New York City has SoHo and Washington, D.C. has NoMa.
Despite the small name, NoMa is anything but. The chicly named district, more formally known as North of Massachusetts Avenue, includes a number of neighborhoods located north and east of transit hub Union Station. The section has been undergoing a revitalization in the last decade, particularly after the 2004 opening of a dedicated NoMa station on the city's elevated-transit system.
Ample public transit makes getting around NoMa a breeze. Hop on the Red Line for a quick trip from Union Station or other areas of the city or board a Metrobus to the neighborhood. At 35 blocks, the area is also highly bikeable and is walker-friendly, so you can always lace up your sneakers and set out from your corporate housing in Washington, D.C., to explore NoMa.
If you do bike or walk, make sure to hit the Metropolitan Branch Trail. The eight-mile trail connecting Union Station to Silver Springs, Md., cuts right through NoMa, and you can hop on and hop off with ease.
Outdoor options abound in NoMa. For instance, the D.C. Farmers’ Market is an open-air oasis for foodies, offering only locally sourced produce, meats and more every Wednesday from June-October. The NoMa Business Improvement District is in the midst of developing several public parks, which are envisioned to be hubs for community gathering, arts and cultural outlets and outdoor recreation.
Al fresco dining is popular throughout the district, with residents and visitors dining and people-watching at cafés, pubs and fine-dining establishments. If you prefer indoor eating, the selections are just as diverse, and represent international flavors, from Taqueria Nacionale to Kelly’s Irish Times.If you’re staying in corporate housing in Washington, D.C., you should make repeat visits to NoMa to see all that Union Market has to offer. The warehouse-like space is home to 40 local vendors. You can find the freshest fish, the most savory tacos and the creamiest ice cream, all under one roof. Beer, wine and spirits flow freely, adding to the festive atmosphere. Vendors also offer take-home selections, so make sure to plan your doggie bags, as well as visit the gift shops for some authentic D.C. merchandise. The market frequently hosts movie screenings, socials and other special events, so check out the website for a full schedule before your visit.