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Best Boutiques and Shops in D.C.

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Although DC has historically leaned towards the conservative, it doesn't mean that shoppers can't find the latest clothes, home furnishings, or food items. DC has a number of hip and affordable shops, independent boutiques, high-end stores, and outdoor markets to satisfy the shopaholic. From designer suits and dresses to crafts and vintage whatnots, DC is a city for big spenders and the budget-conscious.
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3314 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
In D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood, Cady’s Alley is a small cluster of shops found on the south side of M Street NW and in back on both sides of the historic Cady’s Alley. The area is an interior designer’s paradise with shops and design firms...
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3212 O St NW #5, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Hugh & Crye is a men's clothing store based in Georgetown that knows how to make shirts that fit. It offers quality dress shirts that follow a special sizing system to fit specific body types and heights. Styles are versatile enough for K Street...
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3409 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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I don’t really like to shop, and it’s even worse for me when I HAVE to shop like when I need to pick up a gift for a friend. I struggle to find that perfect gift. Thank goodness Wake Up Little Suzie exists. This small store is a go-to place for...
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2311 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
For years, while she was attending graduate school and waitressing part-time at her family’s Italian restaurant, young Isabella Polles dreamed of opening a clothing store of her own. That dream came true last year when she threw open the doors at...
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1514 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Opened in 1955, the Phoenix is one of the oldest shops in Georgetown. Today, it's still family-operated: Third-generation owner Samatha Hays currently oversees everything. Her grandparents fell in love with the vibrant art of Mexico and...
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1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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One of Washington's most beloved independent bookstores, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café is just as much a D.C. institution as the city's historic monuments. Opened in 1976, Kramerbooks was the first bookstore/café in the United...
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657 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Like many people these days, I do a lot of my reading either online or on an electronic device of some sort. But every now and again, I have the urge to open up a book and thumb through the pages. I especially love the soft feel of worn pages and...
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1743 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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It’s your last day in D.C. and you haven’t picked up a “thank you” gift for your lovely Aunt Julee. After all that she did to help you plan your memorable trip to D.C., she deserves a souvenir. I know your Aunt Julee well, and I can tell you that...
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5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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A D.C. fixture since it opened in 1984, Politics and Prose is a much-loved independent bookstore. Even as the larger chain bookstores began to shutter in the '90s, this place thrived. The knowledgeable staff, author readings and book signings...
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2000 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
I think I’m one of the few people on the planet who does not own a Kindle. Don’t get me wrong, I read plenty of content online but when it comes to books, I’m old school – I like to run my fingers across the covers, feel the pages and actually be...
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2467 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Idle Time Books is a long standing fixture in the Adams Morgan neighborhood having been in operation since 1981. Although it’s a small store, Idle Time carries a sizeable selection of quality used, recent and out-of-print books, as well as vintage...
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1350 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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What started as a simple hat shop has grown over the years to a full-scale boutique with a wonderful range of women's clothing from local designers. And you'll find accoutrements such as scarves, gloves, bags, and umbrellas, stationery sets,...
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1415 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
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Appalachian Spring is a locally owned and operated store that sells American Craft from artists and craftsmen who live and work in the Appalachia region of the U.S. The products—which include glassware, wood items, pottery, textiles, and jewelry—...
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1626 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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Since 1997, Miss Pixie's has been a trove of a seemingly endless influx of vintage and unusual home furnishings. Frequent inventory turnovers due to estate sales and auctions make it a place to visit and browse often. From mid-century dining...
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1510 U St NW # B, Washington, DC 20009, USA
So I was walking around the Adams Morgan neighborhood when my purse started falling apart. I still had another day in D.C. and only brought one bag, so I pulled out my phone to find a nearby vintage store. I mean, I needed a bag, but I wasn't...
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645 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Now, this is a game shop. Not one for the electronic gamer-types, this Capitol Hill store offers nearly 6,000 games including Archimedes' Stomachion (the World's Oldest Puzzle), handmade wood puzzles, board games like Chess, Clue, Scrabble, and...
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1351 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
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Inspired by vibrant Southeast Asian night markets, D.C. chef Erik-Bruner Yang (of Toki Underground fame) and D.C. streetwear mogul Will Sharp created a sleek, two-story indoor/outdoor space that's part menswear store, part café and...