1. 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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  3. 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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  5. 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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  7. 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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  9. 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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  11. 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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  13. 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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  15. 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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  17. 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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  19. 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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