COBBLESTONE STREETS AND OUTDOOR STREATERIES. Waterfront picnics and political watering holes. Canal history and charming boutiques. One of DC’s original ports, Georgetown is repeatedly named the Best Neighborhood for Shopping by Washingtonian magazine and welcomes upwards of 12 million domestic and international visitors annually. The commercial district is rebounding since the pandemic, with high leasing activity driven by flagship openings and new, innovative small businesses, and visitor counts returning to 2019 numbers.

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Neighborhood Features

New Retail

More than 20 new restaurants and retail shops have opened this year or are opening soon – from a rare spirits tasting room on Book Hill (The Fountain Inn), to an interactive art gallery (StudioLab RD), a space-themed pizzeria (Bozelli’s), LA-based clothing boutique Buck Mason, a bakery on Oprah’s list of favorite things (Maman), and Bitty & Beau’s coffee shop. Additional new and announced businesses include:

  • Art: Gallery Article 15
  • Café and Dessert: Feta Café and Bakery, Petite Soeur, Bakeshop
  • Fashion Retail: Everlane, SCOUT Bags Flagship Store
  • Food and Beverage: Afghania, Dig, Georgetown Seafood, Masala Street Indian Food, Noosh, Taichi Bubble Tea, Smoothie King, Pressed Juicery, Spirits and Spice, Sticx
  • Personal Care: Laveda Lash & Brow Boutique, GlossLab

Entrepreneurship + Flagship

Georgetown is an incubator for socially conscious entrepreneurs, emerging restaurateurs, and online retailers interested in opening a brick-and-mortar store in a proven location. Enterprises founded in the neighborhood include Sweetgreen, Bluemercury, Framebridge, Halcyon, Tuckernuck, Chaia, Georgetown Cupcake, SCOUT Bags, Baked & Wired, Soapbox, and Radius Networks.

Creative Programming

  • Georgetown’s new C&O Canal boat, operated by Georgetown Heritage, is offering public boat tours for the first time in more than a decade, with the 2022 season running through October.
  • Signature outdoor events, including Georgetown GLOW and Georgetown French Market – as well as new arts and culture partnerships with the likes of the Kennedy Center and Capital Fringe Festival – are creating new momentum for the city’s oldest neighborhood.