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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.

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      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.

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        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.

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          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.

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            Pizzeria Paradiso
            3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

            Georgetown Cupcake
            1209 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC

            1. Take the G2 bus from Georgetown (corner of Wisconsin Ave and Dumbarton) to P Street and 14th (you will see a Whole Foods on your right), and walk to ACKC for delicious hot chocolate and other chocolatey treats in a setting that some people find adorable but I find tacky (try their macarons, but let them heat to room temperature before sampling them). Or go to MidCity Cafe for a funky coffee shop with seriously good coffee and delicious baked goods.

              Affordable in Georgetown is difficult. As a graduate student there, I have hunted out all the best spots.
              I highly second Baked and Wired in Georgetown, awesome cupcakes and good coffee in a lovely setting. It's exactly what you're looking for. I think Leopold's is also a good recommendation in Georgetown - fun European pastries, nice terrace if the weather is good. I would not consider dinner there affordable, but my budget is very limited. You can peruse the menu online.

              Patisserie Poupon would also be nice, a bit snooty but fun for a visit. This is a French bakery/cafe on Wisconsin Ave.

              Also in Georgetown, I would recommend Morso Express on M Street for quick Turkish food. Very good, and very affordable. It's a very casual place, though, mostly take-out with some seating. They also have a sit-down restaurant next door called Morso, and I would imagine the prices aren't bad there and the food is similar.

              Sweetgreen is a nice place for a simple salad with good fresh ingredients. It's on M Street. Also very casual with minimal and only outdoor seating.

              And two *great* ice cream places, both with plenty of seating. Argentinian gelato at Dolcezza on Wisconsin Ave, and Thomas Sweet's for a more American ice cream experience, also on Wisconsin Ave.

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              Patisserie Poupon
              1645 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

              Sweetgreen
              3333 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

              1. Maybe stop in at Martin's Tavern. http://www.martins-tavern.com/

                One of the best hidden museums in the city is actually in Georgetown: http://www.doaks.org/museum/ Gardens/grounds are also fantastic for a leisurely afternoon.

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                1. re: georgetownronin

                  has Dumbarton finished their reno? it is an awesome place. Martin's is good for basic pub grub and you can pretend you're sitting where Jackie O did when JFK was a junior senator.

                  1. re: hill food

                    I think the renovation was completed a few years ago.

                    1. re: georgetownronin

                      that sounds right, I worked on a proposal for that place a million years ago, but remembered the schedule/phasing was almost that long.

                      and down thread Alka and Woodley mention RIS, it is excellent and the bread service vies with Central in quality (I'm touchy about that, got spoiled in SF)

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                      RIS
                      2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                2. Cozy/unique: Cafe Bonaparte (french, small tables, good wine, consistently good chow) 1522 Wisconsin Avenue

                  I second the suggestion for Pizzeria Paradiso, it's a no-brainer for lunch.

                  Clyde's, while part of a chain, is an institution and offers seasonal, continental cuisine done well and served right. Stick to one of the rooms with booths. That back room is just too open and airy for my taste.

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                  Pizzeria Paradiso
                  3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

                  1. go to upper georgetown to bistro lepic. good food, charming little spot. http://www.bistrotlepic.com/
                    or over to washington circle (foggy bottom) to the bistro in one washington circle hotel. http://www.thecirclehotel.com/circle-...

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                    1. re: alkapal

                      Near Washington Circle is also RIS, one of the better restaurants in town (if you like both cocktails and ginger, don't miss their Dark n' Stormy!). It's a bit of a long walk, but you can get there easily by taking one of the frequent $1.00 red Circulator buses on M St. going in the direction of Union Station. Hmmm... just realized you said "affordable"; have a look at their menu online. It may be above your price range.

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                      RIS
                      2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                      1. re: woodleyparkhound

                        hey woodleyparkhound, at RIS, this rosé summer special looks fun -- and affordable --$15/flight!
                        http://www.risdc.com/index.php/wines/...

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                        RIS
                        2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037