Dupont Circle
Dupont Circle
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Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
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  • Dupont Circle • 2 min walk

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MusicalTraveler
Boston, MA87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Business
If you're a person who enjoys a great combination of laid-backness and hip fun venues, this would be among your top choices in the Metro DC area. First of all the Metro train comes right into the center of the circle, and last time i was in the area there were live bands playing right where the train station lets out. Then study your map a bit cause there are a number of roads (upwards of 10 roads) that feed the rotary, many of which are loaded with or lead you to a multitude of hip clubs, bars, restaurants, plus services like nails and massage, etc etc. Great burgers, latin food, ethiopian restaurants and coffee shops, etc. Following further down most any of the main roads leads to even much more of the same! Lots of options. For instance, just a bit South going down Conn Ave you'll find a hot little bar called Dirty Martini, and a few other trendy bars right near it, plus a Shake Shake just across the street. But basically any way you wander you'll find cool venues. Please give me a Helpful Vote if this helps you. Cheers!
Written 14 April 2018
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zitti
Richardson, TX17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dupont Circle is safe, full of live music, outdoor parks, easy access to Metro and Metrobus and chock full of delicious restaurants (we tried Thai Chef, Johnny's Half Shell, Levante and Tomate - all great). The Jurys Washington hotel is ON Dupont Circle and yet so quiet (rooms facing atrium) that we stayed a second weekend in a row. The lower floors have been updated recently. There's a CVS and Bank of America at Dupont as well as a Krispy Kreme. What more does a tourist need? Every Sunday there's a Farmer's Market at Dupont offering pastries, fruit and handmade wares. Hope you enjoy your stay at Dupont as much as we did.
Written 30 July 2006
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Gooner10-8
Dublin, Ireland1,950 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
We've visited, or passed through this area, quite a number of times over the years (see previous Reviews) and have always had a positive experience - this year we actually stayed locally (at the very good "Dupont Circle Hotel") and enjoyed it even more!

The first thing that always registers with me here is the quotes from the famous American Poet, Walt Whitman, inscribed on the walls as you exit the METRO Station - from what I've read, the obviously highly-talented Walt was "quite a guy", with an interesting (not uncontroversial) history.

Next, I look at the "Fountain" dedicated to the Civil-War era Admiral Dupont : he was initially "disgraced", but, later "rehabilitated", causing the re-naming of this Circle (formerly known as "Pacific Circle") - amusingly, perhaps, his privileged Family were unhappy with the Statue originally erected, demanded its removal, and it was replaced with the (rather uninspiring) "Monument" you see to-day.

Let's move-on to what you can experience to-day - especially if you decide to stay in the neighbourhood. On weekdays particularly, you'll notice that, traffic-wise, it's busy, and quite noisy (American car-drivers, in contrast with my own home Country, are very noticeably aggressive as regards car-horn "hooting" - and not just in daytime hours, as we discovered in our Hotel Bedroom!).

But the traffic noise (mainly due to lack of "driver restraint") is probably one of the few negative local "features" (OK, you do need to be careful about the obviously "odd" mix of "characters" you may encounter as you cross the park area surrounding the Admiral DuPont Fountain) - generally this is an area you can enjoy on its own merits, as well as its accessibility to other places.

Spending just over a week here, we had quite varied experiences as regards Breakfasts, Snacks, Lunch etc. : "Le Pain Quotidien" (just around the corner from the very prominent "CVS") was at times quite good for its Food, but generally poor as regards "Service" ; for "Coffee / Snacks", we felt you just couldn't beat "Firehook" - great Coffee + great value. The local "Starbucks" was, let's say, less good than the better Outlets of this familiar Chain. Sadly, the "Afterwords Cafe" (attached to the excellent "KramerBooks") was a severe disappointment.

If you're interested in Books, there are two local Outlets you should visit : KramerBooks (on Connecticut Avenue) has a superb range on offer (+ very helpful staff) but there's also a fascinating Outlet (for "previously owned" Books) called "Second Story", again just around the corner from the CVS - I made several purchases in both.

The other feature of this area you shouldn't overlook is that it's within a reasonable walking-distance of other places you might like to visit. For example, you might consider the Woodrow Wilson House, the Anderson House, the Phillips Collection venue, all of which are close-by. And, if you're aware of historic sites, St. Matthew's Cathedral, where assassinated President John F. Kennedy's Funeral Service was held in 1963, is also within walking distance.

A further "Plus" for this area was that when we decided to dine at one of the better Washington D.C. Restaurants, "Le Diplomate", we found we could comfortably walk there in less than 15 minutes.

I severely doubt that I've done sufficient justice to the many positive features of the "DuPont Circle" area - hopefully I'll get the opportunity, in future years, to enjoy a lot more of what this neighbourhood has to offer.

In the meantime, if you get the opportunity, come and enjoy this area!
Written 4 November 2017
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Beukel
Rotterdam66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Around 8:30 in the morning, first time in Washington, passed by in this circle. We took some photos and a “normal and friendly” man talked to us probably noticing that we are new in the area. My husband returned the friendly gesture. The talks became a conversation and i told my husband that we still have a subway to catch. Later on, the man was already asking for money to buy food. My husband did not realize that he will ask that since he looked “normal” to us. My husband said he has no cash and the man insisted that there are atm machines to get cash. After that, we ran away to the subway. Beware and rather do not talk to strangers. Hope this review helps.
Written 2 October 2018
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Giorgio G
Washington DC, DC1,353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
... Thirty years ago the epicenter the DC gay world, replaced later by young well-to-do people mostly straight when the gays moved towards 14th Str. and then further down towards Shaw. It remains a wealthy neighborhood with fancy shops and decent restaurants. Worth spending some time at the Fountain in the center of the Circle, and visiting the Phillips Collection, one of the best art collections in DC.
Written 5 November 2017
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Thomas M
Washington DC, DC9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
This neighborhood once housed the wealthy and famous architects of the district. Now Dupont Circle is home to the nations and to the interns. Exit the Dupont Circle red line station and stroll along Embassy Row and admire each unique country's consulate. Stop into dozens of local eateries for a happy hour mix with young adults. Enjoy a safe and busy nightlife scene or wake up early for a morning jog to the White House, Georgetown, National Mall sights or through nearby Rock Creek Park.

Dozens of local businesses line Connecticut Avenue and attract visitors and locals with personal service and colorful wares. While the Dupont neighborhood has recently attracted a large young professional population, many residents have called this part of town home for over four decades. Many local businesses boast this same heritage. The local Sicilian hair-cutter Diego d'Ambrosio gave so many senators and congressmen haircuts that now a portion of "Q" Street bears his name. Local book-sellers turned cafe-owners will tell you the whole story at "Kramer Books." Artists shouldn't miss the local Phillips Collection which is well worth is cost of admission.
Written 18 December 2014
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Wiff
London, UK235 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Solo
I stayed just up the road from Du Pont circle toward Woodley Park metro. I used Du Point metro as it was downhill (literally) from my hotel, to be honest I am glad I wasn't staying any closer, the actual circle fountain and roundabout is fine daytime, but as soon as early evening comes it seemed to be full of homeless people and beggars. It wasn't uncommon to see rats running round the park either. It's pretty filthy.
Homelessness is obviously an issue around the circle area, I was amazed to be casually asked by someone sitting next to me on the Metro if I "had a dollar?"....it became a bit tiresome after a few days so I made sure I visited Adams Morgan which was a much nicer part of town in the evenings.
Written 8 November 2013
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Lolaz007
Washington, DC151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
If you're visiting Washington, DC and want to get a sense of how the locals live, check out Dupont Circle. It has something for everyone. Whether you're into book stores, sitting on a park bench, window shopping, shoe shopping, good restaurants, tea, chilling out with friends over a glass of wine or cup of coffee, or people-watching, you'll find it in Dupont Circle.

Here are my recommendations:
- Check out Kramerbooks. It's a cool, independent bookstore with a good selection of fiction, nonfiction, self-help, cookbooks, etc. It has a cafe in the back, but I can only recommend it for desserts, coffee, or light fare, especially as there are much better restaurants close by.
- Do some people-watching in the little park in the Circle. Sit on one of the benches around the fountain and take in the view. There's never a dull moment in the Circle. It's safe most of the time (although I wouldn't hang out there late at night). But be warned, if you have food with you, those cute, friendly squirrels will steal your sandwich!
- If you like tea, stop by Teaism (on R Street off of Connecticut) for a tea break. Located in a cozy townhouse, it's a good place to take a break. You can also buy loose tea there or at the Capital Tea shop closer to the Circle.
- If you're into shoes, stop by Comfort One's shops. There's also a Mephisto shop on Conn. Ave. too.For unique accessories and jewelry, check out the Proper Topper on Connecticut Ave.
- Check out the Sunday farmer's market. It's one of the biggest in DC where you can find fruit, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, you name it.
- Other places popular with locals and tourists alike: Marvelous Market (this little bakery cafe is known for its bread, muffins,pies, and snacks); Starbucks (2 locations-one near the north metro station entrance near Q Street & the other one farther south on Connecticut, which is usually less crowded); Bar Dupont (good for cocktails and people-watching); and the Russia House (kind of "sceney," but lively atmosphere and good vodka drinks).
- Restaurant recommendations: P Street off the Circle has a number of very good restaurants. For authentic Italian, I recommend Al Tiramisu (it looks like a hole in the wall, but the food is excellent). You'll also find Pizzeria Paradiso and Le Pain Quotidien in that area.Firefly on New Hampshire Ave. is another good bet. And if you like Greek, I recommend Zorba's. Last but not least, for excellent Persian cuisine (and kabobs), go to Moby Dick on N Street (between Conn. Ave. and N Streets).
Written 1 February 2013
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Major famous commercial center
* Many restaurants and bars (especially the 24 hour Krispy Kreme Donut Shoppe)
* Many community and cultural celebrations
* Vibrant, lively and eclectic
* Always something happening- busy
* Big major thoroughfare traffic circle
* Underground passage of Connecticut Avenue lessens the congestion

CONS
* Busy and crowded and active
* The main traffic circle of 6 major streets is very confusing and dangerous for cars and drivers and also risky for pedestrians (but not as bad as L'Etoile of 12 streets surrounding the Arc de Triomphe in Paris)
* There are people who live there in the park or on the streets and then one needs to be wary

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... for the first time on this visit when I drove from Cleveland Park to Freedom Plaza (in order to get the kosher Krispy Kreme donuts). I subsequently walked the several kilometers to do the same purchase.

Both times, it was Sunday morning 8-9am and the place was relatively quiet. Those that slept on the street were there.

There was an active farmers' marker being set up on the side streets on both days.

I've passed through here innumerous times, but only now, viewing and reporting as a tourist.

ADVICES
* No real need to go out of your way to see it as a tourist attraction.
* Watch out for the traffic circle- both as a driver and a pedestrian
* Know that you will probably see people who live there


Written 14 June 2023
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,730 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Dupont Circle is a traffic roundabout in D.C. where several major streets converge, including Connecticut Ave. NW., Massachusetts Ave. NW., New Hampshire Ave. NW, and P. Street.

The circle includes a green park with benches and a memorial fountain, installed in 1921 that resembles a large chalice with several allegorical figures carved into the handle. Water spills from the top of the cup like top into a pool below.

Dupont Circle is also a historic neighbourhood in the area referred to as Old City. This is where you find numerous 19th century mansions and residential buildings which make this a rather pleasant place to explore on foot, particularly in the spring when many residents have gardens in bloom and streets are lined with flush green trees.

This is where you find Embassy Row in Washington D.C. as well as a few very good attractions like The Philips Collection - America's first Modern Art Museum and the Anderson House, one of the mansions in the area that is open for free visitation and tours.

Dupont Circle is well connected to the National Mall and other areas of the city. There is a Metro (red line) with a North and South station entrance on both sides of the roundabout. Plenty of hotels and good restaurants in the area as well, making this a nice place to consider staying during visits to D.C.
Written 6 June 2016
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