Downtown D.C. (Day 1)

View the first blog in this three part series here: Washington D.C. by Air

My brother picked me up from the airport (thanks Ryan!) and we dropped my stuff off at his apartment. From there, we got on the metro and headed to DuPont Circle.

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Once we got to DuPont Circle we walked to The Mad Hatter. It’s a pretty unique restaurant (kind of reminded me of the vibe at The Jackelope in Austin). There are lots of cool lights, interesting Alice in Wonderland decorations, and some awesome shared drink specials (you know, the huge bowls with lots of straws). We ate off their brunch menu and it was delicious!

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After brunch, we walked for about 9 miles through the downtown streets. My only asks of the weekend were (1) walk around and explore the neighborhoods (2) eat good food/desserts and (3) TAKE PHOTOS. My trip planner (Ryan) did an amazing job.

One stop we made was at Kramer Books & Afterwords (a cafe). This bookstore has a full, sit down breakfast cafe AND a separate bar.

Obviously, we needed a caffeine boost midday, so we went to Compass Coffee. This was one of Ryan’s favorite places. At this point, I realized I’d drank zero water so far, so I ordered a Moroccan mint iced tea. It was delicious.

We did a quick pass through Chinatown on our way over to 14th Street.

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For me, 14th Streetis where it’s at. There is restaurant after restaurant, all very cute and insta-worthy. We stopped atTed’s Bulletin for dessert. Their milkshakesare incredible!!! This pretty much wrapped up D.C. day one.

Author: Kelly

Kelly Phillips is the writer and photographer behind You can view more of her photos on Instagram @DiscoveringATX and her photography portfolio at

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