Barnaby Woods (Coming soon)
A neighborhood with many names before Brightwood once the site of a horse racetrack with historic homes, a well-preserved Civil War fort, an active community association, and the largest immigrant community in D.C.
- Carne asada tacos from Plaza Teontepec, an authentic Mexican restaurant with a popular green salsa.
- Chorizo tacos from J & J’s Mex-Taqueria, a family-owned Mexican restaurant with tie-dye floors.
- Fresh product from the Whittier Elementary Farm Stand at Whittier Elementary School on Tuesdays from 3-5:30 p.m. May through November.
- Fried chicken at Oohh’s and Aahh’s, a popular Black-owned soul food restaurant.
- Rum punch for $10 at Oohh’s and Aahh’s.
- Join the waitlist for the Peabody Community Garden, a large garden cared for by senior gardeners.
- Take your kids to the large playground at the Fort Stevens Recreation Center, a space with a field and tennis and basketball courts.
- Walk the trails at the nearby 1909 Walter Reed campus that’s being redeveloped into The Parks. Find the Arts Plaza and old memorials.
- 1936 house where a Howard University Latin professor entertained intellectuals like W.E.B. Du Bois and Carter G. Woodson.
- Emory United Methodist Church, an 1832 congregation that cares for immigrants and runs a S.T.E.M. ministry.
- Fort View Apartments, apartments built in 1939 by local arcitect George Santmyers.
- Historic call boxes that neighbors decorate on the 1600 block of Van Buren Street NW.
- Hughes Memorial Tower, the city’s tallest free-standing structure.
- Murals on the outside of the Military Road Early Learning Center, inside the 1912 building of the city’s third public school for Black students.
- Well-preserved Civil War earthworks at Fort Stevens, the fort that stopped the Confederacy from attacking Washington, D.C.
Colonial Village (Coming soon)
A long way from the decades where racial covenants were placed on property, Crestwood is now a diverse neighborhood surrounded by Rock Creek Park on three sides.
- Belgian waffles at nearby The Highlands, a 2008 neighborhood restaurant famous for their chicken and waffles.
- Carne con tajadas from nearby Catrachitos Restaurant, the city’s first Honduran restaurant.
- Gyro for under $10 at nearby Athena Grill, a small popular Greek spot.
- Latte from Baltimore‑based coffee roastery Zeke’s Coffee Uptown location nearby.
- Sangria from nearby Atxondo, a Spanish restaurant that serves grilled octopus and other favorites.
- Attend the annual Russian festival at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
- Hike the Valley Trail within Rock Creek Park, the country’s third national park.
- Listen to student poetry at the Parkmont Poetry Festival run by Parkmont School.
- Meander by the gate of the Rockefeller Mansion, one of the city’s most luxurious mansions, at 1940 Shepherd Street NW.
- Read a book on the “Crestwood” benches at the entrance to Piney Branch Park.
- Shop arts and crafts at Genevieve N. Johnson Senior Day Care Center‘s Annual Community Fair & Bazaar.
- Sign up for a cultural event at the Royal Embassy of Cambodia.
- Take a music class at The National Conservatory of Arts.
- 1927 Tudor house designed by prominent D.C. architect James Cooper at 4720 16th St NW.
- Architecture of many kinds by wandering the streets.
- Gates of nearby Carter Barron Amphitheater, a 1950 4,200‑seat amphitheater in Rock Creek Park that’s currently closed.
- Historic church at Zion Baptist Church, founded in 1864.
- Places of worship along 16th Street NW.
- Savannah’s Tree planted in honor of the neighborhood children at the triangle park where 18th Street NW and Argyle Terrace NW meet.
Hawthorne (Coming soon)
A Northwest neighborhood where community is formed in triangle parks and through a 100-year-old civic association.
- Jerk chicken at Peaches Kitchen Restaurant, an immigrant woman-owned sit-down restaurant with “Fried Chicken Wednesdays.”
- Street tacos from Chef Jaren every Tuesday inside Jackie Lee’s, a popular neighborhood restaurant and bar.
- Chacho (a South American spirit infused with cane sugar and jalapeño) at Chacho Spirits, a distillery with Saturday tours and a tasting room.
- Coffee from La Coop Coffee, a family-owned coffee shop inside a house with a porch that brews beans from their coffee co-op in Guatemala.
- Fresh juice from Senbeb Cafe, a vegan/vegetarian soul food restaurant open daily with a Sunday brunch.
- Adopt a pet from the Humane Rescue Alliance, a non-profit protecting animals for over 150 years.
- Attend a community event at Queen Bee Book Emporium, a Black woman-owned bookstore in an alley that brings the community together.
- Garden at the Blair Road Community Garden, one of the city’s largest urban gardens that’s been running for over 40 years.
- Get a haircut at Manor Park Barber Shop that’s been around for more than 60 years.
- Hike the trails at Fort Slocum, a public park that used to be a Civil War fort and then World War II victory gardens.
- Play hopscotch at Pamunkey Park, a triangle park where Kansas Avenue NW, 2nd Street NW, and Longfellow Street NW meet.
- Read at a large stone community table at North Dakota Avenue Triangle Park.
- Shop at Lovely Lady Boutique, a Black woman-owned women’s clothing boutique.
- Legacy Memorial Park, a memorial honoring the lives lost in the 2009 Metro crash.
- Little Free Library honoring Black power at the corner of 1st Street NW and Longfellow Street NW.
- MISS CHELOVE‘s mural on the side of Sonnie’s, a corner market.
- Murals along Kennedy Street NW, including WRDSMTH‘s at 71 Kennedy St NW and Jon Leonardo‘s bright masterpiece around the corner.
- Unique architecture throughout the neighborhood like mosaics on rowhouses or grand entrances like the one on a 1930s apartment building at 5514 1st Street NW.
Triangle parks, neighborhood festivals, top‑rated restaurants, Petworth has emerged from farmland to one of D.C.’s hippest neighborhoods.
- Balsamic tart cherry with blood orange scones from Little Food Studio, a Black woman‑owned cafe that opened during the pandemic.
- Fried chicken from The Hitching Post, a 1967 soul food restaurant.
- Pho from Pho Viet, a Vietnamese restaurant with 14 kinds of pho.
- Pizza from Timber Pizza Co., a popular pizza restaurant that started out of a pickup truck.
- Ramen from Menya Hosaki, a small shop that started as a pop‑up.
- Tacos in corn tortillas from Taqueria Habanero, a popular Mexican restaurant that also serves margaritas.
- Beer at Red Derby, a popular bar with half price chicken tenders on Tuesdays.
- Drip coffee from Büna Coffeehouse, a corner cafe that also sells breakfast sandwiches.
- Hard cider from a stir (formerly Capital Cider House), a cidery that hosts regular events.
- Lattes from Rue Café, a new cafe serving Ethiopian coffee.
- Browse diverse books at Loyalty Books, a Black‑owned independent bookstore.
- Join the compost cooperative at Twin Oaks Community Garden.
- Listen to rock‑n‑roll at Slash Run, a woman‑owned bar that also hosts weekly trivia nights.
- Read a book on a bench in Grant Circle Park or Sherman Circle Park.
- Run the track at Roosevelt High School when school isn’t in session.
- Take your kids to the playground at Raymond Recreation Center, one of many playgrounds in the area.
- Walk by 1200 Delafield Place NW, the site of the country’s first Black professional ballet company.
- Comedy at Room 808, a space that hosts comedy shows five nights a week.
- (Here I Stand) in the Spirit of Paul Robeson sculpture by artist Allen Uzikee Nelson inside the triangle park at Kansas Ave NW, Georgia Ave NW and Varnum St NW.
- Jose Piedra’s mural on the side of Hen & Fin, a seafood restaurant.
- Local art inside Art of Noize, a speakeasy art gallery inside an alley.
- Micro art at the Free Little Art Gallery, a Little Free Library that showcases art at Illinois Ave NW and Webster Street NW.
Riggs Park (Coming soon)
Shepherd Park (Coming soon)
Sixteenth Street Heights
Developed in the early 20th century once the streetcar connected to downtown, the neighborhood is one of the most diverse areas in D.C. Mainly residential, there are dozens of churches and places to worship in Sixteenth Street Heights.
- Baleadas (breakfast burritos) from Catrachitos Restaurant, a popular Honduran restaurant with murals on one of its sides.
- Build-your-own platter at Hedzole, a Black woman-owned Ghanaian-American fast casual spot.
- Carna asada sandwich at Simple Bar and Grill, a no-frills bar with regular events.
- Chicken and waffles from The Highlands, a Black-owned cafe with two locations in the city.
- Gyros from Athena Grill, a tiny Greek restaurant.
- Tibs from Gueny’s Cafe & Market, an Ethiopian restaurant with friendly owners open every day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Coffee from Gold Coast Cafe, a corner market with a cafe inside.
- Cocktails, including a “Pumpkin Spice White Russian,” at Moreland’s Tavern, a popular neighborhood restaurant and bar.
- Latte from Zeke’s Coffee-Uptown, the newest location of the Baltimore-born coffee roastery.
- Sangria for $6 at Spanish restaurant Atxondo‘s happy hour Tuesday-Saturday from 3-5 p.m.
- Buy fresh produce at the FRESHFARM Uptown Farmers Market, a Saturday farmers market open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May through November.
- Donate books to the Little Free Library in front of Christ Lutheran Church, an 1891 congregation.
- Hike the Valley Trail, a trail in Rock Creek Park that passes bridges and more.
- Learn how to play tennis at the Rock Creek Tennis Center, which holds tournaments.
- Picnic at Webster Varnum Green Space, a green space in an alley.
- Play soccer Carter Barron Soccer Fields, fields within Rock Creek Park.
- Sign up for music lessons at the National Conservatory of Arts, a conservatory that offers all kinds of musical instruction.
- Take your kids to the playground at the Hamilton Recreation Center, which also has courts.
- Ballerina mural on a garage in the alley behind the 4700 block of 14th Street NW.
- Blue tiles at the entrance of Mosaic Church of the Nazarene, one of the many churches along 16th Street NW.
- Callbox decorated in tennis balls at the corner of 16th Street and Longfellow Street NW. Also along 16th Street NW is a call box decorated with golf balls.
- Chùa Giác Hoàng, a Buddhist temple along 16th Street NW.
- Churches in every architectural style along 16th Street NW.
- Decatur Mansion, a historic mansion that’s being restored.
- Murals at 14th Street Graffiti Museum, a walkable outdoor art experience highlighting work of some of the city’s muralists.
- Sculptures with mosaic faces at the triangle park at Emerson Street, 13th Street, and Arkansas Ave NW.
Rooted in activism, Takoma is an area with a coffee roaster in a 1924 theater, colorful Little Free Libraries, and hyper local restaurants.
- Fried fish at Horace and Dickies, a local seafood restaurant connected to the beloved original location on H Street N.E.
- Injera from Nile Ethiopian Restaurant, a family‑owned restaurant with a market that opened on the Maryland border in 1996.
- Vegan donuts at Donut Run, a small shop open daily at 7 a.m. posting changing flavors on Instagram.
- Ethiopian coffee at Tomoka Coffee House, a small coffee shop inside a strip mall.
- Pour over coffee at Lost Sock Roasters, a roastery inside a historic theater that also sells empanadas daily.
- Smoothies from Turning Natural, a Black woman‑owned juice bar inside a 1924 theater.
- Donate books at the pink Little Free Library that matches its historic house at 437 Butternut St NW.
- Drop into a story time or toddler play time at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, one of four Carnegie libraries built over 100 years ago.
- Learn how to break dance at The Lab D.C., a dance academy inside a historic building with breakdance classes.
- Listen to jazz at Takoma Station Tavern, a pub that’s also a live music venue.
- Swim at the Takoma Aquatic Center, an indoor pool free for D.C. residents.
- Swing on the Big Oak Swing, a community swing, at 200 Aspen St NW.
- Take your kids to the Takoma Playground, a fenced‑in spacious playground.
- Visit the Battleground National Cemetery, a tiny national cemetery dedicated by Abraham Lincoln after the Union army defended the city from attack at nearby Fort Stevens.
- Art Deco architecture outside the Whittier Gardens, a condo complex built in 1928.
- Art exhibits at Rhizome DC, a DIY art space inside a house that hosts events and workshops.
- Ida B. Wells statue in front of Ida B. Wells Middle School honoring the journalist and civil rights activist.
- “From A Model To A Rainbow” mural by Sam Gilliam outside the Takoma Metro.