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What neighbo(u)rhood should I stay in to equate to East London?

I'm going to Washington DC for a few days to mainly sightsee.  

I'm looking to Airbnb in a neighbourhood which is possibly less touristy but lots going on.

In London, that would be Dalston/Hackney and in New York, it would be  Williamsbrug. 

Interesting new restaurants and bars rather than old established or fine dining.  

i would like to add that although I have a beard I don't own any skinny jeans or a fixed wheel bike. 


8 Answers

top answer by
Michael from Staten Island

As of today, the main hipster neighborhoods of DC are H Street Corridor(between 5th St NE and 13th St NE) and Mount Vernon Square. These are, however, a little off the beaten path. Meaning you might have to do a little bit of walking from a Metro stop or cab it to get there.

There are also some pockets of good hipster restaurants and bars opening up in Shaw (7th St NW and T St) and Petworth via Georgia Ave NW where you will not find many tourist. However, you don't need to stay in those neighborhoods to enjoy what they offer. You can get to them very easily on the metro(Green and Yellow lines). 

The original hipster hood of DC is U Street. Although its a bit over hyped now and the rent prices are outrageous, you can still have a good time. Mainly for music venues. 

Non touristy Restaurants/bars/clubs that i could think of:

Music venues(Rock and Indie): Rock & Roll Hotel,Black Cat , DC9 Nightclub and 9:30 Club.

Clubs (no dress code; Deep House, House and Minimal): Flash and U Street Music Hall

Bars/ Restaurants: All of H street, Marvin, The GibsonThe PassengerLooking Glass LoungeRight Proper Brewing Company (website), Dacha Beer Garden (website), Velvet Lounge.

You can check out these sites. NFT, DCist and Washingtonian for restaurants. 

Do yourself a favor and make sure you stay in the North West quadrant and preferably near a metro stop. Also, download the Uber app. Its so much easier than hailing a cab in DC.

Good luck!


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  1. H Street Corridor (attraction)
  2. Mount Vernon Square (attraction)
  3. U Street (attraction)
  4. Rock & Roll Hotel (attraction)
  5. Black Cat (attraction)
  6. DC9 Nightclub (attraction)
  7. 9:30 Club (attraction)
  8. Flash (attraction)
  9. U Street Music Hall (attraction)
  10. Marvin (attraction)
  11. The Gibson (attraction)
  12. The Passenger (attraction)
  13. Looking Glass Lounge (attraction)
  14. Right Proper Brewing Company (attraction)
  15. Dacha Beer Garden (attraction)
  16. Velvet Lounge (attraction)
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answered by
Alejandra from Austin (Texas)

Petworth and Columbia Heights might be good possibilities for you, or Logan Circle. All have unique bars and restaurants and generally diverse/fun crowd.

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  1. Petworth (attraction)
  2. Columbia Heights (attraction)
  3. Logan Circle (attraction)
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answered by
Jessica from Washington, DC

Recommend Shaw or Bloomingdale neighborhood (our neighborhood) there are no big chain hotels and metro and bus connections to take you anywhere in the city. It's filled with great restaurants, bars, and the architecture is amazing. 

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  1. Shaw (neighborhood)
  2. Bloomingdale (neighborhood)
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answered by
Anita from Fairfax

Hi David, 

I'd point you towards Logan Circle or H Street NE area for the most interesting new restaurants and bars. There are tons of new restaurants popping up all along 14th Street NW (between about P Street and U Street) in Logan Circle.  Some of note are Kapnos, Le Diplomate, Estadio. I don't know H street that well personally, but I'm always hearing of new concept restaurants and bars opening up around there. Aside from that I think Dupont Circle is also a good balance of nice restaurants, shops, and fun people-watching but you wouldn't find anything especially trendy/unique. Some specific places that I think you might like are Rose's Luxury, the Columbia Room, Thai X-ing.  Hope that helps!

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  1. Logan Circle (attraction)
  2. H Street NE (attraction)
  3. 14th Street NW (attraction)
  4. P Street (attraction)
  5. U Street (attraction)
  6. Kapnos (restaurant)
  7. Le Diplomate (restaurant)
  8. Estadio (restaurant)
  9. Dupont Circle (attraction)
  10. Rose's Luxury (restaurant)
  11. Columbia Room (attraction)
  12. Thai X-ing (attraction)
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answered by
Guy from Falls Church, Virginia

Arlington (Virginia) is an option but really any place that is near a Metro station is good.  The city is not big and most of the sites are centrally located.  With the subway you can be most places within 30 min.

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answered by
Ashley from Everywhere

Hmmm, maybe try the neighborhoods around either H Street NE or U Street?

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  1. H Street NE (attraction)
  2. U Street (attraction)
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answered by
Alan from Toronto, Ontario

14th St & Q St has cool restaurants and bars

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  1. 14th St & Q St (attraction)
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answered by
Heather from Washington, DC

You might like the H Street NE neighborhood in DC. It's moved beyond "up and coming", but there are a ton of great places opening up for food and drink.  Within just a few blocks, you can get both a neighborhood vibe and a "it's happening" vibe. 

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  1. H Street NE (attraction)

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