used to live in No VA but that was nearly 15 years ago. going to be in DC with my sons (8 and 10) and wife on this coming Thurs/Friday nights.
what is a good District neighborhood/street to stay in for a good selection of cafes (not too fancy), coffee shops and/or a nice ice cream/dessert place, maybe a bar where mommy and daddy can have a couple beers in the evening (outside if weather permits) after visiting Museums. bonus points for cool architecture, people watching and some window shopping. ie - a fun area to stroll in evenings after doing the tourist thing
I remember Dupont being lively but maybe too hectic, up Cleveland/Woodley way being cute and more neighborhoody. At that time (approx 1999/2000), Capital Hill was still spotty but coming on. and the Market was fun on Saturday AM.
Access to Metro is key. Any ideas?