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.
Paper Source is an art and craft store. It is essentially known for its creative party invites, envelops, calenders, invitation cards, personalized gifts, do-it-yourself art and craft kits, and a lot more. The products at this vibrant shop are hand crafted by budding artists and have a personal touch attached to them. The shop has new collections for every season and that's what makes it so dynamic and inviting. Paper Source is an art station for all those who want to want discover their artistic talents.
There are more than 200 stores in this enormous mall, including department stores like Sears 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 and an arcade. Everything you need is here somewhere.
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.
Providing high-fashion at reasonable prices, the Buffalo Exchange is a chain store specializing in fashionable secondhand clothing and accessories. Available in a mix of sizes and styles, patrons will find everything from vintage clothing to high-end designer labels. Belts, jewelry, shoes and bags can also be bought here. If the great collection wasn't enough, the store is also known for its pocket-friendly prices and great deals on clothes. The next time you find yourself in the mood to go on a shopping spree, then you know where to be headed.
"Tiny Jewel Box" are the last words one would use to describe this store, which dubs itself “a Washington treasure.” It contains several floors, each devoted to particular merchandise. The top floor is reserved for customers with a private appointment. The jewelry here is exquisite and of the highest quality, as are the myriad crystal objects like the fragile vases and candlesticks. The exquisite antique and vintage jewelry is sure to make you sigh with longing. Among these classics find stunning creations by designers Paul Morelli and Alex Sepkus. Precious coffee mugs and children's sweaters are available too.
Although you have to ring a doorbell to gain entry, you should not be intimidated by Betsy Fisher. This light-filled boutique features creative clothing and accessories for day and evening. Beautiful dresses, ranging from the funky to the elegant, are the store's bread and butter and rightfully hang on the front racks near the door. Betsy Fisher sells one-of-a-kind items as well as name-brand labels such as Nicole Miller, Max and Co. and Easel. Buyers can be assured no one else will be wearing the same thing.
Whether you want to stock up on some Indian spices and chutneys or have a healthy, home-cooked Indian meal, Pansaari is the place to go to. Aiming to return to natural and organic foods, Pansaari does not serve any kind of processed products. This, as well as the medicinal value of some spices used in the food and the lovely array of teas, makes for a healthy, wholesome fare. There is also an adjacent store where you can by a range of spices, dry snacks, refrigerated homemade pickles and chutneys as well as household products like pillow covers and spice boxes. If going oriental is your thing, this is definitely a place you want to visit.