L’Avant-Garde (2915 M St)
The long-awaited sister to cocktail bar L’Annexe, next door. this 100-seat restaurant is helmed by Gilles Epié – the youngest chef ever to receive a Michelin star. The Southern French menu is infused with butter, foie gras, truffles and fish all shipped from France, and includes dishes like caramelized-roasted cod with Moroccan semolina and fried leeks, duck foie gras beignet, octopus with baby potatoes, a roasted sweetbread with caramelized endives and baby onion, and a white chocolate and lemon panna cotta. The cocktails are equally impressive, such as Thyme is of the Essence, featuring vodka, thyme and lavender-infused Cointreau, grapefruit, and raspberry shrub. According to Eater DC, Georgetown’s Boulangerie Christophe is partnering with the restaurant on its breads, desserts, and pastries.
Commonwealth Proper (1355 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 200)
Established in 2008, the private, experiential retailer also has showrooms in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta, and sells custom suits, outwear and accessories – all made in the US.
Maman (1353 Wisconsin Ave NW)
The NYC-based French bakery and café is known for its chocolate chip cookies and an Instagrammable interior, and made Oprah’s Favorite Things list. The Georgetown location also serves breakfast items, soups, salads, quiches, sandwiches, and coffee and tea.
Taichi Bubble Tea (1357 Wisconsin Ave NW)
The NY-based café serves bubble tea and smoothies, as well as poke bowls and ramen. Try the spicy miso pork ramen and Matcha bubble tea, among other menu favorites.
Villa Yara (2815 M St NW)
The Lebanese restaurant, bar and garden was designed after the tale of Yara – a character inspired by the famous Lebanese singer Fairouz – and features nods to 1970s art and music. The menu ranges from cold and warm mezza offerings, to charcoal-grilled meat dishes. Try the makanek (lamb sausage with pomegranate molasses), yara ghanoush (grilled beets with tahini and pistachios), rakakat jibneh (cheese rolls), or fattet batinjan (fried eggplant, crispy pita, yogurt tahini sauce, and fried nuts).
Shouk (1426 Wisconsin Ave NW)
Famous for plant-based street food, Shouk’s menu features everything from za’atar-roasted cauliflower bowls, to shawarma and falafel pitas, red lentil soup, kale caesar salad, hummus, spice fries, falafel balls, and choco-cardamom cookies.
Alkova (1510 Wisconsin Ave NW)
Alkova offers a respite for those who want to peacefully work, practice yoga, or do both. Their Georgetown co-working space offers a tranquil setting for collaborating with others or finding a quiet corner to yourself, while expert yoga instructors lead daily classes that are accessible for all bodies. Opt for the CoYo package and receive unlimited co-working daily passes and yoga classes for $500 per month (an extra $250 per month will get you a private office), with access to a tea bar, retail area featuring wellness and yoga products, mat and mat storage, meditation room, shower, phone booth, and more. If you’re not ready for that level of commitment, drop in for a single yoga class or one day of co-working space and test the place out.
Boat House Apparel (1061 31st St NW)
The shop along the C&O Canal at 1061 31st St NW specializes in graphic tees, sweatshirts, and other cozies designed for lake life and relaxing vacations. The women-owned small business has built a community around a love for fashion, travel, and water, capturing the magic of summers. Their Georgetown collection features nods to the neighborhood and the Canal. Pick up a sweatshirt or t-shirt and then ride in style on Georgetown Heritage’s C&O Canal boat.
DIG (1301 Wisconsin Ave NW)
The chef-centric eatery showcases the freshest vegetables of the season with a menu that features housemade sandwiches, bowls (try the charred chicken with roasted sweet potatoes, charred broccoli with lemon, and brown rice with garlic aioli), fresh-baked focaccia, and kids’ options – plus pastry selections like cookies, flourless chocolate brownies and sticky carrot cake. The restaurant will also be one of the first to feature DIG Dinner Boxes, a customizable option for feeding the family for $40.
Ever/Body (1242 Wisconsin Ave NW)
Ever/Body offers cosmetic dermatology for every tone, texture, age, gender, and body. Founded to demystify cosmetic dermatology and make it more accessible, the company believes in natural-looking – not obvious – results. Browse their menu of the most powerful treatments you can receive in an hour or less – from a facial starter, to wrinkle relaxer, dermal filler, or plasma hair restoration – paired with a product regimen to help your results last.
Van Leeuwen (3245 Prospect St NW)
The New York City-based ice cream shop is known for flavors like Honeycomb and Earl Grey, plus seasonal varieties like Milkshake & Fries, and vegan options including Peanut Butter Brownie Honeycomb and Strawberry Shortcake. For the debut of its Georgetown outpost, Van Leeuwen has partnered with neighborhood bakery Baked & Wired to design a limited-edition ice cream flavor – Dirty Chai Cupcake – that’s exclusive to DC scoop shops.
Todd Snyder (3211 M St NW)
The New York City-based menswear boutique is known for its signature American style, from re-engineered classics to refined soft tailoring, utility-inspired workwear, and streetwear. The location will also sell one-of-a-kind vintage watches and jewelry sourced by the NYC-based purveyor Foundwell, and the shoe shop will feature iconic brands like New Balance, Asics, Converse, and Alden. Customers can take advantage of same-day courier service, private shopping, an in-store stylist, VIP services, and custom suiting and other mainline pieces through the Made-To-Measure program.
Mugsy (2922 M St NW)
The brand was born after the founder, Leo, learned a hard truth from his coworker, who told him his baggy jeans looked horrible. All the slimmer jeans Leo tried were too tight and uncomfortable, so he decided to fix the problem – with a goal of supreme comfort, and a clean and stylish fit. Today, Mugsy jeans use a super-stretch denim and have made headlines across the country. In addition to jeans, the store carries shorts and swim trunks, chinos and other pants, blazers, sweatshirts, and tees, and golf wear.
Studs (3288 M St NW)
The bright, friendly and Instagrammable shop (so many neon signs!) first opened in New York in 2019, and offers services ranging from ear piercings to check-ups, jewelry change, and post downsizing. Ear maps and lookbooks help customers determine what they’re interested in, while over at the Earbar, 250+ earrings are on sale starting at $10.
District Doughnut (3333 M St NW)
After many years in Cady’s Alley, a new District Doughnut outpost opened in the original (and iconic) sweetgreen location. Try the vanilla crème brûlée that’s caramelized right in front of you, or the brown butter, chocolate churro, blueberry glazed, our funfetti flavors. Gluten free doughnuts are also available every Friday.
Two Nine (3210 Grace Street NW)
Check out this pop-up until the restaurant’s permanent location is ready this Fall on 31st Street. Stop by Thursdays and Fridays from 2 pm – 7 pm, and Saturdays from 12:30 pm – 5 pm for fresh Chirashi takeout – a traditional style of Japanese rice bowl topped with raw fish, vegetables, nori, and more. Cream puffs, roll cakes and other pastries will also be available this summer. Once in its permanent location, the restaurant will operate as a Chirashi cafe on the ground floor, with a 12-seat omakase counter upstairs featuring 15- to 17-course meals.
FANGYÁN (1057 Wisconsin Ave NW)
FANGYÁN’s first brick-and-mortar store in DC features high-end clothing inspired by Asian culture. The store includes collections from more than 15 Chinese designers and labels such as Mukzin, ZI II CI IEN and Fansilanen, in addition to its own brand of silk, wool and cashmere pieces – from outerwear to swimwear and dresses.
Hitched (1663 Wisconsin Ave NW)
The modern, fine jewelry company is changing the way that couples shop for engagement rings by offering a fun, informative and low-pressure experience. Book an appointment to learn about diamonds and metals, and design your dream engagement ring. If you’re already engaged, check out Hitched’s 100+ wedding band collection, with a side of bubbly or brew.
Arcay Chocolates (3211 O St NW)
The shop features beautifully handcrafted chocolate bonbons, each filled with a unique flavor – from blackberry cardamom, to rum orange, lime basil, and lavender. You can also indulge in chocolate truffles, chocolate bars, hot chocolate bombs, ganache spreads, chocolate-covered dried fruits, and baked goods. The family-owned chocolate business began in Venezuela, where master chocolatier Anabella Arcay quickly gained international notoriety – receiving 42 medals at the International Chocolate Awards. The company moved to the U.S. in 2017.
The Georgetown Garden Shop (3214 O St NW)
The tranquil shop features a curated selection of garden furniture, décor, accessories and gifts. Owner and landscape designer Caroline Ervin can help with selections from luxury outdoor furniture manufacturers, as well as styling for garden spaces. The Georgetown Garden Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm. (Photo by Birch)
Kyojin (3315 Cady's Alley NW)
The 130-seat Japanese restaurant is helmed by Bangkok-born chef Saran “Peter” Kannasute, who is known for his sushi and omakase menus – with fresh fish flown in overnight from Japan. In addition to a wide variety of sushi and raw fish specials, including a make-your-own roll option, the menu features hot dishes including gyoza with wagyu beef, and salmon teriyaki. The space was designed by Miami-based Francois Frossard Design, and includes a sushi bar, and a sake tasting counter that will host tastings, classes and pairing dinners. Additional space will be added over time to accommodate private events, and a 10-seat omakase counter.
Pasha Castle Sweets & Tea (3279 M St NW)
The family-owned business specializes in homemade Turkish delights (also known as lokum) imported from Turkey, featuring traditional flavors like rosewater and pistachio, as well as more unique combinations, including raspberry and almond, and orange and hazelnut. Other treats include baklava, pistachio rolls, halep burma, ice cream, and candy. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.
Blank Street Coffee (3201 Prospect St NW)
The brand launched its first location in 2020 out of a coffee cart in Brooklyn, with a focus on specialty coffees from around the world and fresh food sourced locally. Try the shaken pumpkin spice, chai, or brown sugar cold brew, and the iced strawberries and cream latte, paired with a ham and cheese croissant, veggie quiche, or coffee cake.
Away (3237 M Street NW)
The original disruptor of the travel goods industry, Away carries travel and everyday essentials – from the recently redesigned classic suitcases, to the Flex assortment of expandable luggage, new Transit Bags with leather and canvas components, and more.
Curated by Cecilia (1259 Wisconsin Ave NW)
Inspired by Cecilia Cassini’s keen eye and passion for fashion, extensive retail buying and personalized styling experience, the boutique carries a variety of brands. Stop by and try on pieces by designers from around the world. Upstairs, you can enjoy coffee or a drink, and shop the season’s event wear and high-end gowns, with a private, VIP fitting room reserved for one-on-one appointments with Cecilia. A curated collection of home items, including Baobab candles and Hector Saxe backgammon sets, are also available to purchase.
MANSE (3210 O St NW)
The housewares and lifestyle store opened its second location in the DMV – carrying unique and artisan-made products that are carefully curated. Shop everything from linens, to glassware, garden accessories, and more.
Baker's Daughter (1065 Wisconsin Ave NW)
Helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Matt Baker, this is the third DC location for the fast-casual cafe. All-day breakfast menu highlights include a breakfast sandwich with gruyere cheese, applewood bacon, Virginia ham, arugula, espelette aioli, and a fried egg on sourdough; a roasted potato, egg, caramelized onion and cheese burrito; shakshuka; and a braised beef short rib breakfast bowl with whipped polenta, southern braised greens and baked egg. Coffee, fresh-pressed juice, pastries and lunch items – including a Georgetown-exclusive Hoya Club, and a fried chicken sandwich with pimento cheese – are also on the menu.
FRAME (3105 M St NW)
The American fashion-retail company designs and sells high-end clothing for men and women, and is especially know for its denim jeans.
Vuori (3222 M St NW)
The retailer draws inspiration from the coastal California lifestyle – an integration of fitness, surf, sport and art. Vuori’s men’s and women’s performance apparel includes everything from joggers to shorts, tanks, socks, jumpsuits, and more. The collections can be filtered online by activity – whether that’s fishing, pickleball, yoga, or – our personal favorite – “hanging out.” The brand has stores in nearly 30 cities, including Malibu, New York and London.
Zadig&Voltaire (1227 Wisconsin Ave NW)
According to their website, the Paris-based fashion house “redefines modern femininity with wild, free, and rock-fueled wardrobe essentials that embody the strength and sensuality found in the rough and undone.” The brand sells men’s and women’s blazers, denim, sweaters, coats, dresses and more, in addition to bags, shoes, watches, belts, hats and other accessories.
Grown Brilliance (3003 M St NW)
Shop responsibly sourced jewelry and build your own custom piece with trained jewelry specialists. In addition to the engagement and wedding collections, Grown Brilliance also has a regular selection of bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings, in both diamonds and gemstones.
Robin's Gallery (1054 31st St NW, #006)
Artist Robin Sutliff has opened her own gallery, featuring her works that look at the timely changes in nature. She uses acrylic and resin on multiple mediums that include metal, canvas, glass and paper.
Clare V. (1238 Wisconsin Ave NW)
The Los Angeles-based brand was founded in 2008 by Clare Vivier, and is “dedicated to making beautiful, chic, functional, and fun products” – from bags, to accessories, clothing, and jewelry. One of the coolest aspects of the brand is Le Resale, a peer-to-peer marketplace for pre-loved Clare V. Shop items from past seasons, or sell your vintage Clare V. for credit toward future purchases.
Greco (1335 Wisconsin Ave NW)
Based in Boston – where it was lauded by Boston Magazine – the authentic Greek street-fare cafe offers pitas, salads, bowls, souvlaki, and more. Need some help ordering? Greco recommends you start with a classic gyro, add a side of zucchini chips, lemon pilaf or a Greek salad, and round it out with Greek baby doughnuts, called loukoumades.
Mèo Maison (1336 Wisconsin Ave NW)
Georgetown’s newest cat cafe has a mission of reducing the risk of euthanasia and helping homeless cats find permanent homes. They house 10-15 rescued cats and kittens, with a reservation system for guests to spend time with these furry friends. Sessions are available for as little as 15 minutes at a time – perfect for a pick-me-up in the middle of the work day – and up to one hour. All reservation fees go toward caring and housing the cats. Mèo Maison is also hosting monthly trivia night with the cats.
La Bonne Vache (3265 Prospect St NW)
La Bonne Vache, which translates to “the good cow,” features traditional French entrees “guised as burgers and sandwiches.” The burger has a proprietary blend of aged NY strip, hanger steak, brisket, boneless short rib, and chuck by Pat La Frieda. Try the LBV Classic with gruyère fondue, LBV sauce, red onion, and dill pickles, or the burger with Brie de Meaux, truffle aioli, pickles, and lettuce. Other menu standouts are the beauty pictured above with romaine, dill pickles and tartar sauce, French fries topped with gruyère sauce, and a roasted beet salad with goat cheese, honey crisp apple, and hazelnut dressing. Baguettes include a shaved roast beef with gruyere, frisée, and horseradish garlic aioli, and a ham and comté cheese with honey, grain mustard, whipped butter, and frisée. Chocolate mousse, caramel cream, and madeleines round out the dessert menu.
Smoothie King (3122 M St NW)
Smoothie central! If you need a morning jolt, there are 21 different blends with coffee, and another 22 options with protein-rich ingredients to help you fuel up or recover faster. Other smoothie categories include those geared toward kids, a focus on vitamins, and – our personal favorite – “treat” blends. Eight smoothie bowls are also available, featuring açai or pitaya and fresh toppings.
Rails (3239 M Street NW)
According to Rails’ website, the classic yet relaxed brand was founded in 2008 by a Los Angeles native and started with a single hat. Today, it offers a collection of women’s and men’s apparel, from dresses, sweaters and jackets, to denim. The new Georgetown store joins other locations in New York, San Francisco, Newport Beach, Paris, London and Amsterdam.
Catbird (3066 M St NW)
The Brooklyn-based jewelry brand uses mostly recycled gold and diamonds and is known for its thin, stackable rings – worn by the likes of Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde – as well as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and a wedding collection. Catbird is also credited with starting the trend of permanent, clasp-free jewelry, offering bracelets that are custom fit and welded around your wrist by a jeweler.
15 Winter Things to Do in Georgetown
Outdoor ice skating, historic indoor botanical gardens, and cozy fireplaces.
Kennedy Walking Tour
Retrace the homes & haunts of one of America’s most iconic couples, John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy.
African-American Heritage Trail
African Americans have lived, worked, and worshipped in Georgetown since its founding. Explore their history through Cultural Tourism DC.