H Street is one of the most up and coming neighborhoods in Washington DC. There is something for everyone on H street. It’s become the hot spot for artists and chefs opening galleries and restaurants along with a plethora of coffee shops, restaurants, luxury apartment buildings and much more. Over the last few years, H Street, also known as the Atlas District or NoMa has had a remarkable revival. H Street is a dynamic one and a half mile stretch in Northeast DC full of nightlife, restaurants, pop-ups, co-working spaces, festivals and a community atmosphere.
H Street has seen a resurgence in development with revitalization goals including enhancing neighborhood retail, buildings on cultural assets and creating a dynamic destination. Walk around now and you will see enough restaurants and bars to rival Dupont Circle, U Street and Adams Morgan.
The commercial focused corridor of H Street and the commercial office hub of Noma are surrounded by dense neighborhoods like Near Northeast, Trinidad and Stanton Park. These residential neighborhoods have a strong sense of community. A resident of the area says, “I like the businesses, but the other factor (and this is the one that seals the deal) is the fact that there is a real sense of community around here. People tend to watch out for each other, and work together on things. I think that transitional neighborhoods can force people to form tighter bonds.” With many luxury buildings in the area many young couples and singles are moving to the area to have H street’s effervescent nightlife at their footstep
It’s about a 15 minute walk to H Streets midpoint from Union Station Metro. The area is served by two Red Line metro stations, Union Station and New York Avenue along with a free shuttle from Chinatown and several buses in the area. Furthermore, there are several Zipcars in the area and great bike lanes. The area is within walking distance to Eastern Market, Barracks Row and the mall.
Activities for the Artist and Hipsters
Art lovers flock to The Atlas Performing Arts Center, home to a variety of performance 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 neighborhoods largest event is the annual H Street Festival, which spans 10 blocks and attracts thousands of patrons. Highlights of the fall event include musical performances and multicultural entertainment, in addition to art exhibits, for sale crafts and an array of offerings from local food trucks and restaurants.
A must see is the H Street Fresh Farm Market that runs from April to December at 1300 H Street NE. Visitors will find the best handmade cow milk cheese, fruits, vegetables pastries and flowers. If you are lucky you might even catch a live chef demo and score some free samples.
As far as restaurants expect a multitude of great options on H street. One of our favorites is Toki Underground, serving up hearty bowls of ramen and Ben’s Chili Bowl serving half smokes. For a no frills beer hit up The Pug and for a delicious lunch grab a deli sandwich from Taylor Gourmet. If you are up early get in line for Bullfrog Bagels and satisfy your craving for traditional New York Style bagels. For those partying and staying up late hit up CopyCat Co., a dumpling and cocktail bar that stays open until 2am on weekdays and 3am on weekends.
Working on H Street
The importance of convenience and location makes H Street a perfect place to work. With easy access to metro lines, buses and vehicles it’s easy to get to work. It’s got the best restaurants, coffee shops, bars and entertainment with a neighborhood feel where everyone knows each other.
If you are looking for a place to work check out Flex Office Space’s free work day coming up to experience the vibe of H Street.