H Street NE

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H Street NE, a dynamic one-and-a-half mile stretch in Northeast DC, is known for its nightlife, restaurants, pop-ups, festivals and communal atmosphere.

H Street NE Neighborhood - Atlas Performing Arts Center & H Street Country Club - Washington, DC

Art lovers flock to The Atlas Performing Arts Center, home to a variety of performances, events and initiatives spanning a range of artistic traditions. The Atlas bills itself as “where the arts, culture and connection happen on H Street.”

The neighborhood’s largest event is the annual H Street Festival, which spans 10 blocks and attracts roughly thousands of patrons. Highlights of the fall event include musical performances and multi-cultural entertainment, in addition to art exhibits, for-sale crafts and an array of offerings from local food trucks and restaurants.

Another must-see: the seasonal H Street FreshFarm Market, open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. from mid-April to mid-December at 1300 H Street NE. Visitors will find the best of local, seasonal bounty, including handmade cow milk cheeses, fruits, vegetables, pastries and flowers. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a live chef demo and score some free samples.

Ramen Bowl from Toki Underground

As far as restaurants go, expect a multitude of delectable options. Local Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s Toki Underground serves up hearty bowls of ramen, Ocopa offers diners a taste of Peruvian cuisine and Ben’s Chili Bowl delights visitors with its half-smokes.

Up early? Get in line for Bullfrog Bagels and satisfy your craving for traditional New York-style bagels. Staying up late? Locals love Copycat Co., a dumpling shop and cocktail bar that stays open until 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

While you’re here, support local businesses by shopping locally. Drop by The C.A.T.WALK Boutique or Maketto (which doubles as a cafe and triples as a hot restaurant) and you might just find your latest wardrobe addition.

Locals Love

The chill H Street vibe, rooftop spots like Ten 01, Atlas Center for The Atlas Performing Arts Center, mini-golf at H Street Country Club.

Getting There

The DC Streetcar provides a unique transportation option from Union Station. The X1 Metrobus line serves H Street NE. Capital Bikeshare has a fleet of bikes around the city at your disposal, including multiple H Street stations. If you choose to drive, it’s still possible to find parking spots.