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 Farmers' Market, open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from mid-April to mid-December at 800 13th 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, Le Grenier serves up French fare in an industrial chic setting 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.
Chefs Dish DC: Carlos Delgado Explores H Street NE
When China Chilcano’s Carlos Delgado isn’t rustling up dishes from his native Peru, he’s hitting up H Street NE for amazing eats. Stoke your appetite as Delgado devours smoky blue cheese mussels at Granville Moore's, delights in the brined-to-perfection brisket at Sally's Middle Name and snacks on steamed buns at Maketto.