Georgetown restaurants run the table from white-tablecloth refinement to cuisine-spanning creativity, providing a taste to please every palate. The Graham Georgetown, located just steps from the neighborhood’s main artery — M Street — offers easy access to the best dining northwest DC has to offer.
The Graham’s Recommended Georgetown Restaurants
One of the newest additions to the Georgetown waterfront is Mama Rouge. Billed as a “Southeast Asian Bistro,” the restaurant throws an array of bold Asian tastes into traditional French packages. Think a Scotch Egg infused with Soy Butter alongside Jasmine Rice, or Poached Chicken Candied Corn Pho. The restaurant’s cocktail menu provides no-holds-barred flavors in drinks like the Absinthe Suissesse with dry vermouth and orgeat and a Vieux Carre on tap including local Copper Fox Rye.
Washington DC may not be known as a pizza-lover’s paradise, but this no frills slice shop serves a tasty rendition of the classic wood-fired pie. From standards like the Margherita to the topping-heavy Siciliana (zucchini, caper, eggplant, mozzarella and more), Pizzeria Paradiso serves some of the District’s best pizza. Throw in a comprehensive beer list, and you’ve got a pizza place worth visiting.
This upstart eatery forgoes the farm-to-table cliche in favor of a farm-to-taco approach. Seasonally inspired and market-driven, Chaia’s tacos change by the month but include veggie-friendly favorites like Garlicky Greens + Goat Cheese and Market Mushrooms + Feta. Chaia got its start selling their tortilla-wrapped treats at farmers’ markets around DC, but the brand is set to open a brick-and-mortar location in Georgetown in 2015.
One of the newest entries to Georgetown’s dining scene, the After Peacock Room serves a deceptively simple menu of entrees for lunch and dinner. From lighter bites like the Roasted Beet Salad to heartier fare like the Heritage Pork Loin, the After Peacock Room provides a carefully curated menu in an upscale atmosphere.
The Georgetown location of Richard Sandoval’s Mexican comfort food local mini-chain is the ideal place to start an exciting evening in the District. El Centro D.F. is notable for its colorful menu (Achiote Salmon with avocado puree) and bold cocktail list (Red and Smoky with Mina mezcal and chili ginger).
Georgetown is one of Washington D.C.’s top shopping destinations, featuring a charming mix of high-end designer outposts and local boutiques. Stroll M Street in search of hard-to-find pieces to complete your collection or consult the helpful on-site staff at Graham Georgetown for inside information on the neighborhood’s best shops.
Georgetown Shopping Spots
One of the most recent additions to the Georgetown shopping scene, Kate Spade’s two-story DC location keeps things light with playful design details. The designer’s leather bags and shoes are no joke, attracting aspirational shoppers from the District and beyond.
Bringing Downtown Manhattan style to the rest of the nation by way of distressed denim, neutral colors and triple-digit price tags, rag & bone is a trendsetter in both men’s and women’s wear. The Georgetown location — located on M Street just a short walk away from the Graham Georgetown — offers some of DC’s most ahead-of-trend pieces.
The Georgetown location of this national retailer goes above and beyond ordinary, offering a petite wing, an expansive home goods section, and a bridal shop — it houses one of the few retail outlets for the BHLDN bridal line. The store’s goods don’t strive to overwhelm with bright colors and sheen, instead impressing with charm, rustic style and quality craftsmanship.
This menswear shop hit the market as an online-only retailer several years ago before opening several brick-and-mortar locations in major markets. The backbone of the Bonobos Guideshop concept is the retailer’s collection of “guides” — menswear experts who work with each customer to create personalized looks from head to toe.
Barney’s New York
The iconic department store’s home in northwest DC brings its trademark style and upscale aura to Georgetown. Barney’s provides the fashion world’s most prestigious brands — from old standbys to new upstarts — all in one place. Shop Isabel Marant shoes, Canada Goose coats, Lanvin scarves and Eugenia Kim hats without leaving the heart of Georgetown.
Boasting the Smithsonian Institution, the White House, the U.S. Capitol, embassy row, and a litany of other highlights, Washington D.C. is stocked with exceptional art and culture. While none of the district’s classic attractions reside in Georgetown, the neighborhood provides plenty of unique experiences and places to explore.
Georgetown Art and Culture Destinations
This dual-purpose destination doubles as a stunning garden and a world-class research library. Named the world’s sixth-best garden by National Geographic, Dumbarton Oaks provides peace and quiet just minutes from the center of America’s political epicenter. The garden, tucked away just behind Georgetown’s beautiful old homes, harkens back to centuries past with its ornate large-scale floral designs.
This on-campus art gallery exhibits art in a wide variety of media, produced by Georgetown students and non-students alike. Recent exhibits include Colette Fu’s ultra-creative 3D pop-up Book Art and the more traditional Photographs by Benoy Behl, showcasing Asian art and heritage.
Located just northeast of the Georgetown border near the campus of George Washington University, the Textile Museum provides a comprehensive look at textiles’ impact on America’s past, present and future. The museum’s permanent collection consists of more than 19,000 rare and historic textiles, while current and upcoming exhibitions focus on textiles in the Civil War and ancient China.
Arts & Culture Around Town
Washington D.C. is home to some of America’s most unforgettable landmarks, and Georgetown is no exception. The neighborhood’s historic structures and cemeteries tell the story of the District — and America — through their ornate architectural details, rich back stories, and ongoing contributions to the fiber of the city and the country.
Known as “The Estate of the Nation,” Tudor Place sits high atop a hill, overlooking Georgetown and the Potomac River. The house — which is accessible via tours and tea sessions — and the gardens are carefully preserved to maintain their original early 19th-century character.
A standout among standouts, Healy Hall is Georgetown’s most acclaimed piece of architecture. This National Historic Landmark was constructed in 1882 and still stands as a stunning example of Romanesque architecture at its most grand. The massive building is one of the centerpieces of the Georgetown University campus, holding academic and administrative offices.
The oldest house in Washington D.C. sits right in the heart of Georgetown. Maintained and administered by the National Park Service, this classic 1765 structure predates Georgetown University, the Graham Georgetown, and even the United States of America itself.
This historic 22-acre cemetery is home to the graves of many of the famous politicians, diplomats, and military figures that made D.C. the cosmopolitan city that it is today. D.C. denizens and visitors alike walk the hallowed rows, searching for the headstones of eight U.S. senators, two diplomats, two judges, and others.
Running, biking, and relaxing are the three most popular pastimes in this expansive and scenic riverfront park. Stretching along the banks of the Potomac, this stretch of greenery provides a 10-acre escape from the bustle of the city, just steps from Georgetown’s shops and restaurants.
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