If shopping is your cup of tea, look no further than the iconic Georgetown neighborhood. Even if shopping isn’t necessarily your favorite thing, Georgetown is still worth a visit for the historic cobblestone streets, Waterfront Park, and delicious restaurants.
The easiest and fastest way to get to Georgetown from the host hotel is a taxi or Uber/Lyft. You could also ride the Metro to Dupont Circle and then ride the DC Circulator bus to Georgetown, but when a taxi or Uber costs less than $10 per way from the hotel, it’s probably worth taking a more direct path.
For those interested in a more mainstream shopping experience, the Georgetown Park mall is for you. It’s not the largest mall ever, but several popular stores are condensed down to a few blocks, which makes it easy to get the Georgetown shopping experience without too much fuss.
Aside from Georgetown Park mall, M Street NW is the main street in the Georgetown neighborhood, and it’s truly where the action is. Premiere boutique shops, specialty eateries, and delicious restaurants line the beautiful street with wide sidewalks to accommodate heavy foot traffic.
There are lots of top pick lists for the Georgetown scene which will be listed below, but a few of our favorites are as follows:
- Billy Reid: With only 13 storefronts nationwide to show off this vintage-rocker clothing line, a visit to this shop is a must.
- Hu’s Wear and Hu’s Shoes: For all your accessory needs, of course.
- American Holiday: Fun and trendy home decor and more.
Another thing to note about Georgetown is the cupcake scene. I’m not trying to start a debate or cupcake war – it’s a slightly touchy subject for the locals – but there are few shops worth mentioning in the Georgetown area.
It is important to note, these shops are notoriously very busy and usually have lines out the door. Advanced planning is probably required to snag one of these delicious Georgetown must-haves.
If shopping isn’t your scene, but you’re still interested in Georgetown, there’s still plenty to see and do! For one, there’s the C&O Canal, which runs through Georgetown along the Potomac River west from Rock Creek. The Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal is one of the most intact and impressive survivals of the American canal-building era. If you’d like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the shops, then consider a long walk along the towpath!
If you enjoy walking or biking, then you could also venture across the Francis Scott Key Bridge. This historic bridge crosses the Potomac River and connects the Washington, DC neighborhood of Georgetown to the northern Virginia neighborhood of Rosslyn. The bridge is very pedestrian friendly and offers great views of both DC and Virginia.