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Aug 29, 2010 04:10 AM

Georgetown, Washington D.C. help

36, from Philly and taking my Mom for a little R and R. We will be staying in Georgetown for two nights. Love cozy unique coffee shops and affordable, cool, restaurants with great food. Anyone have recommendations? Want to relax, not do too much walking since its a short getaway. I am all about ambiance and uniqueness. Cool museums or things to see would be great too! Thank you much:-)

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    1. I'd recommend Baked and Wired for a good coffee shop and baked goods place in Georgetown. Also, for affordable good food in that neighborhood (which is very far down the list from the best the area has to offer in the "affordable, good food" category), I like Cafe Divan.

      Cafe Divan
      1834 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

      1. I'm from DC, although I no longer live there. Just there 2 weekends ago though, and had a great time eating. We brunched at Bistro Francais in Georgetown on Sunday- costs something like $21 and includes all the champagne you want. Daughter had steak and eggs, I had poached eggs over smoked salmon with fries. For some reason I'm blanking on what my husband ordered. It comes with a small salad or soup. Cozy place that has been there forever. The food is good, not stellar but often very good.

        Bistro Francais
        3128 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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        1. re: LulusMom

          I think the key word for Bistro Francais is "reliable" (meant in the best possible way) also check out Leopold's in Cady's Alley (Alley south of M towards the canal)

        2. Just so you know, if you want cool museums but not a lot of walking, Georgetown may not be the ideal place for you. It's a lovely neighborhood with gorgeous townhouses, but most stores are chains and it's not the height of the food scene. While Leopold's, mentioned above, is awesome, it's not a cozy coffeehouse. And many restaurants there rest on their laurels because it's such a busy part of town.

          I don't want to be negative. It's a gorgeous area, truly. And places like Cafe Divan and Bistro Lepic are great, but are a pretty long walk uphill toward Glover Park. Just wanted you to know what to expect.

          Cafe Divan
          1834 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

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          1. re: katecm

            Agreed. Add in that they have no metro, and it really isn't as tourist friendly as people (outsiders) often think. I think Dupont Circle is the best place to stay - lots going on, lots of restaurants, and easy metro access.

          2. I'm not generally a cupcake fan, but would put in a big plug for Georgetown Cupcakes. You may want to cruise Dean & DeLuca for yummy (and expensive) foodie things and terrific cheeses, and I personally love the pizza at Pizzeria Paradiso. And if you make it out of Georgetown and up to Capitol Hill (not walkable), Peregrine is a great little coffee shop.

            Pizzeria Paradiso
            3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

            Georgetown Cupcake
            1209 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC