Discovering DC: Crystal City/Pentagon City


This week's Discovering DC finds itself in the Crystal City/Pentagon City area with Kamola of 99 Boxes of Shoes!

What's your history with CC/PC and DC?
I started working in Crystal City a little over 5 years ago and would love to live here one day (it would shorten my commute for sure!). In such a compact area there are more than 15 hotels where you can explore the modern lobbies, a huge diversity for dining, cute little shops, and easy access to the Mount Vernon trail for running/biking/walking!

Discovering CC/PC- what are your favourite places to shop/eat/go with friends/people watch?
Breakfast at Bozzelli's - the most perfect salt-and-peppered egg and cheese on croissant I've ever had!
Lunch at Clark Street Grill - is a must for their philly cheese steak special.
Happy Hour at Jaleo - After work, my co-workers and I love grabbing a glass (or two) of sangria and tons of $4 tapas - the manchego and tomato paste bread and the chicken fritters are my favorites!
Dinner at The Afghan Restaurant - while most people in this area love the Kabob Palace, my favorite Middle Eastern restaurant in the area is this one. They serve their kabob skewers on top of traditional naan (bread) and it gets soaked in the meat juice - I can't eat that bread dry anymore!
Shopping at Gossip on 23rd - A cute little shop off of Route 1, they have trendy well-made clothing at pretty affordable prices.

Perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon in CC/PC?
I would start the day off at Gravelly Point, watching the planes take off and land at DCA airport. It's right by the water and it's a great location to see some DC monuments from afar. You could bring a picnic with some sandwiches from Jimmy John's or head over there for lunch afterwards. Once you are done enjoying the outdoor beauty of the area, I would head over to the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and hit up the stores! It's got all the brands we know and love and there is a Nordstrom Rack & Marshall's right across the street. Get all your must-haves in one trip and spend the rest of your day in style.

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