For years, the reputation of our nation’s capital hinged on politics, monuments, steakhouses, and of course, scandal. But recently, Washington, D.C., has blossomed into a destination for design buffs. With a spate of design-forward hotel, restaurant, and shop openings, the city has never felt fresher or more vibrant. Below, our guide on where to stay, eat, and shop.


After cutting his culinary chops at local hot spots Estadio and Doi Moi, chef Haidar Karoum decided to strike out on his own with Chloe. For his menu, Karoum honors his Lebanese roots while drawing inspiration from his global travels. From crispy cauliflower tossed with tahini to Vietnamese roasted chicken, there’s something for every appetite. Blond wood, an open kitchen, and a green herb wall further cement Chloe’s status as a contemporary neighborhood restaurant.

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