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The Best Shopping in Washington, D.C.

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Although D.C. style has historically leaned conservative, it doesn't mean that shoppers can't find the latest clothes, home furnishings, or food items. The nation's capital has a number of high-end stores, independent boutiques, and outdoor markets to satisfy the shopaholic, whether you're looking for designer suits, crafts, or vintage whatnots.
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1625 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
From painted ceramics to patterned throws, screen printed bags to small-batch foods, Salt & Sundry’s assortment of artisanal treasures inspires the creator and designer in us all. Its curated boutique on the bustling 14th and U Street...
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3314 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
In D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood, Cady’s Alley is a cluster of shops and design firms specializing in high-end home furnishings, kitchens, and baths. If you’re a jewelry lover, head to JewelersWerk—they offer...
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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 just right. It offers quality dress shirts that follow a special sizing system to match varied body types and heights. Styles are versatile enough...
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225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
The Eastern Market, now a National Historic Landmark, opened in 1873 to serve the Capitol Hill neighborhood (an 1805 version, located down by the Navy Yard, was a casualty of the War of 1812). The brick market hall, packed with butchers, bakers,...
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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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1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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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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 in 2012 when she threw open the doors...
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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 and remains family run by third-generation owner Samatha Hays. Her grandparents fell in love with the vibrant art of Mexico and thoughtfully decorated the store with it. The...
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5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
A D.C. fixture since it opened in 1984, Politics and Prose is an independent bookstore popular for its knowledgeable staff, author readings and book signings, occasional trivia nights, and a café that's been serving organic fare since...
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1626 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Miss Pixie's has been a trove of a seemingly endless influx of vintage and unusual home furnishings since 1997. Frequent inventory turnovers due to estate sales and auctions make it a place to visit and browse often. From mid-century dining tables...
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1351 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
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...
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1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
Union Market is the perfect D.C. destination if you're searching for a weekend brunch spot, craving a snack on your way to visit the Capitol, or, you know, hungry. Oyster bar, bakery, taqueria, soda shop, sandwich shop, Korean taco grill—all...
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1001 H St NW #206, Washington, DC 20001, USA
City Center DC is a newish downtown destination with more than 30 upscale brands, including Kate Spade, Paul Smith, and Burberry. Shoppers can revive with a sugar rush at David Chang's Momofuku Milk Bar, famous for its crack pie and vanilla...
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657 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Capitol Hill Books looks more like a hoarder's basement than a bookstore. It's not the best place to pick up the latest bestseller, but it is exceptional for its collection of rare books, as well as its snarky, not-so-subtle opinions about various...
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1600 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
There’s no better way to experience the seasons of the Mid-Atlantic than through the samples offered by local farmers and producers at the FreshFarm Dupont Circle Market. This vibrant community gathering brings together up to 50 local...
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2475 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Songbyrd is a one-stop destination for the multidimensional music lover in us all. Part record shop, part music venue, and part DJ-spinning restaurant/bar and café, this space is for musicians, music fans, and those who simply want a good...
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1350 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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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2467 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Idle Time Books has been an Adams Morgan fixture since 1981 and carries a quality selection of used, recent, and out-of-print books, as well as vintage greeting cards, newspapers, records, and CDs. The best way to explore this little gem of a...
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1743 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
It’s your last day in D.C. and you haven’t picked up a “thank you” gift for your lovely Aunt Julee. I know your Aunt Julee well, and I can tell you that the White House snow globe that you were hoping to pick up at the...