Another area of interest is Capitol Hill, located just to the east of the National Mall. Here you will find important government buildings such as the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. Other points of interest here are Union Station and the National Postal Museum. Take the MetroRail to Union Station or to the Capitol South station for easy access.
While this area is obviously most famous for the government buildings it houses, visitors can also get a taste of neighborhood life by heading to Eastern Market flea and farmers market that has a wide array of local arts and crafts. A stroll down 8th street SE is also recommended – this strip includes several restaurants and bars worth checking out, including Belga Cafe, Banana Cafe and Piano Bar and Tapatinis.