Welcome to Brookland
The best of suburban-downtown living
This suburb of Northeast Washington, DC, is nicknamed “Little Rome” for its impressive Romanesque architecture and multiple Catholic sites and institutions. Inhabitants can enjoy walking its many tree-lined streets and visit the largest Roman Catholic church in North America, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
. Along with the various Catholic churches and chapels spread throughout, bungalows are another common feature of the Brookland landscape. It is home to many older houses and vintage shops, richly steeped in national history.
Brookland could best be described as suburban living in the city. Many homes come with a yard and offer the benefits and walkability of small-town life while still being closely connected to the thriving hub of DC. There are plenty of highly-rated restaurants and storefronts to visit. With a growing artistic community, the arts and culture scene of Brookland is quickly becoming another one of its greatest selling points. Between performance spaces and reserved recreational green spaces, “Little Rome” offers something for everyone.
What to Love
Brookland is home to the many students attending the Catholic University of America. They can often be seen congregating on the central lawn of the college, located just across the street from the Basilica of the National Shrine. If live beer pong tournaments are not your speed, simply taking a walk around the neighborhood exposes you to history, art, and culture. While there is a large student population, Brookland is great for both young and old, and singles and families alike.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Living in a place nicknamed “Little Rome,” it is not surprising that there is an amazing pizzeria to visit after a day of sightseeing ends. Visit Menomale
Pizza Napoletana for certified authentic ‘za. If you want to travel outside of Italy, the French bistro Primrose
is a perfect date night spot. Its extensive wine list pairs perfectly with its classic French offerings. Bring on the romance!
For American cuisine, the cafe Busboys and Poets
is perfect as it is inspired by famed African-American poet Langston Hughes. This is its original location, set amongst the celebrated arts scene of the Monroe Street Market. After a cup of coffee and a browse in the adjoined bookstore, you can find a one-of-a-kind piece in the Arts Walk to adorn your Brookland sanctuary.
When you’re on the go and just looking for a quick and casual meal, you can’t go wrong with Brookland’s Finest
Bar & Kitchen, which serves delicious local and seasonal foods in a no-fuss environment.
Things to Do
Take a group or self-tour of The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In the summer months, it offers free concerts on Sunday evenings, but the church itself is open 365 days a year. There is also a gift shop to peruse. People-watch at the university campus, where collegiates can be seen throwing frisbees and soaking up the sun, weather permitting.
If you’re feeling active, the 8-mile Metropolitan Branch Trail
is a comfortable bicycle path on all paved roads. As you cycle through “Little Rome,” you can bask in its Old World, European ambiance, all without ever leaving the comforts of your familiar community. Brookland is an inviting, green playground with no shortage of inspiring things to look at!