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Find cool local shops, foodie restaurants, concert halls and African American history in this rapidly developing downtown zone.
Shaw is now one city’s hippest up-and-coming neighborhoods, with attractions like the shops and eateries at The Shay and the Atlantic Plumbing complexes and bustling cafes like Compass Coffee and La Colombe.
Shopping also blooms here with plant and flower studio, ReWild, or visit Brightside Boutique for the latest trends in women's fashion. The southern end of Shaw gives way to high-end shopping mecca CityCenterDC and the retail-filled Penn Quarter & Chinatown neighborhood.
The dining and bar scene in Shaw sizzles, with new spots opening up on 7th and 9th Streets and in the neighborhood’s quirky, historic alleyways. Happy hour at Dacha Beer Garden, a dog-friendly brewtopia and cafe pouring German, Belgian and American suds, is a must. Hot tables include Espita Mezcaleria for inventive southern Mexican cuisine and The Dabney for Mid-Atlantic seafood and southern sides cooked over a wood fire.
Chefs Dish DC: Marjorie Meek-Bradley Explores Shaw
Spend the day with former Top Chef finalist Marjorie Meek-Bradley as she shares what she loves about the neighborhood, digs into killer breakfast sandwiches and visits a mezcal mecca.