The U Street corridor once suffered all the ills of an aging inner city area -- boarded up storefronts, litter, a general sad neglected look. But today's U Street is filled with cool shops, unique restaurants and wine bars, and increasingly more places to live and shop for regular stuff like groceries and home furnishings. The area offers a mix of 1800s era townhomes with lots of Victorian architectural features, early 1900s era Art Deco style apartment buildings, and several steel and glass modern dwellings with a few obscure but fascinating embassy buildings. Noted for such iconic places as Ben's Chili Bowl and the recently refurbished Howard Theater, the U is also home to night clubs and a lively night scene. But it's equally attractive during the day. I like to visit to take pictures of the great variety of architectural styles, learn about its history, visit the local farmers market, and of course, have lunch at one of the many unique eateries and poke around in the shops. My favorites: Bars and eateries: Taboq and Oya. Stores: Room and Board and Design within Reach. The area is easily accessible by Metro. There are lots of parking garages around and usually on weekends you can find street parking without too much trouble.
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