For a small neighborhood encompassing only about 12 blocks, Bloomingdale has a lot to offer with its unassuming dive bars, surprise parks and award-winning restaurants.
Situated between Shaw and Eckington on the border of the District’s northwest quadrant, Bloomingdale stretches from Second Street NW to North Capitol, bordered by Florida Avenue NW to the south and Bryant and Channing places NW to the north.
Known for its elegant rowhouses lining the residentials blocks, Bloomingdale has also made way for shiny new restaurants and developments in recent times.
The heart of Bloomingdale is only a 10-15 minute walk from the Green Line’s Shaw-Howard U metro stop, or 20 minutes to NoMa-Gallaudet U on the Red Line. The best way to get around in this area however, is by bus. The G2 runs from Howard University south to P Street, then west to Georgetown. The G8 runs along Rhode Island Avenue NW and goes into the heart of downtown or up north through Brookland to Woodridge, and the 90, 92 and 96 cut along Florida Avenue, making trips down to H Street or up to Woodley Park a (somewhat lengthy) breeze. The 80 line travels along North Capitol and over to Foggy Bottom.
Not one for public transit? No worries, hop on a bike! You can find plenty of Capitol Bikeshare stations at the corners of R Street and Florida Avenue NW and up at First Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW.
Amidst the stately rowhouses, you'll find Crispus Attucks Park at the center of this charming neighborhood. This spot is perfect for lounging on one of the sun-soaked benches or reading a book under a shady tree. Also check out nearby LeDroit park which features a jungle gym for kids and a fenced in area for pets.