One of the most exciting aspects of living in D.C. is that the city’s neighborhoods keep growing and changing. Historically, Shaw has been a residential neighborhood, known for its hallmark 19th-century Victorian row houses. In recent years, it has also emerged as one of the city’s best neighborhoods for food, drinks, and interesting restaurants.
Shaw offers the full spectrum of food in every way — everyday eats like ramen at Haikan and tacos at El Techo, as well as high-end dining at spots like Oyster Oyster. The neighborhood is home to a variety of cuisines, including pizza at All Purpose and Hong Kong street food at Tiger Fork, and is even the place where D.C.’s first Korean barbecue spot opened in 2019. Those looking for a great happy hour spot will also find plenty of options too, from wine at Maxwell Park to beer at Dacha Beer Garden. Here’s your shortlist to Shaw’s must-visit spots.