Welcome to Shaw
Historic yet hip millennial landing pad
If you’re hunting for a neighborhood that boasts a quick commute downtown while maintaining a bustling entertainment scene of its own, you’ll love Shaw. In Washington D.C.'s northwest quadrant, Shaw is a conveniently located economic hub with plenty of access to transportation. As one of Washington D.C.’s oldest neighborhoods, the area has a rich history, and a surplus of dining and nightlife options fuel the area’s recent renovations. Staggered historic Italianate row houses provide texture to the landscape, while newly constructed condominiums cater to the area’s growing population.
What to Love
• History without haughtiness
• Authentic personality
• Hidden gem eateries
• Vibrant arts scene
People & Lifestyle
Shaw’s revitalized urban atmosphere draws crowds from all walks of life. Some families have lived in Shaw for generations, but newcomers have gained momentum in recent years as the neighborhood’s revival has reached full swing.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
You don’t need to look far to find delectable cuisine in Shaw. From traditional dishes in Little Ethiopia to quiet alleyway eateries to world-class alfresco dining, Shaw has it all. is Blagden Alley’s resident Michelin-starred restaurant, serving elevated plates of rustic Mid-Atlantic favorites in a renovation rowhouse. Wood-fired Italian cuisine meets American comfort food at . This industrial space features an open kitchen concept that keeps diners close to the action. For brunch with French flair, make a reservation at . This upscale cafe is dishing up handcrafted cocktails and decadent French-American fares.
For drinks after work, try . With plates of Southern-style cooking and craft brews made on-site, this can’t-miss brewery is a hit with locals. After hours, head to the legendary for live music. This concert hall has been intrinsic to Shaw’s nightlife scene since its opening in 1980.
Things to Do
There is always something happening around Shaw, which attributes to its rising popularity.
Historic is now home to an outcropping of cafes and retailers as well as living art. Shop walls sport murals and mosaics created by local artists as part of the . To interact with history, head to the , which commemorates the United States Colored Troops who fought for freedom during the American Civil War.
During a night out, catch a show at historic or a jazz performance at Dunbar Theatre. is a hotspot for arthouse films and indie flicks, and their full bar and restaurant makes dinner and a movie simple.
You can’t miss the ’s stunning architecture. The natural light streaming through the glass enclosure makes this innovative library a dreamy destination for bookworms.