Penn Quarter: A Washington, DC Neighborhood

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Penn Quarter is a revitalized historic neighborhood in downtown Washington, DC. The name “Penn Quarter” is relatively new and not so widely known. The area may also be called Old Downtown." Over the past two decades, Penn Quarter has become an arts and entertainment district with many restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, art galleries, theaters and trendy stores. See a photo gallery of Penn Quarter.


Penn Quarter is the neighborhood that runs north of Pennsylvania Avenue, south of Mount Vernon Square, between the White House and I-395.

See a map of Penn Quarter. 

The closest Metro Stations are Gallery Place/Chinatown and Archives-Navy Memorial. There is some street parking available in the area, but this is a busy part of town in the heart of the city and spaces fill up quickly.  See a guide to parking garages in Penn Quarter.

Major Attractions in Penn Quarter

Restaurants in Penn Quarter

This part of Washington DC has many fine restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine from contemporary American to Asian Fusion, to Italian or Latin American fare. See a guide to Penn Quarter Restaurants.

Hotels in Penn Quarter

There are plenty of places to stay near Penn Quarter. These hotels are located within the neighborhood itself, and you will also find many other Downtown DC hotels within walking distance.

Annual Events in Penn Quarter

    Penn Quarter Websites

    Penn Quarter Living
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