Washington, D.C - Around Town : Georgetown (part 2) - Places to Shop, Places to Eat

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A Morning in Georgetown

Begin at Washington Harbour for its views of the Potomac right on the waterfront. Take a pleasant stroll along the river before heading up Thomas Jefferson Street, NW to the National Park Service Visitor Center for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal . In summer, mule-drawn barge rides are offered, with expert guides painting the historic background of the scenes before you.

Turn right and continue up Thomas Jefferson Street a short block and cross M Street, NW. In front of you is the Old Stone House, which has been lovingly preserved. National Park Service interpreters recreate some of the daily activities that might have taken place in the house in the 18th century.

Reverse direction and return down Thomas Jefferson Street to the canal. Turn right onto the towpath and stroll for two blocks until you reach an opening in the embankment. Follow the steps to the right to Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Cross the street to Grace Church. Enjoy the view of the lovely little church built for the spiritual needs of workers on the canal. The grounds, with their mature trees, make a relaxing rest spot. Recross Wisconsin Avenue and the canal to the shops at Georgetown Park.

Before an afternoon of retail therapy, enjoy lunch at Clyde’s of Georgetown on level 3 or snack from the food court on level 1.

Places to Shop

  1. The Shops at Georgetown Park

    In this large indoor mall right on the canal, shoppers can find the expected fashions, but also electrical goods, luggage, and many other specialties. There is a food court and popular restaurants .

    • 3222 M St, NW

    • Dis. access

  2. Dean & DeLuca

    The New York-originated gourmet food store is about as luxurious as a grocery store can get. The salad bar is superb, and the ready-made meals have brought success to countless Georgetown dinner parties.

    • 3276 M St, NW

    • Dis. access

    Dean & DeLuca

  3. Appalachian Spring

    This shop might as well be an informal museum, considering the quality of many of the handmade crafts for sale. The quilts, carved wood, pottery, and fabrics would grace any setting.

    • 1415 Wisconsin Ave, NW

  4. The Phoenix

    A charming store with contemporary clothing in natural fibers, classic jewelery, folk and fine art, and Mexican antiques.

    • 1514 Wisconsin Ave, NW

  5. Commander Salamander

    More extreme fashions for young people – Goths especially. Also serious boots and shoes, and see-through backpacks.

    • 1420 Wisconsin Ave, NW

  6. Proper Topper

    Known for its selection of hats and accessories, this local favorite also stocks children’s clothing and gift items. The store opens onto a garden courtyard that holds seasonal shopping events. There’s a second location near Dupont Circle

    • 3213 P St, NW

    Window shopping, Georgetown
  7. Jeweler’s Werk Galerie

    A showplace of handcrafted jewelry and wearable art, tucked away in Georgetown’s Cadys Alley design enclave. The store is stocked with intricate necklaces, earrings and brooches by artists and designers.

    • 3319 Cadys Alley

  8. Bridge Street Books

    Georgetown has few dedicated bookstores – this one is fertile ground for anyone with a serious interest in literature, history, film, politics, or poetry.

    • 2814 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

  9. Hu’s Shoes

    Visit this chic boutique for high-end women’s shoes from emerging designers that you won’t find in department stores.

    • 3005 M St, NW

  10. Georgetown Tobacco

    A neighborhood fixture for more than 40 years, this quaint tobacco shop sells more than 100 brands of cigars, hand-sculpted pipes, and humidors.

    • 3144 M St, NW

Places to Eat

  1. Citronelle

    Chef Michel Richard is famous for his innovative dishes. Described as French/Californian, the menu includes such items as scallops with fruit and tomato saffron emulsion .

    • 3000 M St, NW

    • 202 625 2150

    • Dis. access

  2. 1789

    Excellent American food. The elegant townhouse is divided into five themed rooms, and was popular with President Clinton .

    • 1226 36th St, NW

    • 202 965 1789

  3. Sequoia

    Famous for its beautiful views and outdoor deck, this is a haven for people-watching as well. The American cuisine, emphasizing seafood, enhances the setting.

    • 3000 K St, NW

    • 202 944 4200

    • Dis. access

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  4. Zed’s Ethiopian Cuisine

    The large Ethiopian population in the city has produced a number of fine restaurants; this one is rated among the best. Delicious vegetarian dishes, as well as spicy meat and poultry.

    • 1201 28th St, NW

    • 202 333 4710

  5. Clyde’s of Georgetown

    This long-time Georgetown favorite trucks in local produce and incorporates it into special menu items.

    • 3236 M St, NW

    • 202 333 9180

    • Dis. access

  6. Nathan’s

    Popular for Sunday brunch and Chicago steaks, Nathan’s serves Italian and American favorites.

    • 3150 M St, NW

    • 202 338 2000

  7. Bistro Français

    Unpretentious French dishes such as lamb steak with herb butter.

    • 3128 M St, NW

    • 202 338 3830

  8. Mie n Yu

    Crowds flock to this Asian fusion eatery for its festive atmosphere, funky menu, and fruity cocktails.

    • 3125 M St, NW

    • 202 333 6122

  9. Bangkok Joe’s

    Homemade dishes and pan-Asian delights burst with flavor at DC’s only dumpling bar.

    • 3000 K St, NW

    • 202 333 4422

  10. Miss Saigon

    Vegetarian specials, as well as Vietnamese stir-fries, and curries.

    • 3057 M St, NW

    • 202 333 5545

    • Dis. access

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