Alexandria for Anyone
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
Founded in 1749, Alexandria has seen its fair share of history, as a big tobacco trading post, an occupied city in the South during the Civil War, and now a hip suburb of Washington, D.C. Just nine miles from D.C., Alexandria is a great place to play, shop, and eat.
103 N Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
One of my favorite go-to places for a quick bite is Bittersweet Café: known for serving simple, delicious wrap sandwiches, smoothies, and freshly squeezed juices. However what makes Bittersweet Café special is that on Tuesday through Saturday...
1120 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Owned by Alexandria’s own celebrity chef Cathel Armstrong, Vermillion feels special from the minute you walk in the door. The King Street row house that holds this four star restaurant is dimly lit with wall sconces lighting the way. It’s the food...
102 S Patrick St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
I swear you get a waft of the smell of freshly brewed coffee well before you reach the front door to Misha’s. It’s the perfect advertisement for this small, local coffeehouse. Step inside the front door and enter into a quirky yet very charming...
Jones Point Dr, Alexandria, VA 23242, USA
A recent edition in the Alexandria area is the creation of Jones Point Park, which happens to be partially under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Much of the area was closed off with uncertain ideas of what it's use would be, but the National Park...
728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Owned by Dublin native and renown chef, Cathal Armstrong, at Eamonn’s you’ll enjoy the freshest fish and support a chef who is dedicated to the local food movement. Named after his son, Eamonn’s serves the best chipper in the DC metro area that...
105-107 S Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Now a museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary was founded in 1792 and when the family closed the business in 1933, they left everything as-is. So, what you see when you visit is a fascinating slice of Americana in its original state. The museum...
Old Town, Alexandria, VA, USA
As you're strolling down King Street, it's hard to wrap your head around that you're walking down the same brick and cobblestone streets that George Washington walked down. An area once filled with taverns and offices has been given new life, with...
2 E Walnut St, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
As the name implies, Grape + Bean is a local favorite for those looking to purchase quality wine and coffee. Both its Alexandria locations also sell a premium selection of beers, teas, specialty beverages, and gourmet snacks. The stores have an...
2312 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
If you're looking for a place with awesome BBQ, Del Ray's Pork Barrel BBQ is the spot. Just recently, they've teamed up with Holy Cow—a burger joint owned by the same guys—and now offer signature gourmet burgers in addition to the regular menu of...
710 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
For a taste of the old world (and by old I mean 15th century), head over to Medieval Madness at Renaissance Hall for a laugh, some meade, good food, and maybe a sword fight. I just experienced this place this past week and had an awesome time. The...
1012 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Killer E.S.P. is a cool, contemporary coffeehouse in the heart of Old Town, featuring Stumptown Coffee, sorbetto, and pie (hence 'E.S.P.'—the 'E' is for espresso), as well as a nice place to sit down and hang out for a while. Whether you're on...
205 E Howell Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
A friend took me to brunch at Del Ray Cafe one day. The sensation of walking through the door is you're stepping into the foyer of your best friend's house. The refurbished 1925 house has seating on the 1st and 2nd floor, a screened in outdoor...
105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
As you walk along the waterfront, it will immediately catch your eye—a large, Art Deco building with an unusual name: the Torpedo Factory. Once actually home to a factory that produced torpedoes for WWII, it has since been taken over by painters,...
108 N Patrick St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Pretty People Vintage is a one-stop shop for finding unique clothing, jewelry, and accessories in Old Town. Owner Annie Lee curates her collection with wearable pieces that can easily be incorporated into the modern woman's wardrobe. Throughout...
800 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Teaism is a collection of D.C. restaurants that serves a variety of high-quality teas and tasty fare with an Asian twist. The menu offers dishes that cater to all types of diets: omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. The newest and largest...
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