H Street Life

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Tyla working remotely at Solid State Books.

Living and working in the heart of Washington D.C. offers a myriad of experiences, from historic landmarks to culinary delights. Today, I’m excited to share with you my recent adventure that perfectly encapsulates the vibrant essence of the nation’s capital. Join me as I take you through a day filled with productivity, delicious food, and delightful coffee.

Solid State Books

Solid State Books, a place I’ve visited for its books and games, is not just a bookstore; it’s a haven for bibliophiles and remote workers alike. With its cozy ambiance and shelves stocked with literary treasures, it’s the ideal spot to settle in for a productive workday. From the moment you step inside, you’re enveloped in a world of words, ideas, and creativity.

Pho Tai Nam, Rare Steak & brisket only served in beef broth, $14.5

As I set up my workspace amidst the stacks of books, I can’t help but feel inspired by the energy of the place. The quiet hum of activity combined with the scent of freshly brewed coffee from the in-house cafe sets the perfect backdrop for diving into my tasks. Whether you’re typing away on a laptop or lost in the pages of a novel, Solid State Books provides the space and atmosphere for focused work and creative thinking. 600 H St. NE.

Pho Viet USA

After a morning of productivity, it’s time to indulge in some culinary delights, and what better way to do so than with a steaming bowl of pho from Pho Viet USA? As I stroll through the vibrant neighborhood, I’m greeted by the sights and sounds of DC life, from the eclectic storefronts to the bustling sidewalks.

Upon entering Pho Viet USA (333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002), I’m immediately drawn to the aroma of simmering broth and fragrant herbs. I opt for their signature Pho Tai Nam, a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup featuring thinly sliced beef and tender brisket. With each spoonful, I’m transported on a culinary journey that warms the soul. The combination of rich flavors and comforting warmth makes it the perfect midday meal.

The Wydown: A Sip of Perfection

No visit to H Street would be complete without a stop at The Wydown (600B H St NE) for a dose of caffeine perfection. This specialty coffee shop is renowned for its meticulous approach to crafting the perfect cup of coffee, and I’m eager to experience it firsthand. As I enter the cozy space, I’m greeted by the welcoming aroma of freshly ground beans and the sound of steam frothing milk.

Jen posing for a picture after helping Denzell get settled for a working lunch

I order a mocha, opting for the perfect balance of rich chocolate and bold espresso. As I take the first sip, I’m greeted by layers of flavor that leave me craving another taste. Paired with the charming ambiance and friendly baristas, it’s the ideal way to end my culinary journey on H Street.

It’s been a good day. From the inspiration found within the pages of books to the flavors that tantalize the taste buds, I feel enriched and satidfied. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, you never know what delights on H Street.

Denzell Spencer is the Director of Regional Philanthropy, NE at FoodCorps. FoodCorps partners with schools and communities to nourish kids’ health, education, and sense of belonging. For tips and retail recommendations in and near the H Street Corridor, email him at dspencer20003@gmail.com.