You can’t take a trip to DC without a visit to U Street, one of the city’s top neighborhoods for nightlife, restaurants, and bars. Check out our recommendations below for how to spend a full day in the area.

Breakfast & Coffee At Colada Shop

Newly opened Cuban cafe The Colada Shop caters to coffee-lovers, cocktail fiends, and Latin American food fans alike. Come here to enjoy a steaming hot arepa while you sip on a mug of hot, rich cafe con leche. As an added bonus, you’ll feel your mood improve the moment you walk into the bright pink, Barbie dream house interior of the cafe.

Colada Shop. 1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009


Being on vacation doesn’t mean you need to give up on fitness. Pay a visit to U Street’s branch of this nationally renowned spin class studio to burn some calories while you cycle to the latest hits. SoulCycle’s blend of yoga, cycling, and meditation will have you feeling energized and restored in no time.

SoulCycle. 1935 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009. (202) 332-7685

Lunch at Taqueria Nacional

Located just off the main drag of U Street, this taco spot is slightly hidden away, meaning that it’s the perfect place to get some respite from the crowds and enjoy a relaxing meal. We recommend trying some of the taco specials, which can include seasonal fillings like squash blossom.

Taqueria Nacional. 1409 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009. (202) 299-1122

Drinks and Dinner at Vinoteca

We can’t get enough of this U Street wine bar/restaurant, which also offers a fabulous Sunday brunch. If you love bar games, you’ll enjoy getting to play on the outdoor bocce court on Vinoteca’s patio. More into drinking? Check out the bar’s Tuesday night wine classes instead.

Vinoteca. 1940 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 332-9463

Dessert at Ice Cream Jubilee

Washingtonians are crazy for this U Street spot just down the street from the Colada Shop, which offers eclectic hand-made ice cream flavors like Kahlua Truffle Sorbet and Marionberry. Our recommendation? Pick up a carton to go and store it in your mini-fridge to snack on while you enjoy a movie back at your hotel room later.

Ice Cream Jubilee. 1407 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009. (202) 299-9042