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Top 10 Shopping in Washington DC

10. Chevy Chase Pavilion

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This is no longer a vacation—It’s a quest! A quest to find something exciting to do on a rainy day in the capital. Lampoon-ing its way onto our Top 10 DC shops is a massive pavilion boasting over 150 stores and restaurants. The bustling center resides on the border of D.C. and Maryland and even has an AMC movie theater. Shop, eat, watch a movie, and take a break from your travels. Located in Friendship Heights, open Mon – Sat 7 AM – 11 PM and Sun 7 AM – 9 PM. 

9. The Collection

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Located just a diamond’s throw from the Chevy Chase Pavilion in Friendship Heights is a whole new world of high-end designer fashion. Only 14 prestigious brands get to call The Collection their home, including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo, and Gucci. Each store has individual hours of operation (no one tells Gucci when to open). If the prices aren’t for you, cross the street to the Mazza Gallerie or The Shops at Wisconsin Place—the options are endless in Friendship Heights!

8. Capitol Hill


Attention all nesters! If high-end fashion doesn’t fit with your baby-centered lifestyle, try out the Top 10 DC shops in the Capitol Hill area. With a collection of stores geared towards families, the welcoming shops include Homebody, Capital Hill Books, and Ginkgo Gardens. A gem of the area is the Eastern Market, an open-air farmer’s market where you can find hidden treasures for the whole family. Stop and grab a bite at Hill’s Kitchen while you’re visiting—if you dare! 

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7. Dupont Circle


Whether you are a self-identified hipster or still denying that you are, indeed, a hipster, Dupont Circle is the place for you. With vintage shops, artsy bookstores, and charming coffee shops, Dupont Circle is a trending hub and a must-visit for Top TenDC shops. Make sure to check out Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café, a delightful coffee shop engulfed in hundreds of enchanting books, and Proper Topper, a whimsical women’s accessory boutique. But keep Dupont Circle on the D.L.—we wouldn’t want mainstream media to find out about it.

6. Georgetown

Do you have a passion for fashion? Centered on M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, this Top 10 DC shopping mecca boasts over 470 different merchants in a 1.2 square-mile radius—a shopaholic’s dream! Georgetown is considered one of the most historic districts in DC, but you wouldn’t guess it from the eclectic mix of national and international flavor in this shopping hub. From indie boutiques to high-end stores, Georgetown has a little bit of everything for everyone. Don’t miss Georgetown Cupcakes for a sweet treat while you’re out and about! 

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5. U Street


Hipsters need furniture too, right? This trendy neighborhood has gained a reputation for fresh, modern furniture styles with stores like Goodwood, Zawadi, and Salt & Sundry. But hip furniture isn’t all this Top 10 DC shopping district has to offer—14th street boasts a collection of edgy clothing stores for the independent mind, including Lettie Gooch and Junction. Check out Red Onion Records for all things vinyl or Merlot’s Masterpiece for the perfect combination of wine and art. 

4. Old Town Alexandria

Plump full of charismatic boutiques, historic magic, and enchanting shops—Old Town Alexandria, VA, will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. Bellacara, Hysteria, Coco Blanca... the list of adorable Top 10 DC shops is endless. For all our traveling canine lovers: this boutique district has earned is reputation as one of the most pup-friendly areas of the capital—woof! Dog happy hours, canine cruises, you name it! 

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3. Crystal City Shops


This is an underground shopping mall. REPEAT. THIS IS AN UNDERGROUND SHOPPING MALL! How neat is that? This subterranean shopping corridor has been fascinating the nation’s capital since 1976. With an assortment of 150 unique and diverse stores, Crystal City Shops has easily earned its (underground) place on our Top Ten DC shops. Make a point to hit the Gallery Underground, a beautiful, modern art gallery for the adventurous traveler. Open Mon – Sat 10 AM – 6 PM. 

2. CityCenterDC


Arguably the most up-and-coming shopping district to grace the Top 10 DC shops is CityCenterDC—a new level of class in downtown Washington. With brands like Burberry, Dior, and Kate Spade, you won’t want to miss this fantastic hub. Boasting “monumental style” in a vibrant, energetic neighborhood, CityCenterDC has become a landmark of the city. Venture out into the surrounding downtown area to find a plethora of major stores and restaurants—the capitol is oozing with entertainment.

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1. National Harbor


Residing along the beautiful Potomac River, National Harbor is a wonderful collection of shops, restaurants, amenities, and attractions. With well-known stores like Fossil and Del Sol accompanied by the Tanger Outlet Mall, this district is great for all occasions and all budgets. Don’t miss a visit to the National Harbor Pier where you can take a ride in a water taxi to Old Town Alexandria or Georgetown (two other Top Ten DC shopping faves)!

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