The District Offices’ Guide to Working in National Landing

National Landing is the nation’s best-kept secret no longer. Home to Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Potomac Yard, this impeccably positioned neighborhood has everything you could possibly want – and all within walking distance from District’s new National Landing location. Here are our top recs for the area.

Where to Get Your Coffee Fix

Commonwealth Joe’s. Grab a brew and some beans at this tech-forward coffee shop and roastery – and check out their roster of events as well. It’s in the Bartlett Apartments complex – with convenient access to Whole Foods.

The Freshman. Sip fancy coffee in industrial-inspired surroundings with a seasonal made-from-scratch menu with a Latin twist and iconic cocktails. The Freshman is located in the Crystal City Shops – and that vibrant behind-the-bar mural makes it easy to spot.

Mah Ze Dahr. This James Beard-nominated NYC icon has expanded, and we love it. Get your sugar fix together with your coffee fix at this elevated patisserie bursting with glorious snacks perfect for on-the-go, catering needs, or gifts.

Where to Eat Lunch

Bozzelli’s Deli. We like big subs, and we cannot lie. This family-owned staple has a massive menu of giant sandos and house-made pizzas for when you’re craving a serious lunch. It’s right off Crystal Drive.

Peruvian Brothers. For those traditional Peruvian favorites, look no further. Brothers, Giuseppe & Mario Lanzone are opening a fast-casual restaurant in National Landing this summer.

RASA. Spice up your lunch with this modern Indian destination offering a variety of healthy lunchtime bowls rich with flavorful proteins and fresh herbs and spices. Pick from the menu or build your own lunch – easy!

Where to Eat Dinner

Bandito’s Tacos and Tequila.  Like your tacos with attitude? This place delivers. Enjoy some incredible street food-inspired eats in a vibrant venue where you’ll feel right at home.

SOCCi. Looking for an upscale dining experience? This glorious Italian restaurant in the Renaissance Arlington Hotel delivers. Sample sumptuous pasta, serious steaks, and an impressive wine menu.

EPIC Smokehouse. Fine dining steakhouse meets high-end barbecue – what’s not to love? With a spacious patio, cushy diner seating, and bar seating, EPIC has been a favorite local gathering place since 2012.

Where to Shop

Crystal City Shops. Head down below ground for an expansive shopping experience featuring more than 75 shops and restaurants. From boutiques to personal care to an on-site theater, you’ll find everything you need in one place.

Saturday Market. Pop down to the Crystal City Green each Saturday for local eats, arts and crafts, antiques, vintage furniture, and more. The market runs through July, and other seasonal markets pop up around the year.

Where to Take a Break

Movement Crystal City. Test your climbing skills at this massive 45,000 sqft location bursting with roped routes, boulders, private climbing, and general fitness areas.

Long Bridge Park. Jog, stroll or join in on a game of soccer or baseball at this 35-acre park complete with walking trails, gardens, a fitness center, and playgrounds.

Crystal City Water Park. Grab your laptop or a book and head down to this recently-remodeled space filled with water features and gardens. Stay after dark for light shows and music!

After-Work Fun

Freddie’s Beach Bar. An LGBTQIA+ institution on 23rd Street. Enjoy a bite to eat or some mixed cocktails, and sing your heart out with some post-dinner karaoke.

Synetic Theater. This spot is internationally renowned for a reason. Grab your tickets and enjoy boundary-breaking performances that will spur plenty of water cooler discussion.

Cheesetique. Love cheese? Of course, you do. Pair your favorite fromage with a wide-ranging selection of wines for a truly Parisian-style night on the town.

Where to Stay

Morrison House Old Town Alexandria. Beautifully boutique, this nostalgic destination offers red-brick elegance and collegiate decor – all in prime position close to it all.

The Ritz Carlton. Conveniently located next to the Pentagon, the Ritz delivers restrained elegance in an environment perfect for taking meetings or hosting events.

Corporate Apartment Specialists. Staying a while and need a home base? This company will help connect you with a high-end, furnished property right where you need to be.

Getting to (and around) National Landing

Arrive your way. National Landing is easily the most accessible place in the region, with travel options including:

  • Bike and scooters. Rent or BYO – you’ll have plenty of options, including storage.
  • Metro. Take the yellow and blue line to and from DC or around the neighborhood.
  • VRE commuter rail. This will take you to and from Union Station for easy connections.
  • Car. Arrive via Interstate 395, George Washington Parkway, and Routes 1 and 110. There are 10,000 parking spots, with free parking in most places after 4 pm.
  • Bus. Numerous bus routes connect the area, making it easy to get around.
  • Fly! We’re just five minutes from Ronald Reagan Airport – which you can access via a footbridge!

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