15, and afterward, there are several packages and memberships to choose from.
Best Way To Get Around
Downtown is a very convenient and accessible D.C. neighborhood – public transportation and walking are typically the best ways to get around. There are several Metro Lines in close proximity to the neighborhood, as well as the D.C. circulator and Capital Bikeshare. Walking throughout Downtown is equally convenient – there is access to nearly everything one might need by foot. Personal vehicles tend to be on the more difficult side due to traffic and parking, so people tend to rely more on public transportation when commuting around this neighborhood.
Peace and quiet. The Downtown-Penn Quarter neighborhood never seems to slow down, and there are constantly things happening. Things here are extremely fast paced, and it is rare to ever feel like things are slowing down. Some may feel overwhelmed by the action, while others thrive in this environment. While the hustle and bustle can feel like a lot at times, the neighborhood makes up for it in other ways.
What You Won’t Find
While the Downtown-Penn Quarter neighborhood is full of action and life, it is lacking the residential feel that many other D.C. neighborhoods have. The variety of businesses, restaurants, museums, and other establishments here take over, preventing there from being a large sense of community between residents. All of the neighborhood attractions bring in many non-residents, which also prevents there from being a close-knit community feel. Regardless, living here is a treat – the history, the culture, and the energy of Downtown is hard not to love.
Living In Downtown-Penn Quarter
Apartments are the lead source of housing in the Downtown-Penn Quarter neighborhood. High-rise apartment buildings and condominiums are the main housing options. Because of the phenomenal location and the convenience of everything being in close proximity, this is a very expensive D.C. neighborhood to live in. Finding family homes here can be difficult, and typically will not be as convenient as the apartments and condominiums in the area.
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