18th and Columbia, the Epicenter

“Adams Morgan? Oh, Jumbo Slice, right?”

Ouch. Is that all Washingtonians know about Adams Morgan? For the record, I’ve still never eaten a slice of pizza that is the size of my head, especially when there are so many other options in our neighborhood. After living in Adams Morgan for five years, I realize we haven’t explained very well that our part of this city is growing and thriving beyond its bar-district reputation. We’ve got a farmer’s market. We do outdoor movies and summer concert series too. And our street festival kicks ass. In fact, I’ve got a few other reasons you should rethink a visit to Adams Morgan.

5 Reasons You Should Revisit Adams Morgan

  1. We got really good at food. 
    The standards, like Cashion’s Eat Place, So’s Your Mom, Julia’s Empanadas, have always been good. There are hidden gems you probably don’t even know about like Jyoti, Casa Oaxaca, Napoleon. Lately, a few new chefs have made Adams Morgan their home and we’re seeing fresh perspectives from the likes of Mintwood Place, DonburiSakuramen, Roofers Union and The Cake Room. We’re getting serious about our drinks thanks to Jack Rose. Adams Morgan is still home to the only 24-hour diner in the District, and you can never go wrong with a cup of coffee from Tryst.
  2. We dig green space.
    Adams Morgan is home to an abnormal amount of green space: Kalorama Park, Walter Pierce Park and a short walk away to Meridian Hill Park.
  3. We take fitness seriously.
    How many other neighborhoods do you know with five fitness options in a 2 block radius? Get your swim on at the Marie Reed Rec Center or hit Solid Core, Mint, Stroga, The Studio.
  4. We’re in the middle of everything.
    Bikeshare? Please, we’ve got 6 stations. Buses? Jump on the Circulator, the 42, 43, L1, L2, 90 or 96. Metro? We’re equidistant between Woodley Park and Columbia Heights. We’re a short walk to Dupont Circle, Mount Pleasant, Columbia Heights, U Street and Woodley Park.
  5. Our boutiques, shops and jewelry stores are better than yours.
    Your first stop (after eating, of course) is Idle Time Books. The owners live on the third floor of this used book store, but they don’t mind if you settle in and make yourself at home among the shelves of books. The book smell. It’s glorious. If you’re into vintage clothes, you have to stop by MeepsMercedes Bien or Via Gypset. If you’re into vintage records, it’s Smash and Red Onion. Save yourself a trip to Eastern Market and pick up your costume jewelry from Turquoise instead. The coolest store you’ve never visited? The Brass Knob.
  6. Bonus: We’re no longer a destination for undergrads or summer interns. And it’s as glorious as you imagined.

See you soon.

 

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