Best Bodega

Old City Market and Oven
522 K St. NE, (202) 544-0600
The District doesn’t have a great bodega culture, thanks to zoning restrictions and an unfortunate lack of bodega cats. So maybe it’s no surprise that NoMa’s Old City Market and Oven succeeds by being more than a bodega, with a record player, a cafe, a pizza oven, and a collection of books. Old City is run by Curt Hansen, a socialist who’s as interested in providing a couple of jobs and building community in the neighborhood as he sells bodega essentials like detergent. For the Women’s March on Washington, for example, Old City offered free coffee all day.