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.
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.
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.