MY CITY | WASHINGTON, D.C.
Exclusive views and gardens, international flavours and design boutiques – MYKITA Shop assistant and Washington local Quintin reveals his secret spots and favourite hangouts in the U.S. capital.
COFFEE & CAKE
The eclectic décor, ample seating and great taste in music make Baked & Wired a perfect spot to hang out. My top recommendation is their chocolate sheet cake with a hint of cinnamon, topped with buttercream frosting and scattered pecans. I fell for B&W on account of their cupcakes, but I continue to come back for the coffee: true baristas that care about their craft, using the best beans. I recently discovered nitro coffee there too, so everything just got even better.
SHOPPING IN GEORGETOWN
Antiques, boutiques, big box stores, small indie shops – Georgetown has it all. I can easily spend an entire day just on M Street. In addition to the established stores such as J. Crew and Nike, there is Cady’s Alley just south of this main street, DC’s design district with several small boutiques with niche design wares for the home, jewellery and selected fashion designers too. I also enjoy browsing the speciality shops and galleries on Wisconsin Avenue, heading north towards Book Hill. The eponymously named park in this charm-filled micro neighbourhood offers sweeping views of Georgetown.
B Too is a Belgian style brasserie with great interior design, and a fantastic beer selection as you might expect. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner the menu offers a modern take on Belgian fare with dishes like salmon waffles, mussels with frites or a selection of meat dishes prepared on the open kitchen charcoal grill – the focal point of this bar/restaurant.
PERENNIAL FOOD FAVOURITE
Cactus Cantina is a casual, family-friendly and authentic Tex-Mex cantina serving the best specialities in the Washington area. For my partner and I this is the go-to place for Mexican food and by far my favourite place to eat overall. Luckily I live only a few steps away. Consistently good service, quality food and reasonable prices – even the free chips with salsa is great. The mixed ceviche is a favourite, and I’m addicted to the warm churros dipped in chocolate and powdered sugar for dessert.
DINNER DATE FOR CARNIVORES
Located in Chinatown, Del Campo is a spacious venue that is also cosy due to the smooth lighting and layout. It’s a little bit dressy, but not at all intimidating, making it a nice place for a romantic date. The Latin speciality dishes are some of the most delicious and unique in D.C. in my opinion. Smoked tuna, squid, bone marrow or tomahawk rib-eye – Del Campo blows me away with presentation and flavours. Try the chorizo! Hands down my favourite place for meat in Washington.
MOST EXCLUSIVE VIEW
W Hotel’s rooftop overlooking the White House offers stunning views any time of the day. At night, the aptly named POV Lounge really comes into its own as a swanky nightlife attraction for the city’s best-dressed with a fine selection of crafted cocktails to match.
THE OPULENT GARDEN EXPERIENCE
The Hillwood Mansion was the lavish home of Marjorie Merriweather Post and houses her impressive collection of French and Russian art. The mansion is set on 25 acres of landscaped gardens and surrounding woodlands, there is a Japanese-style garden, a rose garden and a French parterre. Perfect for a day when you want to feel perfectly exquisite and absolutely grand.
DON’T FORGET BASEBALL
Cheering fans, good stadium chow – taking in a National’s game every now and then is part of the essential Washington experience.
Visit the MYKITA Shop Washington at 3001 M Street NW in Georgetown.