Despite the rivalry that GW and Georgetown University might have, there’s no denying that the shops, cafés, restaurants and clubs in Georgetown are vital to a GW student’s college existence. Here’s a rundown of the top stops students should take their parents in Foggy Bottom’s neighboring area.
Top Café: Leopold’s Kafe & Konditorei
3318 M St. NW
Sun. to Tues. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Thurs. to Sat. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wed. 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Looking for a nice place to grab a cup of coffee but don’t want to give in to the familiarity of Starbucks? Leopold’s Kafe & Konditorei offers a touch of European spice with its a la carte finger options and good ol’ cups of coffee./p>
Top Restaurant: Mie N Yu
3125 M St. NW
Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, brunch on weekends.
If you want to challenge your taste buds, Mie N Yu will certainly fit the bill with its Asian and Middle Eastern fusion menu. From its intricately themed rooms with low tables and plush, colored cushions to its famous birdcage table that hangs above the first floor, the décor of the restaurant alone draws in customers. Keep in mind: the more unique your food option, the larger your bill.
Top Historical Sites: Old Stone House and Billy Martin’s Tavern
Old Stone House
3051 M. St. NW
Open Wed. to Sun. 12 – 5 p.m.
Garden is open during daylight hours, seven days a week.
Billy Martin’s Tavern
1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Opens Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m., Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.
Closes Sun. to Thurs., 1:30 a.m. Fri. and Sat. 2:30 a.m.
You’ve probably walked by it hundreds of times, but the Old Stone House on M Street is the oldest standing building in Washington. Built in 1765, the National Park Service now maintains the house as it was in 1765, with fully furnished rooms that give a glimpse into what life was like in colonial times. There is also a charming garden behind the building open to the public.
For a bit more modern history, walk on over to Billy Martin’s Tavern, where you can visit the booth where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie O.
In the category of beauty and clothing, Georgetown is arguably the best in the District. CUSP and Intermix are two equally upscale and expensive stores for youthful looks. Offering clothing options from Tory Burch leather boots to Milly dresses, the stores are the epitome of ‘It’ fashion. However, for students on a budget, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters and H&M are always favorite destinations.
All stores located on M St. NW between 29th and 33rd streets.
Top Dessert: DolceZZa
1560 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Sun. to Tues. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Wed. and Thurs. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Fri. and Sat. 10:30 a.m. – midnight
Georgetown has more than an ample variety of dessert joints. To satisfy a sweet tooth that just ice cream can’t tackle, DolceZZa, an Argentine style gelato spot, serves gelato, sorbets, tea, espresso and even churros. The shop makes its own gelato every morning and uses only fresh ingredients.