M Street

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M Street Home to some of the District's most popular restaurants, bars, and high-end shops, M Street is a central part of the Georgetown experience, especially for the fourteen thousand students at nearby Georgetown University. Washington, DC United States 38.9052108954733 -77.0656371116638
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Party Earth Review Home to some of the District’s most popular restaurants, bars, and high-end shops, M Street is a central part of the Georgetown experience, especially for the fourteen thousand students at nearby Georgetown University... ... read full review

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Party Earth M Street Review

The Scene

Home to some of the District's most popular restaurants, bars, and high-end shops, M Street is a central part of the Georgetown experience, especially for the fourteen thousand students at nearby Georgetown University.

Home to some of the District’s most popular restaurants, bars, and high-end shops, M Street is a central part of the Georgetown experience, especially for the fourteen thousand students at nearby Georgetown University.

Lined with cobblestone sidewalks and 18th-century colonial homes, the area is awash during the day with local prepsters shopping at mainstream stores like Lacoste, Diesel, and Tommy Hilfiger, and fashionistas maxing out their credit cards at Juicy Couture and BCBG, or heading to vintage emporium Annie Creamcheese for designer styles from the 1920s to 1990s.

Cupcake fanatics wait in hour-long lines just to get their hands on a red velvet creation from Georgetown Cupcake, while tourists make the rounds of sights including the Old Stone House, the Civil War-era Oak Hill Cemetery, or the self-guided Kennedy Walking tour, which explores the myriad residencies JFK and Jacqueline occupied during their time in DC.

Once the sun goes down, the area is flooded with congressmen, media personalities, and professionals on their way to dine at some of the priciest and most popular restaurants in the District, including Café Milano for Italian fare and Bodega for complex Spanish tapas.

As the evening progresses, however, the college student contingent shows up to cram into nearly a dozen bars, seeking out a classic American pub experience at Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown, messy barbecue and beer at Old Glory Bar-B-Que, or sports bar madness at Rhino Bar & Pumphouse.

Diverse and hopping with myriad shopping opportunities by day and a college-heavy scene by night, M Street satisfies fashion-conscious shoppers and frat boy partiers alike.

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Tip from Adriana:

The Shops at Georgetown Park is a beautiful high-end shopping mall located in a restored 19th-century building. With close to a hundred stores and expansive indoor gardens, it’s a great place to visit, rain or shine. Spend the afternoon shopping, and then slip out the back exit, which opens onto the beautiful C&O Canal.

  • Crowd

    Tourists, college students, fashionistas, socialites, families, and well-to-do locals. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music and DJs at some of the bars, depending on the night.

    Sights along M Street include:

    DC’s oldest building, the Old Stone House (3051 M Street NW).

    The National Pinball Museum (3222 M Street NW).

    Access to the Rock Creek Park Trail (just east of 28th Street NW on M Street) that connects to more than one hundred miles of bike- and pedestrian-friendly pathways.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Dozens of restaurants and smaller eateries line the street, including:

    Georgetown Cupcake (3301 M Street NW), which has a line out the door from open to close.

    High-end grocery store Dean and Deluca (3276 M Street NW).

    Bodgea (3116 M Street NW) for upscale Spanish tapas.

    Café Milano (3251 Prospect Street NW) for fine Italian cuisine.

    Old Glory Bar-B-Que (3139 M Street NW) for classic barbecue and people-watching.

    The Guards Restaurant (2915 M Street NW) for an old-school steakhouse in business since 1966.

  • Prices

    Prices vary by location, but trend toward the higher end.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any warm day, though most crowded on Fridays and Saturdays and weekdays after 3:30pm.

  • Close By

    The nearby Georgetown waterfront offers outdoor dining, many bars, and expansive views of DC.

M Street User Reviews

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M Street is a Must-See Treat
Kanika L. Oct 3, 2013
I have lived in the suburbs of Washington D.C. my entire life, and I hate to admit that I always took Georgetown for granted. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I fell in love with my city. Thanks to M street. No matter what stores, cuisine, or nightlife scene you may fancy, M street generally offers a diverse selection. I found that you could make a day well spent out of it, if you were up for the challenge. Shops such as Urban Outfitters, Brooks Brothers, American Apparel and BCBG are right at your fingertips if you want to splurge. You can take a break with a midday snack at Pizzeria Paradiso, which has some of the most delicious pizza in D.C. For dessert, there are a number of sweet shops around. I’ve been to Georgetown Cupcakes a few times with out-of-towners, which you will discover always has a long line outside the shop. While I prefer Baked by Melissa, the Red Velvet is always a classic choice worth getting. At night, restaurants such as Mie N Yu are great for treating a date with its romantic dim lighting and lounge-style seating. A number of restaurants that surround M street are walking distance and can be great to eat and drink at before starting the night festivities. My family and I enjoy Bangkok Joe’s for its superb Thai food and even better view of the Georgetown Waterfront. If you want to hit up bars after you’re a little tipsy, Modern is a mini underground, trendy lounge and Rhino is an always happening, two-story bar, generally filled with good-looking Georgetown crew-team members. One of the reasons I find the area attractive is because of its old-time charm. The feel of the street takes you to Europe with its side-by-side cafes, shops and cobblestones on the sidewalk. Times when the weather is beautiful, the street can be bustling with families, tourists, professionals and Georgetown University students who want a study break. If you don’t know how to spend your next Saturday, I’d suggest driving down the alphabet for some M street action.
Amazing street!
Elyse H. Dec 12, 2012
I love shopping on M Street! Anywhere there’s a Sephora I’m totally happy! There’s an Urban too and an Anthropologie, and on the other side of Wisconsin there’s an amazing vintage shop and a Lulu Lemon which has the best workout clothes ever!! There are also a bunch of cute little restaurants and cafes, like La Madeleine which has amazing French pastries! The cupcakes at Georgetown Cupcake are to die for, and going for groceries at Dean and Deluca is always super fun! I could seriously spend all day here going from store to store if my credit card didn’t stop me!
Vibrant city street
Tara R. Dec 8, 2012
Since M is more or less the center of the alphabet, it’s hardly surprising that M street is the center of Georgetown. The street is bustling during the day and night, and while the stores and the restaurants tend towards the preppy side of things—think pink, green, and lots of Lacoste—it is a street that will be enjoyed by everyone. The sheer number of stores and bars can be a bit overwhelming if you’re trying to conquer M Street in one day. My personal favorites are the woman’s version of the child’s candy store in Sephora, and Mie N Yu, where I spent a sober but still entertaining New Year’s full of belly dancers and exotic food.
Never gets old!
Ariel C. Nov 7, 2012
M Street is the best street in DC! It goes straight through Georgetown and is perfect for shopping, eating, drinking, you name it! It's such a cute environment, especially around Christmas time, I can't go a Christmas without going to Georgetown at least once. You'll love it. You absolutely have to get a cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake, they have the best cupcakes I've ever had and they're so pretty too! Make sure you bring your camera too, I always love taking pictures there. Go at least once, you won't regret it!
The Heart of Georgetown
Jimmy D. Oct 25, 2012
My favorite street in DC. Lined with shops, bars and restaurants, you can easily spend a full day enjoying all the different things to do on M Street. Make your way from the Four Seasons Hotel on one end of the street all the way to Georgetown Cupcake on the other and you will cover something for everyone. All within the historic setting of Georgetown. Grab some BBQ and beers at Old Glory (right near the corner of M and Wisconsin), enjoy a sundae at Serendipity, close down the bar at Smith's Point, do some expensive food shopping at Dean and Deluca, inhale a cupcake at the famous Georgetown Cupcake or just stroll down to the waterfront from M street. Often times I'll just head down to M Street without a plan and go with the flow. You are sure to find something interesting and fun to do.
Love it!
Deepak H. Sep 10, 2012
I love this street. When I was living in DC, I used to stay just few blocks away from M Street and so I was on M most of the time. It is actually the perfect spot to hang out with friends, or bring a date to or just hang out. There are so many restaurants, bars, shopping and stuff to do here. The Georgetown Mall is also on the M street. I never liked the mall. It is just spacious with a bunch of never busy shops and "bored enough to swat flies" shopkeepers. Tip of the Day- One of the DMV offices is in the mall! Nothing like shopping to celebrate you getting a drivers license eh? I am usually at Old Glory with friends or at Rhino's with some of my Georgetown friends. Rhino's have some awesome drink specials. If you want to take your date out to M street, I suggest Mie N Yu. It is an intimate loungy restaurant. Oh also, this is a must do for all you cupcake fans. Head to Georgetown cupcakes! Don't be turned off the by the long line which usually extends around the block. It moves fast and also their cupcakes are so worth the wait!
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