Welcome to Capitol Hill
One of D.C.’s most popular places to live, work, and play.
The pivotal landmarks and modern makings of the nation's capital are all found on Capitol Hill. Both new and longtime residents adore Capitol Hill for its historic city blocks, buzzy nightlife scene, exquisite dining experiences, and endless blocks of 19th-century row houses for which the city is so popular. One of the city’s most popular neighborhoods is also the location of one of the largest marketplaces in the region, international influence, and has been called home by some of the biggest names in the nation’s history.
The largest historic district in the city is also one of the oldest. The neighborhood truly began to take place at the turn of the 19th century when the federal government became the city’s largest employer. Over the years, Capitol Hill has become a popular spot for politicians, Capitol staff, professionals, and families for their quiet residential enclaves, close proximity to government buildings, and high Walk Scores.
What to Love
- Close proximity to the Capitol, White House, national monuments, and other federal offices
- Walkable streets lined with restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and boutiques
- Close proximity to parks, Metro stations, and everything noteworthy in Washington, D.C.
Those who live on Capitol Hill enjoy a convenient and comfortable standard of living. High-paying jobs with the government or other large corporations are a short drive from residential neighborhoods, making frustrating commutes a thing of the past. From afternoon errands to weekend brunch, every aspect of life is an enjoyable adventure. Many of the city’s top destinations for steaks, exotic cuisine, power lunches, and all-American favorites are found without having to leave the neighborhood, but if an excursion outside is necessary, most anything else in the world can be found within a few short blocks.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
One of the most popular places to call home in the city is also one of the best to spend a night on the town. Grab a quick breakfast bite or stop in for a traditional Irish pint, and you may even find yourself sitting among some of D.C.‘s most recognizable faces.
Hand-rolled artisan bagels created from local recipes are found at Bullfrog Bagels. With a few locations across town, Capitol Hill residents are fortunate enough to have one situated in the heart of their neighborhood. Popular breakfast sandwiches like the house-smoked lox or bacon egg and cheese are served alongside a few unique creations of their own, like the HAS, topped with homemade hummus, avocado, and sprouts.
Ted’s Bulletin is a delightful spot to grab a more proper sit-down breakfast or brunch. Modernized American favorites such as housemaid “Pop Tarts,” spicy breakfast burritos, a crispy, country-fried chicken sandwich, and a traditional big breakfast are enjoyed here in a bright, authentic space. The bar is also part milkshake parlor, serving up a dozen classic flavors alongside a few boozy alternatives for adults.
Shepherds pie, fish and chips, chicken pot pie, and Monte Cristo sandwiches can be enjoyed at The Dubliner, a traditional Irish pub boasting endless pints of frothy Guinness and an impressive offering of authentic Irish whiskeys. Established in 1974 by a family with an extensive history in the bar and pub industry, The Dubliner is one of America’s largest purveyors of Guinness stout, and also boasts their very own Auld Dubliner Amber Ale, made exclusively for this particular pub.
Modern dishes inspired by the Balkan states are the specialty of Ambar. Appearing in the Michelin Guide each year since 2017, their reimagined cheese pie, drunken mussels, lamb lasagna, and prosciutto Benedict are just a few of their most popular creations, all of which are offered for very fair prices, especially as part of the eatery’s all-encompassing Balkan experience spread.
Things To Do
Residents of Capitol Hill enjoy direct access to exciting professional athletic matches. The Washington Nationals play at Nationals Park just west of the Washington Navy Yard. Just down the street, Audi Field hosts D.C. United where guests can enjoy Major League Soccer games. Nearby, the Washington Capitals represent the city in the National Hockey League, playing at Capital One Arena. Throughout the year, plenty of locals can be seen playing tourist in their own neighborhood, wandering the United States Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, and discovering the dozens and dozens of vendors and their fresh produce, prepared dishes, artwork, flowers, and so much more at the Eastern Market, a Capitol Hill staple since 1873.
Children living on Capitol Hill are a stone’s throw from amazing educational opportunities. One example is:
- Gonzaga College High School, grades 9-12; this Catholic all-boys school is the top-rated one of its kind in the city, also boasting the city’s best athletic program
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