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One Block: Top Spots in D.C.’s Southwest

Editor's picks for where to eat, shop, drink and play near the waterfront.

More and more fun seekers are flocking to this waterfront neighborhood not far from Navy Yard and Nationals Park. Its rising popularity is due in part to The Wharf, one of the city's biggest redevelopment projects. These days, locals and visitors alike mingle in this down-to-earth neighborhood, hitting local shops, cool sites and, of course, the riverfront. Explore some of our top picks, right here.


Culinary delights pepper this waterfront zone. Those who stroll The Wharf indulge in global cuisine at Kith/Kin; tuck into Italian fare at Officina; and order lobster rolls and homemade whoopie pies at Red Hook Lobster’s walk-up window.

Kith/Kin 801 Wharf St. SW, 202.878.8566

Officina 1120 Maine Ave. SW, 202.747.5222

Red Hook Lobster Pound 890 Water St. SW, 202.341.6263

Kith/Kin (©Scott Suchman)


Cool off with a sweet treat from Southwest Soda
 Pop Shop. After, peruse bestsellers at independent bookstore, Politics and Prose, or the myriad wares at Patrick’s Fine Linens.

Southwest Soda Pop Shop 1142 Maine Ave. SW, 202.981.6999

Politics and Prose 70 District Square SW, 202.488.3867

Patrick’s Fine Linens & Home Décor 771 Wharf St. SW, 202.601.7296

Politics & Prose
Politics & Prose (©Ted Eytan/Flickr, Creative Commons)


You’ll want to have a drink in hand while gazing out over the water. Tiki TNT mixes up fun, rum-filled cocktails. Whiskey Charlie offers lounge seating on the rooftop, while Cantina Bambina serves thirsty visitors right on the channel.

Cantina Bambina 960 Wharf St. SW

Tiki TNT 1130 Maine Ave. SW, 202.900.4786

Whiskey Charlie Rooftop 975 7th St. SW, 202.488.2500

Tiki TNT
Tiki TNT (©Jonathan Thorpe)


Tune into a thought-provoking production at Arena Stage, then wander among the creative ventures inside Culture House. Or, set sail on an Entertainment Cruises outing for live music and fine-dining against a stunning backdrop.

Arena Stage 1101
6th St. SW, 202.554.9066

Culture House 700 Delaware Ave. SW, 202.554.0103

Entertainment Cruises Gangplank Marina, 580 Water St. SW, 866.404.8439