Shopping in Washington DC: A Guide to Where to Go Shopping

Washington DC is not just about the Capitol Building, museums, or grand government buildings. Shopping in Washington DC is among the biggest attractions and visitors can find everything from luxury goods to more budget friendly shopping destinations as well. Whether you are looking for something to buy for yourself, or a gift to a loved one or a souvenir to remember your trip by, shopping in Washington DC is sure to be one of the best experiences in the city. There is something to fit within every budget and for every purpose.

Here Is Our Curated a List of Our Favourite Places to Go Shopping in Washington DC:

1. Georgetown

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One of the most established hubs for shopping in Washington DC is the Georgetown area. It is well-known amongst shoppers in DC that Georgetown is among the best places to go to buy anything and everything. Georgetown offers premium good brands like rag & bone and Billy Reid. Georgetown also offers department stores like TJ Maxx, J. Crew, and Nike for the more casually inclined shopper. With the presence of stores like Apple and Dean and Deluca, one can even buy oneself a new phone or redecorate the interior of their home as well, making Georgetown a true one-stop-shop for almost any needs.

2. Downtown DC

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Downtown Washington DC offers most shopper almost anything they can dream of. With the presence of the huge CityCentre DC Shopping Mall that sprawls over 10 acres, offering shoppers everything from cafes, sit-down restaurants, luxury good brands like Kate Spade, Hermes, and Longchamps, downtown DC truly offers everything. With internationally renowned restaurants like Momofuku also sharing the address, Downtown DC ensures that after a long day of shopping, visitors can rest and regain their energy by eating at some of the finest restaurants in the USA.

3. 14th Street

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14th Street is a paradise for those looking for a more independent and non-conforming shopping experience. It is the ideal spot for hipsters and trendy shoppers. With chic restaurants and boutique stores lining the street, 14th Street exudes an effortlessly cool vibe. 

4. Gallery Place

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For those that are going to watch a sporting event at the famous Verizon Centre, the Gallery Place Mall is a perfect stop. Offering everything from stores like Ann Taylor and Urban Outfitters to eating establishments such as Sushi Go Round or even a movie theatre, it is the ideal place to head to if one wants to kill a bit of time before the big game!

5. Tysons Galleria

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Known as the ‘Rodeo Drive of the East Coast’, Tysons Galleria lives up to its moniker. It provides an upscale shopping experience to its visitors and internationally acclaimed brands like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Armani, amongst many others share the address, making it the perfect place to head to for those longing for the finer things in life. There are a number of fine-dining restaurants that also call Tysons Galleria home such as the Lebanese Taverna which is hugely popular and makes for the perfect way to end the day after a long stint of shopping in Washington DC. 

6. Politics and Prose Bookstore


The Politics and Prose Bookstore gained wide publicity after President Barack Obama was seen shopping in it for his two daughters. This is the best endorsement that it could ever have ad is sure to be a great stop for any visitor in Washington DC looking for a quirky bookstore. The store has a collection of more than 100,000 titles so it is surely one of the best-stocked book stores in the country. Even if the bookstore does not have a copy of the book you are searching for, they can surely arrange a way to get it to you!

7. Eastern Market


One of the most unique and special places to go shopping in Washington DC has to be the Eastern Market. Located in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood, it was built in 1873 to serve the residents of the area. Since then it has blossomed into a vibrant market that is open throughout the week except on Mondays. The Eastern Market truly comes to life during the weekends, when live musicians perform, local artisans sell their wares, and a bevvy of arts and crafts are also on sale, making it the ideal place to buy unique gifts for loved ones.

8. Tyson’s Corner Centre

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One of the largest malls in America, Tyson’s Corner Centre is the epicentre for shopping in Washington DC. The shopping centre contains over 300 shops, restaurants, cafes, and boutiques within its sprawling area. An AMC movie theatre showing all the latest flicks also offer to be the best break in between marathon shopping sprees, and they even offer a service that will take all your shopping bags home if you don’t feel like doing all the heavy lifting yourself.

These are the top 8 destinations to visit for shopping in Washington DC! Let us know in the comments below if we’ve missed anything!

This post was published by Ken Chiramel

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