Silver Spring attracts a diverse mix of both middle-class suburbanites and local immigrant communities to its newly-rejuvenated downtown core. While there is a heavy chain establishment feel hanging over the area, there is also no shortage of independent shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
Downtown Silver Spring is located just across the District of Columbia line, separated by Eastern Avenue.
The Silver Spring Metro Station is served by the Washington, D.C. Metro Red Line and is located on Colesville Road between Wayne Avenue and East-West Highway.
From outside of Montgomery County, MD
From other points in Montgomery County, MD
- Ride-on-Bus operates service between downtown Silver Spring and other locations in Montgomery County, including Rockville, Bethesda, and Wheaton.
The entire downtown is very compact and easily walkable.
- Metrobus  operates bus service around Silver Spring.
- Ride-on-Bus  operates service between downtown Silver Spring and other locations in Silver Spring.
- Van Go  are free purple buses that offer frequent service around Silver Spring on weekdays between 7:00AM and 7:00PM.
For information on bike-sharing programs in the Washington, DC area, see Washington DC#Get_around
- AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, near Georgia Avenue, ☎ . A 1938 theater, now restored and home to the American Film Institute and Shopping Center. Highly Recommended.
- Discovery Channel Headquarters, 1 Discovery Place, near corner of Georgia Avenue and Wayne Avenue. Check out the dinosaur skeleton in the lobby.
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Avenue. A restored station from 1945.
- Mayor Lane Memorial Park (Georgia Avenue at Mayor Lane Alley). Bust of Norman Lane, a beloved local resident who lived in the nearby alley.
- The Old Tavern, in Silver Spring Library (on Colesville Road). A 1937 New Deal-era post office mural.
- Acorn Park, 8060 Newell Street. Acorn Park sits on the site of the spring the surrounding area was named after. While small, its acorn-shaped gazebo and grotto are hard to miss.
- Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters. Offers tours Mon-Thursday mornings, or by appointment. The sixth largest highly international religious body moved to Silver Spring from adjacent Takoma Park in 1989.
- Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 8230 Georgia Avenue, ☎ . An art center dedicated to print and papermaking, offering studio rentals, classes, and other special events.
- Walking Tour of Forest Glen Seminary, Linden Lane. fourth Saturday of each month, March-November. The Seminary was an early 20th century school that features a unique collection of architecture from around the world (including an Italian Villa, a Japanese Pagoda, a Dutch windmill, etc). Tours are run by the "Save Our Seminary" organization.
- Washington D.C. Northern Boundary Stone (along East West highway in front of the Summit Hills apartment complex). Erected in 1792 and one of the oldest federal monuments. This stone represents the northern most boundary of Washington D.C.
Downtown Silver Spring
Most of downtown's chain restaurants are concentrated near Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, but there are plenty of other options a little more further afield.
- 8407 Kitchen and Bar, 8407 Ramsey Avenue, ☎ . M-Th 11:30AM-10:30PM, F 11:30AM-Midnight, Sa 5PM-Midnight, Su 11AM-9PM. Artisanal American menu features house made charcuterie, locally-sourced produce, meat, and seafood, and a very creative selection of mixed drinks. $6-32.
- Abol Ethiopian, 8626 Colesville Road, ☎ . Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. As one of many Ethiopian haunts in Silver Spring, Abol serves spicy meat and stews atop sourdough flatbreads, often intended to be eaten by hand. $10-30.
- Crisfield, 8012 Georgia Avenue, ☎ . Tu-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su Noon-9PM. Seafood, seafood, and more seafood. $11-30.
- Da Marco Italian Ristorante, 8662 Colesville Road. Lunch M-Sa 11AM-2PM, Dinner Tu-Th 5:30PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10PM. A family-owned Italian experience, with both take-out deli and full-service dining options. $6-20.
- Fenton Cafe, 8311 Fenton Street, ☎ . M-Sa 8AM-8:30PM, Su 8AM-6:30PM. Sweet and savory crepes (and espresso) prepared to order in a cozy environment. $2-10.
- Ghar-E-Kabab, 944 Wayne Avenue, ☎ . Daily 5PM-10PM. Ghar-E-Kabab (The House of Kabab) serves traditional Indian and Nepalese cuisine -- much of it vegetarian -- at reasonably affordable prices. $10-30.
- Jackie's Restaurant, 8081 Georgia Avenue, ☎ . Tu-Th 5:30PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM, Su 11:30AM-9PM. In an unlikely area of town populated primarily by auto body shops, Jackie's offers fresh, more upscale American cuisine, including "Elvis" burgers, oysters, and an extensive wine list. $10-30.
- Kefa Cafe, 963 Bonifant Street, ☎ . M-Th 7AM-6PM, F 7AM-9PM, Sa 8AM-5PM, Closed Sunday. A quaint cafe and art gallery serving coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and soups. $2-12.
- Lebanese Taverna Cafe, 933 Ellsworth Drive, ☎ . M-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su Noon-8PM. Tasty and inexpensive Lebanese fare in the heart of downtown. $8-13.
- Mandalay, 930 Bonifant Street, ☎ . M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10:30PM, Su noon-10PM, closed 3PM-5PM daily. While the restaurant's ambience may not lend itself to fine cuisine, Mandalay offers some of the best Burman fare in the Washington area -- a mix of Indian, Chinese, and Thai cuisines. $12-20.
- Masa Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi, 921-J Ellsworth Drive, ☎ . Restaurant: M-Th 4:30PM-10PM, F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa 12:30PM-11PM, Su 12:30-10PM. Masa Hibachi offers authentic Japanese teppanyaki style cooking, with sushi, noodle and vegetable dishes prepared tableside. $13-35.
- Mi Rancho Tex Mex Restaurant, 8701 Ramsey Road, ☎ . Fresh Tex-Mex at reasonable prices, with both indoor and outdoor seating, an extensive selection of Margaritas, and house-made chips and salsa. $8-15.
- Pete's Apizza, 962 Wayne Avenue, ☎ . Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. New Haven-style "Apizza" is the main draw of this tucked-away establishment, though Pete's menu also features salads, panini, pasta, and gelato on the side. $10-30.
- Tastee Diner, 8601 Cameron Street, ☎ . A true Silver Spring institution, Tastee has served up classic American diner food all day, every day since 1947. $1.5-10.
Outside of Downtown
These eateries can make for a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner stop when touring outside of the immediate downtown.
- Parkway Deli, 8317 Grubb Road, ☎ . M-W 8AM-9:30PM, Th-F 8AM-10PM, Sa 7AM-10PM, Su 7AM-9:30PM. One of Washington area's most well-known New York-style delicatessens. The attached restaurant is frequently busy on Saturday mornings, owing to the area's large Jewish community. $3-15.
- Woodside Deli, 9329 Georgia Avenue, ☎ . M 7AM-5PM, Tu-Sa 7AM - 9PM, Su 8AM-5PM. Another popular area delicatessen. $5-15.
- York Castle Tropical Ice Cream, 9324 Georgia Avenue, ☎ . Hours vary by season; check website. A popular Jamaican ice cream shop featuring soursop ice cream and other uncommon flavors. $2-10.
- Piratz Tavern, 8402 Georgia Avenue, ☎ . This place is a strange gem. The staff actually do appear to be pirates—one actually lost an eye in a sword fight—and the eccentric atmosphere seems to bring out the patrons' inner pirates as well. The Pirate cuisine on offer is surprisingly excellent, a mix of Caribbean, Portuguese, and Brazilian, and attracts families and couples in addition to the bar's younger clientèle. If you like a drink, don't pass up the extremely stiff rum-based grog, which is quite tasty and very reasonably priced. Unlike most area bars, you will never have to lose your voice shouting above loud music. Ask for a seat outside in the back. Entrées: $9-30, glass of grog: $6.
- Quarry House Tavern, 8401 Georgia Avenue (below Bombay Gaylord), ☎ . Su-Th 5PM-midnight, F-Sa 5PM-2AM. This bar has been a neighborhood staple for over 70 years. At first glance it's just a friendly looking dive bar, but upon further inspection it reveals itself as something of a gastropub—the food is heads and shoulders above usual bar fare (fried pickles are a must), and they have a great, long list of Belgian beers! Live bands on weekends and a weekly Rockabilly night Sa.
- Stained Glass Pub, 12510 Layhill Road (right off Georgia Avenue). Opened in 1979. Named for colorful windows. Good pizza and live entertainment including Karaoke and live bands. Walking distance from the Glenmont Metro Station.
- Comfort Inn Georgia Ave/DC Gateway, 7990 Georgia Avenue, ☎ .
- Courtyard Silver Spring North, 12521 Prosperity Drive, ☎ , fax: +1 301 680-9232.
- Courtyard by Marriott, 8506 Fenton St, ☎ , fax: +1 301 589-4898. Free WiFi, gym, restaurant, lounge, coffee bar in lobby. Three blocks to Metro, two miles to D.C. border. $200-280.
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC - Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Avenue, ☎ .
- Residence Inn Silver Spring, 12000 Plum Orchard Drive, ☎ , fax: +1 301 572-2362. Located off Cherry Hill Rd, 4 miles north of the Capital Beltway. Located near NSWC and the University of MD.
- Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel, 8777 Georgia Ave, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Outdoor pool, 24 hour fitness center, 24 hour business center, meeting space, restaurant onsite
|Routes through Silver Spring|
|Bethesda ← Kensington ←||W E||→ College Park → Greenbelt|
|Charlottesville ← Washington, D.C. ←||S N||→ Colesville-Burtonsville → Ellicott City|
|East End ← Takoma ←||S N||→ Wheaton → END|