Hot Spots for Summer Shopping in Alexandria

The city of Alexandria is often portrayed as a hotbed of history, government activity, and culture. All those things are true, but one of the most overlooked characteristics of our city is its destination as a shopper’s paradise. Whether you’re looking for a hip outfit, a piece of memorabilia, or a new piece of furniture to tie together your living room, the shops in and around Alexandria have you covered. We’re running down some of our favorite places to shop in the area:

King Street Boutiques

In March of this year, the online publication Where called Old Town Alexandria “one of the best indie boutique scenes on the East Coast.” Our favorite stores in the King Street shopping district:

  • Pacers Running Store – Though its 1991 founding makes it relatively young in a town full of buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, Pacers is still a well-established name in northern Virginia athletics. From shoes to apparel to running memorabilia, it’s easy to get geared up for your next run at Pacers.
  • Hooray for Books! – An independent bookstore focusing on children’s selections, Hooray for Books! also hosts regular events and works with teachers to get them the right books for their students.
  • The Lucky Knot – This classic American-style clothing store features dresses that can be worn for all occasions, from casual hangouts to formal dinners. Don’t forget to grab an accessory while you shop!

 

Tanger Outlets at the National Harbor

Just across the Potomac River from Alexandria is one of the most prominent shopping destinations in the area. The Tanger Outlets boast dozens of jewelry, apparel, and home furnishings stores, as well as specialty outlets for fragrances and chocolates. All your favorite brands like Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Swarovski, Coach, and Nautica can be found at the outlets, as well as local shops you may not have previously heard of. Check out the store directory for a full listing.

Cady’s Alley

This 120,000-square-foot mixed-use development in the historic Georgetown District in D.C. is known as much for its breathtaking design as its wonderful shops. With lofted ceilings, exposed brick, and walls made of glass and steel, you’ll enjoy being in Cady’s Alley as much as you’ll enjoy shopping there. It’s no wonder the project earned an AIA Honor Award for Urban Design back in 2005. Today Cady’s Alley features local jewelry, furniture and apparel stores.

Need a hotel for shopping in Alexandria or D.C.?

If you’re planning on visiting Alexandria or Washington, D.C. this summer or fall – for shopping or any other reason – you need a superior hotel. With a complimentary shuttle to the metro, easy access to D.C. and Old Town, and a friendly, welcoming staff, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is the ideal destination for you. For the best shopping value, check out our shopping package to receive a $50 gift card for each night of your stay!

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