On days when I am sick and tired of my college routine and am craving a break from it all, I am especially thankful that I have Georgetown, Washington, D.C. within my grasp.
The posh yet eclectic D.C. neighborhood has truly been my best discovery since moving down to the area for college. Despite all of the times I have been at this point, I have yet to get sick of it and know that I never will.
So, if you find yourself in the Washington, D.C., I beg you–for your own sake–that you visit Georgetown. You can drive into this ‘hood, but parking it pretty hard to find. I recommend taking the Metro and getting off at the Rosslyn stop. From there, you will have to walk across a bridge to access the area (Metro has totally done this on purpose). But hey, at least the view from the bridge is amazing; you can see the National Monument and the Kennedy Center.
But, you better know what you’re getting yourself into, first. Read on and enjoy this taste of Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
The walk into Georgetown is a very pleasant one
From atop this bridge, almost all of DC can be seen. On the left you’ll be approaching Georgetown University and on the right is M and K Streets which continue on into the nation’s capital.
The area is filled with famous bakeries that serve up mouth-watering treats.
Besides offering up the famous Georgetown Cupcake and the local star Olivia Macaron, Georgetown’s streets also include (my personal favorite) Baked & Wired and Sprinkles cupcakes. Other sweet options include Godiva, Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen Dazs.
There are also a lot of food options to satisfy your savory side.
While there is a plethora of bakeries and ice cream parlors in Georgetown, the exact same goes for the savory side of things! This is an expansive selection of restaurants on M Street alone that serve up everything from French to Thai to pizza. I recommend Clyde’s for some classic pub food and Leopold Kafe for some interesting European fare.
Besides the restaurants, there are a ton of shops, as well.
What Georgetown boils down to is a pretty mix of bakeries, restaurants and shops (with your occasional interior design firm thrown in the mix). That being said, it would be so wrong of me to not mention some of the clothing shops that Georgetown boasts. You are your high end stores like Barney’s New York, BCBG and Anthropologie mixed with more affordable shops like Urban Outfitters and Nike, then combined with the really affordable places like TJ Maxx. Yes, Georgetown even has a TJ Maxx. #win.
You can shop and eat while immersed in old town charm.
Despite how crowded Georgetown can get, it’s impossible to not notice the area’s quaint, old-town touches like cobblestone streets and dirt bike paths. This is truly what makes Georgetown so charming; you can shop and dine at some of the best places in the city while almost forgetting you’re in a city.
That being said, definitely do not forget to check out the Georgetown Waterfront which includes nicely-manicured (no surprise), lush park that sits upon the Potomac River. I mean, what better place to devour your Baked & Wired cupcake in peace than sitting upon the water and under the sun?
Now that, my friends, is my version of heaven.
I guess you can see why I love Georgetown so much.