September 26, 2023  •   5 min read


 

 

Washington D.C – the capital of one of the most well-known countries in the world, rich with history and beautiful architecture.

Situated on the East Coast of the United States of America, this city has everything from excellent eats and sustainable shopping to the world’s largest museum and library.

Whether you go to in the spring to see the incredible cherry blossoms, in the summer to roam the streets of Georgetown, or in the autumn to browse the Library of Congress, this city is a stop worth visiting.

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W H E R E  T O  S T A Y

Sonder

A chicer alternative to Airbnb, Sonder is a hotel alternative that aims to inspire and delight, fulfill needs without sacrificing style, and most importantly, deliver seamless, personalized experiences. With accommodations in over 40 cities in 10 countries, Sonder helps you roam like home in an elevated yet relaxed way.

This location at Dupont Circle puts you in the centre of the action in D.C. Walking distance to all the sites, boutique shops and global cuisine, this minimal accommodation will be the perfect sanctuary after a busy day.

Address: 1627 Dupont Circle, 16th Street Northwest

Photo courtesy of Sonder


 

W H E R E  T O  E A T

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Baked + Wired

While most visitors to the area know of the famous Georgetown Cupcakes, Baked + Wired is a more local establishment with far less tourists, offering up incredible cupcakes, baked goods, and coffee. Opened in 2001 by a husband-wife duo, this cute little cafe has stood the test of time, favoured by locals and “insiders” alike. In fact, Head Baker and Owner, Teresa Velazquez, just won D.C.’s best pastry chef of the year! Housed in one of the historic and picturesque buildings that Georgetown is known for, it’ll make for a great spot to refuel as you tour the town.

Address: 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW

Photo Courtesy of Baked + Wired

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Chaia Tacos

Starting out as a farmer’s market stand, Chaia’s popularity has grown into two brick-and-mortar locations (Georgetown and Chinatown). Focusing on what matters – a simple, locally-sourced, organic menu, minimalist environment, and really good ingredients, this casual, 100% vegetarian eatery is a must. With the philosophy of seasonal, authentic and real food, Chaia caters to everyone, with the inclusion of GF and vegan options on the menu. Their tortillas and sauces are made in-house, and all of their sauces are free of dyes, pesticides, preservatives, HFCS, and trans-fats. Housed in an adorable old brick building, we recommend sitting upstairs (it’s less crowded and the sunshine streaming into the window is beautiful). Get the nachos and the quesadillas!

Addresses: 3207 Grace Street, NW | 615 Street NW

Photos Courtesy of Chaia Tacos

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Levain Bakery

Originally from NYC, this country-wide bakery is becoming a cult favourite. Opened in 1995 by two best friends, Levain is known for their ultimate chocolate chip walnut cookie – an iconic cookie that draws epicurious travellers from around the world. Levain’s unique philosophy is centred around authenticity, kindness and reciprocity, as everything is baked fresh, on-site, every day, with the day’s leftovers being donated to charity each night. Check out their Georgetown location for some delicious baked goods!

Address: 3131 M Street NW

Photos courtesy of Levain Bakery

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Other Notable Eateries:

Paul | A fave cafe from France
Ladurée | French Macarons
Tatte Bakery | Elegant Comfort Food


 

W H E R E  T O  S H O P

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Nisolo

One of my favourite footwear brands, Nisolo is a leader in design, quality and sustainability, in an industry that is notorious for unethical practices. With a highly transparent approach, this brand is open about their factories, workers and wages, giving us an unfiltered glimpse into the world of shoemaking. Choosing to work with skilled craftsmen in Peru who have been passing down the art of shoemaking for generations, Nisolo is an American company in foreign lands that chose to sustain a long-held tradition, instead of exploit. Their gorgeous Georgetown shop is the perfect place to try on their expertly crafted footwear.

Address: 3251 M Street NW

Photos courtesy of Nisolo

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Naadam

With dreamy closet staples made from 100% Mongolian Cashmere, Naadam is a sustainable clothing brand renowned for their ethics. Working directly with their herders and paying them substantially more than the average cashmere goat herder makes, Naadam is committed to ethical, reciprocal and sustainable fashion that’s made to last. Their Georgetown store is very tiny, with a limited selection, but it’s a good way to get a feel for their ultra-soft knitwear and to try on pieces for sizing.

Address: 3003 M Street NW

Photos courtesy of Naadam

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Everlane

The brand that coined and popularized the term “radical transparency”. Everlane is one of my favourite brands for ethical basics and everyday wear. With a commitment towards ethical production, fair wages, safe working environments, and sustainable fabrics, Everlane’s pieces are made to last and are some of my favourite wardrobe staples. Their Georgetown store is a good place to try on a selection of their clothing, to get a feel for size and fit.

Address: 3259 M Street NW

Photos courtesy of Everlane

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Madewell

While not the most sustainable fashion brand out there (owned by J. Crew), Madewell is committed to doing better for people and planet. Earlier this year they launched their first line of products made with regenerative cotton, and they’ve also created a strategic approach focused on protecting biodiversity. Their trade-in program operates in partnership with thredUP, which has enabled them to resell 1.6 million pre-loved garments. They have three D.C. locations where you can find some beautiful pieces.

Addresses: 1237 Wisconsin Ave | 1821 14th Street NW | 1919 14th Street NW

Photos courtesy of Madewell


 

W H E R E  T O  V I S I T

Smithsonian Museums | Largest Museum in the World and free to visit
Library of Congress | Largest Library in the World
Botanical Gardens | An Impressive Collection of Plant Life
Arlington Cemetery | Nearly 400,000 People are Buried here!
Holocaust Memorial Museum | An Interactive Memorial 
The White House | Self-Explanatory 😉 
Mount Vernon | George and Martha Washington’s House & Estate
National Mall | Home to Many of the Country’s Memorials and Statues
Lincoln Memorial | Abe Lincoln’s Impressive Shrine

 

 
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