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The Best Places to Eat in DC's NoMa Neighborhood
Your guide to dining in DC’s hip and hungry paradise
NoMa (stands for North of Massachusetts Avenue) was once a hub for wholesale food vendors and industrial warehouses, but now acts as a foodie mecca in the heart of DC. The opening of Union Market kicked off NoMa’s renaissance and this pocket of the city is now attracting a host of up-and-coming chefs—and even a Michelin-starred restaurant.
A More Perfect Union
On any given weekend, stop into Union Market and you’ll see young professionals, moms and dads pushing strollers, students from nearby Gallaudet University and other food-focused patrons making their way around the warehouse’s dozens of vendors.
The popular destination is home to many homegrown favorites, from food truck-turned-Union Market-tenants TaKorean and DC Empanadas to an outpost of downtown’s chocolate-centric restaurant Co Co. Sala and Italian gelateria Dolcezza Gelato.
Visitors can enjoy gourmet grocery shopping at vendors like Red Apron Butcher, Lyon Bakery and Trickling Springs Creamery. If you’re in the mood for a sit-down dining experience, head to Bidwell, which serves up signature Southern dishes with a twist, or Rappahannock Oyster Co., popular due to its menu of locally sourced oysters and clams.
Beyond the dining stations, Union Market’s expansive space allows for retail pop-ups and an annual foodie festival called The EmporiYUM, which brings in artisanal vendors from all over the country for a weekend of taste-testing.
Nearby, the award-winning Masseria offers up an authentic menu influenced by the flavors of the Puglia region where Chef Nick Stefanelli spent some of his childhood. The Michelin Guide took notice and recently awarded the NoMa gem one of its coveted stars. Choose from three to six courses inside the cozy, rustic environs.
Right Side of the Tracks
NoMa is also home to DC’s Union Station. The active transportation hub shuttles people to and from the city day and night, but even if you don’t have a train ticket, the station is worth a visit. The beautiful Beaux-Arts building underwent a restoration recently and the soaring entryway, ornate ceiling and imposing columns all make only-in-DC photo ops. Union Station is also home to some can’t-miss dining, like the sit-down Thunder Grill, an outpost of NYC favorite Shake Shack and the whimsical Sugar Factory.Check out our guides to all the best places to eat in DC's happening 'hoods.
NoMa Dining Map
Where to eat in DC’s hip and hungry paradise