Alexandria with Friends
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.
480 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Last week, Haitian Chef Stephan Durand prepared tasty, traditional treats for the dining hall of the World Bank headquarters in D.C. The dishes were part of a concerted effort by the Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., Paul G. Altidor, to promote...
1600 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Oh Robert Wiedmaier, you’ve done it again. First, we fell in love with Brasserie Beck in D.C., and then, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we’re now head over heels for the Brabo Tasting Room in Old Town. In our past two weekend...
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...
2051 Jamieson Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
I’m not usually one for chain restaurants, even when they’re local chains, but tucked back into the Carlyle area of Old Town, across the street from the Westin, is Old Town’s best Thai restaurant. The third location of a local chain, Pasara Thai...
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...
904 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Pizza seems to be everywhere, but good pizza is notoriously hard to find. When in Alexandria, look no further than one of Old Town’s newest pizza places, Red Rocks. A local chain (there are one or two others in the DC area), Red Rocks is all about...
728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Alexandria has been around since before the founding of our country and has always been home to a number of taverns. However, during Prohibition, Alexandria was also home to something else: a speakeasy. In the decades since alcohol started flowing...
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...
104 S Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
You won't find any cheesy FBI t-shirts here, which is why this store is popular with locals and visitors. Locals flock here for their great selection of Virginia wine (my favorites come from the Little Washington Vineyard and Afton Mountain...
Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Washington, DC is a city of monuments. One of the most photographed is the U.S. Marine Corps War (Iwo Jima) Memorial in nearby Rosslyn, Virginia. That was my goal when I woke up before dawn one spring morning to catch it in the prized predawn...
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