Get to Know Capitol Hill

Whenever you hear someone refer to Capitol Hill, the usually mean Congress. But Capitol Hill, as Washingtonians know it, includes a beautiful, historic neighborhood that stretches from the Capitol building east to the Anacostia River. It is also the location of the residential apartments for Capital Semester and Legal Studies students. As a two-year Hill resident, I have grown to love the architecture, diversity and accessibility that make this one of the most unique neighborhoods in the world.



In 1800 the first buildings on Capitol Hill were boarding houses for members of Congress. How did the neighborhood grow into what it is today? Ruth Ann Overbeck tells the story here. Of course, members of Congress still reside there.



Getting to and from these colorful row-houses in the shade of the Capitol building is easy thanks to the Capitol South, Eastern Market, and Union Station metro stops – no need for a car at all! Plus, anyone who interns in a Congressional office can simply walk a few blocks to work.



Whether jogging on the National Mall or seeing a play at Folger Shakespeare Library, there is plenty to do on Capitol Hill. 8th Street in Southeast and H street in the north feature excellent restaurants and nightlife. You can grab a coffee at Peregrine Espresso, or browse two legendary used bookstores. Perhaps the favorite location is Eastern Market, where fresh produce and meat are sold daily, and the weekend flea market includes art, bicycles, furniture, and so much more. 


Where to:


  • Peregrine Espresso (7th and Pennsylvania, SE)
  • The upper room at Starbucks (3rd and Pennsylvania, SE)
  • Public Library (7th and Pennsylvania, SE)


Find Groceries

  • Eastern Market (7th and D Street, SE)
  • Harris Teeter (Potomac Ave. and Pennsylvania, SE)


Get a good meal

  • The Plaza (El Salvadorian Restaurant – Pennsylvania Ave., SE, between 6th and 7th Street)
  • Good Stuff Eatery (3rd and Pennsylvania, SE)
  • Hawk and Dove (4th and Pennsylvania, SE)
  • Matchbox (8th and E Street, SE)


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