Washington, D.C. Shopping

Despite the fact that going to "the Mall" in D.C. doesn’t mean you’re going shopping, Washington offers fabulous stores that sell serious or silly souvenirs, designer fashions, recycled and green goods, books about almost everything, and handicrafts. Even if you are headed to the mall, our nation’s Mall, that is, you’ll discover that plenty of collections housed along the famous greensward,

such as the Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art, sell interesting keepsakes in their gift shops.

Beyond the Mall, smaller one-of-a-kind shops, designer boutiques, and interesting specialty collections add to Washington’s shopping scene alongside stores that have been part of the landscape for generations. Weekdays, Downtown street vendors add to the mix by offering funky jewelry; brightly patterned ties; buyer-beware watches; sunglasses; and African-inspired clothing, accessories, and art. Discriminating shoppers will find satisfaction at upscale malls on the city's outskirts. Not surprisingly, T-shirts and Capitol City souvenirs are in plentiful supply.

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Antiques/ Collectibles 7

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Jewelry/ Accessories 10

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Beadazzled

  • Crafts

A rainbow of ready-to-string beads fills the cases, and the stock also includes jewelry as well as books on crafts history and techniques.

Betsy Fisher

  • Clothing

Catering to women of all ages and sizes in search of contemporary and trendy styles, the selection includes one-of-a-kind accessories,...

Bloom

  • Jewelry/Accessories

As its name suggests, this shop has a wonderful selection of jewelry that is as dazzling as a garden in full bloom. Whether you're looking...

Burton Marinkovich Fine Art

  • Art Galleries

You know you've reached this gallery when you spot the small front yard with a cast bronze Lesley Dill sculpture with its Emily Dickinson...

Hemphill Fine Arts

  • Art Galleries

This spacious showcase for contemporary art shows mid-career and established artists such as William Christenberry, John Dreyfuss, Linling...

J. Press

  • Clothing

Like its flagship store, founded in Connecticut in 1902 as a custom shop for Yale University, this Washington outlet is resolutely Ivy...

Kramerbooks & Afterwords

  • Books/Stationery

One of Washington's best-loved independent bookstores has a choice selection of fiction and nonfiction. Open all night on Friday and...

Proper Topper

  • Clothing

As it's name suggests, this gem of a boutique carries a delightful collection of hats for women, men, and children for any occasion or...

Second Story Books

  • Books/Stationery

A used-books, DVDs, and CDs emporium, this place stays open late and bibliophiles may be enticed to browse for hours. ...

Secondi

  • Clothing

One of the city's finest consignment stores carries a well-chosen selection of women's designer and casual clothing, accessories, and...

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