Neighborhood Gems: Mt. Vernon Square

This area just north of Chinatown has recently built up it's appeal with many new, trendy restaurants and bars, as well as local businesses that add to the neighborhood's flair. Many young people have flocked to the area's new apartment complexes and condos, making it a safe and affordable place to live while being in the middle of the District. Residents and visitors can no longer look over this spot on the map, since more businesses are expected to come.

Updated: March 15, 2010


Busboys & Poets

1025 5th St Nw, Washington, DC 20001

This extension of U St.'s popular literary-themed cafe has a variety of American fare, ranging from pizzas to burgers to entrees like crab cakes and lasagna. Vegetarians and vegans will appreciate B&P's several vegetarian and vegan dishes. The restaurant also hosts weekly events like open mic nights and live bands, so you can enjoy some entertainment while noshing.

Taylor Gourmet II

475 K St Nw, Washington, DC 20001

This nicer-than-your-normal deli offers a wide variety of sandwiches, salads and appetizers inspired by Philadelphia hoagies. Taylor II also stocks chips, Italian soads, gelato, and even pastas and sauces for you to take home.


1122 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

One of the more expensive options in Mt. Vernon Square is highly-rated Corduroy, which offers elegant, unique dishes with both Asian and French influences. If you sit at the bar upstairs, you can take advantage of their pre-fixe menu and their excellent cocktails.

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

465 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The area's newest joint is an izakaya-style restaurant - think Japanese tapas. They also specialize in sake and shochu, perfect for a unique drinking experience when your usual Miller Lite just won't do.

Bars and Lounges

The Passenger

1021 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

For a relaxed setting and custom cocktails, The Passenger is excellent for just hanging out with friends on a casual night.

Lux Lounge

649 New York Ave Nw, Washington, DC 20001

If you'd rather dress up, grab your usual beer or cran-vodka and dance, hit up Lux for a more upbeat night out. Lux also has multiple rooms offering different kinds of music, so you can get a little bit of both hip-hop or salsa or r&b in just one night.

Signature Spots

Lunar Massage

1101 5th St NW Apt A, Washington, DC 20001

In a powerful, fast-paced place like DC, sometimes people don't have an entire afternoon to relax. You can get massages lasting from 20 to 90 minutes, and you don't have to disrobe. Lunar is perfect for anyone from professionals looking to fill an open lunch hour to locals who just want to walk in and zone out.

Civilian Art Projects

1019 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Mt. Vernon even features a bit of culture. Support the arts and check out up-and-coming photographers, painters, sculptors and other artists at Civilian. The gallery also often hosts special events featuring artists, including writers and poets.