John & Monika’s guidebook

John & Monika
John & Monika
John & Monika’s guidebook

Places to eat

There are many great places to eat within easy walking distance from our home. Here are a few of our recommendations:
Great place for a romantic dinner.
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Evening Star Cafe
2000 Mount Vernon Avenue
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Great place for a romantic dinner.
French bistro famous for their brunch!
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Del Ray Café
205 East Howell Avenue
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French bistro famous for their brunch!
Excellent bakery and cafe for breakfast and lunch.
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Junction Bakery & Bistro
1508 Mt Vernon Ave
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Excellent bakery and cafe for breakfast and lunch.
Best burgers in Del Ray! Great place to grab a quick bite.
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Holy Cow
2312 Mount Vernon Avenue
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Best burgers in Del Ray! Great place to grab a quick bite.
There is a wonderful bar and restaurant in the back of this iconic cheese store. Great place to get a glass of wine and nibbles.
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Cheesetique Del Ray
2411 Mount Vernon Avenue
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There is a wonderful bar and restaurant in the back of this iconic cheese store. Great place to get a glass of wine and nibbles.
Because who doesn't want breakfast all day? New restaurant with great food and service.
Matt & Tony’s All Day Kitchen + Bar
1501 Mount Vernon Avenue
Because who doesn't want breakfast all day? New restaurant with great food and service.

Places to drink

Local bars within walking distance
Great local bar with excellent food, just down the street from us. Check to see if the upstairs lounge is open for live music, pool table, shuffleboard and video games!
Majestic Lounge
Great local bar with excellent food, just down the street from us. Check to see if the upstairs lounge is open for live music, pool table, shuffleboard and video games!
Fun outdoor bar for relaxing summer evenings. Great nibbles and people watching. Try the bourbon slush!
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The Front Porch
2006 Mt Vernon Ave
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Fun outdoor bar for relaxing summer evenings. Great nibbles and people watching. Try the bourbon slush!
Cozy bar with sushi and tacos. Nice outdoor seating, too!
Kaizen Tavern
1909 Mt Vernon Ave
Cozy bar with sushi and tacos. Nice outdoor seating, too!
Great pizza and beer. Large bar area for watching sports. Trivia competitions on Monday nights!
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Del Ray Pizzeria
2218 Mount Vernon Avenue
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Great pizza and beer. Large bar area for watching sports. Trivia competitions on Monday nights!
Great place to watch sports at the bar. You can eat their award winning BBQ, or order hamburgers from the Holy Cow menu!
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Pork Barrel BBQ
2312 Mount Vernon Avenue
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Great place to watch sports at the bar. You can eat their award winning BBQ, or order hamburgers from the Holy Cow menu!

Desserts!

Places to go for a special treat!
Chocolate and gelato! Just around the corner from us on Mt. Vernon Ave.
Dolce and Bean
2003a Mt Vernon Ave
Chocolate and gelato! Just around the corner from us on Mt. Vernon Ave.
Milwaukee custard and great cookies! The cobbler of the day with a scoop of custard is my favorite!
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The Dairy Godmother
2310 Mount Vernon Avenue
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Milwaukee custard and great cookies! The cobbler of the day with a scoop of custard is my favorite!
Great baked goods and coffee!
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Junction Bakery & Bistro
1508 Mt Vernon Ave
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Great baked goods and coffee!

Entertainment

Places to go for music or a show.
Washington DC's hot new music venue. A great place to catch the larger acts with plenty of dining nearby. Easy Lyft ride from Del Ray.
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The Anthem
901 Wharf St SW
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Washington DC's hot new music venue. A great place to catch the larger acts with plenty of dining nearby. Easy Lyft ride from Del Ray.
The iconic music venue in Alexandria. Intimate, with general admission seating (get there early) good food and great acts. You could walk but you are better off getting a Lyft.
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The Birchmere
3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
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The iconic music venue in Alexandria. Intimate, with general admission seating (get there early) good food and great acts. You could walk but you are better off getting a Lyft.
Casino and concert venue across the river from Alexandria. Take the water taxi during the summer months.
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MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Ave
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Casino and concert venue across the river from Alexandria. Take the water taxi during the summer months.
Amazing home of a "physical theater" company. Famous for their unique interpretations of Shakespeare and other classics.
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Synetic Theater
1800 S Bell St
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Amazing home of a "physical theater" company. Famous for their unique interpretations of Shakespeare and other classics.
Modern, intimate theater in the Shirlington shopping district. Great place for a dinner and a show within easy Lyft distance.
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Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Avenue
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Modern, intimate theater in the Shirlington shopping district. Great place for a dinner and a show within easy Lyft distance.

Shopping

Places to go to shop till ya drop!
Dozens of independent stores as well as some of the large chains line King Street from the Metro station all the way down to the waterfront. Plenty of restaurants, bars and coffee shops to refuel at along the way!
King Street
Dozens of independent stores as well as some of the large chains line King Street from the Metro station all the way down to the waterfront. Plenty of restaurants, bars and coffee shops to refuel at along the way!
The best place to get your mall on in the metro area. The people watching is fabulous!
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Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
1100 S Hayes St
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The best place to get your mall on in the metro area. The people watching is fabulous!
Iconic high end shopping in Washington DC. You could spend the whole day here exploring.
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Georgetown
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Iconic high end shopping in Washington DC. You could spend the whole day here exploring.
Need to hunt for bargains? This national outlet chain is located just across the river from Alexandria. All the big outlets are there.
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Tanger Outlets National Harbor
6800 Oxon Hill Road
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Need to hunt for bargains? This national outlet chain is located just across the river from Alexandria. All the big outlets are there.

Nature

Places to get outside!
Walking paths along the Potomac. Very near the King Street shopping district.
Oronoco Bay
Walking paths along the Potomac. Very near the King Street shopping district.
Incredible woodland park in the Potomac River with shaded walking paths and water views. You can cross over the Francis Scott Key Bridge and have lunch in Georgetown when you are done.
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Theodore Roosevelt Island
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Incredible woodland park in the Potomac River with shaded walking paths and water views. You can cross over the Francis Scott Key Bridge and have lunch in Georgetown when you are done.
Walk around the Jefferson Memorial, and enjoy the famous cherry trees in the spring.
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Tidal Basin
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Walk around the Jefferson Memorial, and enjoy the famous cherry trees in the spring.
There are numerous parks with fabulous views of the Potomac River on the drive from Alexandria to Mt. Vernon. Pack a picnic lunch and walk along the trail until you find a spot or bench that suites you!
George Washington Memorial Parkway
There are numerous parks with fabulous views of the Potomac River on the drive from Alexandria to Mt. Vernon. Pack a picnic lunch and walk along the trail until you find a spot or bench that suites you!
A wide open park at the end of the National Airport runways. Best place in the world to watch jets take off and land over head! Plenty of space to eat a picnic lunch by the Potomac River.
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Gravelly Point
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A wide open park at the end of the National Airport runways. Best place in the world to watch jets take off and land over head! Plenty of space to eat a picnic lunch by the Potomac River.

Basics

If you need supplies during your stay.
A great wine store around the corner on Mt. Vernon Ave.
Planet Wine
2000 Mount Vernon Avenue
A great wine store around the corner on Mt. Vernon Ave.
Pharmacy, food and everything else you can think of. Easy walking distance on Mt. Vernon Ave.
Walgreens
1517 Mt Vernon Ave
Pharmacy, food and everything else you can think of. Easy walking distance on Mt. Vernon Ave.
Support the little guy! Stacy has just what you need to battle a head cold!
Neighborhood Pharmacy-Del Ray
2204 Mt Vernon Ave
Support the little guy! Stacy has just what you need to battle a head cold!
Local dry cleaner within easy walking distance.
Greener Cleaner of Del Ray
2210 Mt Vernon Ave
Local dry cleaner within easy walking distance.