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From multi-level malls and shopping centers, to neighborhood boutiques and antique shops packed with charm, Northern Virginia is a retail melting pot for shoppers, making it easy to stumble upon something you’re sure to love.
For one of Northern Virginia’s best shopping experiences, Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you visit Alexandria, Virginia’s Old Town neighborhood. What was once a colonial village rich with American history is now home to one of the country’s most exciting shopping destinations. Cobblestone sidewalks are lined with vintage buildings and old homes that house retail shops featuring many locally owned designer boutiques and antique shops.
If you prefer shopping in a mall, Northern Virginia has its fair share of modern ones that offer all the shops you could possibly desire. Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax boasts more than 200 stores, including Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Michael Kors and H&M. Located just four miles away from downtown DC, Arlington’s Ballston-Common Mall is another mall destination for shoppers, with 163 clothing stores, furniture shops and restaurants.