Washington, D.C.

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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  • 1. A Mano

    Georgetown | Household Items/Furniture

    The name is Italian for "by hand," and it lives up to this moniker, stocking colorful hand-painted ceramics, hand-dyed tablecloths, blown-glass...Read More

  • 2. Betsy Fisher

    Dupont Circle | Clothing

    Catering to women of all ages and sizes in search of contemporary and trendy styles, this elegant shop offers one-of-a-kind accessories, clothes...Read More

  • 3. Capitol Coin & Stamp Co

    Downtown | Antiques & Collectibles

    Searching for a William Howard Taft candy dish? How about a William McKinley 1896 campaign button? It's all here, whether you need it or not...Read More

  • 4. Catch Can

    Upper Northwest | Clothing

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

  • 5. Eastern Market

    Eastern Market | Market

    For nearly 145 years, this has been the hub of the Capitol Hill community. Vibrantly colored produce and flowers, freshly caught fish, fragrant...Read More

  • 6. Fahrney's Pens

    Downtown | Crafts

    What began in 1929 as a repair shop and a pen bar—a place to fill your fountain pen before setting out for work—is now a wonderland for anyone...Read More

  • 7. GoodWood

    U Street | Household Items/Furniture

    It's described by its owners as an American mercantile and dry goods store, but when you open the door, you'll feel as if you've been invited...Read More

  • 8. Grand Cata

    Shaw | Wine/Spirits

    Best friends Julio Robledo and Pedro Rodriguez teamed up to open this wine and spirits store focusing on small Latin American producers. You...Read More

  • 9. Hemphill Fine Arts

    Logan Circle | Art Galleries

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

  • 10. Indian Craft Shop

    Foggy Bottom | Crafts

    Jewelry, pottery, sand paintings, weavings, and baskets from more than 45 Native American tribes, including Navajo, Zuni, Cherokee, and Mohawk...Read More

  • 11. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café

    Dupont Circle | Books/Stationery

    One of Washington's best-loved independent bookstores has a choice selection of fiction and nonfiction. It also hosts many author talks and...Read More

  • 12. Lettie Gooch Boutique

    U Street | Clothing

    Named after the owner's grandmother, this hip boutique attracts many of D.C.'s fashionistas with its wonderful collection of cutting-edge designers...Read More

  • 13. Miss Pixie's

    U Street | Household Items/Furniture

    The well-chosen collectibles—handpicked by Miss Pixie herself—include gorgeous textiles, antique home furnishings, lamps, mirrors, glass- and...Read More

  • 14. National Archives Store and Gift Shop


    In a town full of museum shops, this store at the National Archives Museum stands out, with exclusive memorabilia, reproductions, apparel, books...Read More

  • 15. Opportunity Shop of the Christ Child Society

    Georgetown | Antiques & Collectibles

    This gem of a consignment–thrift store has been a Georgetown landmark since 1954, with volunteers who have been with the store for over 40 years...Read More

  • 16. Politics and Prose

    Upper Northwest | Books/Stationery

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

  • 17. Secondi

    Dupont Circle | Clothing

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

  • 18. Shop Made in DC

    Dupont Circle | Souvenirs

    This Dupont Circle shop offers a rotating selection of strictly locally made goods. Find art, books, T-shirts, and even baby onesies made by...Read More

  • 19. Tabletop

    Dupont Circle | Household Items/Furniture

    This is a delightful place to find distinctive gold earrings by Daphne Olive, the designer and store owner, as well as wooden bookends, bento...Read More

  • 20. The Phoenix

    Georgetown | Crafts

    All under one roof (with 30 solar panels) in a delightful shop owned and operated by the Hays family since 1955, you can find contemporary clothing...Read More

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