In Fine Feather at Cady’s Alley in Washington, DC
January 23, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, US – In DC‘s historic Georgetown neighborhood, feathering one’s nest is a task of epic proportions. The area’s sprawling Federalist mansions and brick rowhouses boast outsized colonial charm and ample square footage for displaying interior treasures. Luckily, the neighborhood’s residents have an interior design haven in their own backyard: Cady’s Alley.
This 19th century alleyway had fallen derelict in the 1980s, but a restoration revitalized the enclave’s attractive brick buildings, central courtyard, and pedestrian-friendly cobblestone lanes. High-end home furnishing and design stores soon moved in−a perfect match for buildings with lofted ceilings, glass-and-steel walls and stairs, and dramatic skylights. Boutiques run the gamut from locally-based antique and furnishing purveyors to nationally and internationally significant designers and brands (à la Design Within Reach).
Even if you aren’t a member of Georgetown’s landed gentry, it’s still fun to stroll through the alley and fantasize about tricking out your dream home. Plus, there’s a sprinkling of fashion boutiques here if you prefer to accessorize your outfit instead of your living room. We’re partial to Relish, a two-level boutique filled with sophisticated pieces from international labels like Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, and Marni.
All that shopping and traipsing across the cobblestones is sure to leave you with an appetite. We love grabbing lunch at modern Austrian Kafe Leopold. The light salads, hearty schnitzel, and lush pastries are superb, and the patio with its trickling water and greenery is a soothing respite from Cady’s commerce.
Just as Kafe Leopold’s menu is the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary elements, so too is Cady’s Alley. The buildings and smattering of antique offerings may be historic, but the vibe is focused on fashion-forward trends in home design and apparel. The area won the prestigious AIA Honor Award for Urban Design and boasts Georgetown’s first EV (electric vehicle) charging station, bringing this former industrial port along the Potomac River squarely into the 21st century.
And so, Cady’s Alley is so much more than just a place to lavishly feather one’s nest. It’s a lofty feather in Georgetown’s cap!
Read more about Cady’s Alley in our Washington, DC Guide.