by Fernanda DeSouza
posted on December 19, 2018
When we think Washington D.C., it’s hard not to immediately get wrapped up in the tumultuous political climate that has cast a shadow over the nation’s capital. But it’s not fair to the rest of the city, so we’re here to show some love to one of D.C.’s standout neighborhoods: Georgetown. While even this neighborhood has its fair share of the dark side—the Exorcist steps are located just blocks from the university, spooky—it is one of the most historic parts of town. It’s home to Old Stone House, the city’s oldest and unchanged building dating back to 1765, and the City Tavern Club, the oldest commercial building in D.C. It’s also named after our first president, so you can’t get more historical than that. Whether or not you’re a history buff, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this delightful district, especially if you’re a shopping aficionado!
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Begin your day with some strong coffee at Grace Street Coffee Roasters. Nestled inside a shared space is this minimalistic cafe with art adorning the walls, serving strong coffee and velvety vanilla lattes" If you need a fruit fix this morning, pair your drink with an acai bowl, and don’t miss the little outdoor area at the back if the weather is nice. But...
Espresso shrub, latte, matcha latte, acai bowl, housemade vanilla syrup
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... if you’re in the mood for something a little less healthy and something a little more on the sweeter-baked-goods side, head over to this artsy establishment not too far down the block. From out-of-this-world pastries and cupcakes to fabulous coffee and trendy matcha lattes, cozy Baked and Wired's been doing it all since 2001. And if the lines out the door are any indication, they're not slowing down anytime soon.
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The best part about Georgetown, in our opinion, is the surrounding nature that makes up the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail. You are magically transported away from the hustle and bustle of the city on this old waterway that offers visitors both boat rides and walking trails through gorgeous and lush greenery. Enjoy a nice stroll down the trail to get to your next location across the river, Relish. Operating for over 20 years, this warm, bi-level space continues to provide fashionistas with one-of-a-kind finds. From tweed jackets to denim boots, let the owner style you with outfits and accessories that you won't find anywhere else.
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Continue your shopping spree by paying a visit to Violet Boutique around the corner. This trendy spot sells fun, flirty clothing and accessories in a minimalist setting. Head here for that perfect work-to-weekend outfit or the romper you never knew you needed. With affordable prices to boot, Violet Boutique is a shopping staple in Georgetown.
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We hate to send you back across the river but we’re going to do it anyways—and you’ll understand why. This airy, minimalist spot serves up the healthiest tacos in D.C., using seasoned veggies, micro-greens and crema wrapped in hand-griddled tortillas. Pair those with drinks on tap like seasonal shrubs, and you can't go wrong. You’ll want to give the Kale and potato taco and zucchini tacos a try. Vegetarians rejoice!
Kale and potato taco, seasonal shrub, zucchini taco
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Head north on Wisconsin Avenue for a pint or two to wash down all those veggies. This spot isn’t necessarily a historical one by D.C. standards, but it just so happens to be the place where then Senator John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie Bouvier (Booth 3 to be exact). Snag the historical table (unless you’re not ready to propose to your sweetheart) inside this dark, wooded 80-year-old pub for a few brews, or chow down on Irish fare if those tacos weren’t filling enough.
Martin's Delight, shepherd's pie, mussels
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Make your final shopping pit-stop to this high-end consignment shop located in one of the coziest parts of Georgetown (replete with cobblestoned streets and forgotten cable car tracks). Ella-Rue is a charming glass-paned storefront stocked with two floors of designer fashion. The Georgetown boutique specializes in designer dresses, office wear, shoes and accessories. For those looking to consign, know that items must be like new.
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Dessert before dinner? Heck yes! This unfussy neighborhood parlor offers coffee and sandwiches for those without much of a sweet tooth–but for sugar fiends, you can't go wrong with the dozens of ice cream flavors, ranging from plain vanilla to rum raisin and butter brickle. Get your hands on the mango ice cream, Froyo blend-in, or Banana split.
Mango ice cream, Froyo blend-in, Banana split
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If you haven’t totally spoiled your dinner yet, then you’re in for a treat back down Wisconsin Avenue. We’re talking pasta here, and nothing quite beats the homemade pasta at Filomena. The upscale Italian spot with dated decor is always packed, and you’ll understand why once you taste the food. Huge portions, to-die-for-desserts and charming staff—this spot will definitely require a reservation. If you do manage to get a reservation, you can’t go wrong with the lasagna alla bolognese...or anything off the menu for that matter.
Cannelloni frutti di mare, Lasagna alla bolognese, Tortelloni di Michele, Triple chocolate mousse, Cannoli
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Walk away the carbs to this cozy wine bar for the perfect nightcap—you’ll pass by Old Stone House to your left on the way. Eno Wine Bar has an international wine list and a small food menu, which includes cheese and charcuterie, all in the comfort of a sophisticated, unfussy setting. This is a locavore’s dream by the way, with 27 wines from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Sip the night away and cheers to a day well spent in Georgetown.
Wine flights, Eno Experience, Lamb koftas with pistachio dust and spicy yogurt dip, Crème brûlée white chocolate
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