Georgetown, Washington Places

Part of our Washington travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Georgetown, including Georgetown Cupcake, Textile Museum and Georgetown Cupcakes.
  • The best place in Georgetown Washington: Georgetown Cupcake

    Georgetown Cupcake

    3301 M St NW
    Georgetown Cupcake is a cupcakery, located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne opened the shop in February 2008.
  • Textile Museum

    Textile Museum

    2320 S St NW
    M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Free, suggested donation $5. An extraordinarily elegant small museum that few Washingtonians have heard of, the Textile Museum is fabric heaven. Everything is very thoughtfully exhibited (to the extent that it's actually a worthwhile stop for more than just textile buffs), and this hidden museum happens to have one of the finest collection of fabrics in the world. There's also a lovely garden in the back. Free introductory tours Sa-Su at 1:30PM
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  • Georgetown Cupcakes

    Georgetown Cupcakes

    3301 M St NW
    M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM. $2.75/cupcake. D.C.'s cupcake scene is a serious one, and this is the current undisputed top dog, as it has its own national reality TV show: DC Cupcakes. Accordingly the lines are long, but they have not noticeably raised the prices. The cupcakes do live up to the hype, but locals might suggest a less-hyped cupcakery (i.e., one without a TLC TV show) like Baked & Wired (see below).
  • Urban Chic

    Urban Chic

    1626 Wisconsin Ave NW
    M-Sa 10AM-7PM, Su noon-5PM. If you are browsing Georgetown's boutiques, this is the one you should not miss. It is larger than the rest, and is a great stop for denim and dresses by high-end designers.
  • Tudor Place

    Tudor Place

    1644 31st St NW
    Tu-Sa 10AM-3PM, Su noon-3PM (tours on the hour). $8, seniors 62+: $6, students 7-18: $3. A stately mansion built in 1815 by the son of the first mayor of Georgetown, and the step-granddaughter of one George Washington. The manor hosts permanent exhibits of 18-19th century American furnishings, as well as a large collections of items owned by George and Martha Washington. The gardens in the back are lovely, and can be accessed separately from the mansion for $3.
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  • Proper Topper

    Proper Topper

    1350 Connecticut Ave NW
    M-F 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-7PM, Su noon-6PM. Well, this is where you get your hats! From fedoras to baseball caps, they have hats for women, men, and children (as well as a lot of other fashion accessories), and all of them are stylish.
  • Addison/Ripley Fine Art

    Addison/Ripley Fine Art

    1670 Wisconsin Ave NW
    One of Georgetown's most prominent galleries, which exhibits mainly contemporary abstract painting, alongside the occasional display from their impressive inventory catalog of several internationally famous abstract expressionists.
  • Blues Alley

    Blues Alley

    1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
    5-2 hour sets at 8PM & 10PM daily. Cover: $20-40, drink minimum: $10. One of the world's great jazz clubs, playing host nightly to mostly national and international acts. The atmosphere is wonderful, in a brick building off Wisconsin in an actual "Blues Alley." The venue is tiny and packed full; patrons are respectful and do not talk during performances (if you want conversation, go elsewhere). The range of music, however, has become a little wider than jazz purists would like—check the website calendar to make sure you'll hear music to your taste. Seating is not by RSVP, so get in the line early, which starts to form one half hour before shows.
  • Big Wheel Bikes

    Big Wheel Bikes

    1034 33rd St NW
    M-F 11AM-7PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM. $5-8.50/hour or $25-100/day. Weekly and monthly rentals are also available. The largest bike shop in Georgetown, with a wide selection of different styles of bikes available for rent. They are very used to accommodating visitors, and are happy to help you find a good route for exploring the area.
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  • Dumbarton Concerts

    Dumbarton Concerts

    3133 Dumbarton St NW
    Concerts usually Sa 4PM,8PM. ~$30, students: $25. Dumbarton is a prestigious street, and the Dumbarton Concerts get some prestigious acts. Even if they did not, any candlelight performances of classical music in a historic Georgetown church would be reason enough to come. Get your tickets in advance, as they sell out quickly.
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  • Peacock Cafe

    Peacock Cafe

    3251 Prospect St NW
    M-Th 11:30AM-10:30PM, F 11:30AM-midnight, Sa 9AM-midnight, Su 9AM-10:30PM. $12-35. An excellent upscale breakfast option, but make sure you have reservations for dinner, or you won't get in. Contemporary American cuisine.
  • Martin's Tavern

    Martin's Tavern

    1264 Wisconsin Ave NW
    M-Th 11AM-1:30AM, F 11AM-2:30AM, Sa 9AM-2:30AM, su 8AM-1:30AM. Entrees: $12-40. Martin's Tavern is at once both a famous destination spot and just a low-key neighborhood pub. If you like to drink in good historical company, every president from Truman through the last guy has stopped in for a beer. (JFK in particular loved it here.) If you are willing to settle for less than a president, this is a good place to spot senators, former secretaries of state, pundit hackerati, etc. It's also a good place to have a burger and a beer.
  • Georgetown Tobacco

    Georgetown Tobacco

    3144 M St NW
    M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-8PM. As you might expect, Georgetown is exactly the kind of place where one buys fine cigars. The selection is excellent, the staff knowledgeable, and there are a couple comfy chairs in the back where you can have a relaxed smoke (rare in this city).
  • Zenobia Cafe

    Zenobia Cafe

    1025 31st St NW
    M-Th 9AM-11PM; F-Sa 10AM-2AM; Su 10AM-11PM. $5-10. A small Middle Eastern cafe and bookshop, serving Lebanese and Syrian specialties. In back, there is a patio/lounge where hookah is available.
  • Jack's Boathouse

    Jack's Boathouse

    3500 K St NW
    Hours vary based on season. See website for details.. Kayak: $14/hour; Paddleboard: $20/hour. This is where the students all come to have the requisite boating experience on the Potomac. Jack rents single and tandem kayaks as well as canoes. Launches are "weather and water permitting"—the Potomac can be a rough river with very strong currents, and Jack won't let you go out when it's unsafe.
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  • City Tavern Club

    3206 M St NW
    Built in 1796 as a neighborhood pub, the City Tavern is the oldest commercial structure in the city, and the second oldest building following the Old Stone House. The interior is a beautiful trip back to the 18th century, but it is closed to the public, save for private event bookings.
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  • Georgetown Visitor Center

    1057 Thomas Jefferson Street
  • Georgetown University Bookstore

    3800 Reservoir Rd NW
    M-F 9AM-7PM, F-Sa 11AM-5PM. As a university bookstore, this does a particularly bad job of getting books to the students that need them. But it is very well set up for non-students, with a ton of Hoya merchandise, and shelves stocked with recent books by professors (mostly political).

    1054 31st St NW
    W-F 1PM-6PM, Sa 1PM-5PM. Don't be fooled—this is a gallery, not a museum, and one of the only galleries in Georgetown to actually feature and support local artists. This means the exhibits are less stodgy, and the artwork is a good deal more affordable. Opening parties on the first Friday of each month are well-attended and fun.
  • Old Stone House

    3051 M St NW
    House: W-Su noon-5PM, garden: dawn-dusk daily. Free. Built in 1765, this is the oldest original structure in Washington, D.C. For a while it was a used car dealership, but since the 1950s it has been operated by the National Park Service as a house museum showcasing pre-revolutionary colonial life in Georgetown, as well as a small English garden in the back.
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  • Parish Gallery

    1054 31st St NW
    Tu-Sa noon-6PM. A gallery featuring sculptures and paintings by African and African-American artists. If you don't have thousands of dollars to spend on art, there are steals to be had here for far less.
  • CUSP

    3030 M St NW
    M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM. The hip spin-off from Neiman Marcus, with an especially popular selection of dresses (which start at $300).
  • Big Planet Comics

    3135 Dumbarton St NW
    M-T,Th-F 11AM-7PM, W 11AM-8PM, Sa 11AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. Big Planet is ground zero for comics in D.C., with all major publishers covered, indie/local comics, kid-friendly comics, collectibles, tees, etc.
  • Appalachian Spring

    1415 Wisconsin Ave NW
    M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-6PM. This store is perhaps the city's best (but definitely not the cheapest) place to find gifts. It houses an eccentric collection of beautiful art glass, quirky teapots, upscale kaleidoscopes, jewelry and jewelry boxes, pottery, and all sorts of other interesting items.
  • Bridge Street Books

    2814 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    M-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM. A great little bookstore, conspicuously far from the university, which selects and presents its materials thoughtfully. The political and poetry sections are the big draws, although a specialist might be surprised to find their narrow subject covered comprehensively! Hosts occasional poetry readings, author events, etc.
  • P&C Art

    3108 M St NW
    Hours vary; call ahead. This is the most accessible gallery in Georgetown that still maintains artistic integrity. Works are contemporary, but overwhelmingly representative, as opposed to abstract. De gustibus non est disputandum, so buy what you like, but also caveat emptor—not all works here are created equal. Some may not appreciate in value, if that's what you are after.
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