Washington, D.C. Shopping

Washington, D.C. ShoppingIt would seem that with all the world-class museums, iconic attractions and dizzying nightlife, there would be little time for much else in DC, but there are those of us who always seem to find a place in our schedules for some retail therapy. Finding a great gift for a special occasion or just maybe finding something nice for yourself makes venturing out to any of these fine area shopping destinations all the more fun.

Gallery Place
Gallery Place offers an unmistakably classy shopping experience that skillfully combines entertainment, dining, and health and beauty with some of the nation's most desirable retail outlets. Some of the top-drawer retailers include Urban Outfitters, Loft, and Bed Bath and Beyond. There is also a vibrant Chinatown community that's found in this downtown shopping district that goes to add a dramatic cultural dimension to your time here.

Address: 7th and H Streets, NW at Chinatown Friendship Arch, Washington, DC - MAP
Phone: (202) 638-3000
Web: www.galleryplace.com

The Landmark Mall
The Landmark Mall lives up to its name by offering a collection of iconic retailers housed within a family-friendly shopping environment. Macy's, Foot Locker and Kay Jewelers are just a few of the retail favorites that make their home here alongside some of the area's finest locally owned shops. There's also a great selection of eateries like Chic fil A, Caun Gourmet and Tivoli's Italian Pizza, to name just a few. So when you're looking for one of Washington's favorite places to shop, just look for the Landmark!

Address: 5801 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304 - MAP
Phone: (703) 354-8405
Web: www.landmarkmall.com

The Mazza Gallerie Mall
The Mazza Gallerie Mall offers top-drawer shopping at its best. This group of upscale stores includes such classic favorites as Ann Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Williams-Sonoma, Saks Fifth Avenue Men's Store and Harriet Kassman. If all this fine shopping finds you working up an appetite, there are plenty of great restaurants to enjoy a delicious meal for lunch or dinner before you venture out again. Also, there's a popular state-of-the-art theater on the premises as well.

Address: 5300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015 - MAP
Phone: (202) 966-6114
Web: www.mazzagallerie.com

Fashion Centre
Hard-core shoppers will do whatever it takes to find the elusive item they're searching for, even if it means driving a distance for it. That's what many DC shoppers do when they take the short trip to Arlington and visit the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. The venue features over 150 shops placed over four levels, all off the Pentagon City Metro stop. Discriminating shoppers will be pleased to find such attractive shopping destinations as Aeropostale, L'Occitane, Williams-Sonoma, Rockport, United Colors of Benetton, J.Jill and Ann Taylor. Popular favorites Macy's and Nordstrom anchor the mall's many merchants. Another popular spot is the food court that is accentuated by a high-ceilinged, sun-filled atrium.

Address: 1100 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202 - MAP
Phone: (703) 415-2400
Web: www.simon.com

Union Station
Union Station is one of Washington, DC's most historic places that still sees an amazing amount of activity. The station is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, and since it opened in 1907, also stands as the world's largest train station. Even though this rich past still is very much a part of its identity, Union Station also boasts an incredible array of shopping and dining choices thanks to an incredible $160 million upgrade. There are over 100 specialty shops and restaurants as well as a 9-screen movie theater.

Address: 50 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20002 - MAP
Phone: (202) 289-1908
Web: www.unionstationdc.com