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.
There are more than 200 stores in this enormous mall, including department stores like Macy's and Nordstrom. Shoppers will find an especially good, diverse mix—from inexpensive to upscale shoes and clothing, and fast-food to gourmet fare. There is an abundance of specialty stores as well. Entertainment options include a movie theater. Everything you need can be found here!
Lou Lou is a chain of boutiques, essentially known for its large variety of elegant accessories. Once enter the store, you will come across a number delicate jewelry, watches, scarves and even clothing. This delicately done up shop also offers a variety of hair accessories and even bags. With so much to offer, Lou Lou makes for a one stop shop for every fashionista.
The thriving Downtown Bethesda neighborhood is located at the intersection of the Wisconsin Avenue, Old Georgetown Road and East-West Highway. It features some of the most vibrant areas in the city, including the Bethesda Row, a hub for arts and culture. Besides a range of eating establishments and entertainment centers, Downtown Bethesda is also home to one of the Madonna of the Trail monuments and the Capital Crescent Trail.
With a diverse range of retailers and suppliers providing a wide array of artisan food products, Union Market is every foodies heaven. Everything from gourmet coffee, specialty ice-cream, gelato, artisanal bread, baked goods, florists, delis, food stalls and much more are available here. A great place to pick up local products and souvenirs, Union Market is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. While wandering around the huge warehouse, you may stumble across local artists displaying their work. While it is accessible via Metro, driving here is a better option, especially in the evenings.
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.
Alpine Ski Shop is the go to store for skiers and winter sports enthusiasts with its extensive range of ski and snowboarding equipment and gear. From apparel to protect you from the elements to footwear for skiing and other sport, you'll find a range of ski boards, helmets, goggles, glares, fashionable sportswear, accessories and more. They also have a selection of gear for skateboarding, hockey and tennis.
Total Wine & More is a great place to shop for some exquisite wines and tobacco products. Situated on Potomac Run Plaza, this wine shop also sells unique gift items at great prices. Free wine tastings are offered every week.
Find an excellent collection of outdoor shoes at Road Runner Sports. Located on Potomac Run Plaza, it sells shoes for various activities like training, running and walking. The store's well-informed attendants also help you to find the right fit and size.
Off 7 Bowling Pro Shop is run by a bowling enthusiast and stocks an extensive selection of bowling equipment. Found on Maple Leaf Place, this sports store also sells bowling shoes at great prices. The friendly owner also offers some handy advice for a full strike at the alley.
Bare Escentuals at the Dulles Town Circle is a great place browse or purchase bareMinerals products. The store has friendly and efficient staff that will help you pick that perfect shade of lipstick, concealer, eyeshadow or blush so you look perfect for any occasion.