Washington DC Attractions for Locals

Want to experience Washington, DC like a local? Because maybe you’ve had all the monuments and museums that you can take for a while. Or maybe, you’re not a local but you’re trying to play the part. We’re not judging.


Here are some Washington, DC attractions that maybe you haven’t thought of. We won’t quite call them the “top” Washington, DC attractions—because that would kind of defeat the point, wouldn’t it (no tourists, here)? But these activities won’t disappoint.


Washington, DC Activities to Make You Feel More Local

In no particular order—Washington, DC attractions that maybe you’ve never thought of.

Miss Pixies Furnishings and Whatnot

Experience some of Washington, DC’s retail in a more niche sense at Miss Pixies. Find vintage items bought from auctions that are either in good to excellent shape. From a range of Victorian to yesterday with a bit of midcentury and shabby chic thrown in—typical in-stock items include farm tables, bookshelves, beds, upholstered pieces, dressers, garden furniture, original artwork, lighting, serving pieces, ceramics, and silver plates.

Smash Records

Another Washington, DC retail pick that’s more off the beaten path, enjoy browsing a large collection of records that competes with some of the even bigger stores. Picks include modern hits and vintage vinyl. They also offer a selection of consignment clothes and other fun memorabilia and tchotchkes.

Hill’s Kitchen

Adjacent to the Eastern Market Metro station, Hill’s Kitchen is an independent gourmet kitchenware store that opened in May 2008. The store occupies a renovated and extended townhouse built in 1884 in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It’s the perfect place to find a gift for the chef in your life, with items hand-picked for their quality and design by the store’s owner, Leah Daniels.


Opened amid the Bicentennial celebrations of 1976, Kramers became the first bookstore/café in Washington DC. Over the years—through expansions, subpoenas, and innumerable neighborhood changes—it’s remained a go-to place for locals to find their favorite new books while enjoying tasty eats and a full-service bar. Keep an eye out on their calendar for ongoing events.

Labyrinth Games & Puzzles

Washington, DC retail options aren’t limited to just shopping. At Labyrinth, you can play games, too. Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC, Labyrinth Games & Puzzles is a family-friendly, community-focused store featuring a wide selection of non-electronic, specialty games, puzzles, and mazes.  They offer lots of hands-on activities and games that visitors can enjoy.

Green Hat Distilled Gin

Washington DC's first distillery in over 100 years (since prohibition)—the name for the distillery was inspired by the infamous man in the green hat who served bootleg booze to prominent politicians and thirsty locals alike, way back when. Check out their current, gin-based cocktails (they have other spirits, too), book a private event, or tour the distillery and learn more about the copper pots.



Loving these Washington, DC attractions for locals and not a local yet? Our new home builders in DC have new home construction options for you. And we can offer relocation tips to the DC area, too! If you are a local, hopefully at least one of these Washington, DC activities strikes your fancy.



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Published 8.27.2021

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