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Shopping in Downtown DC


Shop for fabulous finds at DC’s newest retail destination, CityCenterDC

Paul Stuart

Fashionistas rejoice! With the recent unveiling of CityCenterDC—an expansive, mixed-use development boasting boutique after boutique beckoning shoppers—downtown DC has become the place to be when it comes to haute couture. The retail destination takes up several city blocks and features shops like Gucci, Hermes, Christian Dior, Kate Spade, Burberry, Allen Edmonds and more. Whether you want to go on a shopping spree Pretty Woman-style or simply browse the latest looks, CityCenterDC welcomes locals and out-of-town fashion fans alike.

The outdoor destination is made up of several breezeways that make it easy to go from shop to shop (and stop in for a sweet retail refuel at places like Rare Sweets or Dolcezza). In addition to women’s and men’s clothing boutiques, CityCenterDC also features glittering jewelry stores like David Yurman and Alexis Bittar, French skincare shop and day spa Caudalie, and The Great Republic, a shop filled with rare, museum-quality Americana maps, books and more.

Fashion forward events

CityCenterDC’s breezeways and open courtyard make it a great place for fun (and free!) events. The destination sponsors a number of free events throughout the year, including outdoor exercise classes, evening concerts and a tree lighting during the holiday season. For the most up-to-date events, check CityCenterDC’s online calendar. On warm days, you’ll find DC locals and convention-goers catching up with friends in the courtyard or dining al fresco at one of CityCenterDC’s many popular restaurants.

Finding the fashion

@jbcevents - Fig & Olive - CityCenterDC

CityCenterDC, located near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis, is easy to spot and easy to find. The sleek white exterior is accessible by two nearby Metro stops, Mount Vernon Square/7th St-Convention Center (Yellow and Green line) and Gallery Place-Chinatown (Yellow, Green and Red lines). The DC Circulator’s Georgetown-Union Station route also stops in front of the development at New York Avenue and 9th Street. There is a parking garage directly underneath CityCenterDC and most restaurants offer valet. CityCenterDC’s boundaries are New York Avenue NW, 9th Street NW, H Street NW and 11th Street NW.

Ease your shopping addiction any day of the week with a happy hour stop at Fig & Olive, one of several restaurants in CityCenterDC that draws a consistent crowd. Choose from eight different crostini creations and beer and wine deals offered in the bar/lounge area.

Still have a shopping urge that needs fixing? Read on for more shopping options in the District.