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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Calvert Woodley Fine Wines and Spirits

  • Wine/Spirits

In addition to the excellent selection of wine and hard liquor, 200 kinds of cheese and other picnic and cocktail-party fare is on hand.

Catch Can

  • Clothing

Bright and breezy clothes made of mostly natural fibers, plus comfortable but playful shoes and funky rain boots, make casual wear as...

Julia Farr

  • Clothing

Women who lobby on Capitol Hill and lunch at the country club look to Julia for a professional and polished look. Decorated in soothing...

Periwinkle Gifts

  • Food/Candy

A panoply of gift options are available in these warm and welcoming surroundings: boutique chocolates, cases of nutty and gummy treats,...

Politics and Prose

  • Books/Stationery

After being bought by two former Washington Post reporters in 2011, this legendary independent continues the tradition of jam-packed...

Rodman's Discount Foods and Drugstore

  • Food/Candy

The rare store that carries wine, cheese, and space heaters, Rodman's is a fascinating hybrid of Target and Dean & DeLuca. The appliances...

Sherman Pickey

  • Clothing

Think preppy with an edge–-albeit a soft one–-at this shop with women's fashions from Nicole Miller, Tory Burch, Pink Tartan, and...

Tabandeh

  • Clothing

This avant-garde women's collection includes an expertly selected cache of Rick Owens tops and Ann Demeulemeester clothing, along with...

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