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
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 hea
Despite the fact that going to "the Mall" in D.C. doesn’t mean you’re going shopping, Washington offers fabulous stores

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 its name, 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, the selection includes one-of-a-kind accessories, clothes...Read More

  • 3. 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 for...Read More

  • 4. Eastern Market

    Capitol Hill | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Fairy Godmother

    Capitol Hill | Toys

    This specialty store, which opened in 1984, features a delightful selection of books for children, from infants through teens, in English, Spanish...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Hu's Shoes

    Georgetown | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    This cutting-edge selection would shine in Paris, Tokyo, or New York. Luckily for Washingtonians, it brings ballet flats, heels, and boots from...Read More

  • 9. Indian Craft Shop

    White House area | Crafts

    Jewelry, pottery, sand paintings, weavings, and baskets from more than 50 Native American tribes, including Navajo, Pueblo, Zuni, Cherokee,...Read More

  • 10. Kramerbooks & Afterwords

    Dupont Circle | Books/Stationery

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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. myArchives Store

    The Mall | Crafts

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

  • 14. Opportunity Shop of the Christ Child Society

    Georgetown | Antiques/Collectibles

    This gem of a consignment/thrift store has been a Georgetown landmark since 1954. You'll find gorgeous fine jewelry, antiques, crystal, silver...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Proper Topper

    Dupont Circle | 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 season...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. 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

  • 19. Tiny Jewel Box

    Downtown | Jewelry/Accessories

    Despite its name, this venerable D.C. favorite contains six floors of precious and semiprecious wares, including unique gifts, home accessories...Read More

  • 20. Addison Ripley

    Georgetown | Art Galleries

    Contemporary work by national and local artists, including painters Manon Cleary and Wolf Kahn and photographer Frank Hallam Day, is exhibited...Read More

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