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Teds Bulletin

Famous for its homemade pop tarts, Teds Bulletin is a must for the brunch brigade. With a classic American-themed menu that includes all-day breakfast, it’s become somewhat of an institution. Whenever you go, make sure you save room for desserts – the sweet treats and milkshakes (which can be spiked with alcohol) are what it’s best known for.

Zaytinya

This Turkish-, Greek- and Lebanese-inspired restaurant in Chinatown serves excellent food in sleek and modern surrounds featuring high ceilings and big windows. Each mezze dish is packed with flavour – favourites include seared halloumi and lamb bahar. Get two or three dishes to start and follow with Turkish delight.

Le Diplomate

Serving French fare and a variety of cocktails with a side dish of Parisian charm, Le Diplomate is a favourite among everyone from the young stylish crowd to politicians – and even Michelle Obama, who snuck out of the White House for a meal there. This ex-laundromat is the brainchild of Stephen Starr, whose million-dollar makeover of the building created a French bistro straight from Midnight in Paris. Book in advance if you don’t want to queue for hours.

Busboys and Poets

This café-turned-community-hub has a short but rich history among DC’s progressive thinkers, having regularly hosted activists opposing the Iraq War upon opening in 2005. The coffee shop, which now has six locations around DC, is one of the best places to spend a lazy afternoon reading, drawing or playing board games. They also regularly host small events such as open mic nights, performing arts for toddlers and book signings.

Old Ebbitt Grill

Perhaps the most “DC” restaurant in town, Old Ebbitt Grill is genuinely old, having opened in 1856 and been favourite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt. Just steps from the White House and with a spectacular view over the mall, it’s just as famous for its classic recipes as its guests, continuing to attract politicians, journalists and celebrities.

Old Ebbitt Grill

Busboys and Poets

Le Diplomate

Zaytinya

Teds Bulletin

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