Bloomingdale, once called “Everybody’s favorite DC neighborhood”, is a fantastic community located less than two miles directly north of the United States Capitol building.
Known for its architecture, most Bloomingdale homes are Victorian row-houses built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some of these homes are even featured in the opening credits of the Netflix original House of Cards.
There’s plenty to do and see in and around Bloomingdale. Here are some of our favorites:
PARKS IN BLOOMINGDALE
In the heart of Bloomingdale is Crispus Attucks Park. An acre-and-a-quarter, community-owned and managed park that is a hidden oasis for Bloomingdale residents. Located in the center of a city block and surrounded on all sides by the iconic Bloomindale row-houses, you’re likely not to know it’s there unless you go looking for it. But once you do, you’ll be glad you did.
Named after Crispus Attucks, an African American who was killed in the Boston Massacre and who many believe was the first person killed in the American Revolution, the park offers a green oasis for locals. And mark your calendar every mid-May for the annual Bloomingdale Community Day.
WHERE TO EAT IN BLOOMINGDALE
There are a number of fantastic eateries located in Bloomingdale that will be sure to satisfy what you’re in the mood for.
Big Bear Cafe
A popular spot for locals to grab a cup of coffee and start their day. The breakfast menu is served until 3 p.m.and the late-day menu from noon until close. Big Bear Cafe also frequently hosts special events, including movie nights, bluegrass, comedy, and community discussions.
The Red Hen
An Italian-influenced American restaurant that features seasonal and creative wood-fired Italian eats in an airy, rustic-industrial space with an open kitchen & large bar. A custom wood-fired grill is the focal point of the kitchen, with many dishes passing through the hearth. The Red Hen also features a value-driven and eclectic wine list with a strong focus on wines from Northern Italy, Germany, Austria, and Burgundy.
The dining room is bright and airy with a bit of an upscale-cafe feel to it, but the highlight is the outdoor patio, and when the weather is nice there no better place in Bloomingdale to enjoy a glass of wine.
Open Tuesday through Friday at 4:00, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00.
(202) 827-3664, 84 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Aroi Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar
If you’re looking for a treat from the Far-East, Aroi serves wonder Thai food and Japanese style sushi. Aroi uses only high-quality ingredients combined with our very personal interpretation of Thai and Asian specialties.
Located in the center of Bloomingdale, Bacio Pizzeria is an upscale, artisan pizzeria that features hand-tossed pies with local, organic ingredients and fresh dough made with the finest quality flour, extra virgin olive oil, and clear-filtered water. Bacio also offers a gluten-free crust option. In addition to pizza, there is a variety of calzones, salads, and delicious desserts. The atmosphere is charming and there is a nice, “snug” patio for outside dining.
Open Mon-Thu at 4:00, Fri-Sat at 11:00 am, Sunday at Noon.
(202) 232-2246, 81 Seaton Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001
Boundry Stone Public House
A classic neighborhood pub known for its warm, welcoming environment, delicious food, eclectic beer menu, and whisky. Especially the whisky. Monday night’s at Boundry Stone you’ll find Open Mic and Tuesdays is District Trivia.
If you’re a foodie who likes BBQ, then you’ll love DCity Smokehouse. Located in the southwest corner of Bloomingdale, this local favorite has been serving up wood-smoked meats that you can smell for blocks away.
Called “the poster child for a great dive bar”, Showtime features a mix of yummy drinks and fun entertainment. The highlight is on Saturday nights when the house band, Granny & The Boys take the stage. The band is led by octogenarian Alice Donahue who plays keyboards and performs from 7:30-10 p.m.
Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen
If you’re in a more sophisticated mood you’ll certainly enjoy Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen. Additional to the splendid wine menu is a rather intriguing array of local craft brews on tap. When the weather is nice, the patio is one of the favorite neighborhood meeting places.
WHERE TO SHOP IN BLOOMINGDALE
Window Cafe & Market
A comfy corner wine and grocery market that has a surprisingly large selection of produce and products. Windows Café and Market also serves “delicious and reasonably priced cuisine.”
Bloomingdale Farmers’ Market
From early May to late November, the Bloomingdale Farmers’ Market (or “BFM” in local vernacular) operates on Sundays from 9:00 – 1:00. “We have a wonderful group of producers who bring a large variety of handmade cheeses, fruits, eggs, vegetables, grass-fed meat, preserves, mushrooms, herbal teas, local vinegar, bread, pastries, pies, cookies, ice cream, sauces, plants…”
OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN BLOOMINGDALE
is a music incubator for music fans to listen, learn, rehearse and perform. They provide musical education for guitar, piano, voice, and drum. This musician’s oasis also offers soundproof practice rooms, organized jam sessions as well as “FLASHBAND”, an organized themed showcase of one-time bands who meet at a jam session and play a show 1 month later.
Creative Grounds – Coffee Shop and Art Hub
If you are a fan of art and creative expression – as well as coffee – rejoice! Creative Grounds is a space not just for good eats and coffee, but also to foster and support the creativity and expression of the community. They provide a roster of workshops and activities for adults such as Visual Arts and Movement, as well as for opportunities for children.