The opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture is just around the corner. We reached out to our DC source, Brittany Cascanet, Hotwire‘s Hotel Account Manager in our nations’ capitol, to get her “can’t miss” recommendations for places to visit when you come to town to check out this exciting new museum.
Brittany’s number one spot is the U Street Corridor neighborhood. Located between 17th Street NW and 9th Street NW in the Shaw area of DC, U Street Corridor has tons of happening restaurants, bars, music venues and boutiques. Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong were regulars on the scene back in their day and the magic of DC’s African culture is still as vibrant as ever in this bustling neighborhood.
More on Brittany’s Top U Street Hits:
Ben’s Chili Bowl – Located on one of DC’s most iconic streets along the U Street Corridor, Ben’s has been serving up chili since 1958. Family run and still totally old-school, the appeal of a Ben’s chili-dog is timeless.
Busboys and Poets – Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Busboys and Poets is a great place to enjoy art, culture and politics (and the name is a reference to poet Langston Hughes).
9:30 Club – Arguably one of D.C.’s best live-music venues, the 9:30 Club offers shows for music lovers of all genres and is located just off the corridor at the corner of 9th Street and V Street NW.
Additional places to visit:
CityCenterDC – Where else can you find high end shopping and street performances by local musicians? With 2.5 million square feet of public space, restaurants and retail CityCenterDC has just about everything.
Co Co. Sala – An award-winning restaurant and chocolate boutique, Co Co. Sala is an evening lounge spot that offers a sweet takes on the cocoa bean. Tuesday-Friday from 5-7 p.m. is the Chocolate and Bubbles happy hour – definitely not to be missed!
Brittany also recommends taking one of the many guided walking tours to learn more about DC’s important history during the Civil Rights movement. Exercise and a history lesson all in one equal a win-win for exploring this great city.