It seems these days that everyone is talking about Shaw, Shaw Shaw…the beautiful rowhouses, world-class dining, nightlife, everything! But did you know that “Shaw” really is the entire 20001 zip code, which encompasses 5 recognized neighborhoods? Union officer Robert Gould Shaw (after whom the area is named) would certainly be proud to see so much notoriety and diversity in these different quarters – and residents are proving to be just as excited and devoted to their own neck of Shaw. There’s:

Mount Vernon Square

Probably the most “central” location of the neighborhood. Mount Vernon Square is home to DC’s giant Convention Center, Yellow/Green line Metro, and sprawling business district, and the enormously trendy Blagden Alley (where you’ll find the cocktail lounge Columbia Room, Michelin-starred The Dabney, and always popular La Colombe coffee roasters).

U Street

This is where the kids have “gone out” for decades. If you crave nightlife – from live music venues to rooftop bars, hookah and wine lounges, LGBTQ haunts, and underground dance clubs – then this is your neighborhood.

Ninth Street

Do you crave a mix of Mount Vernon Square and U Street? Ninth Street quickly became the hipster answer to 14th Street in the 2010s, but now with its own mix of local ethnic and world-class dining, cigar/pet/patisserie/fitness establishments, cocktail lounges, and gorgeous Federal and Queen Anne-style houses, it’s one of the hottest zip codes in the city, and you’re guaranteed to pay for it.

Ledroit Park and Bloomingdale

For those who want to be walking distance to the action but crave a residential neighborhood feel, these rapidly redeveloping quarters are drawing developers, flippers, and millennials by the droves. And who could blame them? The location is perfect for multiple public transportation options, neighborhood shops and convenience stores, and the historic charm, oh, the charm!

So, the next time you hear someone something about “Shaw,” be sure to ask them what they love the most about their little neck of the 20001 woods.