Georgetown’s Book Hill Beckons With European Flair

Known for its European flair, Georgetown’s Book Hill is packed with boutiques, antique stores, art galleries, and more. Stretching along Wisconsin Avenue from O Street to Reservoir Road, the Book Hill commercial district is the kind of place that easily draws in locals and tourists, alike.

One of the most popular events in Book Hill is Georgetown French Market. The annual, open-air market isn’t just “French” by name alone. It actually takes its inspiration from some of the outdoor markets you might come across in France.

The annual tradition has been going strong for two decades and is considered one of Book Hill’s largest yearly shopping events. Local antique shops and boutiques often get in on the fun, while you may come across some restaurant specials too, along with live entertainment, and more.

Even when the market isn’t going on, you’ll probably find an array of French selections in Book Hill, including macarons, tarts, croissants, and other delicacies. While there are obviously several French bakeries in Book Hill to consider, you can also shop in the area for things like European furnishings and antiques.

A number of art galleries are also at home in Book Hill, which are collectively coined The Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill. They often sell artwork ranging from sculptures and paintings to photography, prints and drawings. In the past, the galleries have put on their own free arts festival called Art All Night.

While French cuisine is easily on tap in Book Hill, there’s actually a nice selection of cuisine to choose from. The area is also home to a noodle house and a taco bar.

The Book Hill area takes its name from nearby Book Hill Park, which sits behind the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. It’s the place to go for stunning views of the Potomac River and Georgetown, itself.

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