D.C. Ward 8 Neighborhood Guides

Anacostia

One of D.C.’s oldest neighborhoods, Anacostia is home to local street art, a community center with shops, Frederick Douglass’ historic home, and some of the best views of the city skyline.

Eat:

  •  $6 fried chicken or a $7 fish sandwich from Open Crumb, a scratch kitchen from the son of the former owners of the Ghana Cafe.
  • Pizza from Mama’s Pizza Kitchen, a beloved woman-owned pizzeria.
  • Steak and cheese sandwich from 6Co Eatery, a small Black-owned takeout spot along MLK Jr Ave.
  • Vegan food from ELife Restaurant, a local chain with a location inside the Anacostia Arts Center. 

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  • Smoothies from the original location of Turning Natural, a Black woman-owned juice bar with locations throughout the city. 

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Barry Farm

Once a farm whose owner enslaved people, Barry Farm became the home of people formerly enslaved after the Civil War. A neighborhood in transition, Barry Farm is full of streets named after Union generals, historic Black churches and breathtaking views of the city. 

Eat:

  • Food from nearby Sandlot Anacostia, a Black-owned cultural space with rotating Black-owned food options, when it reopens.
  • Pizza from nearby Mama’s Pizza Kitchen, a beloved pizzeria in Anacostia. 

Drink:

  •  Coffee from nearby Starbucks, a community Starbucks with friendly vibes and local murals inside by Aniekan Udofia.

Do:

  • Donate non-perishable food to the small public pantry outside FAN DC, a local non-profit.
  • Fix a car tire at Distad’s Tire & Auto, a beloved neighborhood tire shop.
  • Learn about history at Campbell AME Church, an 1867 congregation pivotal in helping to end segregation in public schools.
  • See murals honoring Southeast D.C. by local artist Mia DuVall along the building near nearby Sandlot Anacostia.
  • Take your kids to the Barry Farm Recreation Center, a facility with an indoor pool and waterslide and a space-themed outdoor playground.
  • Volunteer at Martha’s Table, a non-profit fighting for a more equitable city for 40+ years. 

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Bellevue

Named after an 18th century mansion meaning “beautiful views,” this neighborhood once housed a Civil War fort and a gun factory. It’s now a mainly residential area with one of the city’s most beautifully designed public libraries.

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Buena Vista

With one of the most uniquely designed police stations in D.C., this tiny neighborhood along the Maryland border is mainly residential with a mix of apartment buildings and single-family homes.

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  • Milkshake from nearby Roaming Rooster, a Black-owned fried chicken sandwich shop up the road.

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Congress Heights

One of the first neighborhoods East of the River, Congress Heights has emerged as a hub for Black culture and arts.

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Douglass

Named after abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Douglass is mainly residential with one of the only grocery stores East of the River.

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Fairlawn

A neighborhood with a hand-delivered neighborhood newsletter, Fairlawn is an area along the Anacostia River with an art gallery inside a rowhouse, murals, and a top-rated Thai spot.

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Garfield Heights

A small, mainly-residential neighborhood near the Maryland border with strong porch culture.

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  • Chicken wings from nearby Roy’s Steak & Subs, a popular takeout spot with breakfast platters and lunch subs.

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Knox Hill

A tiny neighborhood, Knox Hill is named after a 1980s apartment complex. Today, it’s entirely residential with many homes built in 2000.

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  • Western omelet at nearby Roy’s Steak & Subs, a popular breakfast takeout spot inside a strip mall.

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  • Honor local history at the Southeast 4 Boundary Stone, among the city’s oldest federal monuments once marking the district boundary.

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Navy Yard

Home to the U.S. Navy’s oldest shore establishment, Navy Yard is changing into a neighborhood where old charm meets development along the Anacostia River. 

Eat:

  • Breakfast scallion pancakes at Any Day Now, an all-day cafe with Wi-Fi and plenty of seating.
  • Coal-fired mushroom hummus from Albi, a Michelin-star Levantine restaurant.
  • Pizza from Andy’s Pizza, a family-owned, award-winning pizzeria inside Atlas Brew Works.
  • Sandwiches from the deli inside Cornercopia, a corner market.
  • “Tikka Chance On Me” bowl from Rasa, a fast casual Indian restaurant with a stunning blue door.
  • Tripleta (three meat sandwich) at La Famosa, a Puerto Rican cafe.
  • Za’atar croissants from YELLOW, a Levantine bakery open weekends from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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  • Craft cocktails at Trouble Bird, one of the area’s first cocktail bars.
  • German beer at the brig, an outdoor beer garden with TVs.
  • Sour ale from Bluejacket, one of the city’s longest-standing craft breweries.
  • Tahitian vanilla latte from Slipstream, a local cafe with four locations in the D.C. area.

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Park Naylor

Named after a large apartment complex with views of the city skyline, this small neighborhood borders the sites of former Civil War forts.

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  • Coffee from the nearby Starbucks, the city’s only drive-thru Starbucks.

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Shipley Terrace

Named after a housing complex, this small neighborhood borders Maryland and home to the city’s only interactive water park.

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Skyland

A neighborhood on a hill overlooking the city. 

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  • Honey butter fried chicken sandwich at nearby Roaming Rooster, a Black-owned local fried chicken sandwich restaurant.
  • Pastries from the bakery inside Lidl, D.C.’s first location of the German grocery store with more affordable prices.

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Washington Highlands

One of the city’s first neighborhoods to desegregate housing, the area was slow to develop. Today, it’s a neighborhood with many public housing units, views into Virginia, and many bright murals.

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Woodland

A small neighborhood developed in the 1960s with a large public housing complex, Woodland is home to a few historic congregations and views of the city’s skyline.

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  • Milkshake from nearby Roaming Rooster, a Black family-owned fried chicken spot.

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