Let’s admit that Washington DC could be much sexier

For many Americans a vacation to DC is like kale salad: you know it’s something you’re supposed to be into, but it’s not your first pick. The Wharf — this fancy new entertainment district aimed at young urbanites — wants to raise the city’s tourism profile beyond statues and cherry blossoms and free museums.

At this Potomac development you’ll find pedestrian streets and alleyways (and, within a few weeks, dozens of businesses). Music will pour out of an Irish pub owned by a former Guinness employee. Visitors will saunter from a gelato shop to Hank’s Oyster Bar, and over to Blue Bottle, a coffee shop that promises all its coffee will be no more than 48 hours out of the roaster. It’ll also house 20 restaurants, including Top Chefalum Jennifer Carroll’s Requin, an Italian food market, and a Belgian spot called Florentijn from a former chef at the Belgian Embassy.

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