You enter another world the minute you walk through the gates here. There are so many wonderful plants and trees to see, plus the superb Bonsai collection and, of course, the moving sight of the columns from the original U.S. Capitol.
2. BURMA, 740 6th St. NW
I love the vegetarian food in this Burmese restaurant in Chinatown, especially the Green Tea Salad made with bournise green tea leaves, sesame seeds, peanuts, and lemon juice.
Accessible only by boat, this tranquil and peaceful island, located in the middle of the city and administered by the Earth Conservation Fund, allows you to literally escape into a magical world. It’s paradise for local bird watchers, too; a real D.C. gem.
4. FLEET FEET SPORTS, 1841 Columbia Rd. NW
I have to shop at the Fenty family’s shoe store in Adams Morgan, and it doesn’t hurt that they have my feet idiosyncrasies on file!
5. COLOR ME MINE, 2439 18th St. NW
My friend Lori Lee runs this great Adams Morgan shop where you can make your own pottery. It’s a fun place for both adults and kids to explore their creative sides.
The Mayor and I both love to come here. I’m British, so I particularly liked the recent “Great Britons” special exhibition with Sam Taylor-Wood’s digital video portrait of a sleeping David Beckham.
My kids love this museum so much. I always know they will be thoroughly entertained there since there are so many interactive exhibits to keep them occupied.
8. THE LINCOLN THEATER, 1215 U St. NW
Seeing a show at this wonderfully-restored theater always reminds me that African-American music greats – Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday – performed in their heydays here.