D.C. January 20, 2017
10 Retro Places In Washington DC That Will Take You Back In Time
So many people love to talk about the “good ol’ days.’ You know, the days before everyone had their head buried in a cell phone. It’s hard not to feel nostalgic for a simpler time. Well if you are looking to step back in history, visit these 10 retro places in Washington DC and travel back for just a little while.
1. Atlas Arcade - 1236 H St NE
Atlas Arcade is the perfect place to relive your video game playing youth. This bar features a variety of classic arcade games and different video game consoles around the bar. It’s a tiny spot so be prepared to wait for your turn!
2. Buffalo & Bergen - 1309 5th St NE
Located inside Union Market, Buffalo & Bergen feels just like an old-time soda fountain. It’s a great spot to sit at the counter and get a good breakfast sandwich
3. E Street Cinema - 555 11th St NW
E Street Cinema has that old school classic feel of movie theaters of the past. They play indie, foreign and older movies, including many black and whites.
4. Temple Hills Skate Palace - 3132 Branch Ave Temple Hills, MD 20748
Temple Hills is a indoor roller rink just outside of DC in Maryland. It makes our list because its one of the few roller rinks left in the area and stepping inside will give you a big wave of nostalgia for skate palaces back in the day!
5. Tune Inn - 331 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Tune Inn is a local institution that’s been serving up classic diner food like burgers, fries, onion rings and more for more than 60 years.
6. Ben’s Chili Bowl - 1213 U St NW
The original Ben’s is the place to go when you want to really step back in time. This DC institution has served the same delicious half smokes, hot dogs and sandwiches since the 1950s and it still feels like you’re in the 50s when you eat there!
7. Thomas Sweet - 3214 P St NW
A Georgetown classic! Thomas Sweet is the DC location of a New York chain and is an old time ice cream shop serving an array of different delicious, creamy ice cream flavors.
8. Ollie’s Trolley - 425 12th St NW
Ollie’s Trolley is known for its old school charm. This diner is filled to the brim with antiques and serves up classic delicious diner fare.
9. Smash! - 2314 18th St NW
Be honest, when was the last time you were in a record store? Smash! was a fixture of the punk scene in the 80s and is still a blast from the past. The store sells used records from personal collections and estate sells, along with band t-shirts, buttons, posters and other paraphernalia.
10. Monarch Novelties - 1331 14th St NW
Monarch has a hodgepodge of novelty items, carnival supplies and other eclectic pieces. You can find vintage postcards, stuffed animal carnival prizes, raffle tickets and much more. The shop has been around since the 1960s, along with the owner who is there to open the door for you when you ring the bell.
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