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The Dupont Circle Lifestyle

Explore My Community Favorites

Below you’ll find a collection of my favorite Dupont, and Dupont adjacent things, in no particular order.  The only criteria for inclusion on this list, is for me to say “I LOVE that!” From dishes at restaurants to vendors at the Farmer’s Market, and everything in between, I hope you’ll enjoy my favorites as much as I do sharing them.

Dupont Circle Fountain
The Dupont fountain serves as the epicenter of the famed traffic circle where grand avenues intersect. The public space dates to 1871 but the white marble fountain with its three classic figures representing the Sea, Stars and Wind wasn’t installed until 1921. Today, the circle and its central fountain serve as a welcoming beacon, a tourist attraction and a place for locals to gather and socialize.
Goober Pie at Kramer Books Photo courtesy of @kramerbooks
Since opening in 1976, Kramerbooks & Afterwords has been Dupont Circle’s indispensable indie bookstore and café. In addition to browsing the written word, customers can enjoy live jazz, cocktails and foodie delights. A special shout-out goes to the goober pie, with creamy peanut butter nestled into a graham cracker crust and topped off by sinfully rich chocolate ganache.
Crab Cakes at Hank’s Oyster Bar Photo courtesy of @hanksoysterbar
Hank’s Oyster Bar is well known inside the Beltway with five locations to date. But it all began in Dupont Circle in 2005, with Chef Jamie Leeds creating beach fare classics such as po’boys and lobster rolls. The menu has expanded greatly since then and there’s tons of great items on the menu. But the crab cakes at Dupont’s flagship location deserve special raves—light, plump, crisply breaded and sweet indeed. .
Orange Scones at Three Fifty Bakery & Coffee Bar Photo courtesy of @caffeinatethecapital
In an era when over-roasted coffee chains occupy every urban corner, it’s nice to find a quality alternative. Such is the case with Three Fifty Bakery & Coffee Bar, tucked away street level in a 17th Street row house. You can enjoy Americano coffee, espresso, rich hot chocolate and tasty morning starters in this cozy spot. But the orange scones deserve an extra salute!
Chips and Queso at Lauriol Plaza Photo courtesy of @oui.hangry
Lauriol Plaza is a large, warm and friendly Dupont restaurant offering tasty Tex-Mex, Spanish and Latin American cuisine. There’s a lot of great choices but the simple pleasure of chips and queso are a favorite for the Jeff Wilson family during their Thursday night visits. It’s also worth noting that the staff makes special cookies for the three Wilson daughters! It’s just that kind of place.