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Salt & Sundry:
After meeting food writer and shop owner Amanda McClements in her homegoods store, Salt & Sundry -- a mecca for artisanal foods and housewares -- we knew she would be the perfect guide for showing us around a reenergized capital city.
Beautiful tableware shares space with vintage finds and handmade wooden farm tables.
1309 5th Street NE, shopsaltandsundry.com
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Get your daily dose of people-watching over coffee and croissants. This French brasserie presides over the bustling corner of 14th and Q Streets as D.C.’s new see-and-be-seen spot.
1601 14th Street NW, lediplomatedc.com
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Long View Gallery:
Pop into this hip neighborhood art gallery for a look at emerging local artists and well-known national names.
1234 Ninth Street NW, longviewgallerydc.com
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This ham-and-sherry bar will make you a believer in the Spanish fortified wine. Channeling Spain by way of the East Coast, the lively locale highlights American hams like Surryano alongside their Spanish jamon cousins -- which pair perfectly with the more than 50 sherries.
1843 Seventh Street NW, drinkmoresherry.com
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This indie boutique sells fashion-forward men’s and women’s clothing from local labels.
1734 14th Street NW, redeemus.com
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The Red Hen:
A wood-fired grill takes crostini with smoked ricotta and honey to a new level.
In the blossoming Bloomingdale neighborhood, the Red Hen serves up modern versions of Italian- American classics, such as clams casino and rigatoni with fennel-sausage ragu.
1822 First Street NW, theredhendc.com
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