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NoMa & H Street

Take a walk or ride the new streetcar down H Street to find fun shops, bars, and restaurants - all just a short trip away from downtown D.C. © Urban Igloo

The Atlas District

Once known as Swampoodle, a shantytown neglected by the City, NoMa stands for “North of Massachusetts Avenue” and is a rapidly developing neighborhood that is quickly becoming a preferred living choice for young professionals. Home to Union Station and the H Street Corridor, it is located just four blocks north of the U.S. Capitol, congressional and governmental offices. NPR, CNN, and Sirius XM are all located here, as is the historic Gallaudet University and the Government Printing Office.

The opening of the New York Avenue Metro station in 2004 sparked the improvement of this section of the city. In 2007-2008, private developers invested over $1 billion to begin the development of office, residential, hotel, and retail space in its 35-block area over a 10-year period. Tree-lined streets, luxury apartments, restaurants and shops replaced abandoned warehouses, industrial parks and decaying houses.  Within NoMa lies the popular H Street NE, a hip, happening street with a number of top bars and restaurants.

NoMa offers convenient, pet-friendly apartment living just steps from the Capitol, Union Station and notable companies. With delicious restaurants, DC’s largest Harris Teeter, and more than 50 free community events each year, NoMa brings friends, co-workers and neighbors together.

NoMa provides unparalleled transportation options including two Red line Metro stations, MARC, VRE, and 13 bus lines. Or, hop on a Capital Bikeshare bike or Metro to be downtown in minutes. A streetcar line is also scheduled to open on H Street, running from Benning Road to Union Station, with plans to eventually continue to Georgetown.


  • Taylor Gourmet

    Taylor Gourmet

    © Urban Igloo

    Hip local deli chain serving up gourmet hoagies, including seasonal options, plus sides.

  • Maketto


    © Urban Igloo

    Popular food and fashion marketplace featuring java, street food and fashion from DC-based businesses.

  • Driftwood Kitchen

    Driftwood Kitchen

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    Handsome wood, steel and brick townhouse serving Mediterranean-American fare and unique drinks.

  • Le Grenier

    Le Grenier

    © Urban Igloo

    Bi-level bistro serving French staples and specialty cocktails amid romantic, exposed-brick quarters.

  • Granville Moore’s

    Granville Moore’s

    © Urban Igloo

    Gourmet bar food like mussels and a diverse beer list served in a pocket-sized space.

  • &pizza


    © &pizza

    DC’s favorite pizza serves up unique flavor combinations and neighborhood-focused experiences. The place to go for a new take on the traditional pizza shop.

Bars and Music

  • The Pug

    The Pug

    © Urban Igloo

    A local crowd comes to this small, boxing-themed bar for drinks and weekend brunch.

  • Smith Commons

    Smith Commons

    © Urban Igloo

    Multi-level bistro serving New American fare, beer and cocktails in a chic converted-warehouse space.

  • H Street Country Club

    H Street Country Club

    © Urban Igloo

    Tacos & tequila fuel mini-golf, shuffleboard, Skee-Ball and more at this Mexican eatery and game room.

  • Rock & Roll Hotel

    Rock & Roll Hotel

    © Urban Igloo

    Ex-funeral parlor turned vintage decor lounge with bands, DJs, dance floor and rooftop bar.

  • Biergarten Haus

    Biergarten Haus

    © Urban Igloo

    Bavarian bar with a large heated beer garden/patio, sports on the TVs, as well as delicious German pub grub and beer.


  • Union Market

    Union Market

    © Urban Igloo

    A year-round indoor market featuring 40 local artisans that opened September 8, 2012, Union Market is the culinary epicenter of the Capitol City. Surrounding the market is a vibrant mix of retail, restaurants, hotel, entertainment, incubator space for new food concepts as well as retail and wholesale space.

  • Giant


    © Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row blog

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

  • Safeway


    © Wikipedia

    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.

  • Harris Teeter

    Harris Teeter

    © Wikipedia

    Harris Teeter is a grocery chain with stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland and Delaware.


  • solidcore


    © Urban Igloo

    With the goal to help create happy, strong, and solid individuals Solidcore is the place to go for intense, full-body workouts and a motivational and exciting atmosphere.

  • American Parkour Academy

    American Parkour Academy

    © The Fit Crasher

    American Parkour improves people’s lives by promoting, teaching, and advancing the discipline of parkour. Parkour provides a unique, full body fitness experience for those looking to do something a little bit different for their fitness.

  • Reformation Fitness

    Reformation Fitness

    © Urban Igloo

    A studio that specializes in small group, integrated fitness classes – including the reformer, chair, TRX, kettlebells, stability balls, mat pilates, yoga, barre and more.

  • Old City Crossfit

    Old City Crossfit

    © Urban Igloo

    Crossfit that isn’t to get better at working out, but to get better at life. Old City Crossfit helps climb a mountain with friends, continue playing sports long after college without fear of injury and to hold kids and grandkids.

  • Washington Sports Club

    Washington Sports Club

    © Wikimedia Commons

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