In addition to a variety of great shops and restaurants at Union Station, popular boutiques, cafes, and bars dot Barracks Row (south of the Eastern Market metro stop) in this friendly neighborhood that was founded in the 19th century.
Metro: Union Station, Eastern Market
Arlington's Clarendon neighborhood has blossomed into a hub of activity over the last few years as restaurants, lounges, shops such as Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, and Apple, boutiques, and luxury condo buildings have popped up in the booming neighborhood. It has become the place for young movers and shakers to live and play.
A beloved city institution that was nearly destroyed by a devastating fire in 2007, the renovated public market is in full swing on weekends, when vendors offer a variety of food, produce, meats, breads and pastries, arts, antiques, crafts, and imported goods for sale. Metro: Eastern Market
Fair Oaks Mall
Located in Fairfax at the intersection of Routes 50 and I-66, the centrally located mall is anchored by Macy's and Lord & Taylor and features stores from Apple to Michael Kors to Williams-Sonoma. (703) 359-8300 Visit www.shopfairoaksmall.com.
A vibrant, historic neighborhood on the Potomac River teeming with an eclectic mix of restaurants, chain stores, such as JCrew, Urban Outfitters, and Club Monaco, small boutiques, and bars that line M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. This is one of the most popular destinations for young, hip urbanites in DC.
Metro: Foggy Bottom.
Nestled on the Occoquan River just minutes from I-95 in Prince William County, historic Occoquan is a charming town that was founded in 1758. The pedestrian-friendly streets offer an eclectic mix of art galleries, shops, restaurants, and businesses.
Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
Enjoy savings of 25% to 65% at 110 designer outlets including Burberry, Coach, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware, Saks Fifth Avenue's Off 5th, Williams-Sonoma and more. At the intersection of Route 7 and US 15 Bypass in Leesburg. (703) 737-3071
Logan Circle/14th Street
The reborn neighborhood has sprouted trendy restaurants, bars, and boutiques over the last few years; most of them concentrated on 14th Street between N and S Streets. The buzz-y neighborhood is populated with sophisticated locals.
Just over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge from Virginia, National Harbor is rapidly becoming a shopping and dining destination. Unique boutiques and art galleries line Waterfront St. in the heart of the area. Check out America! giving you the chance to purchase artifacts of American history in the making or Fossil with fashions and accessories for both men and women alike. A little more on the youthful side are the fashions of South Moon Under. There is even a Harley-Davidson store that caters to the passion for the brand. Easy in and easy to park.
Old Town Alexandria
A beautiful colonial town on the Potomac River, just south of DC, features more than 200 boutiques, shops, galleries, and award-winning restaurants, many in renovated 17th century buildings along King Street and on many side streets.
Metro: King Street and the Dash About shuttle.
Potomac Mills Outlet Mall
220 manufacturer outlets and discount stores offering brand and designer merchandise like Spiegel, Nordstrom, Polo, Nautica, Saks, Calvin Klein just to name a few. 2700 Potomac Mills Circle. Just off 195 south of Woodbridge.
Reston Town Center
This busy outdoor mall in Reston combines the charm of an Italian piazza and a French boulevard. Over 30 stores and 16 restaurants, an open air pavilion that features ice skating, and a movie theatre make this a popular weekend destination. 11921 Freedom Dr., Reston (703) 689-4699
Tysons Corner Center
Boasting more than 300 shops, Nordstrom, LLBean, Bloomingdale's, five fine dining restaurants, and a 16 screen movie theatre, Tysons Corner Center is the area's largest mall and is adjacent to the Capital Beltway at Chain Bridge Road, McLean (703) 893-9400 Visit www.shoptysons.com.