Old Town To New, Alexandria's Got Unique Shopping Items For You

Washington, D.C. is a great place to spend many Jackson ($20), Grant ($50) and Franklin ($100) bills at a plethora of unique shops throughout the district but if you are looking to escape from tourists and the political crowd, take a short Metro or car ride to Alexandria, Va.  

Founded in 1749, this suburb features a wonderful mix of both old world flair and groundbreaking, new ideas. 10Best has waked along the cobblestone streets of Old Town and perused the paved sidewalks in the City to discover the best spots to add amazing finds to your home or give unforgettable gifts to loved ones.  

Folks will find half of our list can be found on King Street – the main area of Old Town which features a mile of locally owned shops, outdoor cafes and restaurants. For home décor, check out Red Barn Mercantile for both antique and new products. If you are looking for good recommendations on children's books, Hooray For Books has a knowledgeable staff and hundreds of titles.

Other amazing shopping finds include Mint Condition – a designer consignment boutique allowing you to 'keep up with the Joneses' without the heavy price tag and The Shoe Hive, a place that would make Carrie Bradshaw make room in her closet.

Get ready to use those charge cards or stop at the ATM because Alexandria is a great place to shop til you drop.   







Landmark Mall
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As much as many of us would love to take our time and peruse individual spots, sometimes you just need a place with a ton of stores that you can get into and out of fast. The Landmark Mall features dozens of stores including standards like...  Read More

The Christmas Attic
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Whether it is close to the holiday season or nowhere near, folks will want to stop into this festive spot that is open year round. Open since 1971, this shop is located on the second floor of an 18th century tobacco warehouse. Specializing in...  Read More



As it's name suggests, this building was used as a torpedo factory beginning shortly after World War I. After World War II ended, the federal building was used for storage until the City bought it and turned it into the art center in 1974. With...  Read More

Bishop Boutique
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When walking into Bishop Boutique, you may feel like you have stepped into the walk-in closet of an A list super star. You'll find runway avant-garde to classic selection of shoes, handbags, accessories and seasonal clothing items that are sure...  Read More

The Dog Park
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While out shopping for yourself and loved ones, don't forget about the four-legged family members back home waiting by the door or window. The Dog Park is a shop where dogs and cats exist peacefully – at least in the merchandise including a...  Read More

Mint Condition
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Many of us would love to have closets full of designer brands like Fendi, Prada, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade and Michael Kors but sadly (sigh) many of us do not. Fret not because this 2,000 square-foot designer consignment boutique is here...  Read More

Hooray For Books
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What book should you take to the beach? Is the new must-read title worth the time? What book series deserves a look? With a focus on knowing books and providing quality service, this independently owned bookstore in the Old Town area can answer...  Read More

The Hour Shop
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The vessels you serve carefully crafted cocktails and delicious drinks in should not be boring. No one at a party or get together wants to sip margaritas or wine from boring glassware (unless you are still in college) so why not look for...  Read More

The Shoe Hive
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With a combination of both well-known designers and smaller brands, your feet will lead you straight to this store in Old Town Alexandria. The independently owned establishment showcases elegant shoes, bags and accessories to enhance your...  Read More

Red Barn Mercantile
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Opened in September 2007, Red Barn Mercantile features 'the finest mix of old and new' products in furniture, home décor and gifts. Some of the items are antiques found through multiple different methods including auctions, vendors and flea...  Read More


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Gina Gallucci White is an award winning freelance writer with articles appearing in such regional publications as Frederick Magazine, The Daily Record, Montgomery Magazine and The Gazette. She...  More About Gina