What to look for: Antiques, gifts & fresh-market fare. The historic neighborhood that sits in the shadows of the Capitol dome offers shoppers a mix of nationally known retail outlets and neighborhood specialty boutiques. On weekends, join locals at Eastern Market, one of the city’s liveliest open-air arts and crafts markets. On 8th Street SE, also known as Barracks Row, you’ll discover pet shops, antiques shops and more. Union Station, DC’s glorious Beaux-Arts train station, houses dozens of familiar shops like Victoria’s Secret, The Body Shop, Ann Taylor and Nine West.
Circulator: Potomac Avenue Metro – Skyland via Barracks Row route
What to look for: Fashion staples & specialty shop treasures. DC’s downtown area has welcomed a wave of development in recent years, including the arrival of new shopping destinations. Chinatown’s Gallery Place retail area includes popular shops like Urban Outfitters, Aveda and City Sports. Take a walk down F Street to sample gourmet cheeses at Cowgirl Creamery or shop for hip fashions at H&M, Zara or Guess. Pick up handmade jewelry at Mia Gemma or cool DC-themed products and stunning hand-knit fashions at Peruvian Connection. Browse 7th Street’s galleries for showpieces by emerging artists. Downtown is also home to Macy’s and dozens of nationally known retail shops.
Circulator: Georgetown-Union Station route
What to look for: Clothing by locally grown designers & fabulous shoes. Serious shoppers won’t want to miss a trip to Georgetown, one of DC’s most celebrated shopping destinations. At once hip and historic, the neighborhood’s cobblestone streets are lined with locally owned boutiques, antiques shops and national retail outlets. Well-known chains like Coach and Restoration Hardware are located in the heart of the neighborhood, near the intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW. Stroll up Wisconsin Avenue to shop independently owned boutiques like Egg by Susan Lazar. On M Street, you’ll find a mix of retailers like Intermix and Anthropologie, along with DC exclusives like Hu’s Shoes and Dawn Price Baby.
Circulator:Georgetown-Union Station route or Dupont Circle - Georgetown - Rosslyn route
What to look for: High-end designer fashions. One of the most elite addresses in metropolitan Washington, Chevy Chase straddles the border of DC and Montgomery County, MD. Here you can shop for high-end designer fashions at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and more. A massive Bloomingdale’s serves as the anchor to The Shops at Wisconsin Place, which includes popular retailers including BCBG, Talbots, Cole Haan and Eileen Fisher. Nearby, the Collection at Chevy Chase attracts discerning shoppers to exclusive boutiques like Jimmy Choo, Max Mara, Gucci and Tiffany & Co. You’ll also find budget-friendly favorites like TJ Maxx and Loehmann’s, along with shopping mainstays like J. Crew, Pottery Barn and World Market lining the streets near the Friendship Heights Metro station.
Metro: Friendship Heights
What to look for: Used books, cool art, funky accessories. This eclectic, cosmopolitan neighborhood is home to trendy galleries, used bookshops and national retail outlets. Pick up funky accessories at Proper Topper, designer threads at Betsy Fisher or one-of-a-kind gift items at Tiny Jewel Box. Check out Kramerbooks, a bookstore and cafe that’s great for people-watching and stays open late. Travel along Connecticut Avenue toward the White House, and you’ll pass Brooks Brothers, Thomas Pink and other leading names in retail. On Sundays, the neighborhood’s farmers market turns the Circle into a veritable feast for the senses.
Metro: Dupont Circle
Circulator: Dupont Circle –Georgetown –Rosslyn route
What to look for: Hip home decor. The U Street Corridor is home to more than history and the half-smokes found at Ben’s Chili Bowl. The intersection at 14th and U Streets NW is at the center of it all, and the neighborhood is exploding with funky furniture stores, hip clothing outlets and cool boutiques like Lettie Gooch and Junction, making it a “capital” place to shop. Shop late and get special deals and discounts on Third Thursdays, happening the third Thursday of every month.
Circulator:Woodley Park – Adams Morgan – McPherson Square Metro