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Washington, D.C./Brookland

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Brookland is a neighborhood in northeast Washington DC.


The major attraction in Brookland centers around Catholic University, sometimes known as the "Little Vatican" for all its major Catholic institutions, as well as the National Shrine.


In 1887, the Roman Catholic Church purchased land as the site for The Catholic University of America (CUA). The presence of Catholic University attracted many other Catholic organizations and institutions to the area.

The neighborhood is named after Colonel Jehiel Brooks, who acquired 150-acres in the area via his marriage to Ann Margaret Queen, daughter of prominent Marylander Nicholas Louis (Lewis) Queen.

Get in[edit]

By Metrorail[edit]

For more information on riding the Metrorail in Washington DC, see Washington DC#Get_around.

The Red line stops at Brookland-CUA.

By bus[edit]

The following are the main bus routes operating in this area, along with links to timetables and route maps. For more information on riding buses in Washington DC, see Washington DC#Get_around.

  • G8 operates through Brookland to Metrorail stations in Shaw and the West End.

See[edit][add listing]

The National Shrine

Little Vatican[edit]

The courtyard at Mount St Sepulchre
  • Mount St Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St NE (15 min walk from the Metro), +1 202 526-6800, [1]. Grounds: 10AM-5PM daily (Catacombs visits require tour), tours: M-Sa 10AM, 11AM, 1PM-3PM, Su 1PM-3PM (tours start on the hour). This monastery is an odd one. Its founders, in the late nineteenth century, set out to create a Holy Land in America, and commissioned the construction of replicas of overseas holy sites, including the Roman Catacombs, The Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, the Grotto of the Nativity, and other assorted reproductions of sites in Jerusalem, Rome, etc. And the grounds beyond those copies are beautiful as well. Free, donations encouraged.  edit
  • National Shrine, 400 Michigan Ave NW, [2]. 1 April-31 Oct: 7AM-7PM daily, 1 Nov-31 March: 7AM-6PM daily; tours: M-Sa 9AM-3PM, Su 1:30PM-3:30PM (tours start on the hour). This massive, stunning Catholic Basilica is not only the perfect place for any American Catholic to make a pilgrimage; people of any faith will be in awe when they see the sheer size of this church. Anyone interested in architecture will be interested to see how this building was constructed without using any modern methods like structural steel beams and framework, and how it also seamlessly blends architectural styles from different periods over the last 2000 years. Tours: free.  edit
  • Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Rd NE, +1 202 635-5400, [3]. Tu,Th-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Suggested donation: $5.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE (At Kearney St), +1 202 269-1600, [4]. A DC institution that offers drop-in dance classes and occasional dance performances.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Analog, 716 Monroe St NE Studio 5, [5]. A small vintage store with a wide range of offerings.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are several fast casual restaurants such as Chipotle, Potbelly's, & Pizza, and Chick-fil-a between the Metrorail station and Catholic University.


  • Menomale, 2711 12th St NE (between Evarts St & Franklin St), +1 202 248-3946, [6]. A very popular Neapolitan brick-oven pizza / calzone / sandwich shop. Certified authentic by the Neapolitan pizza association; probably the best pizza in DC  edit
  • San Antonio Grill, 3908 12th St NE (between Quincy St & Randolph St), +1 202 832-8080, [7]. Su-Th 11AM-11PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. A nice Tex-Mex restaurant with Mexican food far above the local average, as well as a few Salvadoran and Cuban entries (try the Cuban masitas de puerco). The margaritas have quickly become famous, not just for being tasty, but also for being extremely large. $8-25.  edit


  • Brookland's Finest, 3126 12th St NE (between Irving St & Jackson St), +1 202 636-0050, [8]. A family-friendly establishment with a modern-industrial theme and a nice outdoor patio.  edit
  • Steel Plate, 3523 12th St NE (between Monroe St & Newton St), +1 202 290-2310, [9]. Features a unique menu that includes specialties such as duck tacos and shrimp burgers.  edit
  • Busboys & Poets, 625 Monroe St NE, +1 202 636-7230, [10]. A cafe / bookstore / restaurant focused with a liberal theme.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]


  • Brookland Pint, 716 Monroe St NE, +1 202 758-2757, [11]. Modern-rustic ambiance and an extensive craft beer menu.  edit
  • Dew Drop Inn, 2801 8th St NE, +1 202 353-3767, [12]. A laid-back bar with a nice roof deck.  edit
  • Right Proper Brewing Company Brookland Production House + Tasting Room, 920 Girard St NE, +1 202 526-5904, [13]. A tasting room where you can drink the beers brewed on site. Food is not served but you can bring your own.  edit
  • Smith Public Trust, 3514 12th St NE (between Monroe St & Newton St), +1 202 733-5834, [14]. The bar is made of a shipping container.  edit


  • Zeke's Coffee, 2300 Rhode Island Ave NE, +1 202 733-2646, [15]. A small, quiet cafe with friendly staff.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Ivy City Hotel, 1615 New York Ave NE, +1 202 529-3900, [16]. A boutique hotel. From $152.  edit


Most restaurants and cafes offer free WiFi.

Public libraries[edit]

Computer terminals are available for free use at the public libraries:

  • Woodridge Interim Library, 1801 Hamlin St NE, +1 202 541-6226, [17]. M,W 1PM-9PM, Tu,Th-Sa 9:30AM-5:30PM, Su 1PM-5PM.  edit

Go next[edit]

  • Petworth is a short bus ride away and has more nightlife options
  • Capitol Hill is only a few stops away on the Metrorail

Routes through Washington, D.C./Brookland
East EndNear Northeast  S noframe N  Silver SpringWheaton

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