A. Litteri

The Place: A. Litteri

Where: Morse Street NE between 5th and 6th Streets NE

Why Live Near Here: If you grew up in an Italian-American family, we don’t need to give you much of a reason why you want to live near an Italian specialty shop like A. Litteri. But for the rest of you, here’s why: fresh grated parmigiano reggiano cheese, freshly sliced Italian deli meats, tasty sandwiches made to order, and an insanely good Italian wine selection. Don’t be fooled by the simple facade. Go inside and enter a whole magical imported world of deliciousness.

Angelika Pop-Up

The Place: Angelika Pop-Up

Where: 550 Penn Street NE

Why Live Near Here: Guys, if you haven’t been outside yet today, know that it’s cold AF out there.  And seeing as though Places and Spaces talks about cool places in DC that you want to live near, today’s pick couldn’t be more appropriately chosen.  There’s not a lot you can do outside when you feel like your face is going to shatter into a million pieces, but a tried-and-true escape is the movies.  So if you’re not as into high grossing blockbusters as you are into independent and foreign films, prefer Pop Art Popcorn, Jeni’s ice cream and craft beer & wine to standard theater fare, and appreciate creative programming and special deals, then Angelika Pop-Up in the H Street NE/NoMa area is someplace you may want to consider living close to. Your not-so-frozen face will thank you.

Union Station

The Place: Union Station

Where: In the middle of North Capital Street, H Street NE, 2nd Street NE, and Mass Ave

Why Live Near Here: In the 1980’s it was called an “embarrassment to the nation, to the federal government, and to Washington, D.C.” but now that it’s been restored to it’s former glory, you’re in. You’re most likely a sucker for classic architecture and commute in and out of DC a lot, probably to Philly or NYC.

Union Market

The Place: Union Market

Why live here: Because the thought of being able to shop and eat in DC’s largest local and artisanal food market whenever you want makes your heart go pitter-patter. You’re likely a foodie, chef, entrepreneur, or a big supporter of local business.

Union Market has dubbed itself “the epicenter of culinary creativity in DC” and I can’t really disagree. You can find pretty much anything here from fresh fruits and vegetables to a local butcher to a gourmet spice shop. If that wasn’t good enough, Union Market has a few tasty full-service restaurants, lots of small-scale speciality eateries, and fun events every month.