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Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan
Adams Morgan

© Karen Sweigard

This is Washington DC's hip enclave of multi-ethnic and international happenings, complete with historic Victorian row houses, eclectic restaurants, neighborhood art – and the petty theft and crime that seems to go along with historic urban areas. Geographically tiny, the community offers an incredible array of boutiques, cafes, bars, and clubs, and is a major nightlife destination. This is the kind of place where the weekend starts on Thursday.

Just two miles from the White House, the center of the action is the corner of 18th Street Northwest, and Columbia Road.

Adams Morgan is considered the center of the city's Latino community, with the majority of immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and other Central American countries. Since the 1970s, the area has also attracted immigrants from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Recent gentrification has resulted in a high cost of housing and has changed the demographic of the area, as some immigrant and African American populations have moved elsewhere. The community remains, however, highly diverse, especially its restaurants, which represent a wide range of cuisines, Spanish, Ethiopian, Guatemalan, Mexican, Italian, Dutch, Vietnamese, Ghanaian, Cajun, Brazilian, Palestinian, Peruvian, Indian, Israeli, Thai, Lebanese, and Chinese.

If you're visiting DC, don't expect to find a hotel in this area, but you might stay in nearby Dupont Circle, and drive in – if you can find parking.

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