Best Shopping in Washington

Ready, Set, Spend! D.C. Shopping Must-Visits for Luxury and Name Brands

Many of the must-see tourist destinations in Washington, D.C. allow entry completely free of charge which is great because you can save up your money to spend it at the bevy of top shopping locations peppered throughout the district and the Metro region.  

Luxury brands await your viewing at CityCenterDC, the latest shopping center to hit the district, and Tysons Galleria, sometimes referred to as 'The Rodeo Drive of the East Coast.' You'll find stores like Burberry, TUMI, Gucci, BOSS, and Chanel just to name a few.

If deals are more your style, take a road trip up to Virginia to the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets where luxury labels are mixed in with well-known brand names. Join their VIP Club to get notifications on exclusive coupons and upcoming sales.

Be sure to check out one of the largest malls in the United States -- Tysons Corner Center. Featuring a staggering 300+ stores in its lineup, you may want to wear some tennis shoes or just buy some if your feet get too tired.

Grab some cash and check the spending limit on your credit cards because Washington, D.C. is ready to serve all your shopping tastes.



Have some time before an event at the Verizon Center? Head to Gallery Place located next to the entertainment venue for a little retail therapy in the Chinatown neighborhood. Chose from stores like Ann Taylor, Aveda and Urban Outfitters or grab a bite at one of their many eateries like Sushi Go Round or Bar Louie. Want to have some fun? Head to Lucky Strike for a game of bowling or catch the latest movies at their 14-screen Regal movie theater. For those who are members of the Washington Sports Clubs, there is an on-site gym in case you want to burn some calories. METRO: Gallery Place/Chinatown.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: A great shopping destination to hit up before attending an event at the Verizon Center.

Gina's expert tip: Lucky Strike has a bottomless bowl promotion on Mondays from 8 p.m. to close where you can bowl as much as you want for a set price.

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Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets

Hope your credit card is warmed up because it will surely get a workout at these outlets set in beautiful Leesburg, Va. Shoppers can take their pick of 110 outlet stores ranging from luxury labels to well-known brand names like J. Crew, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Under Armour and Michael Kors. For those searching for deals on children's clothing, chose from nearly a dozen stores including Carter's, Oshkosh B'gosh, and Tommy Hilfiger Kids. Looking for a great pair of shoes? Try UGG Australia, Kenneth Cole, Skechers or Nike Factory Store. Since you are sure to work up an appetite, there are several food spots onsite including Far East Asian Fire and Villa Italian Kitchen.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: While it is a bit of a drive for Washingtonians, you can hit up a number of other attractions including vineyards and historic structures.

Gina's expert tip: If you join the VIP Shopper Club, you get exclusive online coupons and email updates on sales and special events.

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Outside the City

Composed of dozens of locally-owned businesses, Downtown Frederick has multiple shopping options in a beautiful historic setting. Check out Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts to find a child's present free of batteries. Go to Zoe's Chocolate Co. for some sinfully delicious treats or get your paintbrushes ready to create some pottery at I Made This. Downtown Frederick really comes alive during First Saturday events which have a different theme every month. During the Three Saturdays in December event, be sure to take a carriage ride through downtown or check out musicians playing festive holiday music.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: A winning combination of locally-owned businesses surrounded in a rich, historical setting.

Gina's expert tip: Drop off your packages at your car and take a walk along the nearby gorgeous Carroll Creek.

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Tysons Galleria
Photo courtesy of Tysons Galleria

Not to be confused by the nearby Tysons Corner Center, this shopping haven has been known to be called the 'Rodeo Drive of the East Coast.' Luxury brands and fashion unite here with many names you will recognize – Cartier, Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Emporio Armani, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton just to name a few. You will also find several restaurants to enjoy during your trip including the Lebanese Taverna, Maggiano's Little Italy and P.F. Chang's China Bistro. If shopping leaves you completely exhausted, the galleria is connected to a Ritz Carlton Hotel just waiting to attend to your needs. METRO: Tysons Corner

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Tysons Galleria is an upscale shopping experience in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

Gina's expert tip: Plan your shopping day so you can stop for lunch or dinner at Lebanese Taverna, an elegant restaurant serving delicious Middle Eastern fare.

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Last year during national Small Business Saturday, President Barack Obama brought his two daughters here to buy holiday gifts and once you step inside, you will understand why. Locally owned by two former "Washington Post" reporters, the store has more than 100,000 titles to chose from for those book worms in your life. Don't want to get your loved one something they already have? The store offers the option to create gift registries and wish lists. You could also enroll someone special in the Book-a-Month gift program. Tell the store your loved one's preferences and a staffer will carefully chose a winning book to come their way every month. METRO: Van Ness

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Whatever title you are searching for, this book store is sure to have it or know how to get a copy.

Gina's expert tip: Check out their events calendar to see local and nationally-known authors who will be stopping in for a visit.

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Built in 1873, this venue has served as a community hub for the Capitol Hill neighborhood and a destination for tourists from around the world. While the market is open during the week (except on Mondays), you will really want to come on the weekends where you can hear live music, get fresh produce from local farms and peruse over 100 exhibitors selling a wide variety of handmade merchandise including arts, crafts, jewelry and antiques. Be sure to sign up for their monthly newsletter to discover what will be going on when you visit. METRO: Eastern Market.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Looking for a friendly neighborhood vibe while you shop? Then head to this unique shopping option.

Gina's expert tip: Be sure to check out the flea market during the holiday season!

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Located in Arlington, Va., just outside the nation's capital, this shopping destination has more than 170 stores to tempt your wallet and bank account. You will find high-end stores mixed in with name-brand shops. Some stores include Apple, BOSS HUGO BOSS, kate spade new York, Michael Kors and Tumi. There are a number of eateries to grab a quick bite before heading out for more shopping. They have free Wi-Fi access so log on to avoid extra data use. Don't leave without taking a ride in the glass elevator which goes three stories high. METRO: Pentagon City.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: With more than 170 stores onsite, you are sure to get amazing deals and enviable finds.

Gina's expert tip: Head to the Centre's website for information on deals and events happening.

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A train station may seem like an unlikely (and last minute) option to shopping but after undergoing an $160-million renovation, you will understand why this place made the list. One of the district's most popular tourist sites, Union Station not only hosts daily trains and buses but also over 100 specialty shops and restaurants, an outdoor market and a 9-screen movie theatre. A list of stores can be found on the station's website but include Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, H&M, MAC Cosmetics, and President Cigars. Opened in 1907, the station features touches of Roman architecture throughout the structure. METRO: Union Station. METRO: Union Station.

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Photo courtesy of CityCenterDC

Luxury international fashion brands are worn by many power players in the nation's capital, yet people could not find these labels in downtown until recently. Thanks to CityCenterDC, a 10-acre, mixed-use development, folks can scoop up high-end shopping options like kate spade new York, Burberry, Zadig & Voltaire, Allen Edmonds, Loro Piana, TUMI, BOSS, Longchamp and Salvatore Ferragamo. All of this retail therapy will leave you hungry so stop into one of the center's restaurants: DBGB Kitchen and Bar by world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud, the Thai-themed Mango Tree restaurant or Raresweets. METRO: Metro Center

Recommended for Best Shopping because: If you are looking for luxury items, CityCenterDC is the place to shop.

Gina's expert tip: Check out the public space area while visiting. You may find a free workout program going on or a concert.

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Hope you are wearing your tennis shoes because this center is one of the largest shopping malls in the United States. With more than 300 specialty shops and restaurants, shopping is an all day event. Located just 13 miles outside of Washington, D.C., the venue features an AMC movie theater in case you need a break in between shopping. Be sure to check out the center's website for information on sales and events happening during your visit. Don't feel like carrying all those packages home? The center offers same day delivery for $5. Local zip codes only. METRO: Tysons Corner

Recommended for Best Shopping because: As one of the biggest malls in America, folks are sure to find many places to tempt their wallets.

Gina's expert tip: Check out The Plaza, a walkway from the Silver Line Metro which hosts concerts and events throughout the year.

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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