Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle is a vibrant D.C. neighborhood where business and residential meet and mix.

Welcome to Dupont Circle

Vibrant neighborhood with beautiful historic architecture

Dupont Circle is a vibrant D.C. neighborhood where business and residential meet and mix. The neighborhood is named for the iconic traffic circle at its center. This elegant landmark was built in the 1870s and later named for Civil War hero Samuel Francis du Pont. The Dupont Circle neighborhood is part of Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s original masterplan for D.C.’s historic central districts. The British Embassy opened on Connecticut Avenue in 1872 and many other embassies and international missions line the Embassy Row section of Manhattan Avenue. The last few decades of the 20th century saw Dupont Circle evolve into a boho neighborhood of trendy restaurants, coffee shops, boutique shops, and hip late-night hangouts. Massachusetts Avenue is home to the neighborhood’s grandest and most historic properties, featuring stately mansions built in the late 19th century. Other streets feature attractive pre-1900 Queen Anne and Richardson Romanesque row houses.

What to Love

  • Beautiful historic architecture
  • Embassy Row
  • Sophisticated dining scene
  • 17th Street LGBTQ culture

People & Lifestyle

Dupont Circle is one of D.C.’s most exciting neighborhoods, home to prominent think tanks, embassies and international diplomats, and the center of D.C.’s historic 17th Street gay scene. Dupont Circle offers a convenient location with excellent transportation links. Downtown D.C. and Georgetown are accessible within minutes.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Dupont Circle’s sophisticated dining scene includes chef-driven tasting menus, dozens of European-style bistros, and several stylish bars and restaurants housed within boutique hotels. The Tabard Inn is D.C.’s longest-running inn, continuously in operation since 1922. The charming Tabard Inn occupies three late-19th century townhouses. Along with attractively furnished rooms, The Tabard Inn has a lounge with live jazz music and a Michelin Guide recommended restaurant which fuses seasonal American cooking with the flavors of the Middle East. Komi also offers exciting fusion cuisine with an ever-changing tasting course of innovative dishes influenced by the tastes of Greece and Italy. Floriana offers a more traditional Italian dining experience with homemade pasta and a carefully curated wine list. The Beacon Hotel’s Beacon Bar & Grill is one of D.C.’s favorite weekend brunch spots. The Beacon also offers a rooftop lounge with stunning views and happy hour drinks specials. The Pembroke Restaurant at The Dupont Circle Hotel serves classic French cooking in a chic space with floor-to-ceiling windows. Connecticut Avenue is one of the city’s premier shopping streets with a wide choice of recognizable fashion brands.

Things to Do

Dupont Circle is named for the historic traffic circle at its center. The traffic circle features a marble fountain adorned with carved statues. An abandoned streetcar station underneath the traffic circle has been transformed into Dupont Underground, a subterranean arts center with exhibition galleries and a live music performance space. Above ground, Embassy Row feels like an open-air exhibition of grand 19th-century architecture. This striking stretch of Massachusetts Avenue features dozens of embassies and many other diplomatic buildings. Throughout May, 70 embassies open their doors to the public for the Passport DC event. This international celebration also features a variety of street festivals, cultural performances, workshops, and exhibitions.

17th Street is the historic center of the D.C. LGBTQ community. Popular gay bars, restaurants, and clubs on this lively stretch include Annie’s Paramount Steak House, DIK Bar, and JR’s Bar & Grill. 17th Street is adorned with rainbow flags throughout the year. During Capital Pride in May, the Capital Pride Parade runs through 17th Street on its route between Dupont Circle and Logan Circle. In August, the 17th Street Festival is a fun event featuring over 120 arts-and-crafts vendors, roving live musicians, and a kids zone.

Schools

Columbia Heights is served by the District of Columbia Public School District.

  • School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, Public, PK-8
  • School Without Walls High School, Public, 9-12

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