Collected by Megan Eileen McDonough, AFAR Local Expert
Home to high-rise buildings, quirky boutiques, swank lounges and family-friendly restaurants, you can easily shop or eat your way through Reston. Head to the revamped Reston Town Center to shop the latest fashion trends or browse through local art on Lake Anne.
1609 Washington Plaza W, Reston, VA 20190, USA
In addition to Reston Town Center, Lake Anne Plaza is another excellent area to dip your toes in Reston's local culture. Comprised of restaurants serving both ethnic and American food, vintage and consignment shops, and recreational facilities,...
11900 Market St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Reston Town Center is undoubtedly one of the area’s top attractions. Growing up just a few towns away, I spent many weekends shopping with my friends here. The town center is completely walkable, and during the winter months, there is a large ice...
1400 Lake Fairfax Dr, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Many people visiting Reston for the first time spend most of their day shopping or eating at restaurants. However, there are several outdoor excursions that offer great views of the area. Lake Fairfax is one of the best examples of this. Unless...
1228 Hunter Mill Rd, Vienna, VA 22182, USA
You don’t have to book an African safari to see zebras and monkeys up close. The Reston Zoo is a fun excursion for families, open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week, and until 5 p.m. on weekends. Children naturally flock to the...
12001 Market St #103, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Founded in 1974, GreaterRestonArtsCenter, or GRACE as it's more commonly called, promotes visual arts through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events. Although it was originally located in the Lake Anne Village Center, it's now...
11401 N Shore Dr, Reston, VA 20190, USA
You don’t have to splurge on expensive meals to have some of the Reston's best food; just head to the Reston Farmers’ Market in the parking lot of Lake Anne Plaza. Most vendors are all set up by about 8 a.m. and stay there until noon, depending on...
11920 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Conveniently located in Reston Town Center, McCormick & Schmick's specializes in seafood and steak dishes, but there are plenty of other entrées to choose from. Many products are sourced from local farms and wineries, and most of their dishes are...
11990 Market St #106, Reston, VA 20190, USA
If you’re in the mood for Italian, head on over to Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana for a meal fit for a king. For lunch, choose from their list of soups, salads, pizzas, pastas, meats and desserts. Their pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven for that...
11935 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Sweetgreen is one of Reston’s newer restaurants, and it’s already making a major splash in the local community. It's quickly becoming famous for its seasonal dishes, so make sure to check the menu for new treats. The menu this month (October,...
1826 Library St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
While it may be a chain, it is popular for good reason. Teavana serves many nutritious and fresh-brewed teas. A few of their most popular varieties include the Youthberry Wild Orange Blossom Tea Blend, Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Tea Blend,...
11903 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190, USA
This family owned and operated shop has one of the largest and arguably one of the best selections of cigar and hookah products in the area. The place has been around for nearly twenty years, and even if you're not a smoker yourself, it's an...
11838 Spectrum Center, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Even the most energetic traveler needs a break every once in a while. When you’re all shopped out, relax at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, and indulge in one of their luxurious treatments. Choose from a menu of signature services, including...
12184 State Rte 4721, Reston, VA 20191, USA
Stop by Ariake for lunch, dinner, or just for a quick cocktail before hitting the town. There are always lunch specials offered and many diners prefer to order from the sushi bar. If the weather is nice, try to snag a table outside—although this...
1816 Library St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Open daily, this tasting room doubles as a wine bar and shop. It serves light snacks like almonds, mixed nuts, cheese plates, salads, and paninis, so don't come here if you are starving. The main attraction, however, is the wine tasting setup that...
11750 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA 20191, USA
Don't even think about leaving the Westin without at least ordering a glass of wine at Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro. Executive Chef Bo Palker makes sure every dish stands out by incorporating flavors from around the world into his innovative...
1818 Discovery St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Regardless of what time of year you visit Reston, there is always something going on in Reston Town Center’s Open Air Pavillion. During the winter months, a large ice rink becomes one of the most popular gathering spots, with skaters young and old...
1800 Michael Faraday Ct, Reston, VA 20190, USA
During the winter season, Reston Town Center gets all decked out for the holidays, which is best showcased through their large outdoor ice-rink. However, if you visit during the summer or any other season of the year, you can always put your...
11921 Freedom Dr, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Owners Michael Barry and Leslie Combemale sure know their art trivia. Barry is a composer and musician who graduated from the Corcoran School of Art, and Combemale has been working in the animation field since 1988. The gallery features original...
11960 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190, USA
PassionFish is worth the splurge. Chris Clime is the executive chef here and makes sure to incorporate seasonal flavors into every seafood dish using traditional techniques. Menu items range from ceviches and lobster rolls to whole fishes. They...
1811 Library St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
This American restaurant serves up classic, regional cuisine and pub-inspired food, in a very fun and laid-back atmosphere. Go the traditional route, and order one of the Bavarian pretzels and up to four dips, or keep things simple with a soup and...
RESTON TOWN CENTER, 1827 Library St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Serving authentic Mexican food made from scratch, Uncle Julio's is a favorite among Reston residents. Their guacamole is made in-house with fresh avocados, and comes in small and large portions. The menu is quite extensive and has all the Mexican...
11964 Market St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Authentic Siamese cuisine and a handful of top-notch Thai chefs makes Busaro a true gem. The overall atmosphere is very contemporary, and dishes are prepared with fine ingredients. Try the classic Wonton Soup or the Grilled Steak Salad for lunch,...
1820 Discovery St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Be Right Burger is exactly what its clever name suggests. If you're not feeling any of their signature beef, turkey, chicken, or veggie burgers, build your own and select from a variety of tasty toppings. After you've scarfed down one of their...
2310 Colts Neck Rd, Reston, VA 20191, USA
Reston Community Center has some great resources for people interested in the arts, the Jo Ann Rose Gallery in the Lake Anne Village Center being one of them. Throughout the year you can stop by to see new art exhibitions and get to know the local...
1810 Library St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
We might live in a world dominated by e-newsletters and online event invitations, but the Dandelion Patch brings things a bit closer to home, quite literally. This fine stationery store began in Vienna, Virginia, in 1994 and has since expanded to...
11877 Market St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
While many stores in Reston Town Center can be found in just about any major U.S. city, Appalachian Spring is a local, contemporary, and traditional American crafts shop selling unique items that are perfect for a birthday, wedding, or anniversary...
11936 Market St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
If you're looking for the best in women's fashion, head straight to Francesca's in Reston Town Center. The shop sells clothing, bags, jewelry, and accessories and is open daily. Fashions range from sophisticated dresses and tops to denim pants and...
11873 Market St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Clothes aren’t the only thing you might want to shop for while visiting the Northern Virginia area. Market Cellars is a local wine store featuring nearly 300 wines, more than 100 select craft beers, fresh gourmet food, and wine accessories that...
11950 Market St, Reston, VA 20190, USA
South Moon Under is a one-stop shop for both men's and women's clothing. If you're looking for a nice shirt to wear for dinner or a fancy pair of shoes, you'll likely find that and much more. Women can shop for clothing, apparel, jewelry,...
12050 N Shore Dr # A, Reston, VA 20190, USA
The phrase "never judge a book by its cover" is definitely true in this case. Fortunately, the treasure awaits inside. Family-run, El Manantial will quickly feel like home. Order from their tapas menu, which includes items like frog legs,...
4305, 1639 Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA 20190, USA
A great way to learn about Reston’s history is by visiting the Reston Historic Trust (Reston Museum). Founded in 1996, this nonprofit organization continues to be an innovative influence on the local community. The Reston Museum & Shop offers...
11150 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Thinking of biking your way through Reston Town Center? If so, make sure to stop by the Bike Lane for rentals and other miscellaneous items, like cycling gloves, socks, shoes, and helmets. Keep and eye out for sales while you're there.
11130-K, South Lakes Dr, Reston, VA 20191, USA
Reston has a slew of designer boutiques as well as large commercial stores but sometimes flowers are the best gift of all. Whether you're looking to spruce up your hotel room or searching for a gift for local relatives, Blooms Reston Floral is a...
11450 State Rte 4721, Reston, VA 20191, USA
There's nothing quite like a nature walk to jumpstart your day. Walker Nature Center is open year-round and has several trails to walk at your leisure. They also offer free parking, so you don't need to worry about finding a space. The center...
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