Escape a few miles north outside of the hectic district and beltway and relax at the stylish, trendy, and quaint Bethesda Row. Choose from a wide variety of over 30 international restaurants including Irish, Thai, American, Asian, Spanish, Mediterranean, and American for a nice outdoor lunch or dinner. Enjoy desserts at specialty shops such as Dolcezza Gelato or Sweetgreen. There are plenty of new boutiques and stores to please all types of shoppers. Bethesda Row also holds many events such as Movie Nights and art fairs.
A landmark in the city, the Eastern Market is a bustling marketplace where one can find everything from hats and scarves to decorations, photographs, poultry, produce, fruits and vegetables. A hub of activity, it is centered around a historical building that used to be the site of the old market. Today, the market has overflowed onto the roadside as well, with vendors displaying their goods to daily shoppers. On Saturdays there are often events and cultural performances here along with a flourishing flea market.
Located in upscale Northwest Washington, this definitely does not fit into the definition of a typical mall. Small and to the point, this collection of ritzy shops is anchored by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Names like those say it all—if you intend to shop here you'll only find the best in high end merchandise. The mall also has a movie theater that shows the latest box office hits in comfortable surroundings.
Shops at Georgetown Park is a pleasant place to do some window shopping or go for a full-on shopping spree. This shopping center has a plethora of great stores as well as independent boutiques that are perfect for finding something special and unique. If you get hungry stop by the food court for a bite to eat. This shopping center is especially beautiful when it's lit up during the holidays.
Tabletop is a delightful little store with stylish, contemporary home decor as well as cute accessories. Browse through their collection of vases and photo frames as well as lovely purses and jewelry. The prices are oriented toward those with some wiggle room in their budget, but there are nice items available for lower prices as well. There is also a wonderful kid's section!
In this deceptively tiny shop tucked on a side street near DC's iconic Eastern Market, patrons have been known to spend hours browsing used books. An old house converted to a bookstore holds more paper than one could ever think possible; two levels are covered floor to ceiling in literature, history, poetry, and more. Somehow the owner knows exactly where everything is, though filing systems seem barely there. And if you can't find exactly what you want to purchase, there are often a few boxes of free books sitting outside the shop.
This trendy boutique sells the best in fashion, from shoes to accessories to clothing. Sassanova's impressive shoe collection has a pair for any season or style. Whether you want comfortable but cute saddles for the beach or sophisticated heels for the office, you'll find exactly what you're looking for. In addition to their curated shoe selection, you'll discover amazing clothing and accessories.
Find farm fresh produce, cheese, meats, and beautiful fresh flowers right in downtown Bethesda! With a rich history dating back to 1932, the Farm Women's Cooperative Market has an indoor and an outdoor market. The indoor market has over 75 vendors selling prepared foods, teas, coffees, baked foods and desserts, as well as meats, poultry and seafood. The outdoor flea market vendors offer a variety of jewelry, antiques, arts and crafts, and home furnishing. For a nice relaxing afternoon of outdoor shopping and local food close to home, the Farm Women's Cooperative Market is the place to be! -Shirley Hsieh
Wine and food lovers rejoice! In the heart of downtown Bethesda, Cork and Fork offers the best wines from the Virginia Wine Country and wine-making regions around the world. Cork and Fork stocks over 700 brands of wine that is sure to please everyone - from the casual drinker to wine aficionados. In addition to wines, Cork and Fork also offers fine beers and cheese from around the world. The staff at Cork and Fork has over 50 years of experience in the industry and are delighted to make suggestions on wine, meal pairing, and catering ideas.
Awarded as one of the 2010 "Best of Bethesda," Cork57 is truly a local favorite for wine and beer. Cork57 is an upscale wine and beer shop that carries a unique, international selection of fine wines, microbrews and Belgian beers. In addition to fine wines and beers, Cork57 also carries a selection of premium cigars to meet any occasion. Lastly, wine enthusiasts can pick up those last minute accessories such as cork screws, bottle stoppers, wine charms and gift bags in the store's gift section.