Best female athlete: Jonquel Jones
Jonquel Jones, a senior forward on the women’s basketball team, is projected to go high in the first round.
Best male athlete: Joe McDonald
If there’s been a face of the GW men’s basketball team over the past four years, it’s been Joe McDonald.
Best place to cry: 2000 Pennsylvania Ave
The third floor of 2000 Penn is a true hidden gem for those days when you need to cry.
Best place for a Tinder date: Bourbon Coffee
Stressing over a place to meet a Tinder date? Trying to find somewhere less generic than Starbucks?
Best tattoo and piercing parlor: Fatty’s
Fatty’s Tattoos & Piercings is notorious for its top-notch customer service, body art, jewelry selection.
Best empanadas: Julia’s Empanadas
Julia’s Empanadas is a hole in the wall famous for its hearty empanadas stuffed with meat and vegetables.
Best park or garden: Enid A. Haupt Garden
The Enid A. Haupt Garden provides Smithsonian visitors a welcoming rest spot to escape from the teeming National Mall.
Best grilled cheese: Ted’s Bulletin
To break up the monotony of Foggy Bottom, head to old-timey diner and modern bistro Ted’s Bulletin to satisfy all of your grilled cheese craving.
Best food to Instagram: Momofuku
Everything about Momofuku screams Instagram: from the sleek wooden interior, to the miniature menus and artfully arranged food.
Best jazz club: Blues Alley Jazz Club
Every day after 6 p.m., in a nondescript alley off of Wisconsin Avenue, you can find a line forming by the Blues Alley Jazz Club.
Best museum gift shop: International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum’s $22 admission price is fortunately not reflective of its gift shop – head there to pick up something nerdy and unique.
Best place to meet the parents: Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern is quiet enough that you’ll be able to maintain a conversation and classy enough to convince them you eat this way all the time.
Best place to see the cherry blossoms: Tidal Basin
Each spring, the tidal basin is swarmed with tourists and local Washingtonians who come to see the cherry blossoms.
Best theme brunch: Level One
If you’re in need of brunch with a side of lively entertainment, Level One is the place for you.
Best unique shop: All Fired Up!
If you’re on the hunt for a gift that’s a little more personal, paint and bake your heart away at All Fired Up!
Best happy hour: El Centro D.F.
There’s nothing like a $5 margarita to make you feel like it’s Friday night at a fancy club in Cancun.
Best first date: Mr. Yogato
Brightly lit and packed with people dancing or wearing costumes, Mr. Yogato is just weird enough to distract you from nervousness on a first date.
Best friend date: Rock Creek Park
A natural gem in the middle of a big city, Rock Creek Park is one of the few places in the District free from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Best bar to party at: Tropicalia
Once you make your way down a narrow staircase to the basement bar, Tropicalia makes you feel like you’re partying in a warmer climate.
Best bar trivia: Penn’s Social
If you want a break after the hardest two days of the week, head to Penn Social on Tuesdays with your friends and co-workers for trivia night.
Best exercise studio: Yoga District
If you need to add some namaste to your day, make time to take a class at one of the seven locations for the chain Yoga District.