When it comes to being trendy, Washington DC hits all the marks including:
• The city’s got a youthful vibe, thanks to the sprightly presence and vast numbers of 16-to-35 year olds, who make up 38% of the population.
• A cutting edge drinking culture prevails. Byebye goodtime-Charlie bars serving oldfashioned Old Fashioneds, hello natty lounges turning out Smoky Pineapples and other crafty concoctions. If the setting is the waterfront, a rooftop, or a brewpub, better yet.
• Top chefs and nationally recognized restaurants are here, including those from elsewhere, like Daniel Boulud and his DBGB Kitchen & Bar, and homegrown, like Jose Andres and his 7 restaurants. Washingtonians are voracious, competitive and sophisticated diners, filling restaurants morning, noon, and night.
• Chichi shopping opportunities abound. A vibrant nightlife scene throbs in neighborhoods throughout the city, from Capitol Hill pockets to the Penn Quarter. And the arts scene is the hippest of all worlds, combining embassy exhibits, gallery happy hours, museum afterhours events, and top-notch performances in every genre.
Stay tuned while we come up with our top ideas for these four neighborhoods. In the meantime, share your suggestions below. What do you like?
— With Candyce H. Stapen