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Precious townhouses and stately mansions, cobblestone streets and garden tours -- yes, this is very Washington indeed. The peons cluck though the main drags of M and Wisconsin searching for trendy outfits and the traffic is jam-packed by car and foot day and night. Leave your heels at home as the cobblestones will gobble them right up.

Hands down, the most comprehensive shopping strip in the city is here. Once the sun sets, the human traffic jams continue as Georgetown plays host to a predominately preppy and collar-popping nightlife scene. Rhino Bar, Old Glory, and The Tombs are college kid madness. Blues Alley and See more.

>Maté are hot spots. And Morton's, 1789, and Café Milano will set you back a few hundred each.

Nothing beats watching million-dollar yachts pulling up to the pier at Seqouia while you sip outdoor drinks. If you're feeling hipsterific, try Top Chef Mike Isabella's goth-like Mexican restaurant, Bandolero. If you're shopping, there's Kate Spade, mainstream mainstay Banana Republic, and trendy boutiques like Sherman Pickey. For the best of the chains, try the palatial three-story Anthropologie.


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Posted By:  Kara Deniz
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Second Time Around
On bustling M Street in Georgetown, not far from the long line outside a certain cupcake shop, there is absolutely no wait to get in on great fashion deals. Second Time Around, a second-hand clothing shop, features hand-me-down outfits and accessories at affordable prices. Among the more conservative Banana Republic and GAP items are sequined tops, cashmere striped blazers, and retro denim skirts that allow customers to experiment with style. While the store is in a great location, the one downside is it doesn’t fully measure up to the expectations such an address carries. Not all items look new-to-you and some clearance items have had rips or irregularities. But if you're looking for fun consignment shopping, with the hopes of a one-of-a-kind find, Second Time Around is worth a try.

Posted By:  Kara Deniz
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Café Divan
A singer croons over the speakers, as a platter of thinly sliced lamb with yogurt sauce and rice is laid before a hungry customer. A basket full of arguably the best pide bread in town sits next to a bottle of wine, made of grapes harvested and fermented in an Aegean village, no doubt. Welcome to Cafe Divan, a simply divine and truly authentic Turkish restaurant in a fabulous corner setting on Wisconsin Avenue, bordering Georgetown and Glover Park. This isn't a trendy Turkish tapas spot; no, you get full-sized portions of homemade Turkish goodness, from filling sucuk (Turkish sausage) pides to beef shish kabobs to manti (a Turkish yogurt and beef ravioli). Finish it all off with light and flaky baklava and a Turkish coffee. It'll leave you humming "Istanbul not Constantinople" before you know it.

Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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Pete's New Haven Style Apizza
DC quickly fell in love with the charred, thin-crust New Haven pizza brought to us by Pete's. The Columbia Heights eatery is always busy, with its few tables in high demand. It certainly helps that as you exit the Columbia Heights Metro station, the aroma of garlicky, freshly baked pies greets you. Well now Pete's has a second location: halfway between the Tenleytown and Friendship Heights Metro Stations, in the fictional "Ten-Frien" neighborhood. The new pizzeria has the same beloved menu, but with twice as much seating--including an outdoor corner patio on Wisconsin Avenue. And for those who are able to make it that far north and west by 6:30 pm, happy hour offers a giant slice and a pint of Moretti for only $5.

Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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Tudor Place
DC looks best in pink magnolias, lavender wisteria, yellow forsythia, purple redbuds, and azaleas of all shades. That is, unless you have a pollen allergy. At the enchanting gardens of Tudor Place, 5½ acres of shady, Federal-period lawns are yours to explore for only $3. Originally the home of Thomas Peter, a landowner and tobacco merchant, Tudor Place was purchased on the Georgetown outskirts in 1805--and was developed and cared for by the next six generations of his family. Orchards and cow-grazing land has given way to a bowling green and Japanese tea house, but much of the original early 19th-century design is intact. Dotted with sculptures, lined with boxwoods, and smelling of sweet flowers, the Tudor Place garden makes for a charming and romantic spring afternoon.

Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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The Phoenix
While the M Street drag of Georgetown is full of chain stores, Wisconsin Avenue offers more interesting, singular boutiques. The Phoenix is at the top of that list. Open since 1955, it sells women's fashion, jewelry, and folk art--specializing in artisan wares from Mexico. The colorful shop is filled to the brim with beautiful, unique items, from prints by Oaxacan artist Fernando Olivera to ceremonial antique masks. A family-run business, the Hays travel the world collecting jewelry from talented designers. The fruits of their labor have been spoiling Washington women for over 50 years, and their selection of hand-crafted sterling silver is a sure-fire way to feel precious, distinct from the M Street crowd.

Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Gardens
Spring has sprung and DC is all pretty in pink. After a gray and severe winter, we finally have some color again. And this is our city's time to shine--with cotton candy cherry trees, bright yellow forsythia, massive magnolia blossoms, and countless azalea bushes of all colors. And that's just people's front yards. But the ten acres of manicured gardens at Dumbarton Oaks--standing proud at the highest point in Georgetown--are just, well, lovely. On a series of terraces behind the Federal-style mansion (the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, dedicated to Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and landscape architecture studies), the gardens include Beech Terrace, Lover's Lane Pool, Camellia Circle, Prunus Walk, Forsythia Hill, and more. Admission is $8, but well worth it for the delightful strolling potential...particularly in a pair of seersucker pants or cotton dress.

Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
Photo:  Courtesy of Clyde's Restaurant Group

Clyde's is a chain--albeit a local one--serving pretty standard (arguably mediocre) American food. So when my friend invited me there on a Monday night, I went for her, not Clyde. Little did I know, however, that Clyde's offers half-price wine nights at many of its locations (Clyde's of Georgetown and The Tombs on Sundays; Tower Oaks Lodge, Clyde's of Columbia, The Tomato Palace, and Clyde's of Chevy Chase on Mondays). Now, I'm no oenophile, but when I saw my friend install herself at the bar with a bottle of champagne on ice and a single flute, declaring that she would be charming for the rest of the evening, I had to recognize the move as pure genius. Her night of drinking was done and dusted for a mere $12! Let's all take a moment to remember that a bottle of bubbly is not just for ushering in a new year, celebrating the birth of a child, hanging out with Birdman, or toasting socialism. It's also for Monday night at Clyde's.

Posted By:  Elisabeth Grant
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Georgetown Cupcake
There is a reason that Georgetown Cupcake won the recent Washington Post Cupcake Wars. They won because, quite simply, their cupcakes are awesome. First of all, they're very cute, which is an important feature in a cupcake. Studies have proven* that as a cupcake's cuteness decreases so does the quality of said cupcake experience. Each Georgetown Cupcake is topped with a cute little decoration. Fondant hearts for the red velvet cupcakes, candy limes for the key lime cupcakes, and mini gingerbread men (also fondant) for the--you guessed it--gingerbread cupcakes. But more importantly, these cupcakes are delicious. Moist cake and well flavored icing go together to create a super tasty dessert experience. It's no wonder the line often stretches out the door. They won the Cupcake War in my house as well.

*made-up facts.

Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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The Washington City Paper
This is a pretty easy sell: pay less, eat more. The City Paper's "Let's Split It" deal is an ongoing promotion in which you can buy a $50 dining gift certificate for $25. The selection of restaurants varies, but current and past participators have included Mie n Yu, Vinoteca, Ceiba, Acadiana, TenPenh, and DC Coast--all easy spots to spend $50. But supplies are limited, so be sure to get on their restaurant raters list or check their website regularly. I'd also like to point out that in light of the global financial meltdown and upcoming holiday season, a two-for-one deal is a wonderful solution for generously treating local friends and family.

Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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Paper Source
Using paper is not very 21st century. Letter writing is pretty much dead, and stationary is for rich ladies who exchange thank you notes. But I was born in the 20th century, and I am still in love with thick, fibrous paper; letterpress stationary; inky pens; snail mail; and homemade everything. Paper Source is, therefore, a little piece of heaven in Georgetown--full of note cards, stationary, envelopes, gift wrap, greeting cards, and everything you need for your own paper creations. The stock is all perfectly organized by texture, thickness, color, and size--and the lovely staff will guide you through the exquisite shop with ease. Best of all, just surrounding yourself with those materials provokes creativity and compels you to craft you own cards. C'mon, handmade invitations will always be more special than Facebook invitations or Evites, right? Right?!

Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
Photo:  Courtesy of 1789

The three-course $40 dinner at 1789 has been dubbed a "recession special" by the Washingtonian. Now perhaps it is, but in my income bracket, a bargain has always been in fashion. I must be ahead of the curve. 1789, however, has rarely been accused of being trendy. Rather, it is a Georgetown institution--described by turns as "matronly," "stately," and a "throwback to a kindler and gentler era." One wonders, however, if that was the reaction to eating twenty-something chef Giusti's new (always changing, always seasonal) menu of rabbit terrine, muscovy duck leg crepinette, or braised shortribs with sweet potato puree. And my personal favorite part of a prix fixe menu--the fact that ordering dessert is not up for debate, it's compulsory--is addressed beautifully by offering the full selection of pastry chef Olson's creations, from apple tarte tatin to spiced poached bosc pear split. Face it, loyalists: things are changing. There's non-baby boomers in the 1789 dining room, and in the kitchen.

Posted By:  Jade Floyd
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Taste of Georgetown
The annual Taste of Georgetown showcases the spectacular cuisine of thirty of Washington, District of Columbia's finest restaurants, highlighting Georgetown's culinary personalities and featuring nearly sixty delectable, delightful and desirable dishes to sample, as well as wine pairings and the jazz talents of Blues Alley. As the fifteenth annual celebration of food, wine, and music, the Taste of Georgetown has become the premier food and wine festival of D.C. Tasting tickets range from $5 for one to $20 for five. You can purchase tickets at the event the day-of on the Fidelity and Trust parking lot. In-person ticket sales begin at 11 am and end at 3:30 pm. Participating restaurants topping my list include: 1789, Baked & Wired, Cafe Bonaparte, Hook, Mie N Yu, Neyla, Rugby and Tacklebox. Also for you wine lovers (you know who you are! ah!) a Wine Pavilion located on the lawn of the Grace Church (because Jesus drank wine you know) will have wine, Oktoberfest beer, and cider tastings.

Posted By:  Alyssa Kim
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Baked & Wired
I'm not sure if Baked & Wired intended to become a hotspot for cupcakes, but it certainly turned out that way. Despite the pink-framed doors that welcome you, Baked & Wired fortunately doesn't scream cute and girly, like a lot of cupcake shops nowadays do. Instead, the interior is quiet and pleasant, with plenty of space towards the back to eat, drink, or do your homework (this place appears popular with the nearby Georgetown kiddies). The displays are also charming, as the treats are stored in these old-school glass cake stands and jars. For many, the draw here is the strawberry cupcake, with real chunks of strawberry in the cake. The frosting was a tad too sweet for my liking, but overall, it was unlike any cupcake I ever tried. But again, since Baked & Wired isn't solely a cupcake shop, there are plenty of cookies, brownies, and bars available for the non-cupcake-crazed, as well as a full-service tea and coffee bar. Sugar and caffeine are the names of the game here, and it's a perfect pick-me-up spot on those tiring shopping trips down Georgetown's M Street.

Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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Benihana is an international chain. And DC's franchise is actually located in a shopping mall... in Georgetown. As such, I'd be loath to recommend it to readers of the Not For Tourists website. But, in addition to its hibachi histrionics, Benihana guards a well-kept secret: its all-you-can-eat sushi special. For $27, you can order anything and everything off their sushi menu--as well as sides, salads, ice cream, and sherbet. Now okay, it's not the best fish out there--but it's more than halfway decent, and frankly you don't need high-end when you're engaged in a head-to-head, nigiri-for-nigiri eating competition. When I'm not blowing the competition out of the water with my super-human ability to eat countless tuna hand rolls, I'm trying all the weird rolls I normally shy away from, such as the Vegas roll, which is deep-fried with jalapenos on top. What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.

Posted By:  Katie Pyzyk
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Ching Ching Cha
Walking into this Chinese tea room instantly transports you out of the hustle and bustle of Georgetown. With impeccable service and ornate rosewood tables—both standard height or floor level, Ching Ching makes for an intimate, romantic date spot. The tea room calms, while urging you to get a little more adventurous than the standard Lipton tea bag. With such an extensive list of products, there’s sure to be an exotic blend (Blackberry Jasmine, Orchid Oolong) you’ll take a liking to. For those who want something to munch on while relaxing with a cup of “cha,” (the Chinese word for tea) dumplings are a perfect, light snack. And no, this serene experience doesn’t have to end after leaving the tea room. Take home some of the more than 70 varieties of tea from the on-site store.

Posted By:  Katie Pyzyk
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Third Edition
You’ve probably been to The Third Edition at least once or twice, scoping out the late-night eye candy. College students and young professionals know it’s the place to go to in Georgetown to party all night. But it may be time to re-visit during daylight hours, to try something more than just the beer menu. The Third Edition is an institution in the area, serving up food for more than 30 years. The pub-like appearance can be deceiving. Sure, you’ll find the obligatory fish and chips. But who would expect comfort foods like a steak sandwich and pasta primavera to taste so great here? Whether you want to test some of the seasonal fare or just check out the place where scenes were shot for St. Elmo’s Fire, you’ll understand what prompts celebrities and DC bigwigs to stop in time and time again. And if you don’t like the food… well, you can always go back to the nighttime routine.

Posted By:  Sara Klieger
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Cecil Place NW and Cherry Hill Lane NW
When the wallet gets thin, I keep myself from spending unnecessarily by going for a walk and looking at houses. Think of it this way: free cardio, fresh air, and motivation to save up for a down payment. The best part is discovering hidden side streets lined with adorable row houses. My favorite? A cluster of 100-year-old homes off Wisconsin and M tucked among new condos. If you the ignore the presence of the condos, the street looks so unchanged by time that it wouldn’t be shocking for a horse-drawn carriage (or ghost in translucent bonnet and gown) to pass by.

Posted By:  Katie Pyzyk
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Some of the sandwich names are as silly as the restaurant name, but Booeymonger is serious about its food. And you’ll leave feeling seriously fulfilled. Is it the most gourmet of all sandwich shops, using exotic ingredients? No. But it’s tasty, cheap and won’t leave your stomach grumbling an hour after eating. At Booeymonger, special orders are the specialty. Don’t want alfalfa sprouts on the Scheherazade? No problem. Hold the avocado on the Pita Pan? Absolutely. Or you can just customize your own sandwich, from scratch, and pair it with one of the 10 side dishes. A few bites into my warm, gooey “Ace”, made me see why this place has been able to stick around to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, the salads are just as fresh as the sandwiches. Booeymonger also offers breakfast and dessert items, but I’m sticking with the hearty sandwiches. With so many delicious, reasonably priced creations, it’s hard to go wrong.

Posted By:  Miellyn Fitzwater
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Oasis in Georgetown. Three words I know you want to read. While it’s fun to go for the shopping or for the eating, every time I forget exactly how crazy it can get on the weekends. If you’re overwhelmed by the crowds after shopping at Urban Outfitters or H&M you should stop in at Johnny Rockets, grab a couple of milkshakes, and wander on down to K Street. If you walk all the way to the end past where it turns into Water Street, you’ll find a stone archway next to the Potomac Boat Club. Look to the right of the archway, there’s a set of twisty, white cement stairs. Climb them. And there you’ll be…standing on the ruins of the Potomac Aqueduct Bridge. Built in the 1830s it used to be a connector between the C&O and Alexandria canals. The remaining abutment is grassy, peaceful, and a nice little place to be. Enjoy the view of the Key Bridge and the river, read some graffiti, take some pictures, and think about how glad you are that you didn’t have to build an aqueduct bridge in the 1830s.

Posted By:  RP Wolosiuk
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I don’t typically partake in DC’s lounge scene, but on this night my comparatively much more chic companion convinced me to check out Mate. As I approached the velvet ropes, my palms began sweating profusely and I was relieved when my department store attire made the cut. Once inside, I couldn’t help thinking I was being judged, but this was most likely a side effect of the numerous cocktails I had consumed earlier that day. I was told Mate specializes in sushi, and as I slunk down in the minimalist furniture I was implored by my companion to consider the Dragon Roll. What arrived at the table was so pretty it could have been a piece of contemporary art from the nearby Corcoran Museum. This was simply the best sushi I have had in a long time and I did not hesitate to order seconds. When you look past the chic veneer you are almost shocked to find the food is actually excellent and the service is on point, free of any pretense. One easily forgets this place is a restaurant first and a lounge second, but you can rest assured the chef and wait staff have certainly not.

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