Columbia Heights

Ethnic eateries, independent dive bars, and family owned bakeries converge in northwest DC.

Steadily transforming from edgy to inviting, Columbia Heights’ renaissance is due in part to a recent influx of big box retailers and mainstream entertainment options. These suburban conveniences convivially blend with Columbia Heights’ urban sensibilities—ethnic eateries, one-of-a-kind dive bars, and family-run bakeries populate its mural-covered side streets. It’s still advised to practice caution when enjoying the neighborhood by night, as Columbia Heights has yet to fully shed its gritty reputation.

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On the Map

Columbia Heights is bordered by Mount Pleasant, U Street Corridor, Park View, Petworth, Crestwood, Pleasant Plains, Adams Morgan, 16th Street Heights, and LeDroit Park

Reagan National Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic or 33 minutes by public transit
Dulles international Airport: 45 minutes by cab without traffic
The White House: 10 minutes by public transit
Georgetown: 14 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Character In Columbia Heights

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Residents watch the seasons change from the windows of colorful row homes in Columbia Heights.

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Big box stores might be around the corner, but the community feel of Columbia Heights' side streets makes them feel miles away.

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Columbia Heights is an extremely diverse neighborhood, full of people, stores, and restaurants."
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Yesenia

Visited in 2012

Mainstream Entertainment and Big Box Shopping

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With convenient transit and stores large enough to get lost in, Columbia Heights typifies a contemporary commercial lifestyle.

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Bringing the family shouldn't be a problem.

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Columbia Heights' Tivoli Theater recently renovated and has transformed into a neighborhood favorite for Friday nights.

This area is fabulous and fun -- you will never be bored."

A New Nightlife Buzz In Columbia Heights

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Neighbors and friends congregate in Columbia Heights' ever-growing array of beer gardens and cocktail bars.

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Its diversity of destinations offers visitors countless choices when it comes to finding nighttime entertainment.

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Visit Columbia Heights and find out for yourself what the growing nightlife buzz is all about.

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It left the light on for you.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Chris Weisler

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As a freelance photographer based out of DC, I’ve had a lifelong desire to be submerged in different cultures, meet people of all walks of life, and eat bizarre foods. While my personal favorite escape is surfing remote warm-water breaks in Central America, I loved working on this project and discovering the many hidden subcultures that make up the diverse and often-mislabeled city of Washington, D.C.