France's Fête des Lumières Is a Light Festival Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen
This DC mainstay is exactly what you think it is: a bistro that pays homage to Marvin Gaye and serves up Belgian and Southern cuisine. OK, maybe it's not exactly what you thought. A little history lesson: the legendary soul singer-songwriter was born in DC and later spent a period of self-imposed exile in Belgium to rehabilitate and reflect. At Marvin, you'll find dishes like Belgian moulles-frites and southern-style shrimp, plus grits and fried chicken over Belgian waffles. There's a roof deck perfect for sipping cocktails on, too.
For the crowd who forgoes the line at Ikea, Miss Pixie's is a furniture no-brainer, with curated vintage/antique furniture that ranges from retro aluminum garden chairs (something everyone should have) to mid-century stereo cabinets (something everyone needs to have).
The Union Market is a place where 40 local artisans gather to display their food for a year-round indoor bite bazaar. A few artisans may include DC Empanadas, Harvey's Market, or Oh! Pickles.
Belgian cuisine and culture are the driving forces behind B Too, a bright and comfortable space in Logan Circle. You'll want to make yourself at home as you watch the team in the open kitchen whip up some Belgian waffles for the ages. Some of their brunch waffle options include one with lobster bisque, another with a poached egg inside, and one with fried buttermilk chicken. You really can't go wrong, especially when you pair it with the Belga's Bloody Mary.
Keep yourself cultured at this entirely open to the public and entirely free of charge art museum located on the National Mall. As if you weren't sold on the Sculpture Garden, the Gallery's interior boasts a massive collection tracing the development of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the present. Da Vinci oil paintings? Check. The largest mobile ever created by Alexander Calder? Yup, that too.
Books, and books aplenty, we're talking 22,765,967 to be exact, are happy to call the Library of Congress -- the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States -- home. This de facto national library is easily the largest in the world with its Main Reading Room serving as the nucleus of scholarly knowledge.