The best of the best from acai bowls to yoga.
I moved to Washington DC right after I graduated from college and have called this city home for about two years now. During all this time, I’ve had a lot of fun exploring and getting to know some of the ins and outs of the nation’s capitol.
This is my guide to Washington DC – all of the places that I love for healthy meals, sweaty workouts, organic makeup, and the odd pampering session. I plan to update this post often so definitely check back as new natural picks pop up!
The Wydown – Any drink can be made with almond milk and the latte art is on point.
Peregrine Espresso – Their turmeric ginger tea can help soothe a cold in an instant.
Grace Street Coffee – Strong coffee and it’s attached to South Block Juice Co., so you can get your caffeine fix while munching on avo toast.
South Block Juice Co – The best spot for acai bowls in the city; they have a ton of variety and other healthy options as well.
Fare Well – A comfort food restaurant where all dishes are vegan and there are many gluten free options too (they cater to a bunch of diets including soy and nut free). Order the buffalo cauliflower dip!
Sticky Fingers – The precursor to Fare Well, everything is delicious at this vegan café/bakery. They are best known for their addictive vegan cupcakes.
Busboys and Poets – A DC mainstay with plenty of vegan options. It is a great spot for a cozy brunch and is also an eclectic bookstore. (Must try the tempeh bacon).
Rasika – The best Indian food in the city and they can make most veg dishes vegan.
Equinox – A more fine dining option with a dedicated plant based menu. They also have an entirely vegan brunch on Sundays.
Glen’s Garden Market – A market/café with delicious, healthy, vegan, and gluten free prepped salad choices. A great place to pick up some lunch before a picnic or when heading to the wineries in Virginia.
Chaia – Mouthwatering farm to table vegetarian tacos, with flavors that change seasonally – nearly everything on the menu can be made vegan as well.
Follain – A curated collection of all natural/organic skincare and makeup. This is certainly my favorite place to shop (and splurge) in the city.
Salt and Sundry – The absolute best handpicked home wares and gifts. Everything is very boho chic and I have found some of my most cherished pieces for our apartment here.
Le Labo – Everyone’s favorite perfumery has a DC outpost in the Shaw neighborhood. Their scents are completely natural with complex notes and unisex vibes – you can watch as they create your signature cologne right in front of you with a personalized label. Shaw is also a cute up and coming area to walk around, with new restaurants and shops moving in all the time.
Steven Alan – Also in Shaw, a great store to find some hard to track down designers like Mansur Gavriel, Rachel Comey, and Ulla Johnson.
Tuckernuck – This storefront in Georgetown is small, but packs in a ton of essentials such as St. James shirts and Rebbeca Taylor sweaters. The sales associates are super friendly and whatever they do not have in stock, they will help track down and ship to you.
Union Market – Home to Salt and Sundry, Follain, South Block Juice Co, and many more. This lively market is full of local vendors. (It could honestly fall under shop or eat). Some other stands to check out – Takorean and DC Dosa.
Miss Pixie’s – A fabulous antique shop right in the heart of Logan Circle. You never know what treasures you might stumble across in here. (Aka things you never knew that you needed to have). I have found some beautiful vintage trays for decorating and organizing over the years.
Varnish Lane – The best nail salon I have stepped foot in. The furniture, tools, and Norah Jones centric playlist are all perfectly selected and maintained to make you feel instantly at ease. They perform only waterless manicures/pedicures and all polishes are non-toxic, 5 free. They even offer Bio-Seaweed gel, which lasts for weeks on my nails. The technicians truly take their time to make certain that everything is perfect; I go pretty far out of my way to come here.
Nail Saloon – Another wonderful nail salon, serving up only non-toxic manicures/pedicures. The space is relaxing and there is never that harsh chemical smell. (I love their exfoliating, all natural sugar scrub).
Immortal Beloved – The only hair salon that I will go to in the city. Their stylists are very talented and the interior of the spa is an exposed brick dream.
The Ritz Carlton Spa – Deep tissue massages that will send you into a trance.
Semra Skincare – Semra is known for creating the best-shaped eyebrows, never too thin nor sparse, she will find the ideal shape for your face. (I always do only tweezing as my skin is too sensitive for wax).
Barre3 Georgetown –These classes are some of the best, located right by the Georgetown waterfront – perfect for a pretty walk or brunch after class.
Xtend Barre Shaw – Barre classes with a little more dance/cardio incorporated. (Expect to leave feeling pretty sweaty but accomplished!)
Flow Yoga Center – They offer a ton of different classes and levels, from beginner to advanced and the teachers are extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
District Pilates – One of the hardest reformer classes that I’ve ever done. You’ll be sure to have that nice, sore feeling for quite a few days after.
Toolbox Pilates – A beautiful, unique art space/pilates studio right in Dupont Circle. (Go for class on a Sunday morning and then head to the Dupont Farmer’s Market right around the corner).
Zengo Cycle – Fun, upbeat, spin classes with music and instructors that will make the 50 minutes go by in a flash.
Georgetown C & O Canal – Perfect if you want an outdoor run, walk, or bike ride – the trail extends for miles and miles.
I hope this city roundup was helpful for anyone new to DC or visiting and looking to try out some different places! Please let me know in the comments if you have any tried and true spots around the city that I didn’t include. I love to get recommendations and explore.