by Robin Greninger | 9:59 am

Best Holiday Markets In Washington DC

Holiday shopping is once again on the to-do list for many D.C. residents this season. And with so many local holiday markets around, there are plenty of options for where to go to find just what you need. Whether you’re looking for a cute knick-knack, themed décor or charming gift, D.C.’s holiday markets have you covered. Here are some of the best ones to attend this season.

The Downtown Holiday Market
8th and F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 215-6993

This year marks the 13th season for this annual holiday market setup, which runs all month long, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 23. ’Tis the season when the surrounding streets take on a quaint, old-fashioned Christmas feel and over 150 regional artisans, crafters and business owners display an abundance of diverse goods sure to set the holiday mood. Shoppers will find anything and everything in the way of holiday gifts, décor and other unique offerings, ranging from arts and crafts, handmade goods, delicious food and so much more. Live music and entertainment keep the spirit of the season going as you shop, snack and enjoy the all-around festive fun.

Alexandria Holiday Market
300 John St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Each year the scene around Alexandria’s Carlyle District is transformed into a charming open-air Christmas market that runs every consecutive Friday, Saturday and Sunday between Dec. 1 and 17 and then the weekdays of Dec. 18 through Dec. 23. Come out and enjoy a most unique, festive shopping experience from a wide range of wares in arts and crafts as well as other seasonal goods. Your excursions will be accompanied by delicious culinary Christmas traditions in the way of classic foods, sweet treats and hearty hot beverages as well as continuous live entertainment. All ages, young and old, will delight in this authentic market experience, which even boasts a special children’s corner where kids can learn about and indulge in activities surrounding European cultural traditions. The market also supports the Holiday Sharing—Toy Drive program for local families in need.

Kris Kringle Christmas Market
8440 Fairground Road
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 932-1234

The Charles County Fairgrounds will present its 5th annual Kris Kringle Christmas Market on Dec. 8, 9 and 10. Inspired by traditional German Christmas villages, this setup features a whole host of jolly festivities. Shop from myriad merchants and artisans, and celebrate the sounds of the season with music, caroling and other entertainments. Additional holiday highlights to be had here include the official Christmas tree lighting, the arrival of Santa Claus and plenty more.

SWEA Christmas Bazaar
House of Sweden
2900 K. St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 536-1500

Every year D.C.’s Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA) holds a Christmas Bazaar to celebrate seasonal traditions and festivities. The event takes place at the House of Sweden the first Saturday in December and runs between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come and check out the vast array of vendors and artisans, offering up diverse wares ranging from textiles, traditional glassware, handmade goods, gifts and more, including a host of delicious Swedish delicacies to indulge in as well. Traditional caroling by the Swedish St. Lucia Procession tops off the event, which attracts countless Scandinavian folks as well as local residents and visitors alike. Proceeds benefit SWEA D.C.

Holiday Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
Veteran’s Plaza
1 Veteran’s Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Veteran’s Plaza is the place to get some serious holiday shopping done on Dec. 9. The Holiday Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Fair will run from noon to 4 p.m. featuring a vast setup of merchants, artisans and vendors of all kinds. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. This seasonal Silver Spring mainstay is always a popular pick for enjoying holiday festivities, with shopping, delicious baked goodies and fun contests.

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by Robin Greninger | 9:48 am

The Full Scoop: Washington D.C.’s Top 5 Spots To Grab A Frozen Treat

Story Hoodline — Not all frozen treats are created equally, and when it comes to where to get a quality scoop of ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt, you deserve the best. But because Washington D.C. has a mind-boggling number of options from which to choose, finding the top spots can be a challenge.

To help, we crunched the numbers to find the top frozen treats spots around the city, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce, to produce a ranked list of the area’s best places to score a tantalizingly delicious frozen treat.

Here’s our list:

1. Ice Cream Jubilee



Topping our list is Ice Cream Jubilee, over in Navy Yard. The establishment landed at the number one spot with a 4.5 stars out of 412 Yelp reviews. You can find it at 301 Water St. SE.

The creamery has a menu that boasts both year-round and seasonal flavors. Fan favorites include Marionberry, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Strawberry Tres Leches, Double Stout Caramel, and Cookies and Cookie Dough, which is Ice Cream Jubilee’s best-selling flavor that combines Oreo cookies with homemade egg-less chocolate chip cookie dough.

2. Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market & Cafe

Next on our list is Adams Morgan’s Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market & Cafe, at 1781 Florida Ave. NW. It also has a 4.5 star Yelp rating out of 301 reviews.

The shop specializes in popsicles, some of which are dairy-free. Strawberry Ginger Lemonade is a popular warm-weather flavor, as is the Blueberry Honey Yogurt. If you’re looking for something less fruity, try the Mexican Chocolate or the Cookies and Cream.

3. Pitango Gelato

Pitango Gelato, located in Penn Quarter, has a 4-star rating and 751 Yelp reviews, placing it at number three on our list. It’s located at 413 7th St. NW.

The eatery has a long list of both gelato and sorbet offerings, as well as coffee drinks and pastries. If you’re craving gelato, consider the Chocolate Hazelnut Gianduja, the Creme Fraiche or the Pistachio. If you’re leaning towards sorbet, try the White Grapefruit, the Passion Fruit or the Mojito.

4. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Representing the U Street Corridor is Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, which is located at 1925 14th St. NW. Jeni’s made our list with a 4.5 rating and 167 reviews.

Jeni’s’ has so many great flavors to choose from, but patrons have an affinity for the Ricotta Toast with Red Berry Geranium Jam, the Green Mint Chip, and the Middle West Whiskey & Pecans. If you can’t decide what to get, remember you can order pints to take home with you.

5. Dolci Gelati Cafe

Snagging the final spot in our top-five list is Dolci Gelati Cafe, which is located in Shaw at 1420 8th St. NW. It has a 4.5 rating and 145 Yelp reviews.

What makes the place so popular? Definitely its gelato and sorbet offerings, but also its pastry case full of freshly baked Italian desserts, its mini-gelato pops and its ice cream sandwiches, made with homemade cookies.

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by Robin Greninger | 9:41 am

The 4 Best African Restaurants In Washington D.C.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top African restaurants around Washington, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you’re on the hunt.

1. Nando’s PERi-PERi


Topping the list is Mount Vernon Triangle’s Nando’s PERi-PERi, situated at 819 7th St. NW. (between N. H St. & N. I St.). With four stars out of 896 reviews on Yelp, the chicken shop, which has grown from one location in Johannesburg to hundreds around the world, has proven to be a local favorite.

The South African-inspired menu includes their all-natural “peri peri” chicken, flavored with piri piri chile pepper seasoning, a blend which, though Portuguese in origin, is widely utilized in southern Africa (piri piri is Swahili for “pepper pepper”). Other offerings include hummus with peri peri drizzle, spicy mixed olives, sandwiches, salads and more. (You can check out the full menu here.)

2. Sumah’s

Shaw’s Sumah’s, located at 1727 7th St. N.W. (between N. S St. & N. R St.), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the African spot 4.5 stars out of 243 reviews.

Located in the historic Shaw district, this restaurant offers home-cooked West African cuisine with all the sauces & flavors from home, says its website. Menu options include peanut butter stew, jollof rice and potato leaves, all served with your choice of protein. (Take a look here for the full menu.)

3. Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant & Mart

Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant & Mart, an Ethiopian spot in Shaw, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 235 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1334 9th St. N.W. (between N. O St. & N. N St.) to see for yourself.

This restaurant, located in the heart of DC, specializes in Ethiopian cuisine and follows the traditional Ethiopian custom of serving food on one large platter meant for the group to share, says the company’s website. Be sure to try the doro we’t (chicken stew) one of the most popular Ethiopian dishes. (You can check out the full menu here.)

4. Ethiopic

Last but not least, there’s Ethiopic, a Capitol Hill favorite with four stars out of 573 reviews. Stop by 401 H St. N.E. (between N. 5th St. & N. 4th St.) to hit up the Ethiopian spot next time you’re looking to satisfy your cravings.

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