The Shaw Guide

The Shaw Guide


You can’t cross the street in Washington without bumping into a different neighborhood described as “on the rise.” Petworth! Bloomingdale! NoMa! Navy Yard!

So what makes the rebirth of Shaw different?

Start with the buildings. Many of the new projects — Shaw Main Streets counts more than 20 projects currently in the works — occupy existing real estate, some of which has been vacant or underutilized since the 1960s. Contrast this with the condo booms along 14th Street NW or in Columbia Heights; Shaw has a much more small-town feel.

“Shaw’s always had this historic interest, but as you walked through it, it felt like a place that had been left behind,” says Derek Brown, the proprietor of two new restaurants on Seventh Street NW, with a third on the way. “There was a community, but [the neighborhood] was empty. It was all boarded up, there weren’t a lot of places to go. Everything’s started to change.”

Here are the neighborhood spots you should know about.

A&D Neighborhood Bar

A bar from the owners of neighboring Sundevich and Seasonal Pantry offers creative cocktails and locally sourced small plates. Read more...

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Azi’s Cafe

A reliable Shaw coffee shop with breakfast pastries, salads, tasty sandwiches and an abundance of friendliness. Read more...

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Bistro Bohem

Coffee, espresso and pastries by day; rib-sticking Eastern European comfort food by night. Read more...

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Howard Theatre

The legendary D.C. theater was once the stomping ground for the most important musicians on the circuit. Read more...

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Mockingbird Hill

A bar specializing in sherry and ham from Derek Brown of the Columbia Room. Read more...

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Old City Farm & Guild

The neighborhood's go-to spot for perennials and planters also plays host to all sorts of community events. Read more...

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Rogue 24

This tasting-menu-only restaurant is the vision of James Beard Award-winning chef R.J. Cooper. Read more...

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Seasonal Pantry

Find croissants and assorted savories by day and a multi-course supper club by night. Read more...

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Shaw’s Tavern

Shaw's Tavern is the kind of place you can perch with a book on a Sunday afternoon, or meet a friend for a beer on Tuesday. Read more...

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Simon Vintage Furniture & Homegoods

Whether you're interested in a Hollywood regency aesthetic, shabby chic or something retro-futuristic, you'll probably find yourself attempting (and failing) to keep your credit card in your wallet. Read more...

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Some of the city's most richly herbed sandwiches are found in an alley off Ninth Street NW. Read more...

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A restaurant from Frederik de Pue where every table is the chef's table. Read more...

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Thai X-Ing

Thai X-ing will never be easy to access, but the restaurant continues to make its unorthodox hospitality worthwhile with masterful curry dishes. Read more...

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This collaboration between chef Ron Tanaka and partner Sherman Outhuok features seasonal American fare and a bar with housemade sodas. Read more...

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