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Comedian Stephen Colbert said, "if you're going to get arrested, do it here." Um, no!

The famous late-night comedian was noting that Yelp’s reviews of correctional facilities gave Arlington’s jail a thumbs up for hospitable treatment.

Courthouse is, just like it sounds, Arlington’s civic center. Besides the jail -- which we do not recommend you visit as an inmate -- the Courthouse neighborhood boasts an array of restaurants, pubs and lounges, a movie theater and hotels just steps from Metro.

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Stephen Colbert of CBS' The Late Show

Here, at Bayou Bakery, you can even taste authentic New Orleans-style beignets from Food Network star Chef David Guas.

Within walking distance of Clarendon and just up the hill from Rosslyn and D.C.’s Georgetown, Courthouse also offers unique shopping opportunities. On Saturdays, visitors can stroll through the Arlington Farmers Market and Arlington Urban Village Market for fantastic locally produced foods and a variety of crafts and antiques.

David Guas, chef at Bayou Bakery, home to New Orleans inspired baked goods
Celebrity Chef David Guas

If you are looking for something unique, antique or distinct, the Urban Village Market (located on 15th Street near the Courthouse Metro station) is a good bet. You’ll find jewelry, clothing, vintage magazines and posters, furniture, hand-made crafts and more.

Nearby, relax in the reclining seats of the AMC Courthouse Plaza 8 movie theater, or try restaurants like Fire Works Pizza, Lebanese cuisine at Me Jana or Thai food at Sawatdee. Join sports fans to watch the game and search for the stars in good weather at Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill.

For another kind of Courthouse experience, step into Ireland's Four Courts where live entertainment is scheduled every night of the week and includes karaoke and live music.