U Street Corridor, Washington Places

Part of our Washington travel guide; our list of the best things to see in U Street Corridor, including Nana, Lincoln Theatre and Caramel Fashion.
  • The best place in U Street Corridor Washington: Nana


    1528 U St NW
    M-Sa noon-6PM, Su noon-5PM. Perhaps the most consumer friendly boutique on U St. Nana has a still fashionable, but less eccentric selection, renowned customer service, and a rather less pretentious crowd.
    Columbia Heights
  • Lincoln Theatre

    Lincoln Theatre

    1215 U St NW
    Native Washingtonians Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey performed in the Lincoln Theatre. So did Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Billy Eckstine, Billie Holliday and Sarah Vaughn. Today, it host musical events, films, and community events.
    Columbia Heights eat nearby
  • Caramel Fashion

    Caramel Fashion

    1603 U St NW
    Th-F noon-9PM, Sa 11AM-7PM, Su noon-6PM. An "eco-friendly" boutique sporting men's and women's clothing from lesser-known designers. Their casual clothes are noticeably stylish, but still the type you'd feel comfortable wearing while walking down the street in the daytime.
    Adams Morgan
  • Bohemian Caverns

    Bohemian Caverns

    2001 11th St
    shows usually F-Sa 9PM-1AM. Cover: usually $15. In the basement of a large classy establishment, the legendary D.C. caverns live on. The Bohemian Caverns were the place to hear live jazz back in the days when Duke Ellington lived in the neighborhood and the list of legendary musicians and singers who played here is staggering. After the 1968 riots, this club closed down along with virtually all the rest of U St's commercial activity, but it has finally been resurrected and is quite possibly on the way to restoring its former glory. The caverns really feel like a cave, complete with stalactites, quartz walls, and petrified wood tables. The space is small, the audience eclectic and smart, and the stage features the best of D.C.'s local jazz scene, as well as the occasional big name touring act. Get tickets in advance and show up early if you want to sit down.
    Columbia Heights
  • The Velvet Lounge

    The Velvet Lounge

    915 U St NW
    Su-Th 7:30PM, F-Sa 9PM. cover: free-$10. Probably D.C.'s diviest venue for music—to the point where you might legitimately worry about falling through the floorboards of the tiny performance space. Shows are often local, and in addition to the standard indie rock, punk, and dance music, feature D.C.'s premiere experimental acts. Su-Th there's no cover to enter the downstairs bar, so you can sample the music first to see if you want to pay to go upstairs.
    Columbia Heights
  • Dekka

    1338 U St NW
    Tu-F 1PM-7:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-7:30PM. A boutique run by an artist collective of designers, visual artists, and even musicians, offering funky fashions from only local designers, well-hidden off street-level in a townhouse! The unique jewelry here is especially popular (and affordable). Your boyfriend can even stay happy here, as they have a "listening station" where anyone can check out the really interesting selection of music they have for sale.
    Columbia Heights
  • The Thurgood Marshall Center

    1816 12th St NW
    M-F 8:30AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-3PM. Free. This building is a Shaw landmark, built as the local YMCA in 1912, and designed by one of the nation's first black architects, W. Sidney Pittman. The name comes from the fact that Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall was a frequent visitor to the Y, and that he formulated his opinion for the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision here. On the first floor, the Shaw Heritage Trust maintains an exhibit portraying the living history of African Americans in the Shaw Community.
    U Street Corridor food nearby
  • Greater Goods

    1626 U St NW
    Tu-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su 11AM-6PM. D.C.'s greenest store, specializing in a whole wide range of eco-friendly home goods, as well as items designed to raise awareness of how you can minimize your carbon footprint, decrease waste, etc. The book section is also worth a browse, and the owner is very friendly.
    Adams Morgan
  • Simply Home

    1412 U St NW
    Su-Th 11PM-10PM, F-Sa 11PM-11PM. Food: $13-20. Eat. Drink. Shop. Yes, it's a good place for upscale Thai, cocktails, eccentric gift shopping, and equally eccentric t-shirts.
    Columbia Heights
  • Black Cat

    Black Cat

    1811 14th St NW
    Su-Th 8PM-2AM, F-Sa 7PM-3AM. cover: $5-30. D.C.'s "second" club, which also plays host to some big names, but usually features indie-rock and underground hip hop. The sound system certainly suffers compared to the 9:30 Club, but the covers are lower, and there's more to do here: in addition to the live music, they have another room for DJs and dancing, one for shooting pool, and another for a vegetarian cafe!
    U Street Corridor
  • Frederick Douglass House

    1411 W Street SE
    9AM-5PM daily (16 April-15 October), 9AM-4PM daily (16 October-15 April). Free. Frederick Douglass' house in D.C. In addition to the small museum and gift shop, you may visit the house itself, but only on a tour. Tours are available by RSVP at 9AM, 12:15PM, 1:45PM, 3PM, and 3:30PM daily.
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  • Cafe Saint-Ex

    Cafe Saint-Ex

    1847 14th St NW
    Follow us @cafesaintex
    U Street Corridor
  • Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

    Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

    1114 U St NW
    Dukem (pronounced DUK-em) named after a small city found south of Addis Ababa, the name "Dukem" brings nostalgic memories of the best 'Tire Siga'. For most Ethiopians when they are at Dukem Restaurant they feel like they are back home.
    Columbia Heights
  • Policy


    1904 14th Street NW,
    Policy introduces cutting edge cuisine to this hip and unique restaurant located in Washington, DC.
    U Street Corridor
  • Ulah Bistro

    Ulah Bistro

    1214 U St NW
    Ulah Bistro is a modern American cuisine restaurant, situated in the vibrant U str corridor. Lunch & dinner daily and a fabulous brunch Sat & Sun.
    Columbia Heights
  • Dickson Wine Bar

    Dickson Wine Bar

    903 U St NW
    New wine bar located in the Dickson Building at 903 U. Organic Wine and Food. Earth Friendly Spirits. Casual Atmosphere.
    Columbia Heights
  • Lost Society

    Lost Society

    2001 14th street, nw
    A boutique steakhouse located at 14th & U NW. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
    Columbia Heights
  • DC Noodles

    DC Noodles

    1410 U Street, NW
    DC Noodles Simple Fast & Fresh Over 40 noodle dishes Delivery, Take-Out, Dining
    Columbia Heights
  • Manny & Olga's Pizza

    Manny & Olga's Pizza

    1841 14th St NW
    Manny & Olga's™ has perfected their own "recipe" for providing satisfying, quality food to people on the go.
    U Street Corridor
  • Local 16

    1602 U St NW
    M-Th 5:30PM-2AM, F 5:30PM-3AM, Sa 5:30PM-3AM, Su 5:30PM-1AM. The (affordable) food is hit-or-miss, so focus on the (expensive) rooftop bar with outdoor heaters for the winter, brought to you by the owners of the über-cool 18th Street Lounge. Popular with those wanting to dance or meet singles. Happy hour runs weekdays 5:30PM-8PM, and the house DJs spin F-Sa 10PM-1AM.
    Adams Morgan
  • Islander Carribean Restaurant

    1201 U St NW
    Tu 12:30PM-11PM, W-Th 12:30PM-midnight, F-Sa 12:30PM-2AM, Su 3:30PM-10PM. $7-14. An attractive restaurant serving home-style Trinidadian cuisine that gets uniformly rave reviews from locals and Caribbean expats alike. Live jazz on most weekend nights from 6PM—check the website to make sure—and karaoke on Wednesdays. If you haven't had Trinidadian before, be forewarned: when they say it's spicy, it's spicy.
    Columbia Heights
  • Utopia

    1418 U St NW
    Su-Th 11AM-2AM, F 11AM-3AM, Sa 5PM-3AM; Music starts: Su,Tu-Th ~9PM, F-Sa 11PM. Food: $7-15. The kitchen at this bar also offers great food for those who are looking for a good dinner in addition to a drink in a fashionable, attractive, art-filled space. More of a bar than a jazz club, but the jazz is still good. The only downside is that the service can be s l o w. Note—no draft beers.
    Columbia Heights
  • Lincoln Theatre

    Lincoln Theatre

    1215 U St NW
    Lincoln Theatre is a theater in Washington, D.C. located at 1215 U Street, next to Ben's Chili Bowl. The theater, located on "Washington's Black Broadway", served the city's African American community when segregation kept them out of other venues. The Lincoln Theatre included a movie house and ballroom, and hosted jazz and big band performers such as Duke Ellington. The theater closed after the 1968 race-related riots. It was restored and reopened in 1994, and hosts a variety of performances and events. The U Street Metro station, which opened in 1991, is located across the street from Lincoln Theater.
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  • Tabaq Bistro

    1336 U St NW
    M-Th 5PM-11PM, F-Sa 5PM-midnight, Su 11AM-4PM. $25-45. A nice, trendy Mediterranean restaurant/lounge, with a successful menu most notable for its fish and small-plate dining. The retractable-glass-enclosed rooftop deck has a great view, and is a pretty perfect spot on U St for cocktails.
    Columbia Heights
  • Etete

    1942 9th St NW
    The gold standard in D.C.'s Ethiopian scene, by which all other Ethiopian must be compared. Nice ambiance, excellent service, and top-notch quality for all the favorite dishes.
    Columbia Heights
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