CityCenterDC is a miniature Manhattan, not in a skyscrapery sense, but in its Fifth Avenue-like concentration of chichi shops, from Carolina Herrera, to Vince, to Burberry, to Caudalie, to Longchamp, to Kate Spade, to Dior. But the 10-acre mixed use complex is worth visiting even if you’re not much of a shopper.
Located at the northern end of the Penn Quarter, CityCenter stretches between New York Avenue and H St. and between 9th and 11th streets. Its design includes a central plaza and pedestrian-friendly lanes, and a park where public events take place, such as yoga classes on certain evenings in spring, or a Farmers Market on Tuesdays 11 am-2 pm.
An entryway leading from H St., right next to the restaurant DGBG, back towards a central plaza features a cool permanent art installation in which a digital video screen runs up the wall and arches overhead, projecting a series of live video clips, computer-generated images, sound, art and music, related to one of 5 themes: dance, architecture, illusion, space, and water. In one video 3 acrobats hang upside down in a fishbowl among huge fish; in a display of photos, the Lincoln Memorial and other DC landmarks are presented from intriguing perspectives. People love to take selfies in front of the video wall.
Restaurants include Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen and Bar, and Peter Yang’s Momofuku. But homegrown eateries are also here and recommended, among them the Italian Centrolina restaurant and market, and the bakeshop Rare Sweets.
Metro: Metro Center on the Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines; and Gallery Place on the Red, Green, and Yellow Lines.