Explore Lively H Street NE

People talking while sitting at a restaurant table.

Just 21 minutes from our Forestville, MD apartments, H Street NE is an eccentric 1.5-mile stretch known for its nightlife, restaurants, and communal atmosphere.

Attracting thousands of visitors every year, its highlights include:

Atlas Performing Arts Center 

The Atlas Performing Arts Center is “where the arts, culture, and connection happen on H Street.” It’s a catalyst for neighborhood growth and change and plays an essential role in the regional creative economy. When the center opened in 1938, it was one of four theaters in Washington D.C. Movie buffs quickly found a second home, and the theater brought a taste of Hollywood to the East Coast. Today, Atlas is home to dance studios, performing arts stages, and a cafe. 


Maketto is a communal marketplace where everyone feels at home. It combines retail, cafe, and restaurant experiences and invites visitors to try something new. The sixty-seat restaurant features the flavors of Cambodia and Taiwan. Chef Erik makes the meals from the finest, freshest ingredients and prepares something for every palate. Dishes include wok-fried rice noodles, vegetable spring rolls, and crystal shrimp dumplings.

Ben’s Chili Bowl 

A local fixture since 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl is one of the “15 best places to experience American culture.” Founder Virginia Ali is now 85 years old, and she opened the restaurant with her husband when she was just 24. The restaurant welcomes hundreds of diners every week. Visitors may spot politicians and celebrities, and they enjoy fast, friendly service. Popular menu offerings include chili burgers, classic chili dogs, and Ben’s famous chili bowls. 

H Street NE is just one of the eccentric neighborhoods near The District at the Forestville. If you’re looking for a place to call home, please contact us. We’d love for you to see firsthand everything we have to offer. 

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