After traveling down south to experience a different world, we ended up right back in the metropolitan-type area that we are so very used to – this time, Washington, DC. Although it would have been ideal to visit the monuments or have some intellectual moments at museums (we hear the Newseum is the best), we made it down there with just enough time for the trunk show, so the Zoora visit to DC was very limited.
Still, Carly of The College Prepster and Alice, a friend to Zoora, were able to fill us in on some places we should have visited (giving us all the more reason to return). Additionally our intern Kelly, being from around DC herself, couldn’t help but add a few of her favorite spots to our list!
Where to Grab a Bite:
The Tombs: Carly was gracious enough to send us her own little testimony of The Tombs, and we feel that we couldn’t describe it better: “My favorite restaurant is The Tombs! It’s quintessential Georgetown and completely rowing themed. As a former coxswain, it really speaks to me. It’s the perfect place for brunch on the weekends, dinner with your friends, or drinks at night!”
Georgetown Cupcake: While it’s sad to say that Georgetown Cupcake is no longer a hidden gem (have you seen their TV show?), the cupcakes are still of the highest quality. While Kelly’s favorite is Red Velvet, she promises she’s thoroughly enjoyed every cupcake she’s tried from this shop. And while the line is usually wrapped around the building, and sometimes down the block, they’re very good and getting it moving and the wait is never too long! (If you’re a Red Velvet fan, though, and the line is super long, Kelly recommends running across the street to Dean & Deluca and visiting their dessert section!).
El Centro: Meet the Makers Monday and Taco Tuesday? Alliteration definitely calls for a visit! El Centro is both a taqueria and a tequileria, and they have two open air bars on the rooftop. This seems like the perfect place for a night out with your friends, or for drinks after a romantic date.
Masa 14: Once again, it’s hard to turn down a place that has won so many awards: Currently they’re nominated for Best Brunch, Best Tapas, and Best Happy Hour. Masa 14 serves small plates featuring Latin-Asian cuisine and is opening their own rooftop very soon (they’re owned by the same guy, so it’s okay).
Brasserie Beck: In the heart of one of DC’s most bustling neighborhoods, Brasserie Beck seems like the perfect place to stop for lunch in the middle of the work day. This contemporary European style brasserie offers a variety of food and promises quick meals when needed. Not to mention, the cafe feel and the outdoor seating making it seem like an ideal casual atmosphere when trying to escape the struggles of the work day.
Buddha Bar: If you’re looking for a unique experience, Buddha Bar is the place to go. We don’t know about you, but we’ve never dined at another place that has a giant Buddha statue in the middle, staring down at us. The restaurant is served family-style, so it is perfect for those of you who are always stealing bites from your friends’ plates.
Dolcezza: For some reason, Washington, DC is the perfect place to find gelato, and Dolcezza is no exception.
They sell this delicious gelato not only in their shops, but also in five of DC’s farmers markets, always offering a fresh selection of flavors.
Where to Spend Happy Hour:
Black Jack: If you’re looking for a total upbeat, fun, casual atmosphere, Black Jack is the place to go. While all of the places under this restaurant brand are fantastic and unique, Black Jack is definitely the place to get a drink. Not only do they have a Bocce court with their own set of rules, but Black Jack also features a more swanky section, for those of you who are looking for a relaxing drink before heading home.
Marvin: The restaurant at Marvin is very Belgium-inspired and has a superb soundtrack. Upstairs, on the other hand, offers a very different world of the perfect music spinning from turntables and rooftop that you can spend the night dancing on. The rooftop is heated, too, resulting in year round fun. Don’t miss out on one of DC’s hottest lounges.
Market Tavern: Voted Arlington’s Best Happy Hour, Market Tavern offers four hours of 25% off tavern food and drinks. Located in the hottest neighborhood for 20-30 somethings, you can follow happy hour with a reservation at the Chophouse upstairs.
- Sequoia: While the food may be better known than the drinks here at Sequoia, the atmosphere is absolutely perfect for grabbing a drink with friends.
- Located right on the Potomac River, Sequoia offers an upscale beach bar atmosphere, complete with a raw bar that will make you want to order your favorite tropical drink.
Dirty Martini: An incredible bar/lounge, this is perfect for both after work drinks and girls nights out. The venue is huge and manages to provide a sophisticated vibe while remaining casual enough for comfort. The mezzanine with a view onto the first floor is also a great feature that gives the bar an open and inviting feel.
Where to do Retail Therapy:
Lou Lou: Two words: Accessories galore. While it can be overwhelming at times to walk into a store that is literally jam packed with accessories, Kelly says there has never been a time when she’s walked into a Lou Lou store and not walked out wanting (if not buying) at least one item. The bags are unique, the jewelry ranges from fun to classic, and the cowboy boots are usually to die for. This is a must visit!
Wink: The tag line here is “A buzzing Georgetown boutique for all things happy and chic,” and that could not be more accurate. Wink carries the best of the best in terms of designers and is nestled right below Steve Madden – so you can pick up some shoes after grabbing a new outfit and immediately head out to hit the DC nightlife.
Urban Chic: This boutique is the epitome of a Washington-based business. Not only do they feature trunk shows and other fun events and have a long list of loyal customers that include DC’s hippest, but they also support local organizations and hold a benefit fashion show each year. Urban Chic features mens, womens, childrens, and home collections and no doubt stands out as one of the best of DC.
Sassanova: For our flirtatious readers, Sassanova is a truly fun and flirty boutique that will bring out the sass in every girl. Their selection of shoes and accessories is to die for and the boutique itself is just adorable. We’re currently swooning over their bow bracelets (featured on their blog)!
For those of you who are active, Alice recommends a run through Rock Creek Park or the monuments, and I couldn’t agree more (Rock Creek Park has some great hiking too).
And if you need to get glam, we were once again lucky enough to be hosted by one of the city’s top spots, O Salon. Their experts will tame your tresses and leave you looking gorgeous.
With two stops down on our traveling trunk show city tour, one thing has become perfectly clear: We need to schedule more time next time around!