Believe it or not, DC is a small town for the urban dweller. Little neighborhoods like Dupont Circle, Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Capitol Hill, Adams Morgan and Shaw offer city elegance, and a sense of community at once. There is no disputing our capital city is uber charming. So which part of town do you want to nest in?
Here is a little detail on a few of the great neighborhoods in DC and links to what the city has to offer. Of course, we’ll be happy to give you a personal tour if you would like to nest with us!
Adams Morgan is known as a vibrant hub at all hours! Packed with great restaurants, lively bars and independent stores, ADMO is a unique destination for D.C. residents. Just a short walk from the Woodley Metro stop, Adams Morgan is the perfect balance of beautiful residential homes and buzzing nightlife. Tryst, The Diner, So's Your Mom, Amsterdam Falafel and the famous Jumbo Slice are just a few favorite places to grab a bite! Known for live music and exciting crowd, Madams Organ is one of the most popular bars in Adams Morgan. Come by for a good time and a taste of Mississippi Blues!
Overlooked by the beautiful Washington Capitol Building, this neighborhood maintains a perfect mix of work and play. Known for their street fairs and markets, and diverse restaurants, Capitol Hill is the perfect place to spend the day. Eastern Market is one of the main draws to this part of the city, supplying Washingtonians with fresh locally grown food, unique handmade art and a welcoming community.
Along side the historic residential homes, Columbia Heights has recently transformed into an energetic center for all ages. The neighborhood is conveniently equipped with Target, Chipotle, and other well-known essentials, but still full of locally owned business. Some of our recommendations include Sticky Fingers Vegan Bakery, The Coup for brunch, and Wonderland Ballroom Bar for a night of and dancing! The best part is Columbia Heights is easily accessible, with a metro stop in the heart of the neighborhood, just hop on the Green or Yellow Line. Higher Grounds Fitness is one of the great gyms you can join.
Cleveland Park is a family friendly neighborhood, home to the very popular John Eaton Elementary School quiet backstreets and delightful playgrounds. But the convenience of the metro stop right on Connecticut Avenue brings Cleveland Park alive. Connecticut is lined with great food options, such as Spices, Vaces Pizza, Aleros and more. Catch a movie and the eminent Uptown Movie Theater, or enjoy the evening on the rooftop of CP Bar & Grill.
This bustling, yet very walkable part of town is full of professionals and tourists, but still very worth getting to know. Full of culture and entertainment, Downtown has it all! Explore the extraordinary streets of Chinatown, the popular gyms such as Vida Fitness and Sculpt D.C., and famous landmarks such as the White House. Check out the Verizon Center for all the big names coming to concert in the D.C. area or just walk around and explore the unique shops and museums.
Known as one of the trendy sides of town, DuPont is a young, progressive neighborhood with endless attractions and remarkable people. Stop in to the Sunday Farmers Market for locally grown food and delicious pastries, or spend the afternoon lost in Kramer Books & Café. Flooded with little boutiques like Betsy Fisher, and quirky bars like The Board Room, DuPont has something for everyone. D.C. Bike Party embarks from DuPont's central fountain, where countless D.C. cyclists own the streets every 2nd Wednesday of the month.
This antique neighborhood is undoubtedly full of energy and excitement. Experience the most beautiful architecture in the city walking through the backstreets of Georgetown, then pop over to M Street or Wisconsin Avenue for all the activities. Lined with endless retail and restaurants, historic landmarks, and the prestigious University, Georgetown is one of the most popular destinations for both tourists and Washingtonians alike. Nest recommends checking out the bakeries, like Baked & Wired, creative restaurants such as El Centro, but most of all, the waterfront. Just down the hill from the commotion of the street, the newly redone waterfront park is the perfect place for a picnic, a walk along the Potomac, or renting boats to go out on the river!
This edgy side of town is becoming more and more desirable as local businesses progress and safety increases as a number one priority. Although the metro does not take you here, that does not stop the influx of Washingtonians looking to experience the authentic vibe of H Street. Check out the Rock & Roll Hotel for intimate concerts with a 200-person capacity, or the highly anticipated Toki Underground Taiwanese and ramen restaurant coming soon.
Shaw is a quiet neighborhood bordered by the rowdy nightlife of U Street and 14th street. With streets lined by beautiful row houses and independent businesses, Shaw is the perfect mix of lively and easygoing. Howard University is just up the hill, drawing young creative minds to the newly renovated Howard Theater. Food and drink options are endless with a short walk to U and 14th. Some places Nest recommends are El Centro for tacos, margaritas and an energetic rooftop, newly opened on 14th! Busboys & Poets, a space for art, culture, and delicious eats is also a must!
This unique neighborhood is able to take advantage of the beautiful waterfront, through their recent and rapid development. Residential condominiums line the streets paired with walkability and a view of the river and National's Stadium. The Yards Waterfront Park allows for an escape for all ages from the busy streets, while the sustainable Canal Park on New Jersey Avenue invites city dwellers to ice skate on recycled rainwater! Catch a play at the newly redesigned Arena Stage, just minutes from the Waterfront Metro stop.
While American University Park is home to many AU students, the majority of the neighborhood is full of families and DC natives. Home to some of the main public schools in D.C. such as Alice Deal JHS and Woodrow Wilson SHS, the neighborhood has access to the recently built Wilson indoor pool. Between the schools is Fort Reno, the heart of summer nights in Tenley, hosting free weekly concerts with local bands. Pop in to the modern Tenley Public Library for a quiet study or reading nook, or visit the Katzen Art Museum for unique exhibitions, gallery talks, and even yoga classes! Just down the Hill from the Tenley Sport & Health Gym is Friendship Heights, full of retail shopping, an AMC Theaters, and diverse restaurant options.
U Street Corridor is one of the hearts of city nightlife. Bustling with both D.C. natives and young professionals new to the city, the rambunctious energy of U Street is contagious. Home to multiple concert venues such as the 9:30 club, U Street Music Hall and Howard Theater, this destination is always hosting something worthwhile. Some popular places for food and drink are Marvin's, Nellie's, The Brixton, and Masa 14, just to name a few. The famous (and delicious) Ben's Chilli Bowl is just across from the Metro stop and is historic landmark of U Street Corridor. U Street is booming in culture, diversity and appeal, as one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city!