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Columbia Heights

An unusually quiet shot of Columbia Heights Civic Plaza shows the center of much of the shopping and dining that is now iconic to the contemporary setting of the neighborhood. © Urban Igloo

Surburban Conveniences with Urban Treasures

Originally developed as a suburb of downtown DC, Columbia Heights is a thriving multinational neighborhood located on the 14th and 16th Street corridors within the Northwest quadrant of the District. Situated on a hilltop, its breathtaking views of the city are unparalleled.

Over the last 15 years, though public/private partnerships, Columbia Heights has transformed from a neglected section of DC into a desired place to live, walk and play. The recent influx of big box retailers and entertainment options make it one of most bustling places in the city. Long-time urban charms such as ethnic restaurants, family-run bakeries and eclectic bars remain throughout this burgeoning neighborhood.

Columbia Heights is home to a number of exciting cultural institutions such as the Mexican Cultural Institute, GALA Hispanic Theater, the Dance Institute of Washington, and the Greater Washington Urban League.

The neighborhood lies in between Piney Branch Park (a portion of Rock Creek Park) to the north and the beautiful Meridian Hill Park to the south.

New luxury apartments with amazing panoramic views of DC mix with refurnished apartment gems of yesteryear, with row homes nestled in between 14th and 16th Streets.

A walker’s paradise, very bikeable and a mecca for all transportation, Columbia Heights is serviced by its own Metro station for the Yellow and Green lines.  Metro buses run north and south along 14th and 16th Streets and the Circulator bus runs east and west throughout the city.


  • Dos Gringos

    Dos Gringos

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    Cozy cafe serving breakfast, coffee, tea, sandwiches, ice cream and more in a converted townhouse.

  • RedRocks


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    Classic Neapolitan-style pizzas can be paired with beer or cocktails in this relaxed, rustic spot.

  • The Heights DC

    The Heights DC

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    Bustling restaurant and bar serving American fare in a publike interior or on the patio.

  • Pho 14

    Pho 14

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    Simple neighborhood storefront eatery popular for its pho, banh mi & other Vietnamese eats.

  • Sticky Fingers Bakery

    Sticky Fingers Bakery

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    Vegan bakery/cafe serving cupcakes and pastries as well as salads and sandwiches in a bright, casual setting.

Bars and Music

  • Room 11

    Room 11

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    Intimate nook with hipster vibe, serving eclectic small plates in a room with zinc bar and large patio.

  • Wonderland Ballroom

    Wonderland Ballroom

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    Variety of beers and DJs spinning keep things lively in the rustic 2-level bar with an outdoor patio.

  • Zeba Bar

    Zeba Bar

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    This multilevel hangout offers craft beers, cocktails, upscale pub grub and DJs.

  • Meridian Pint

    Meridian Pint

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    This modern-rustic watering hole known for its rotating drafts also offers pub grub and pool.

  • El Chucho

    El Chucho

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    Creative takes on taqueria fare and margaritas on tap make this tri-level venue a popular stop.

  • Lou’s City Bar

    Lou’s City Bar

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    University of Wisconsin and University of Washington fans head here for brews, pub fare and beer-tap tables.


  • Hana Japanese Market

    Hana Japanese Market

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    Compact grocery store offering traditional Japanese staples, including produce, snacks and candy.

  • Giant


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    You’ll find a great selection of fresh, high-quality products and tools that make your shopping trip easy and convenient.

  • Safeway


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    Whatever item you’re looking for, Safeway has the best brands at the best prices, from everyday essentials like milk and paper towels to premium, specialty items like gourmet coffee and organic lasagna.

  • Target


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    Target is an American retailing company, founded in 1902 and is the second-largest discount retailer in the United States.


  • Kali Yoga Studio

    Kali Yoga Studio

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    At this studio, the goal is to make each student, instructor, and staff member feel supported and guided through the evolution and growth of his or her yoga practice. Kali Yoga Studio is working to build a strong community that supports the environment, other local businesses, and charitable causes.

  • FIT360DC


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    FIT360DC is your neighborhood solution, with 24/7 access to the best in high-level functional training that gets you the body you want. With machines and equipment that support a full range of functional fitness FIT360DC can give you a leaner, stronger body that moves better through the challenges of an active, everyday life.

  • Washington Sports Club

    Washington Sports Club

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    Washington Sports Clubs is equipped with cardiovascular machines, strength training equipment and other exercise equipment.

  • Yoga District

    Yoga District

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    This laid back community of diverse students and dedicated teachers are exploring yoga for fun, health, peace, and a variety of other reasons.

  • Crossfit Praxis

    Crossfit Praxis

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    Believing fitness excellence is an art won by training and habituation, CrossFit Praxis coaches work with every athlete of all skill levels to ensure they achieve and maintain optimal fitness.