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Now that we’re out of law school and no longer have to spend our weekends in the library, we love Sunday Funday! One of our favorite ways to spend it: brunch and window-shopping in Georgetown. Located on the Potomac River just across from Rosslyn’s skyline, Georgetown offers one of D.C.’s most thriving neighborhoods.
Typically, we’ll start the day with brunch. Georgetown has tons of great brunch spots. Our favorite is Kafe Leopold. Hidden down the little-known Cady’s Alley, walking into Kafe Leopold transports you into a European-esque environment in the heart of America’s Capital! Specializing in coffee/espresso drinks and delicious pastries, it’s easy to forget that you’re not actually in an Austrian cafe. The atmosphere inside is sleek and modern: all white décor with pops of orange accents meticulously placed throughout. On warm days, Kafe Leopold also offers outdoor seating in their cozy courtyard with umbrellas for shade and a relaxing fountain that drowns out background noise for an intimate brunch.
For a caffeine fix, Taylor typically opts for a latte, while Ethan drifts towards an espresso. All of the coffee drinks are paired with a decadent hazelnut milk chocolate.
Our beautiful friend, Reagan Green
While Kafe Leopold doesn’t offer bottomless drinks, their brunch cocktails are expertly-crafted to complement coffee, pastries, and entrees alike. Taylor always orders their strawberry basil mimosa, while Ethan’s favorite is the Bee’s Knees. If you’re a Bloody Mary fan, we highly recommend getting one here as the drink is prepared tableside – so fun!
The Bee’s Knees Cocktail
As for entrees, we typically order off the Brunch Specials menu, which is available Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4pm. Taylor loves the Avocado Toast, while Ethan’s go-to is their Seasonal Crepes (his favorite is the Lingonberry & Creme). The Avocado Toast it presented beautifully with a small glass jar of poached eggs, slices of crispy serrano ham, grilled tomato slices, and radishes dotted across the guacamole-like spread on pumpernickel toast with a small container of salt and crushed red pepper to dash all over the toast. Much of the menu offers unique and adventurous options, but there are also delicious ham and cheese croissants and savory quiches that will have even the pickiest eaters asking for seconds!
Avocado Toast & Strawberry Basil Mimosa
Reagan ordered the Belgian waffle, which was delicious!
They don’t take reservations, so be sure to arrive earlier than the standard brunch crowd (~10:30am) or be willing to wait. If the wait is more than 15-20 minutes, we’ll typically grab a coffee nearby and walk around window shopping or wait in the infamously-long Georgetown Cupcake line while we wait for the text alerting us that our table is ready. (Truth be told, the wait seems to be shorter on Saturdays than Sundays – apparently everyone loves Sunday Funday at Kafe Leopold!) If you have a short wait, check out their gorgeous pastry display! It will entertain you for those few minutes.
When you’re ready to burn off a few calories (and possibly a hole in your wallet), head just steps away to M Street, which runs through the middle of Georgetown and offers world-class shopping.
For women’s fashion, you can find all of the best brands: Barbour, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Madewell, H&M, Lululemon, Alice + Olivia, Alex and Ani, Anthropologie, Tory Burch…we could go on and on! In addition to these standard shopping go-to spots, Georgetown has some unique additions. Visit some of the few brick-and-mortar locations of your favorite online shops like Rent the Runway and Warby Parker. At Rent the Runway, try on dresses to avoid the night-before-the-event shock when a dress looks completely different on your 5’3” frame than it did on the 6-foot tall model online. At Warby Parker, you can try on every style of glasses frames!
(P.S. If you don’t want to wait until you visit DC to try on Warby Parker frames, you can always order the Warby Parker Home Try-On program: select and order five frames to find the right pair for your face, all in the comfort of your own home! Plus, with Warby Parker’s “buy a pair, give a pair” program, purchasing from Warby Parker contributes to a larger cause. To date, Warby Parker has distributed over two million pairs of glasses to people in need. Check out their Spring 2018 collection here: Shop Warby Parker)
For the true DC shopping experience, head to Taylor’s favorite DC store – Violet Boutique. Taylor wants pretty much every item in Violet Boutique. It fits her style to a tee! Find on-trend, boho chic pieces that transition easily from work to weekend. Best of all, the boutique is affordable! We’ve never seen a piece for over $100, which means you can buy more items for less! The ladies who work at the boutique are incredibly nice and are constantly taking any items you’ve grabbed off the rack and putting them in your dressing room, so you can shop with free hands. They’ll even pick out suggested pieces based on your selections and style. To top it all off, enjoy some bubbly while you shop! If your significant other gets impatient (we’re speaking from experience), Violet Boutique will grab a beer for your beau to distract them while you shop.
For the gentlemen looking to get in some shopping as well, Georgetown offers men’s fashion to meet anyone’s style. Ethan (proudly) receives many compliments for his repertoire of suits. His not-so-secret tip is to head to SuitSupply on the east end of M Street. SuitSupply is any suit aficionado’s dream: expertly-tailored suits in classic and modern cuts, all at surprisingly affordable prices!
Guys looking for more casual fashion can head to Urban Outfitters, Bonobos, Patagonia, or Nike Town among many others. Recently, Chubbies even launched their own addition to M Street – this being only their seventh brick-and-mortar store to open in America. Georgetown has become a haven for sneakerheads as well. Ethan’s favorite store for kicks is Kickk Spott on Wisconsin Avenue, D.C.’s freshest spot to find custom, vintage, and limited-release sneakers.
When we’re shopped out on a beautiful day, we head down to the Georgetown waterfront to grab a drink and soak in the sunshine. We love sitting on the patio at Nick’s Riverside Grill, Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place, or Sequoia DC on a nice day. Our favorite riverside beverage is the blueberry mojito at Sequoia. It’s dangerously delicious, and when it’s hot out, you’ll suck them down like water! Don’t say we didn’t warn you…Sequoia used to have an amazing patio, but unfortunately, their patio suffered a failed “renovation,” large, ugly sculpture included.
Before we leave Georgetown, we always satisfy our sweet tooth with treats from one of the many famous bakeries. Georgetown has several cupcakeries including the infamous Georgetown Cupcake, Baked & Wired, and Sprinkles Cupcakes.
If you head to Georgetown Cupcake, prepare yourself: it’s standard to see the line go outside of the shop and up the street (regardless of weather conditions). Taylor used to drive past there on her way home from work and saw long lines in rain, snow, and single digit temperatures. The best way to enjoy Georgetown cupcakes is to order them for a co-worker or friend’s birthday (Taylor’s family always has them delivered to her office on her birthday). You’ll enjoy delicious cupcakes with no wait! Georgetown Cupcake has countless flavors! In addition to their Everyday Classics menu, they have daily specials and monthly seasonals. Taylor’s favorite flavors are red velvet and the vanilla-frosted funfetti, and Ethan’s is Cookies & Creme.
More of an ice cream lover? Grab some at an ice cream truck by the waterfront, or head up Wisconsin Avenue to Thomas Sweet on P Street for homemade ice cream and fudge.
Or you can skip the long lines for cupcakes and ice cream and head to Taylor’s absolute favorite: Olivia Macaron for fresh macarons that rival their French namesake. Olivia Macaron constantly updates their flavor selection: from fruity pebbles to pistachio to raspberry and SO many more, you’ll be ordering a bigger box before you’re halfway down the list! Those three flavors are Ethan’s favorites, and Taylor’s are red velvet (of course) and wedding almond. With macarons in hand, step outside to listen to one of the jazz bands that occasionally plays at Dean & Deluca on weekends.
Getting There: The only downside to Georgetown is getting there is inconvenient. With the closest metro stations (Rosslyn & Foggy Bottom) being a 15-20 minute walk, the best option is to either drive or Uber/cab. Drivers Beware: parking can be sparse and expensive!
See you there,