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D.C.’s Adams Morgan Exudes Multiculturalism and Fun

Adams Morgan was known for its eclectic mix of restaurants, clubs and bars long before multiculturalism became so popular. It boasts a mix of Latino, African and Asian influence, among others.

Admired for its row houses, many of which are brightly painted, some featuring interesting artwork and murals, Adams Morgan is the place to enjoy a range of unique off-the-beaten-track offerings. From great boutique shops, international restaurants and clubs, great dance spots, to eclectic delights, like empanadas and falafels.

Where is Adams Morgan?

Adams Morgan is located in Northwest, Washington, D.C., between 18th Street and Columbia Road, not far from Dupont Circle and the National Zoo (which is located in Woodley Park). Although those are the main strips, it extends to Florida Avenue and Connecticut Avenue where it borders Dupont Circle, and 16th Street where it borders Columbia Heights, as well as Harvard Street near Mount Pleasant.

It contains both residential and commercial areas and has long been known for its multiculturalism, as well as its happening nightlife scene, especially the bars, restaurants and clubs that line 18th Street. Columbia Road is quieter with more shops and other businesses.


Adams Morgan got its name from two formerly segregated elementary schools in the late 1950s. It incorporated at that time joining several older neighborhoods which date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.

It’s always been a melting pot of many cultures and influences and is known for its excellent and diverse cuisine and nightlife.


What to Do

Check out The LINE which is a hotel/restaurant housed in a 110-year-old church, featuring great chefs like Erik Bruner-Yang and Spike Gjerde. Not only will you enjoy the architecture, but you are sure to have a great meal. Or browse an independent bookstore such as Idle Time Books for something great to read. It carries many out-of-print books as well as hard to find CDs.

If you like to shop, take a look at Urban Dwell on Columbia Road, which offers lots of unique odds and ends for the house, as well as personal accessories. It’s a great place to find a gift for the person who has everything. Try a vintage clothing store like Meeps if you are searching for a costume or just want a bargain on often very high-end apparel.


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If you like to sing, head on over to Muzette on 18th Street which features many songs in English as well as Asian languages. You can sip on imported beer and liquor while enjoying Karaoke.

If you want to experience Ethiopian dancing or take salsa lessons or just try some great yoga studios, Adams Morgan is the place to be.

Where to Eat and Drink

If you’re into casual fare, Julia’s Empanadas serves meat and fruit empanadas featuring unusual flavors like peach, pear or guava. There are many coffeehouses to choose from including Tryst on 18th Street, which offers patio seating during warmer weather.

Try the creations of Victor Albisu, who makes amazing breads at Tail Up Goat, or enjoy typical American food at Roofers Union which has great rooftop dining and drinking.


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Don’t miss the famous Madam’s Organ, a blues bar which prides itself in live music every night of the week. Just look for the huge mural with a redheaded woman painted on the side of the building.

Moving to Adams Morgan

Real Estate Snapshot

The streets of Adams Morgan are lined with row houses as well traditional mid-rise modern apartment buildings and condos, in addition to the boutique-style shops and restaurants.

The average monthly price for apartments for rent in Adams Morgan sit at $2,224 but can vary depending on location and number of bedrooms.


The neighborhood is served by the Woodley Park / Adams Morgan metro stop on the Red Line of the Metro, in addition to being on many bus lines. It is not too far from the White House and business district, if you enjoy a brisk walk on a nice day. It’s a short walk to the National Zoo which is free to get in and always a good time, especially the pandas.

Schools & Employment

Briya Public Charter School boasts the best reputation. Marie Reed and H.D. Cooke elementary schools serve the neighborhood and offer great global experiences for children. Jubilee Jumpstart is highly recommended for preschoolers.

Aside from the retail establishments, most of the locals find work in the many not-for-profit or government options available throughout the city.

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About the author

Florentina Sarac

Florentina Sarac is a creative writer, editor, and researcher for RENTCafé. She covers a variety of topics, from real estate trends, demographic shifts, housing industry news and multifamily construction to homeownership, smart-home technology, personal finance and business. With a 7-year background in the real estate industry, Florentina has also penned articles for publications such as Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive and the National Apartment Association Magazine. You can connect with Florentina via email.

Florentina’s work and expertise have been featured in several major U.S. and international publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bisnow, The Mercury News, Curbed, The NY Post, CBS News, Business Insider and She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish, as well as an M.A. in Multilingual and Multicultural Communication, which serve as a testament to her love of literature and language.

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