Georgetown Guide & Map

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Georgetown is a picturesque historical neighborhood in Washington, DC located right next to the Potomac River. It is a popular area for shopping and entertainment with plenty of storefronts and restaurants lining Georgetown’s main streets, M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The area is home to Georgetown University, and offers a great waterfront area with a view of the Kennedy Center nearby. 

The closest DC metro station to Georgetown is Foggy Bottom, which is about a 15 minute walk. Alternatively, if you’re coming from Virginia you can get off at Rosslyn Station and walk across the Francis Scott Key Bridge to get to Georgetown. Although it may not be the most convenient neighborhood to get to in Washington, DC it is not to be missed! With its beautiful architecture and endless bakeries, Georgetown is a must visit when in the nation’s capital. Here are 10 things to do in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Map included at the end, so keep scrolling! 

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Things to Do in Georgetown

1. Go shopping along M Street

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Georgetown is a great neighborhood for shopping. The streets are lined with plenty of name brand stores and independent boutiques. We suggest starting on M Street, the main street that runs through Georgetown, and then working your way through the smaller side streets that branch off of M Street. 

2. Get afternoon tea at Lady Camellia

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If you’re feeling a little fancy or enjoy the finer things in life, we highly suggest going to Lady Camellia in Georgetown for afternoon tea. The sets are reasonably priced and the interior is to die for. The scones there were the best we’ve ever had! Lady Camellia offers an intimate setting with less than 20 seats, so be sure to go right when it opens or make a reservation (especially if you plan on going on a weekend).   

Address: 3261 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday 11AM – 7PM, Closed Monday

3. Explore the local residential area

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Georgetown boosts a beautiful residential neighborhood with plenty of well kept intricately designed townhouses. If you’re a fan of brick front homes, be sure to take a walk around the neighborhoods located just behind the storefronts and restaurants. If you’re lucky, you may even stumbled across some murals!

4. Take a stroll along the C&O Canal

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The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, abbreviated C&O Canal, runs through Georgetown and offers a peek into colonial times. The canal is part of the National Park Service and is sectioned off with a series of locks. These locks were used to raise and lower water levels back in the day to move boats. It is currently being restored, so the canal is currently drained and some parts are closed but you can still stroll along parts of the canal that are quite aesthetically pleasing. 

5. See which cupcakery reigns supreme

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Georgetown is famous for its cupcakes, most notable Georgetown Cupcake, which was made famous from the TLC show “DC Cupcakes”. But there are actually a few cupcakeries in Georgetown, and they’re all quite good, so why not be the judge and see which one reigns supreme? The three main cupcakeries are all conveniently located within walking distance of one another. 

Address: 3301 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 10AM – 9PM

Address: 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 7AM – 8PM (varies on weekends)
*we highly recommend their ice cream sandwiches!*

Address: 3015 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 9AM – 9PM (varies on Sunday)

6. Grab a burger at Good Stuff Eatery

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If you need a quick bite, head on over to Good Stuff Eatery for a fast casual dining experience. They offer unique burgers like the “Prez Obama Burger” but the real star of this place are the “Spike Village Fries” which are seasoned with rosemary and thyme. Oily, yes but SO GOOD. They also have interesting sauces and delicious shakes, this place lives up to its name. 

Address: 3291 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 11:30AM – 10PM (varies on Sunday)

7. Relax at the Georgetown Waterfront Park

The Georgetown Waterfront Park offers a serene area to relax by the Potomac River. There are plenty of benches and grassy areas, making it the perfect place to enjoy your lunch or even have a picnic in the summer. 

Address:  3303 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open 24 Hours

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8. Do a water activity on the Potomac River

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Boating in DC offers kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards for rent right next to the Key Bridge. It’s just a short walk from the Georgetown Waterfront Park, and is a perfect place to go in the summer for water activities. They also offer lessons in case you’re a beginner and need some guidance. 

Address: 3500 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 9AM – 7PM (varies on weekends)

9. Climb “The Exorcist” stairs

If you’re a fan of the movie, you can visit the filming location for the scene where the young priest is thrown out the window and falls down the stairs to his death. These stairs are a bit narrow, so make sure you take your time going up or down! 

Address: 3600 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open 24 Hours

10. Grab dinner at Farmers Fishers Bakers

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Located at The Washington Harbour, Farmers Fishers Bakers offers an exquisite dining experience next to the waterfront. They offer a vast array of entrees combining different cuisines making it the perfect spot for dinner. If you happen to be visiting on the weekend we highly recommend their all you can eat brunch. The brunch is buffet style and allows you to sample most of their popular dishes and so much more. It’s easily our favorite brunch spot in Washington, DC!

Address: 3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 7:30AM – 10PM (varies on weekends)

11. Check out Laduree’s first DC location

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The famous French bakery has finally made its way to Washington, DC and is conveniently located in the heart of Georgetown. Laduree‘s interior design is beautiful and very intricate. This location also offers a cafe where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. The macarons are the best we’ve ever had, but a bit on the expensive side. We also suggest Olivia Macaron for delicious macarons that are more budget friendly. 

Address: 3060 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 8AM – 7PM

Address: 3222 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Open Daily 10AM – 8PM (varies on weekends)

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  1. What a great and fun guide! I would leave George Town with atleast 5kg with all the good cupcakes over there! Would be intressting to see the stairs from the movie Exorcism!😳

  2. You had me at the ice cream sandwich picture. Kayaking and yummy food? I’m there. We tend to do a D.C. trip about every other year. We haven’t checked out Georgetown yet so I’m going to have to hang out there during our next D.C. getaway

  3. I’d love to kayak on the river. That looks like so much fun! And you grabbed my attention as soon as you said afternoon tea! I’ve only done the more touristy things along the National Mall so definitely making note of your suggestions!

  4. I had no idea this was near Washington DC. The food there looks amazing! And it seems like there’s a great range of activities. I love kayaking!

  5. I am ashamed to say that the few times I have visited DC I have not had the opportunity to visit Georgetown. Maybe because like you said it is not as easily accessible. But, now that I know all about these amazing things to do there I will need to make it a point to visit next time I am in town. I would love to kayak in the Potomac river and then indulge in some sweets, like those divine macaroons. I like seeing they also have some street art. I have found that I look for it everywhere I travel now. Thanks for the great list which I will put to good use next time I am in the neighborhood.

  6. I am a foodie at heart so exploring the cupcakery in the city is number one of my list of things to do from this list of yours. Exploring the local residential area looks like a fun activity too! And those street wall art are amazing!

  7. Ooh, I’d be all for finding the best cupcakery in Georgetown! I did that once in LA with some friends a few years ago when the cupcake business was starting to blow up. It’d be fun to try it again. I think it would be educational to walk along the C&O canal once they’re done fixing it up. So much history!

  8. I think it’d be worth going to Georgetown just to get off at Foggy Bottom station – what a great name! Those cupcakes look insane! Is it popcorn around the edge? I’d love to try one! Georgetown looks like a great place to visit, with many things to do too!

  9. It seems like the best things in DC are all edible! I’m curious, though. Which cupcakery did reign supreme?

  10. Never know that this was in DC. I would love to try the cupcakes and also to kayak in the Potomac river. great list of things to do in Georgetown. Thank you!

  11. Georgetown is my favorite place now because of all the food haha! I would love to have cupcakes for morning, then burger for lunch. Then it’s tea time and dinner should be at Farmer Fishers Bakers!

  12. Wow, I was planning to visit Gerogetown from so long time but couldn’t make it due to dates issue. Now after reading your post it makes me feel like planning one soon . I totally loved your pictures <3

  13. Georgetown is a one of the best city in the world. I do not go there but I heard this city name many time I am interested to go there. There 11 thinks to do in there that is very impotent and this very useful for new traveler for there.Thanks for shearing your information.

  14. Thanks for the tips girl! My hubby & I are traveling to DC this weekend and plan to check out Georgetown as well. Good Stuff Eatery & Baked and Wired are def on the list! Didn’t know about the Waterfront park though, sounds pretty! We will probably check that out now as well. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    XO, Katie |

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