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D.C.—The Shopping List

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The D.C. area boasts a robust and diverse retail landscape with dozens of independent shops...
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1415 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Appalachian Spring is a locally owned and operated store that showcases the handiwork of 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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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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945 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
District Flea is D.C.’s latest flea market brought to us courtesy of the organizers of New York's uber-hip Brooklyn Flea. Plenty of vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, art, books, records, specialty foods, and other finds to keep you happily...
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3409 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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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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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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...
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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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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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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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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...