Zip Tips for DC Tourists!
Tourist season has begun in the national capital!
If you’re planning a trip to Washington DC this year, take a look at some suggestions from our Kiva City DC team on places to visit among the monuments, memorials, and museums:
1. Java Shack
2507 North Franklin Road, Arlington VA 22201
Arlington, Virginia is a popular site for hotels and tourist attractions like Iwo Jima and Arlington National Cemetery. It also features Java Shack, ranked as one of the finest coffee shops in the Washington D.C. metro, and the new home of local coffee roaster Commonwealth Joe.
Since 1996, "Arlington's Original Coffee House" has served residents and visitors alike, creating a neighborhood niche for outstanding coffee, friendly atmosphere, and "green" business practices.
Java Shack's knowledgeable baristas curate only specialty-grade coffees, including Commonwealth Joe’s single-origin varieties and bottled cold-pressed coffee.
Start your morning with a drink, and plan your next trip by checking Java Shack's TransitScreen for live updates on nearby buses, Metro trains, and bike share stations.
2. The Big Bad Woof
117 Carroll St NW, Washington DC 20012
If you had to leave your pet behind on your vacation, why not pick up an eco-friendly toy or treat to share when you return? The Big Bad Woof provides an impressive selection of healthy food, toys, and pet supplies in a sustainable business setting.
3. Smucker Farms
2118 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(Metro: U Street)
The National Mall is a great place for a picnic. When packing, take advantage of some of DC’s awesome food producers, many of whom have gone through Kiva Zip.
4. Flying Fish Coffee and Tea
3064 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(Metro: Columbia Heights)
Located in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Flying Fish Coffee and Tea features appetizing food and a wide variety of drinks. It’s the perfect place to stop for a midday recharge in the midst of sightseeing.
5. FreshFarm Markets
(Locations all over the DC area)
photo courtesy of Ralph Alswang
These markets can be found all over the city, and they're a treasure of local businesses and food producers. Be sure to stop by one and visit someone like Number 1 Sons! Brother-sister team Yi Wah and Caitlin (and their helpers) from Number 1 Sons are known for their famous pickles and will soon be offering kombucha.
These are just some of the many Kiva Zip borrowers you can support after you've helped back their dream online. Enjoy the nation's capital!