Coined by the Washingtonian magazine in 2015 as one of the most exciting places to eat and drink in the city, the Bloomingdale neighborhood has kept its small neighborhood characteristics while becoming a destination for culinary indulgence. The Italian-influenced American restaurant, The Red Hen, has been named as one of the best restaurants in the city. Other neighborhood staples include Big Bear Cafe, Rustic Tavern, The Pub & The People and Boundary Stone.
As the U Street Corridor and Le Droit Park neighborhoods have undergone dynamic transformations, Bloomingdale has also enjoyed a rebirth as urban dwellers move east. This quaint neighborhood is bordered roughly by 2nd Street NW on the west, North Capitol Street on the east, Channing Street NW on the north and Florida Avenue NW on the south. Less than 2 miles north of the U.S. Capitol, Bloomingdale’s walkable neighbors include Le Droit Park, Eckington and Shaw.
Bloomingdale was originally developed outside the original boundary of the City of Washington as designed by Pierre L’Enfant in 1792 as the home for several large estates. The neighborhood took on a more residential character with architecture composed of Victorian-style row houses built in the early 1900s – many of which can be seen in the opening credits of Netflix’s “House of Cards.”
In the past several years, Bloomingdale has experienced a vast increase in property values and the development of the McMillian Reservoir area to the north will likely continue this momentum. The closest metro stop is the Shaw Howard University stop and there are multiple bus lines running along the neighborhood’s major thoroughfares, North Capitol Street and Rhode Island Avenue. Be sure to stop at the Bloomingdale Farmer’s Market in the summer while exploring this beautiful and exciting pocket of D.C.
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