1609 8th St NW
Washington, DC, DC 20001

Deep-Rooted History, New Urban Bustle & Neighborhood Community

Founded in a history of deep-rooted African-American culture and civil rights activism, Shaw is a growing community thriving with posh new business and culture, perfectly blended into the beautiful remnants of its past. This historic birthplace of Duke Ellington, site of civil rights protests and marches along its famous Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Streets, is a wealth of beautiful historic sites, popular jazz clubs, hoppin’ bars, trendy hotspots, delicious local eateries, and locally-owned shops and boutiques. Yet despite its booming new business and development, Shaw maintains a small-town neighborhood feel, from its walkable streets to its friendly neighbors who still greet each other by name.

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Spotlights of Shaw

historic sites


Step back through time and explore the rich history that embodies the neighborhood of Shaw. Visit local landmarks like the African-American Civil War Memorial, the Thurgood Marshall Center, the Duke Ellington Statue, or the Whitelaw Hotel.

bustling bar scene

7th & 9th Streets

There’s a happin’ bar and restaurant scene along 7th and 9th streets, where you’ll find favorites like A&D Neighborhood Bar, Dacha Beer Garden, Azi’s Cafe, Habesha Market & Carryout, Thally, Sundevich, and so much more.

ethiopian restaurants

Little Ethiopia

Home to a large and still-growing Ethiopian population, the area around 13th and 9th streets is home to a wealth of fantastic Ethiopian restaurants, stores, markets, and more, making “Little Ethiopia” a popular destination.

What You'll Love in Shaw

With so many great DC neighborhoods from which to choose, it's hard to know which one will be best for you! So here's what local residents (and visitors) truly love about Shaw.

lots of shopping and dining

The Shopping & Dining is Just About Endless

Shops, stores, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, bars, beers, historic, posh and new… Shaw truly has it all. Discover charming and trendy indie stores around the U Street Corridor, as well as numerous bars and restaurants, like the popular Right Proper Brewing Company, which features craft beers, artisan cheeses, and frequent tastings, or the posh new developments of The Shay and Atlantic Plumbing. You can also explore the outstanding restaurants of Little Ethiopia. Sip beers or dine on delicious eats back-alley style in Blagden Alley or Naylor Court, where you’ll find local favorites like Columbia Room or The Dabney. Or stroll 9th and 7th Streets to discover a world of local favorites, like Buttercream Bakeshop desserts, Ezpita Mezcaleria Mexican, or SUNdeVICH.

performance arts

Historic Attractions & Cultural Entertainment Provide a Wholesome Feel

You don’t have to be a shopper, restaurateur, or even a bar-hopper to find some quality entertainment in Shaw. There are numerous live performance and music theatres, which serve the dual interest of being historic sites as well, like the Lincoln Theatre, the Howard Theatre, and the Dunbar Theatre. There’s also the posh new Atlantic Plumbing Cinema, which features indie movies and an on-site cocktail bar, and plenty of local art galleries, like the Long View Gallery. The historic Shaw Neighborhood Library provides three floors of reading, research, and programming, and the historic Walter E. Washington Convention Center is often host to important events, speeches, or lectures.

outdoor activity

Getting Outdoors and Staying Active is Easy!

Though it’s in the heart of the city, Shaw’s got a few outdoor tricks up its sleeve. The Shaw Dog Park and Shaw Skate Park provide fantastic ways to enjoy some outdoors time and maybe get a little active. Additionally, the Kennedy Recreation Center offers quite a few options for staying active, like baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, a playground, a walking track, a weight room, a computer room, and even some recreational classes and programs.

Shaw Attractions

Shaw at a Glance

Getting Around

Metro Station: Shaw-Howard University, U Street, Mount Vernon Square
Metrobus: Runs to the Waterfront, Silver Springs, Georgetown
Other: Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Circulator Bus
Distance from Downtown: 1 mile


Population: 17,639
Zip Code: 20001
Size: 467 acres
Median Home Price: $892,000

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