"Capitol Hill" is a term often used to describe D.C. politics, and the Capitol Building and Congress clearly play a large part in shaping the culture of this neighborhood. But there is more to see around Capitol Hill than interns, politicians and aides zooming past east other with a latte in one hand and their Blackberry in the other. To start, the gorgeous architecture in many of the neighborhoods in this area warrants its own personal tour. The streets around Eastern Market (home to a great weekend flea market) and Union Station are full of beautiful row houses. Young families walk their dogs in the nearby parks and splurge on dinner at Park Cafe.
Also worth checking out is Barracks Row on 8th Street SE. Belga Cafe and Banana Cafe in particular are among the more popular restaurants in this area, and there are a number of interesting shops and boutiques to explore as well.
As far as attractions, don't forget to stop in and visit the Folger Shakespeare Library, which holds the large collection of Shakespeare material in the world.
Phase 1 is the oldest (and considered by many to be the best) lesbian bar in the city. It's annual PhaseFest, a weekend festival celebrating and showcasing LGBT artists, musicians and performers, is a much anticipated event.
One of the newer additions to the Capitol Hill food scene is the Good Stuff Eatery, owned and run by "Top Chef" finalist Spike Mendelsohn. The burgers, salads and milkshakes here are made from fresh local ingredients, and are delicious.
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