Neighborhood Guide: Dupont Circle, Washington DC
Welcome To The Dupont Circle DC Guide
If you’re looking for D.C. Apartments in a lively area, offering residents easy access to the city’s best social and cultural locations, then welcome to Dupont Circle.
Located in the thriving multi-cultural Northwest Quadrant of Washington D.C., Dupont Circle is a sought-after hub for its rich culture and community.
Dupont Circle is often called “D.C.’s trendiest neighborhood”. With the best bars, restaurants, events, and nightlife in the city, neighborhood residents are never left wanting things to see and do.
For those interested in arts and education, Dupont Circle is conveniently located nearby world-famous museums, bookstores, historic homes, and private art galleries.
For outdoorsy residents, the park located in the center of Dupont Circle provides a welcome reprieve from city life.
Those who wish to relax on a park bench with an award-winning novel, play chess, and participate in outdoor events and activities will feel right at home in this natural oasis in the heart of D.C.
Best of all, the Dupont Circle Citizens Association unites the neighborhood to maintain its beauty and cleanliness.
Featured Apartments in Dupont Circle
Apartments in Dupont Circle are among the most desirable in the entire D.C. area. But, what can you expect from life in a Dupont Circle Apartment? Learn more at one of our beautiful neighborhood apartments.
The RodneyDupont CircleLocated at 1911 R. Street NW in the heart of Dupont Circle, The Rodney offers elegant one-bedroom and studio apartments perfect for young residents moving to DC. The pet-friendly community amenities include a library, parcel pending package storage system, smart laundry, and a controlled access entry with video features.
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An Overview of
Living in Dupont Circle
Is living in Dupont circle the right choice for you? We’ve put together some resources that should help make your decision as easy as possible. Moreover, we’ve got plenty of insider knowledge of the best places in the neighborhood. So, whether you’re looking for new places to shop, eat, or relax, we’ve got you covered.
With a near-perfect Walkscore of 98, Dupont Circle living affords locals easy access on foot to the local areas many popular locations. Also, the various bus routes and the red line Metro stop at 1525 20th Street Northwest are making commuting and leisure in the city a breeze.
Cyclists will love the plentiful bike trails. Even if you don’t own a bike, the city’s bike share program makes it easy to start and stay active while enjoying convenient local transport. Just about every necessity and luxury of city-living are just footsteps away.
Groceries, pharmacies, health care, laundry services, hardware stores, salons, sports courts, swimming pools, and bike trails, coffee shops, gyms, and more are all conveniently located.
Walk or bike West to historic Georgetown, Northwest to the international community of Kalorama, Northeast to the buzzing nightlife of Adams Morgan and U street, Southeast to downtown and the Whitehouse, and South to GWU.
In fact, there’s something to do in every direction when you make Dupont Circle your home.
Visit Embassy Row
Did you know that one whole street of Dupont Circle is dedicated to embassies? That’s right! Taking a stroll down Massachusetts Avenue will lead you down a 2-mile journey around the world.
The first embassy you’ll come to is the Australian embassy, but you’ll find unique embassies such as the Embassy of Madagascar or the Embassy of Iceland! Be sure to check out their websites and facebook pages, as many of them have free events open to the public.
Admire Dupont Circle’s Artwork
With all of Washington DC’s beautiful buildings and architecture, there’s always plenty to see in the city. If you’re looking for a more traditional take on art, however, Dupont Circle is the place to be! Also, there are plenty of fancy fountains, statues, and art museums for you to check out in the area.
The Philips Collection is a modern art museum right in Washington DC. The museum is home to pieces by plenty of famous artists, such as Van Gogh, Renoir, and Rothko. The best part? Admission is only $10, so you can spend a low-cost afternoon getting your fill of classic modern art.
One of the city’s classic landmarks is the Dupont Circle Fountain and is a great spot to check out if you enjoy sculpture. The piece was built by Daniel Chester and was inspired by Henry Bacon. Many artists and musicians gather there to perform, making it a fun hangout spot in the neighborhood.
Stop By Woodrow Wilson’s Home
Dupont Circle is home to many old buildings and historic spots. Don’t miss out on learning about what brought the neighborhood to life!
Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president of the United States, and you can still visit his home in Dupont Circle today! His home was inspired by Georgian architecture. He lived in the home in the 1920s, and what’s great about this spot is that it hasn’t changed at all!
By the way, keep an eye on the building’s calendar, as the Woodrow Wilson house frequently hosts garden parties and game nights during the warmer season.
Spend a Day At
The Mansion on O Street
The Mansion on O Street is a truly unique part of the city. This quirky museum is home to various themed rooms which are filled from floor to ceiling with odd artifacts. Check out the John Lennon room for a space filled with Beatles paraphernalia. Or, head to the book room, where you can find a book on any topic!
Don’t forget, the mansion has dozens of hidden doors, so keep your eyes open for any spaces that don’t seem quite “right”. Also, you’re free to buy any of the artifacts in the house. Most of them are collected from antique stores, so you never know what you might find!
Going with a group? The Mansion on O Street has special tours for parties, celebrations, or just a fun date! Or, if you have a wedding coming up, you can even get married at The Mansion.
Laugh Your Way Through
DC Improv club is one of the many fun places you can spend an evening in Dupont Circle. You can either choose to learn comedy yourself or you can relax and catch a show!
Not sure if you’re ready to commit to a class yet? Try your hand at one of their open mic nights! Admission is completely free, and you can take a stab at comedy at your own pace.
If you’ve got an office team or a group you need to plan an event for, try hosting something with DC Improv. They’ve got teambuilding options, party ideas, and showrooms for rent.
Here are the top rated Coffee Shops in the DC community to check out!
Kramerbooks & AfterwordsThis sweet spot is a coffee shop as well as a bookstore. You can find all the new book releases as well as the classics. Read your brand new book as you sip on a steaming cup of Earl Grey.
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EmissaryEmissary is definitely what you would call a “hipster” spot. The area is not only a great spot to grab a cup of coffee; opt for a more adult drink during their happy hour. Or, take a bite out of one of their snacks or lunch entrees.
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The Coffee BarThe Coffee Bar has a lovely, faded exterior, and has been a neighborhood staple since 2012. You can sit outside and sip your cappuccino on their sunny patio, or you can head inside for a more intimate atmosphere.
More Information on the Neighborhood of Dupont Circle:
Dupont Circle Schools
Dupont Circle is nearby some of the city’s most desirable public and private schools.
Without Walls High School
Located South of Dupont Circle, Schools Without Walls High School has an impressive 286% higher test scores than the state average.
Emerson Preparatory School
Emerson Preparatory School is a private school for grades 9-12 with a strong
reputation for its academics and extracurricular programs.
Ross Elementary School
For residents with young children, Ross Elementary boasts test scores 48% higher than the state average and a 13:1 student to teacher ratio.
George Washington University
Foggy Bottom, South of Dupont Circle, is home to George Washington University. Dupont Circle is a wonderful neighborhood for GWU students to
enjoy an active social life and convenient transit to the campus.
Culture & Community
Dupont Circle’s active and thriving community is the heart of what makes this such a desirable D.C. neighborhood. Dupont Circle Apartment residents have plenty of opportunities to participate in multicultural events and play an active role in the development and growth of the area.
The neighborhood hosts a series of weekly, monthly, and annual events that will allow you to socialize with other residents and visitors through a wide variety of activities.
Everything from weekend walks and knitting groups to seasonal festivals and live music, there’s plenty of opportunities to get to know the neighbors!
Dupont Circle also proudly hosts the Annual Capital Pride Parade. This 1.5-mile celebration of the LGBTQ community travels through Dupont Circle just blocks away from our two apartment locations.
Check Out The Dupont Circle Commuters Guide!
Check out our in-depth guide for commuting in and around Dupont Circle.
See Dupont Circle Transportation Info
The residents of Dupont Circle are a diverse group of working professionals, university students, and young families. The Neighborhood is well suited to those attending George Washington University or working at the various nearby workplaces.
Those working remotely on their computer have access to multiple coffee shops and café’s with free wifi and even 24-hour spots for those who work and dine late.
The Dupont Circle Metro Station is within walking distance of both our Dupont Apartment locations giving residents convenient commuting to their places of work.
Safeway – Located at 1701 Corcoran Street. Open until midnight.
Glen’s Garden Market – Gourmet Grocery located at 2001 S St NW. Open until 10pm.
Metro Supermarket – Local Supermarket open until 10pm.
Trader Joes – Supermarket located at 1914 14th St NW.
Whole Foods Market– Natural and organic grocery located at 1440 P St NW.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café– An indie bookstore with a built-in café.
Emporium DNA– Trendy and Contemporary clothing store.
Tabletop– Home furnishing boutique.
Bluemercury– Beauty and cosmetics retailer featuring niche brands.
Arts & Education
Heurich House Museum– The home of DC’s first brewmaster.
The Phillips Collection– The nation’s first museum of modern art.
President Woodrow Wilson’s House– President Woodrow Wilson’s home, preserved to look exactly as it did in the 1920’s.
Embassy Row– A 2-mile stretch of embassies and monuments.
Studio Gallery– A gallery featuring the works of established and emerging artists. This is just a short list of amenities in the neighborhood. The area is a thriving retail, restaurant, and cultural hub that gives residents much to explore.
Public Bar– Sports bar and lounge located at 1214 18 St NW.
Eighteenth Street Lounge– Dance club and bar located at 1212 18 St NW
Café Citron– Latin cuisine, drinks, and dancing.
Kabin– Dance club, lounge, and cocktail bar located at 1337 Connecticut Ave NW.
Cloak & Dagger– Dance club and lounge located at 1359 U St NW.
Buffalo Billiards– Pool hall and sports bar located at 1330 19th St NW.
Health and Fitness
Physician Hospitals of America– Hospital located at 2025 M St NW #800.
Washington Medical Group– Medical Center located at 1327 18 St NW
George Washington University Hospital Emergency Room– 24-hour emergency room located at 2041 Georgia Ave NW #1-400.
Dupont Circle Pharmacy– Pharmacy Located at 1506 21st St NW Suite 100.
CVS– 24-hour Pharmacy and drug store located at 6 Dupont Cir NW
Grubbs NW Specialty Pharmacy– Located at 1517 17th street.
Washington Sports Clubs– Health Club/gym located at 1211 Connecticut Ave NW.
Humble Beast CrossFit– CrossFit gym located at 1337 Connecticut Ave NW.
VIDA Fitness– Gym locates at 1517 15th St NW.
GNC– Vitamin and sports nutrition retailer located at 1330 Connecticut Ave NW
Sports & Outdoors
Marie H Reed Swimming Pool– Public swimming pool.
Rose Park– Public Park with Tennis Courts, two playgrounds, basketball court, and youth baseball diamond, and running trails. The park also hosts a weekly farmers market. Located at 26th & O, west of Dupont Circle.
Hank’s Oyster Bar– Casual Seafood located at 1624 Q St NW
Iron Gate Restaurant– Italian and Greek specialty located at 1734 N St NW.
Komi- American-Mediterranean specialty located at 1509 17th Street NW.
Sushi Taro– Japanese cuisine and Sushi located at 1503 17th St NW.
And much more within walking distance.
Gas & Convenience
Shell– 1800 18 St NW.
Sunoco Gas Station– 1442 U St NW.
Exxon– 2150 M St NW.