One of Washington DC’s most popular neighborhoods is Chinatown. Chinatown, Washington DC, is marked by a traditional Chinese gate arching over H Street known as the Friendship Gate. It is a small historic area north of Penn Quarter and east of Downtown. There are several authentic Chinese restaurants and Chinese-owned businesses in the area. Additionally, there are many other attractions of national renown.  Chinatown is also very easy for visitors to access. It has its Metro stop on the local mass transit system (marked as Gallery Place / Chinatown). Several bus lines run through the neighborhood. Chinatown is even home to the Capital One Arena, which hosts the Washington Capitals NHL team, the Washington Wizards NBA team, and the Washington Mystics WNBA team. Check out our brief guide before your visit Chinatown, Washington DC. Get the big picture on what’s around, what to do, and where to eat. chinatown washington dc

Chinatown Washington DC Attractions

  • Madame Tussauds: Everybody’s favorite wax museum, Madame Tussauds Washington DC is especially known for its collection of US Presidents. Other galleries feature figures from American history, Hollywood, music, and sports. 
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum: Housed in the same historic building as the National Portrait Gallery, this popular art museum features American art from the nineteenth century to the present day. 
  • National Building Museum: With a focus on the built environment and its impact on the earth and our daily lives, the National Building Museum is also a gorgeous building in its own right. 
  • National Law Enforcement Museum: Located adjacent to the touching memorial of the same name, this museum features exhibitions, interactive components, and educational programming.
  • Newseum: A ground-breaking museum showcasing the history and impact of the modern news media, the Newseum offers multiple floors of exhibition space, ever-changing displays, and some influential permanent collections. 

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Chinatown Washington DC Landmarks

  • Ford’s Theatre: Historically known as the site of President Lincoln’s assassination, it's still a working theatre today. 
  • Friendship Gate: An authentic piece of Chinese architecture, this gate stretches over H Street at 7th Street and marks the entrance to the historic section of Chinatown.
  • US Navy Memorial Plaza: This expansive outdoor memorial pays tribute to all who serve or are currently serving at sea.
  • Capital One Arena: Home to many local sports teams, this arena also boasts several shops and restaurants. 
  • National Fire Dog Monument: Who doesn’t love a monument commemorating some of the best dogs in history?

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Chinatown Washington DC Restaurants

  • Momiji: A popular sushi joint with great happy hour deals.
  • Nando’s Peri-Peri: An international chain serving up innovative chicken dishes.
  • CIRCA at Chinatown: A local hotspot for drinks and brunch.
  • Reren Lamen & Bar: A causal spot for laid-back and tasty Chinese food.
  • Clyde’s: Popular American bar food with an upscale twist.
  • Jaleo: José Andrés’ famed Spanish tapas in a lovely, creative venue.

Save on Chinatown Washington DC Attractions

Explore Chinatown, Washington DC with a flexible Go Washington DC pass. You’ll save up to 47% vs buying your tickets individually. Get the opportunity to see a lot of the best things in Chinatown for less. 

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