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Excerpts from “20 Ultimate Things to Do in Washington, D.C.” as published by Fodor’s Travel, June 8, 2021 // View article

Reenergize With Panamanian Coffee

Café Unido is a high-end Panamanian coffee shop committed to roasting and serving exclusively Panamanian coffee beans. The team at Café Unido has developed strong relationships with farmers in over 15 different farms in Panama to source beans for their pour-overs, espresso blends, nitro coffee, and cascara (coffee cherry tea).

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Discover La Cosecha

La Cosecha is a Latin lifestyle market in the Union Market neighborhood. Besides being home to several delicious Latin American food stalls, two boutiques inside make it worth the trip. Nova Bossa features more than thirty small artisanal brands–approximately 90% women-owned–that celebrate Latin American heritage.

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Play With Your Food at El Cielo

Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos of El Cielo is the first Colombian chef to win a Michelin star for a Colombian concept. The restaurant offers two menus: The Journey Menu is 15 courses and The Experience Menu is 22 courses. The sequence of dishes not only follows a unique journey through Barrientos’s love for his home country but is meant to thrill all five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.

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Sip on Refreshing Beverages

Taste your way through Latin America at Serenata, a full-service Latino cocktail bar that crafts outstanding cocktails sourced and inspired by the many countries that make up the fabric of the rich Latin American heritage. Serenata also occasionally donates part of a seasonal cocktail’s proceeds to organizations with causes that are important to them.

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Treat Yourself to the Flavors of Michelin-Starred Cuisine

Undeniable creativity can be found dining at Masseria. Owner and Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s southeastern Italian ancestral roots are evident in his traditionally inspired creations; however, his food is by no means limited to this region, as he takes inspiration from the rich culinary heritage woven in the dishes throughout Italy.

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Peruse Union Market

Dating back to 1871, Union Market, once the largest market in Washington, D.C., has been transformed into an urban village that proves to be a gathering place by way of restaurants, shops, workspace, and artwork. One noteworthy boutique is In Seven Words which focuses on giving new life to gently used clothing, footwear, and accessories.