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.