DC Neighborhood Guide

Where to Eat, Drink & Play in DC

Neighborhood Guides for food, bars, entertainment, and green spaces in DC

U Street/14th Street NW: One of DC's busiest and most lively neighborhoods this is a great place to walk around and feel what DC living is like. Tons of small, locally owned shops, and lots of food options!

Nearest Metro: U Street/Cardozo

Greenery:

Meridian Hill/Malcom X Park
Logan Circle
LeDoit Park/Common Good City Farm

Food that is cheap(ish) and tasty:

U&Pizza-pizza (veg and vegan options)
http://andpizza.com

Amsterdam Falafel-falafel (veg and vegan)
http://www.falafelshop.com

Taylor Gourmet-salads and sandwiches (veg and vegan)
http://www.taylorgourmet.com

Bake House-coffee shop/bakery, sells sandwiches at lunchtime (veg and vegan)
http://www.bakehousedc.com  

Food that is less cheap and very tasty:

Busboys and Poets: A social justice-driven magical place, wide variety of food (lots of veg and vegan options)
http://www.busboysandpoets.com

Matchbox-fancy pizzas super delicious (some veg and vegan options)
http://www.matchboxrestaurants.com

Compass Rose-small plates (some veg options)
http://www.compassrosedc.com

Thai X-rossing-tasty fixed menu Thai food
http://www.thaix-ing.com

Yes! Organic Market-health food store
http://www.yesorganicmarket.com/

Whole Foods 

Drinks:

Garden District/Beer Garden
http://www.gardendistrictdc.com/

American Ice Company
http://www.amicodc.com/

Matchbox (for great cocktails)
http://www.matchboxrestaurants.com

Bar Pilar
http://www.barpilar.com/#pilar

St. Ex
http://www.saint-ex.com/

Music Venues/Entertainment:

U Street Music Hall
http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/

9:30 Club
http://www.930.com/

Busboys and Poets (film screenings/open mic nights/poetry events)
http://www.busboysandpoets.com

H Street NE: A quickly developing neighborhood just a 30 minute walk from the Capitol Building

Nearest Metro: Union Station or NOMA
Bus lines: X2, 90, 92 

**_Greenery: _**Arboretum
Lincoln Park
Stanton Park
Galludet Campus

Food that is cheap(ish) and tasty:

H&Pizza-pizza (veg and vegan options)
http://andpizza.com

Taylor Gourmet-salads and sandwiches (veg and vegan options) http://www.taylorgourmet.com

Sol Tacos-Mexican (veg and vegan options)
http://solmexicangrilldc.com/

Copy Cat Co.-dumplings and bao (veg options) http://www.copycatcompany.com/#home

Food that is less cheap and very tasty:

Cusbah- Indian (veg and vegan options)
http://cusbah.com/

Redrocks-fancy pizzas (veg options)
http://www.redrocksdc.com/

Toki Underground-ramen
http://tokiunderground.com/#/

Sticky Rice-sushi/Asian food (lots of veg and vegan options)
http://www.stickyricedc.com/

Queen Vic-British pub (some veg options)
http://www.thequeenvicdc.com/

Drinks:

Queen Vic
http://www.thequeenvicdc.com/

Star and Shamrock
http://starandshamrock.com/

Biergarten Haus
http://www.biergartenhaus.com/

Vendetta
http://www.vendettadc.com/

H Street Country Club
http://www.hstreetcountryclub.com/

Entertainment/Music:

Rock N Roll Hotel
http://www.rockandrollhoteldc.com/

H Street Country Club (skee ball, games)
http://www.hstreetcountryclub.com/

Atlas Arcade
http://www.dcatlasarcade.com/

Dupont Circle: Right in the heart of the city! A great place to chill, meet up with folks, and people-watch.

  Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle

Greenery:

Dupont Fountain
(the bottom part of) Rock Creek Park 

Food that is cheap(ish) and tasty:

Shop House- Southeast Asian flavored Chipotle (vegan options) https://www.shophousekitchen.com/

Sweet Green-tasty salad creations (veg and vegan options)
http://sweetgreen.com/  

Food that is less cheap and very tasty:

Teaism-tea shop with an extensive food menu (veg options)
https://www.teaism.com/

Pansaari-Indian food and chai bar (veg options)
http://pansaari.com/

Dukes Grocery-American food (some veg options)
http://dukesgrocery.com/

Floriana-Italian food (some veg options)
http://florianarestaurant.com/

Drinks:

18th Street Lounge
http://www.eighteenthstreetlounge.com/

Russia House
http://www.russiahouselounge.com/

Embassy Row Hotel Bar
http://www.russiahouselounge.com/

Entertainment/Music:

18th Street Lounge (weekend nights)
http://www.eighteenthstreetlounge.com/

Kramers Books
http://kramers.com/bookstore

Eastern Market/Barracks Row: a really lovely neighborhood just a stone’s throw from the Capitol

Nearest Metro: Eastern Market

Greenery:

US Botanical Garden

Lincoln Park

Garfield Park

Congressional Cemetery

Food that is cheap(ish) and tasty:

District Taco-tacos (veg and vegan options)
http://www.districttaco.com/

Chipotle
https://www.chipotle.com/

Eastern Market (farm stands and food vendors)
http://www.easternmarket-dc.org/

Bayou Bakery-coffee shop/Louisiana themed restaurant (some veg options)
https://www.chipotle.com/

Bourbon Cafe-coffee shop/bakery 
http://bourboncoffeeusa.com/

Food that is less cheap and very tasty:

Matchbox-fancy pizzas (some veg and vegan options)
http://www.matchboxrestaurants.com

Rose's Luxury-fancy small plates (one of the top 50 restaurants in America!) some veg options
http://www.rosesluxury.com/

Cava-Mediterranean small plates (veg)
http://www.cavamezze.com/

Pineapple and Pearls-coffee shop/sandwiches owned by Roses Luxury
http://www.pineappleandpearls.com/

Yes! Organic Market-Health a Food Store
http://www.yesorganicmarket.com/

Drinks:

Ambar
http://www.ambarrestaurant.com/

Matchbox (tasty cocktails)
http://www.matchboxrestaurants.com

The Ugly Mug
http://www.uglymugdc.com/

Places to Practice Yoga: 

WithLoveDC hosts free or donation based pop ups all over the city!
www.withlovedc.com

Yoga District has seven studios and offers the cheapest classes of all the DC studios
http://www.yogadistrict.com/

Be Here Now Yoga in Eastern Market
http://beherenowyogadc.com/

Buddha B Yoga on U Street
http://www.buddhabyoga.com/ 

Other Places to Visit

  • The Renwick Art Gallery: free & great, go during the week to avoid lines and crowds
  • The National Mall: see the sights & stop into a dozen free museums all around the park
  • Nationals Park: for a ball game, located on the metro.

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