1. Consider yourself something of a coffee connoisseur, Residences on the Avenue? You’re likely to be impressed by the premium brews at Greenberry’s Coffee. This popular local cafe is located on the campus of George Washington University, so it's always buzzing with activity from students and area residents.

    Skilled baristas serve full-body dark roasts, light roasts, and even decaf coffees in an ever-changing assortment of styles, as well as handcrafted espresso drinks like lattes and mochas. There is also housemade cold brew coffee if you’re looking for a refreshing burst of caffeine. In addition to its coffee, Greenberry’s serves hot teas and juices in a variety of flavors.

    Grab a pastry or a croissant breakfast sandwich to go with your cup of joe, then settle in for a session with your laptop or grab your drink to go on your way to work.

    Greenberry’s Coffee
    1919 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 955-8360

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  3. District Hardware and the Bike Shop has more than 40 years of experience offering a unique combination of services to DC-area residents. This family-owned store near Residences on the Avenue is both a typical hardware store and a hardcore bicycle shop! Locals stop by to pick up tools and paint for quick fixes around the home, but this is also a place to visit for bicycle repairs and upgrades. Regular customers say that staff in both areas of the store are knowledgeable, polite, and friendly, so you should feel free to ask questions, seek advice, and have confidence in the expertise of the bicycle and hardware staff.

    On the bicycling front, this shop takes the concept of community seriously and sponsors a cycling collective that focuses on helping individuals achieve their cycling-related goals within a supportive and fun environment. If you'd like to leave your solo rides behind, you might consider joining a group!

    District Hardware and the Bike Shop
    1108 24th St NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 659-8686

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  5. Plenty of visitors to Shadow Room say they've never before encountered anything quite like it. This DC club was inspired by the VIP service available in Las Vegas casinos, and you'll see the club's commitment to luxury everywhere, from the valet parking to the VIP seating.

    Velvet ropes separate those who are on the guest list from those who aren't (you can get yourself on the guest list by visiting the club's website), and once you're inside you can use the club's mobile phone ordering system. The system allows you to keep dancing or talking rather than waste your time waiting in line at a crowded bar. When your drink is ready, you'll get a text message, and all you need to do is swing by the bar to pick it up — no waiting to pay, either, as the mobile app has already processed your payment automatically!

    And, of course, this place hires the hottest DJs to spin until the early hours of the morning. Stop by this weekend to see for yourself, Residences on the Avenue!

    Shadow Room
    2131 K St NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 887-1200

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  7. There's no getting around it: Everyone has to go grocery shopping at least occasionally, so you might as well enjoy the store where you shop, right? That's the reasoning that guides the folks at Trader Joes, anyway, and the Foggy Bottom location is no different from the rest of the chain in that regard.

    This store strives to offer cheerful customer service while stocking only the items that customers keep buying. Trader Joe's is also well known for the quality of its produce and unique prepared foods bar, which offers dishes like Thai shrimp gyoza and panko-breaded tilapia. You'll also find fresh-baked bread, a large selection of artisan cheese and meats, and a natural foods section.

    Make note, Residences on the Avenue: This particular Trader Joe's can get crowded right after work hours, so try to plan your visit accordingly.

    Trader Joe's
    1101 25th Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 296-1921

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  9. Located just a few blocks from the White House, Founding Farmers occupies a historic farmhouse and serves its meals at community tables where lively, friendly conversation flows back and forth as people gather and mingle. If you're looking for something a bit cozier or more private, however, don't worry: upstairs you'll find plenty of booth seating and small tables that are perfect for private meals.

    The space itself is a unique mix of rustic and modern decoration: rough-hewn, reclaimed wood lines the walls, while ultra-modern track-style lighting illuminates the rooms. A similar commitment to both tradition and innovation is visible in the restaurant's menu, which lists heritage dishes like skillet corn bread or chicken pot pie alongside creative combinations like ham-flecked mac and cheese and the thick-cut, grilled cauliflower steaks served with candied lemon and green beans.

    If you and your friends from Residences on the Avenue are seeking a new brunch spot, make note: Founding Farmers' Sunday brunch earns rave reviews (don't skip the stuffed French toast or the eggs Benedict!).

    Founding Farmers
    1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 822-8783

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  11. If "burger of the month" sounds like your kind of special promotion, then a trip to Bobby's Burger Palace might be in your future. The brainchild of celebrity chef Bobby Flay, this niche restaurant strives to please both burger aficionados and foodies by combining quality ingredients and innovative flavor pairings with one of America's favorite foods.

    On the menu, you'll find plenty of traditional, hearty burgers made with Angus beef and topped with cheddar and bacon, but you'll also find a number of modern variations. Try the Carolina burger, which is topped with barbecue sauce, coleslaw, and smoked American cheese, or go for the LA burger made out of turkey and topped with avocado, watercress, and tomato.

    Note that Bobby's Burger Palace is popular, and at peak meal times there's generally a line. Be ready to wait, or hop online to place an order before heading over from Residences on the Avenue.

    Bobby's Burger Palace
    2121 K St. NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 974-6260

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  13. Whole Foods Market has everything that you need to help promote a healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or simply looking to incorporate more whole foods into your meals, this health food store carries unique and high-quality items that you might not be able to find at your usual grocery store near Residences on the Avenue.

    There is a fresh produce section, organic deli, and seafood counter, and even a bakery counter that offers fresh-baked breads and pastries made with wholesome ingredients. Browse gourmet cheeses and wines to find something special for a dinner party, or check out the hot foods bar and salad bar to find a grab-and-go lunch that’s healthier than fast food. Whole Foods Market even hosts a Whole Body section, which offers all-natural beauty products and toiletries.

    Whole Foods Market
    2201 I Street NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 296-1660

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  15. Located on the banks of the Potomac River, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts first opened its doors in 1971. Since that time, this elite performing arts facility has brought a wide variety of classical and contemporary performances to the stage and has delighted generations of theater-goers.

    The Kennedy Center is actually a collection of individual theaters, each best suited for a different type of performance, including ballet, opera, and symphonic performances. The stages also play host to plays, smaller ensemble performances, and interactive, educational programming for children. In fact, this facility is the nation's busiest performing arts center, hosting more than 3,000 events each year.

    Heading to the Kennedy Center's website is the best way to get a sense of what performances are currently on stage before heading over from Residences on the Avenue. Purchase your tickets online for easy pick-up at will call!

    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F St. NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    (202) 467-4600

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  17. Enjoy innovative, contemporary takes on classic American cuisine at DISH + Drinks, a trendy eatery beloved by DC's foodie crowd. This casual yet upscale eatery is located inside The River Inn and features a chic decor defined by modern art, atmospheric lighting, and handsome wood furnishings. The ambiance is well suited to happy hour meet-ups, date nights, or casual dinners with friends.

    DISH + Drinks serves a long and very impressive list of wines from all over the world, as well as stiff martinis and other high quality cocktails. The food menu, meanwhile, includes creative American fare served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including dishes like Ahi tuna tartare, New York strip steaks, and hearty gourmet sandwiches.

    To avoid a wait, make reservations online at the DISH + Drinks website before heading over from Residences on the Avenue!

    DISH + Drinks
    924 25th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20002
    (202) 337-7600

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  19. Primi Piatti’s chef, Savino Recine, is a magician. No, really — he is literally a practicing magician who entertains guests with card tricks, spectacular illusions, and a steady dose of humor! Recine’s most impressive trick, however, is the atmosphere in Primi Piatti, which strikes a fine balance between comfort and elegance, tradition and innovation.

    Primi Piatti made its name in the late 1980s, but has since traded its downtown location for new digs near GWU and the Lombardy. And while other up-and-coming Italian restaurants may receive more buzz, regulars still look to Primi Piatti for its old-school charm and verve. (If you stop by for their business lunch specials, you might event share a dining room with some old-school power players.) Some of the menu’s highlights include gnocchi with duck ragu, roasted lamb shank, spinach-stuffed agnolotti, Sicilian-style swordfish, and — regulars say — some of the best wood-fired pizza you'll find anywhere near Residences on the Avenue.

    Primi Piatti
    2013 I St. NW
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 223-3600

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