Washington

District Wharf

The long-awaited redevelopment of Washington, D.C.’s southwest waterfront is now open.

At the heart of the neighbourhood lies District Wharf, a USD 2 billion development that has re-energised the District’s waterfront with restaurants, venues and shopping for everyone to enjoy.

District dining

With over 20 new restaurants, the District Wharf has attracted many of the region’s most acclaimed chefs including Top Chef champion Mike Isabella, who is welcoming guests to his modern interpretation of classic French cuisine at Requin. Celebrated Michelin star winners Fabio and Maria Trabocci have also opened Del Mar, an exquisitely decorated two-storey space featuring authentic seafood fare and flavours from the coasts of Spain.

This new fine dining scene is complemented by the emergence of several relaxed restaurants including Hank’s Oyster Bar by D.C. Restauranteur Jamie Leeds and the soon-to-open Potomac Distilling Company, described as an “upscale tiki bar” by owner, renowned mixologist Todd Thrasher. Fast casual dining includes the likes of Shake Shack, Taylor Gourmet and Blue Bottle Coffee.

D.C. Fish Market

The Fish Market located next to District Wharf, is the oldest continuously operating open-air fish market in the United States and is a D.C. landmark.

Hank's Oyster Bar

The oysters at Hank's Oyster Bar is just one delicious dish to experience during your stay in Washington, D.C.

Designed using the Dutch concept of a woonerf - lanes shared by both wheeled traffic and pedestrians - the cobblestone streets of the Wharf are a joy to navigate on foot with strolls along the waterfront capturing the vibrancy and buzz of a modern urban space. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy a leisurely walk over the Washington Channel on one of three public piers. On the Recreation Pier, kayak rentals, paddle boards and more, provide opportunities for visitors to explore this unique location.

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By land or sea

Capitalising on the accessibility of the waterfront and the Potomac River, the District Wharf makes it easier than ever to reach neighbouring waterfront destinations with a water taxi.

Enjoy scenic views of the nation’s capital by water and visit Georgetown in D.C., Old Town Alexandria in Virginia, and National Harbor in Maryland. The District Wharf also offers free Jitney transportation from the District Wharf to East Potomac Park, which boasts public golf courses, driving ranges, tennis courts and walking trails.
 

Nightlife

The District Wharf comes alive at night with the centrepiece of the neighbourhood, the nation’s hottest new live music venue, The Anthem. This USD 60 million, state-of-art concert hall can accommodate up to 6,000 music fans. The superb acoustics have already been put to the test by headlining bands including Foo Fighters, LCD Soundsystem, and The National.

Smaller, intimate venues also attract concert-goers. Pearl Street Warehouse is modelled after the famous bars on Austin, Texas’ famous Sixth Street and presents Americana and up-and-coming Country acts. Union Stage will showcase a more eclectic range of performers appealing to urban hipsters and fans of hip-hop.

 

Shopping

A well-curated selection of retail shops is also present at District Wharf. The renowned D.C. independent bookstore Politics & Prose—popular among the city’s policy wonks—features live author readings as well as a thoughtful selection of fiction and non-fiction. Harper McCaw offers the gift of excellent sustainably sourced chocolates, whilst exquisite art is exhibited for sale at Martha Spak Gallery.

 

 

“A magnificent waterfront entranceway”

PIERRE CHARLES L'ENFANT, ARCHITECT OF THE NATION'S CAPITAL CITY, describing the Southwest Waterfront to President George Washington.

The Southwest Waterfront is without a doubt the most exciting neighbourhood in D.C. Only minutes from the hotel, guests of Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. enjoy the luxury of an easy walk to District Wharf and in early 2018 our Fans will be provided with an on-demand shuttle service to District Wharf, making visiting even easier.