12 Malls in Washington DC for the Best Weekend Outing

Thanks to its rapid growth and modernization, the malls in Washington DC offer some of the best retail outlets in the area. People get the best discounts on luxury goods, electronics and household items, while kids get to enjoy their time at play areas and activity centers. These malls are also home to a number of restaurants, bakeries and food outlets that make it a one stop for the family. Here are some malls in Washington DC that you should check out if you are in the area!

12 Best Shopping Malls in Washington DC 

1. CityCenterDC

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CityCenterDC is the one-stop destination for your luxury needs, be it food or clothes. One of the best high-end malls in Washington DC, luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Bulgari and Gucci offer customers a chance to splurge in high fashion. If you are a foodie looking to enjoy a gourmet menu, restaurants like Centrolina and Dolcezza ensure that you have a great experience. Other facilities in the mall include a hotel, spacious outdoor parking and a public space area where concerts and community workouts take place.
Location: 825 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States
Hours open: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
What to do: Luxury shopping, gourmet dining
Number of eateries: 9
Number of shops: 33
Facilities: Parking, public space area, hotel and luxury apartments
Public transport access: Metro and bus

2. Tysons Corner Center

Tysons Corner Center
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Located in Virginia, those in the DC area will have to drive to the border to visit this mall. It is one of the earliest and largest malls in the state. Home to an Apple Store, a 7Eleven and Victoria’s Secret amongst many other stores, the mall has something to offer for everyone. Eateries including gourmet dining outlets and fast food restaurants cater to the hungry guests. Other facilities include multi-storied parking, a car spa and a theatre where one can catch the latest Hollywood action.
Location: 1961 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons, VA 22102, United States
Hours open: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
What to do: Go shopping, eat out, watch movies
Number of stores and restaurants: 300+Facilities: Theatre, hotel, luxury apartments, free parking with paid valet option, free Wi-Fi, baby changing stations in all restrooms, car spa
Public transport access: Metro and bus

3. Gallery Place

Gallery Place Mall
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Gallery Place is one of the oldest malls in the DC area, founded in 1976. Despite having a few retails outlets and eateries, the mall is a popular destination thanks to its location. If you’re early to the NHL or NFL game at the nearby stadiums, the mall is at a walkable distance from the Capital One arena, home to teams based out of Washington DC. Lucky Strike, the posh bowling alley offers you an entertaining evening filled with cocktails and games, while the Regal Cinemas allows you to catch up on the latest action in Hollywood.
Location: 616 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States
What to do: Go shopping, eat out, watch movies, go bowling
Number of eateries: 6
Number of retail outlets: 5
Facilities: Spa and fitness centre, movie theatre, 24/7 multi level parking and business center
Public transport access: Metro and bus

4. Fashion Centre at Pentagon City

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
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Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is located in the nearby state of Virginia. The skylit food court attracts guests to enjoy gourmet meals and quick bites. The retail outlets include an Apple store and a Macy’s outlet, while brands like Coach and Kate Spade give you the chance to indulge in some luxury as well. The mall also houses the Ritz-Carlton hotel, making for a wholesome overall experience, especially if you are visiting.
Location: 1100 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202, United States
Hours open: Monday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
                              Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
                              Sunday: 12 noon - 6:00 PM
What to do: Luxury shopping, eating out
Number of stores: 160+ 
Public transport access: Metro and bus

5. Union Center

Union Center Washington DC
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Located within Union Station, the Center is not just a hub for transiting passengers. It offers multiple restaurants, cafes and eateries that offer a variety of cuisines and to-go options. It also has quite a variety of retail outlets from electronics to a full fledged Walgreens. The historic architecture of the station attracts numerous tourists. So if you are looking for a mall that looks great and has great options to shop and eat at while on the move, Union Center is the place to be.
Location: 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, United States
What to do: Visit during a transit, eat out
Number of eateries and shops: 100
Facilities: Movie theatres, outdoor market, multi-level parking with valet option
Public transport access: Metro and bus

6. Tysons Galleria

Tysons Galleria
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Tysons Galleria is another mall located in Virginia, which is a short drive from Washington DC. The mall is a popular location for shopaholics looking to indulge in some high end retail therapy, with brands like Burberry, Prada and Ralph Lauren having outlets here. Gourmet dine-in restaurants indulge your taste buds, while fast casual restaurants and coffee shops cater to the working crowd. The Ritz-Carlton provides luxurious accommodation to guests , who can also enjoy high end spas and salons for a truly memorable experience.
Location: 2001 International Dr, McLean, VA 22102, United States
Hours open: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
                              Sunday: 12:00 noon - 6:00 PM
What to do: Go shopping, eat out
Number of eateries: 18
Number of shops: 95
Facilities: Free Wi-Fi, stroller rentals, valet parking, electric vehicle charging station, ATM, complimentary wheelchairs, multi-level parking
Public transport access: Metro and bus

7. Mazza Gallerie

Mazza Gallerie Washington DC
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Mazza Gallerie is located in the northwest area of Washington DC. The mall was established in 1977, and is home to a 2 level Saks Fifth Avenue store. The mall also has a 7 screen AMC movie theatre, screening the latest movies in Hollywood. The mall has long been one of the top spots for locals and tourists to enjoy their upscale shopping experience, making it one of the most popular malls in Washington DC.
Location: 5300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015, United States
Hours open: Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
                              Saturday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
                              Sunday: 12 noon - 6:00 PM
What to do: Go shopping, eat out, watch movies
Number of eateries: 2
Number of shops: 18
Facilities: Underground parking, direct mall to metro station connectivity 
Public transport access: Metro and bus

8. Crystal City Shops

Crystal City Shops Washington DC
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Crystal City Shops offers guests a unique experience with shops, boutiques and contemporary cafes located underground, with tree-lined sidewalks at ground level. It makes for a great location that helps support local businesses, where you can find anything from jewelry to electronics. Also located here is a salon, spa and massage center, making it the perfect location to unwind and pamper yourself.
Location: 1750 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202, United States
Hours open: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
What to do: Go shopping, eat out, stroll around 
Number of shops and restaurants: 75+
Facilities: Numerous parking options 
Public transport access: Metro, train and bus

9. Chevy Chase Pavilion

Chevy Chase Pavilion
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The Chevy Chase Pavilion offers fashion retail outlets as well as dining options in the DC area. While J. Crew and Old Navy offer you a great chance to catch up with the latest fashion trends, Starbucks and the Cheesecake Factory provide you with the ideal setting for a date or business meeting. The Embassy Suites hotel within the mall also gives guests the option to stay and enjoy the luxurious services they provide. 
Location: 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015, United States
Hours open: Monday - Saturday: 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
What to do: Go shopping, eat out
Number of stores: 8
Facilities: Office space, hotel, 24/7 parking
Public transport access: Metro and bus

10. Clarksburg Premium Outlets

Clarksburg Premium Outlets
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Located in Maryland, the Clarksburg Premium Outlets mall is located 30 miles north of the DC area. The mall is famous for having multiple factory outlet stores of luxury brands like Nike, Under Armour, Kate Spade. As a result, customers get the best deals and discounts on these products. The mall also has a food court equipped with a Starbucks as well as few other restaurants serving various global cuisines.
Location: 22705 Clarksburg Rd, Clarksburg, MD 20871, United States
Hours open: Monday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
                               Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
                               Sunday: 12 noon - 6:00 PM
What to do: Go shopping, eat out
Number of eateries: 8
Number of shops: 82
Facilities: ATM, Accessible entrance and parking 
Public transport access: Taxi and train

11. Spring Valley Shopping Centre

Spring Valley Shopping Centre
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The Spring Valley Shopping Centre is a historic shopping strip located in the Washington DC area. At present, the main store in the centre is CVS, catering to your personal and medical needs. If you’re looking for some delicious treats and baked delicacies, then Wagshal’s offers you a fine range of pastries to tease your taste buds. The mall also consists of a Wells Fargo bank which caters to local needs.
Location: 4851 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016, United States
Hours open: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
What to do: Go shopping, eat out
Number of shops and restaurants:
Facilities: Surface parking for easy access
Public transport access: Bus

12. Tanger Outlets National Harbor

Tanger Outlets National Harbor
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Located along the National Harbor, Tanger Outlets consists of 88 high-end retail stores. Brands that have factory outlets here include HUGO BOSS and Nautica, allowing you to engage in high fashion while getting the best value and discounts. The mall also gives visitors access to the waterfront, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the various events and rides located along the harbour.
Location: 6800 Oxon Hill Rd, National Harbor, MD 20745, United States
Hours open: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
                               Sunday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
What to do: Go shopping, eat out, walk along the waterfront, ride the ferris wheel and carousel, visit the casino
Number of eateries (around National Harbor): 40
Number of shops: 88
Facilities: Covered parking lot, wheelchairs, ATM, free Wi-Fi, Electronic Vehicle (EV) charging station
Public transport access: Metro and water taxi 

So if you are in the capital city and can’t wait for your dose of retail therapy, make sure to visit these malls in Washington DC and satisfy the shopaholic in you!

This post was published by Peter Nikhil David

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