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Dupont Circle: DC’s Thriving City Center for International Culture

Though it’s located directly north of Downtown, Dupont is its own world of diversity, culture, and entertainment. Centered around the iconic traffic circle, park, and fountain for which it is named, Dupont is a community bursting with cultural institutions, with museums and art, with richly historic architecture, with embassies and diplomatic buildings, and with some of the best shopping, dining, and nightlife in DC. Walk from its quiet, tree-lined streets of beautiful old rowhouses into a commercial district full-to-bursting with businesses, stores, shops, conveniences, restaurants, cafes, eateries, bars, and clubs. Catch a concert at the Circle, explore a local art gallery, tour a renowned museum, admire the beautiful historic homes and buildings of Embassy Row. Learn, play, dine, explore, shop, and truly discover what it means to live in Dupont Circle.

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Spotlights of Dupont

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Dupont Circle

The bustling traffic circle for which the neighborhood takes its name is centered by a scenic park and its beautiful iconic fountain, providing a perfect spot for reading, live music, and yes, chess.

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Embassy Row

The 2-mile stretch along Massachusetts Ave is nicknamed for its wealth of diplomatic buildings and sights, like the Embassy of Uzbekistan or the statue of Nelson Mandela.

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Connecticut Ave

Running diagonally through the Circle, Connecticut is the commercial and entertainment corridor of Dupont, with shops, cafes, and eateries to the north and bars and clubs to the south.

What You'll Love in Dupont

With so many great DC neighborhoods from which to choose, it's hard to know which one will be best for you! So here's what local residents (and visitors) truly love about Dupont.

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The Unique Cultural & Historic Sites

Come explore the neighborhood, and aside from all the shopping and dining you could ever possibly want, one of the first things you’ll notice is that Dupont Circle is a community of rich historical significance still proudly displayed in some of DC’s finest landmarks. Discover The Phillips Collection, DC’s first museum of modern art, where you can enjoy events like Sunday concerts or Phillips After 5. Tour the Woodrow Wilson home, or take a unique creative tour of The Mansion on O Street Museum. Explore Brewmaster’s Castle at Heurich House Museum or uncover hidden secrets of nature, archaeology, and culture at the National Geographic Museum.

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The Outstanding Nightlife & Entertainment

Take a break from diplomacy, history, and culture, and dive into some of DC’s best nightlife. You’ll find a different after-hours scene here, with bars and clubs offering a more upscale (though no less exciting) environment than the neighboring Adams Morgan. You’ll discover an enormous range of wine bars, taverns and pubs, lounges, and clubs along Connecticut Ave, P Street, and 17th Street. Enjoy music and dancing at Cobalt, Eighteenth Street Lounge, or Cafe Citron. Grab a laid-back drink at Fireplace, Lucky Bar, or the Madhatter. Laugh the night away at DC Improv, one of the most popular comedy clubs in the city. And don’t forget to enjoy some of the neighborhood’s best events, like Capital Pride, High Heel Race, or First Friday Dupont.

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The Beautiful Historic Architecture

If historic architecture and scenic tree-lined streets are your thing, Dupont might be your place. The neighborhood is largely populated by beautiful old rowhouses, many built before 1900, that have been upgraded and renovated while perfectly preserving their historic character. Tucked back behind sidewalks along tree-lined streets, they provide the perfect setting for a quiet, neighborhood ambiance just steps from the thriving entertainment, shopping, dining, and culture emanating from the Circle itself.

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Dupont at a Glance

Getting Around

Metro Station: Dupont Circle Station (Red Line)
DC Circulator: Dupont-Georgetown-Rosslyn Light Blue
Other: MET Bus (G2, L2, 42)
Distance from Downtown: 1 mile


Population: 56,465
Size: 16 acres
Zip Code: 20036
Median Home Price: $415,000

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