1. Everyone knows that vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, but at Beefsteak, a veggie-centric eatery near Residences on the Avenue, they're also beautifully prepared and presented with as much attention to aesthetics as a piece of art. Order a salad, for example, and you're likely to get a carefully arranged melange of bright green arugula, deep purple roasted beets, delicate white bean sprouts, and golden yellow heirloom tomatoes.

    If you want total control over your meal, simply select the "build your own" option, and you can put together any combination of veggies, grains, and protein you like. For example, how about black beans over a quinoa base, topped with grilled chicken, avocado, and scallions? Or perhaps you'd prefer the subtle sweetness of dried cranberries, almonds, and cucumbers with a lemon honey dressing over bulgur and arugula.

    Beefsteak is open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

    800 22nd St NW
    Washington, DC 20052
    (202) 296-1421

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  3. If you’re looking for a gift for a friend, a family member, or even a coworker, you’re sure to find something sweet for just about anyone at Chocolate Moose. In business since 1978, this family-owned candy and gift shop is filled to the brim with cute, colorful goods that you won’t find at most stores, from cat-themed pillows for your sofa at Residences on the Avenue to wall lights inspired by the game Tetris. There are handmade jewelry items that any woman would love, as well as silly novelty shirts that make funny gifts.

    Chocolate Moose’s candy section includes delicious treats from top gourmet candy brands, like John Kelly and Bissinger’s, including chocolate turtles, walnut caramel clusters, and organic gummies. With a fun atmosphere and an ever-changing selection, Chocolate Moose is great for all of your gift-giving needs.

    Chocolate Moose ofers online ordering in addition to its brick and mortar shop.

    Chocolate Moose
    1743 L Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 463-0992

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  5. The next time you’re looking for a place to go for post-work happy hour deals, dinner with friends from Residences on the Avenue, or to watch the big game, try 51st State. This popular sports bar — the only DC sports bar to shine a spotlight solely on New York teams — features both indoor and outdoor seating areas that can accommodate any size party, including a long, rustic bar, cozy dining tables, and spacious sidewalk patio tables ideal for people watching on a summer night.

    The menu at 51st State is more upscale than what you might expect at a sports bar, and it includes everything from hearty pasta dishes to parmesan-encrusted salmon. If you’re craving something more indulgent, however, you’ll also find the usual juicy burgers and barbecue wings.

    Sports fans love the many flatscreen televisions, which are always tuned to the biggest football, baseball, and hockey games, especially New York teams like the Rangers and Sabres!

    51st State
    2512 L Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 625-2444

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  7. Whether you need to pick up a quick cup of coffee on your way to work, or you want to sit down for a light lunch while you spend an hour catching up on emails, Bourbon Coffee is a popular choice near Residences on the Avenue. This Foggy Bottom coffee shop is bright, modern, and cheerful, with plenty of seating and tables for patrons who wish to settle in, as well as a streamlined ordering process for folks who need to grab their cup of joe and go. The menu includes all the tea, coffee, and espresso-based drinks that you'd expect, as well as fresh fruit smoothies and a big glass display case full of croissants, cheesy jalapeno scones, and other handheld eats.

    You should also know that Bourbon Coffee was founded in Rwanda, and established its first shops there before expanding to the United States, so everything you purchase here helps support economic development in Africa, as the shop still buys all its coffee through direct trade with Rwandan coffee farmers.

    Bourbon Coffee
    2101 L Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 525-1886

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  9. SoulCycle is taking DC by storm, and once you attend a class, you'll likely understand what all the buzz is about. SoulCycle is more than just another spin class; instead, SoulCyclers are committed to clearing their heads and empowering themselves, in addition to giving their bodies a major workout.

    If it's your first visit to a SoulCycle class, prepare yourself for a fitness class that's simultaneously physical and mental. Be prepared to sweat and use your muscles, but also plan to focus on your goals, to tune into the music that's pumping through the room, and to be part of a community of SoulCylers who push and inspire each other. Quite simply, regulars at SoulCycle say that you should be prepared for a workout that feels like fun, rather than like work.

    The DC location of SoulCycle is located just moments from Residences on the Avenue. Classes are available throughout the day and evening, so you should be able to find something that fits your schedule.

    SoulCycle DC
    2301 M St NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 659-7685

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  11. At District Commons, you’ll find a modern take on the traditional American tavern, complete with a spacious bar lined with taps that pour some of the most in-demand craft beers in the U.S. The vibe is casual yet stylish, from the handsome wooden tables throughout the light-filled dining room to the sunny patio with its separate outdoor bar.

    You’ll find brunch on the weekends, lunch and happy hour on the weekdays, and dinner every night at District Commons, and the menus for each are very extensive. From the raw bar filled with clams and oysters to the crispy flatbreads made in an old-fashioned hearth in the center of the restaurant, there is something tasty for everyone. Pair your meal with a craft beer or a handcrafted cocktail, and don’t forget a brownie sundae and dessert wine to complete your dining experience.

    Make note, Residences on the Avenue: Reservations are recommended at District Commons.

    District Commons
    2200 Pennsylvania Ave.
    Washington, D.C. 20037
    (202) 587-8277

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  13. Since opening in 2010, Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar has been creating buzz in Foggy Bottom. Regulars say its brews can't be beat, and the coffee house is committed to serving only single-origin, locally roasted beans. Order a single pour-over when you stop by on your way to work in the morning and get your day off to a good start. Or if you have a bit more time to spare, sit down with a few friends from Residences on the Avenue to share a made-to-order French press. Frothy cappuccinos and lattes are always popular items, and the shop's assortment of black, green, and tisane teas go over well with the tea-loving crowd.

    Other things Filter has going in its favor? Location, service, and convenience, to name a few. This coffee house's I Street location puts it within reach of plenty of businesses and shopping destinations, and the baristas have a reputation for being both skilled at their work and friendly.

    Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar
    1916 I St NW
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 223-0100

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  15. Many people don't realize just how much skill is needed by a barber, but think about it: there's very little room for error with short, men's cuts, and so a barber has to complete every trim with the utmost precision and exactness. Still not convinced, Residences on the Avenue? Well, just ask the regular patrons of DC's Watergate Barber.

    Yelp reviewers say the barbers here are detail-oriented and really listen when customers describe the look they're going for. If you bring in photographs of a look you like, your barber will be happy to replicate it for you, and will meticulously shape the cut to your specifications. Do note, however, that thanks to the high quality of Watergate cuts, this place is popular. So instead of trying to swing by on your lunch break, be sure to call ahead and guarantee your appointment!

    Watergate Barber
    2536 Virginia Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 333-0145

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  17. 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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  19. 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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