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Maki Onuki’s Perfect Day in D.C.

The Washington Ballet dancer takes us for a spin around her favorite spots.

A native of Tokyo, Japan, The Washington Ballet dancer is passionate about her adopted hometown. On a day off from the stage and studio, Onuki indulges in art, fashion and a moonlight stroll by the monuments. Follow her lead!

Morning: Fare and Fashion

At Georgetown’s Cafe Bonaparte, any crepe will do, and the salmon benedict is also delicious. Then it’s time for some shopping at Intermix or Tory Burch. I also keep an eye out for the women’s and vintage boutiques that have serious style.

Cafe Bonaparte, 1522 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Intermix, 3300 M St. NW

Tory Burch, 1211 Wisconsin Ave. NW 

M Street in Georgetown
M Street in Georgetown (Courtesy Destination DC)

Midday: Visiting Modern Masters

In Dupont Circle, The Phillips Collection has wonderful art exhibits, and it’s on one of the neighborhood’s prettiest streets. Just north in Woodley Park, I’d have lunch at Open City, a hip coffeehouse/diner with creative drinks and varied dishes from pancakes to pizza.

Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW

Open City, 2331 Calvert St. NW

Afternoon: Takin’ It to the Street

14th Street is booming, so I’d check out the bars, shops, restaurants and boutiques that stretch from P to T streets. Then I’d explore D.C.’s version of Central Park—Rock Creek Park, a huge green space that surrounds a peaceful stream.

Occidental Grill & Seafood
Occidental Grill & Seafood (Courtesy the restaurant)

Evening: Hello, POTUS!

Near the White House, Occidental Grill & Seafood serves upscale fare in an elegant setting adorned with portraits of presidents.

Occidental, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Late Night: All Aglow

I’d head to the National Mall and stroll by the illuminated monuments.


Read our Q&A with Onuki.