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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A Mano

  • 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...

Addison Ripley

  • Art Galleries

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

Andre Chreky

  • Spa/Beauty

Housed in an elegantly renovated Victorian town house, this salon offers complete services—hair, nails, facials, waxing, and makeup.

Ann Hand

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Catering to Washington's powerful and prestigious, this jewelry and gift shop specializing in patriotic pins may seem intimidating, but...

Appalachian Spring

  • Crafts

Traditional and contemporary American-made crafts—including art glass, pottery, jewelry, housewares, and toys—fill this lovely shop.


  • Gifts/Souvenirs

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,...


  • 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...


  • Spa/Beauty

Hard-to-find skin-care lines—Laura Mercier and Trish McEvoy, among others—are what set this homegrown, now national, chain apart.

Bridge Street Books

  • Books/Stationery

This charming independent store focuses on politics, history, philosophy, poetry, literature, music, film, and Judaica. ...


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