Kensington Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Kensington; our list of the best things to see, including The National Institutes of Health, Strathmore Hall and White Flint Mall.
  • The best place in Kensington: The National Institutes of Health

    The National Institutes of Health

    9000 Rockville Pike
    The mammoth collection of buildings housing the majority of the nation's government bio-research. Admission of non-employees to the grounds requires a security screening (since the 9/11 attacks and the later anthrax mailings, there have been worries about the security of the bio-weapons research programs here).
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  • Strathmore Hall

    Strathmore Hall

    5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385
    A fantastic hall for seeing concerts because of its state-of-the-art acoustics and great seating. Even the last row has great sound and viewing lines. Check the schedule to find everything from classical music symphonies to rock concerts to kids music performances. The Metro Red Line "Grosvenor-Strathmore" station is adjacent to the facility.
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  • White Flint Mall

    White Flint Mall

    11301 Rockville Pike
    White Flint is North Bethesda, Maryland’s premier shopping destination featuring Bloomingdales, AMC/Loews Theatres, Lord & Taylor and more.
  • Ren's Ramen

    Ren's Ramen

    11403 Amherst Ave
    's ramen scene is not as well-developed as New York, but this place comes pretty close. Very flavorful broth and delicious chewy noodles, no matter which variant of ramen you choose. The dumplings are also tasty.
  • Walking Tour of Forest Glen Seminary

    Linden Lane
    fourth Saturday of each month, March-November. The Seminary was an early 20th century school that features a unique collection of architecture from around the world (including an Italian Villa, a Japanese Pagoda, a Dutch windmill, etc). Tours are run by the "Save Our Seminary" organization.
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  • Rock Creek Golf Course

    16th St & Rittenhouse St NW
    dawn-dusk daily. $16/nine holes, $23/eighteen. The eighteen holes of golf in Rock Creek Park are a bit rough—some would say the fairways are starting to look like pasture. That's not to say you can't have a good experience here, as it is quite a novelty to play golf deep in the woods, despite being in the city. Golfers might want to consider the other two major courses in the city, though, at Hains Point (just across the water from the Mall) and at Langston.
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  • LDS Temple Visitor Center

    9900 Stoneybrook Dr
    Since you can't go in the temple, there's a need for a nice visitor center, and they've done a nice job with it. It hosts regular events (see website for calendar) and movie screenings throughout the day every day of the year, in addition to a permanent multimedia display. The building itself and the grounds surrounding it are immaculate and pretty.
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  • Rock Bottom Brewery

    Rock Bottom Brewery

    7900 Norfolk Ave
    Su-Th 11AM-1AM, F-Sa 11AM-2AM. The food is fine, but this small but national chain is best visited for the excellent beers on tap, which can be ordered in sampling glasses. DJs show up F-Sa nights, but this isn't really the sort of place for that. Great people watching from the outdoor seating in good weather.
  • Passage To India

    4931 Cordell Ave
    11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-10PM daily. $16-30. The often fiery cuisine here is some of the best Indian food you'll find anywhere in the metro area, and it's also attractive, rather quiet, and has reliably excellent service. If you are up for a challenge, try to finish one of their vindaloos without asking them to dull down the spice level.
  • Caddies on Cordell

    Caddies on Cordell

    4922 Cordell Ave
    A sports bar.
  • South Street Steaks

    South Street Steaks

    4856 Cordell Ave
    Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-3AM. $7-16. Philly cheesesteaks. No, really: authentic Philly cheesesteaks on Amoroso rolls, right here at a sit-down eatery in Bethesda, and they taste like you got them right out of Geno's window in Philadelphia. If you're not from Philadelphia, you can look like you are in the know by ordering a "nine (or twelve) inch whiz wit." Don't worry, they'll understand that, you won't look silly, and you'll get your cheesesteak with the traditional cheese whiz and grilled onions. In addition to legit Philly cheesesteaks and late hours, this eatery draws customers with a bunch of specialty subs, like the missteak, a monstruous sub stuffed with 1 lb steak, 8 pieces bacon, pepperoni, fries, and three types of cheese (feeds up to four).
  • BGR: the Burger Joint

    BGR: the Burger Joint

    4827 Fairmont Ave
    The one burger YOU MUST HAVE before you die!
  • Royal Mile Pub

    2407 Price Ave
    M-Th 3:30PM-1AM, F-Sa 10:30AM-2AM, Su 10:30AM-1AM. Food: $15-30. A fixture of Wheaton for the past twenty years, this is an authentic Scottish pub. It's authentic not for the imitation decor omnipresent throughout fake Irish pubs the world over, but rather for the feel of a real pub—an open, community-oriented, and family friendly restaurant and watering hole. The food ranges from average to quite good, with an exceptional upscale preparation of haggis (really, try it!). The beer menu is respectable, and the scotch list is top-notch. Most days see specials: M half price bottles of wine, W wines by the glass, Th scotch-tasting nights, and Sat. night live entertainment.
  • Sergio's Place

    11324 Fern St
    7AM–whenever the Salvadoreños have their final beer at night, daily. $5-15. The pupusas here are magnificent, with perhaps the best Salvadoran style tortillas you'll find outside of the motherland. And they come in an unusual range of stuffings like chicken, carrots, crab meat, jalapeños, etc.—you can even get one made with a rice tortilla! Otherwise, there are a number of Salvadoran soups, Guatemalan dishes, and great Cuban sandwiches to keep the adventurous palate engaged. Live (and very loud) entertainment F-Su nights.
  • Maki Maki

    8023 Wisconsin Ave
    M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su noon-9:30PM. $15-30. Just a bit north of the hotbed of restaurants, this unassuming but pleasant and friendly corner sushi bar is excellent. They specialize in creative sushi (or Maki) dishes like the "Red Dragon" (spicy crunchy tuna inside, topped with avocado, tobiko and spicy sauce) and "Fuji Maki" (eel, tobiko, shrimp tempura, Cscumber, tamago, cream cheese & eel sauce). It's also becoming a neighborhood favorite with the many families in the area.
  • El Pollo Rico

    2517 University Blvd
    Universally acclaimed in local, national, and international food circles is Wheaton's El Pollo Rico, serving unbeatable pollo a la brasa—Peruvian chicken roasted over smoky wood charcoals to just the perfect point at which a slight crisp falls upon the skin, over succulent, moist white and dark meat, and the spice fiesta of salt 'n pepper, huacatay, aji, cumin, achiote, garlic, and lemon magically penetrates the meat straight into the bone. EPR for a long time ran out of a can't-see-your-hand smoky little take-out only shack, but that burned down, and it's now in a cheery little eatery with tables for the few who aren't taking the bird home to the family. Lines are long, but move fast. Placing your order is simple: yell whole, half, or quarter, and then enjoy the sound of the lady's meat cleaver hitting the counter through the meat.
  • Tastee Diner

    7731 Woodmont Ave
    24 hours daily. $3-11. Looking for the true American diner experience with greasy spoons and waitresses with too much eye shadow? How about cheap eats any time of day or night? Look no further than the tried-and-true Tastee Diner to serve your needs. Indeed, this might be the most dineresque diner in the D.C. area.
  • Capital Crescent Trail

    Capital Crescent Trail

    3500 K St NW
    The Capital Crescent Trail is an 11-mile long, shared-use rail trail that runs from Georgetown in Washington, D.C., to Silver Spring, Maryland. The portion from Bethesda to Silver Spring is also called the Georgetown Branch Trail but is recognized as the Future Capital Crescent Trail.
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  • Ruan Thai

    11407 Amherst Ave
    M-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su 4PM-10PM. $6-18. Trying to decide whether to eat at Nava or Ruan is best decided by a coin flip—they are both fantastic, small, and as authentic as they come. Aside from walking distance, Ruan is a little divier and marginally less expensive, which is either a plus or minus depending on your outlook. It also serves an incredible smoked eggplant salad, a fiery crispy whole red snapper, and killer larb.
  • Bangkok Garden

    4906 St. Elmo Ave.
    This Thai restaurant is one of the best in the D.C. area. It has relatively inexpensive food served in a warm, inviting atmosphere.
  • Nava Thai

    11301 Fern St
    Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10:30PM. $6-20. Served in a space that is comically and unmistakably a former cheesy Tex-Mex restaurant, Nava Thai's food is incredible, with a menu full of items Thai food lovers of the Western variety will not recognize. Dishes range from those ablaze with chilis, garlic, and curries, to those with a more subtle cilantro or perhaps pig's blood. The sweet and sour squid is famous, but if you want to play it safer, the husband and wife team here are experts with the noodle dishes, and you'd have trouble finding a better pad thai anywhere, except Ruan, of course.
  • Starbucks

    8542 Connecticut Ave
    We are the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world since 1971.
  • Mia's Pizzas

    Mia's Pizzas

    4926 Cordell Ave
  • Parkway Delicatessen &

    Parkway Delicatessen &

    8317 Grubb Rd
    Since 1963, Parkway Deli has been Washington's favorite place to nosh. Whether you're eating in or looking for smoked fish to go, you'll be sure to find something you love. If you can make it past the dessert case, you'll find lots of other enticing goodies from our deli all the way back to our dining room.
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  • Hard Times Cafe

    Hard Times Cafe

    4922 Del Ray Ave
    Great Food. Good People. Cheap Prices.
  • Olazzo


    7921 Norfolk Ave
    SEE OUR REVIEWS UNDER 'LINKS' monday nights... 1/2 price wine bottles. tuesday... $5 martinis. wednesday-friday... happy hour@silver spring, 4:30-6:30pm.
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