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We love the area known as Book Hill, which is the slice of heaven just below the Georgetown Public Library, between Glover Park and Georgetown. Although not metro-accessible you’ll leave your car behind once you park, to stroll through enough boutiques, artisanal food shops, and antique stores for an afternoon of retail therapy. On sunny days when central Georgetown is packed and single-file walking is the only option, Book Hill is breezy and civilized.
Pop into Patisserie Poupon for a slice of quiche or Panini. For dessert, make sure to stop at Macaron Bee, for dozens of inventive flavors like peanut butter and jelly – the cookies are crisp and soft, chewy with just enough sweetness. If your motto, like Carrie Bradshaw’s is “Shopping is my cardio,” work off lunch while trying on Sassanova’s chic clothes or Sherman Pickey’s preppy threads. Finish up at The French Apartment for Gallic kitchen accessories and furniture.
In recent years, Washington has thrown off its dowdy reputation and become a fashion destination to rival many major U.S. cities, attracting famous retailers and trendy boutique owners alike to open brick-and-mortar and online shops with homes in the nation's capital. Here are a few of our favorite shopping areas:
Georgetown. The city's most famous shopping district, the Georgetown neighborhood offers many acclaimed retailers along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Stroll through boutiques like the area's first Rag & Bone and Cusp by Neiman Marcus, pop in and out of local jewelers or design shops, or stop for a cupcake at the famed Sprinkles or Georgetown Cupcake.
Friendship Heights. Walk the several block radius of Friendship Heights and find yourself along the East Coast's Rodeo Drive. Featuring stores like Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co., and department stores Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, shoppers will find the luxury goods just a few steps from the Metro.
Logan Circle. This ecclectic neighborhood not only boasts some of the best restaurants and bars in the city, but much of the best boutique shopping as well. Along the 14th Street Corridor and stretching upwards to the area's intersection with U Street, find home design shops, vintage retailers and high-end home and design shops alike.
Old Town. Located inside the Beltway and easily accessible via Metro, Old Town Alexandria's King Street offers a number of charming boutiques and national retailers alike. Peruse local jewelry, shoes, high-end vintage and home goods alike.
Tyson's Corner. A 15-minute drive from the District proper, Tyson's Corner boasts two large luxury shopping malls and many of the area's best retailers. From anchor stores like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue to retailers ranging from the expected (J.Crew, Anthropologie, Restoration Harware) to the ecclectic (the nation's first Spanx store, an American Girl Doll flagship, and the area's first C. Wonder), the mall is well worth the drive.
Don’t forget the market.
Some of Washington, DC’s best souvenirs can come in the form of local and handmade goods. We’d suggest shopping at Union Market or Eastern Market for one-of-a-kind finds.