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Shopping in Old Town, Alexandria Virginia

Virginia might be for lovers, but Alexandria is for shoppers

Just 6 miles south of Reagan International Airport in Washington, DC, you'll find art galleries and gift shops selling everything from antique reproductions to souvenir t-shirts. Although DC gets the nod for national treasures, more than 2,000 of Alexandria's buildings are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places - and they're filled with richness.

Shopping in Old Town Alexandria, VAShopping in Old Town Alexandria, VAThe best treasures can be found on King Street between the picturesque waterfront to the Metrorail station and on the east (Potomac) side of Washington Street. You'll find a smorgasbord of unique shops, from cutting edge fashion to granola crunchy.

 

 

 

If you're antique shopping, you'll pay a premium here - but the finds are unique and worth exploring. Whatever you're shopping for, park your car and put on comfortable walking shoes - it's the only way.

And if you're just starting to plan your visit, check out GoGirlfriend's hotel recommendations.

Torpedo Factory Art Center

The building is a full block long and 3 stories high facing the Potomac River along the waterfront and it was built in 1918 by the US Navy. Until the 1950's the building was the site of a busy ammunitions plant and then used as a storage facility for the Smithsonian Institute. It's home to more than 80 artisans who display and sell their handmade goods.

To learn more about the Torpedo Factory Art Center, visit them online: Torpedo Factory

Saturday Morning Market at Market Square

You have to get up early to enjoy the market in Alexandria - it starts at 6 am and by 10 am, it's history. But it's worth it. From baked goods to fresh produce, plants and flowers, Alexandria's Market Square might be the oldest in the country - it began in 1753.

I love it because it's on the Potomac River (not far from the Torpedo Factory) and it's pedestrian-friendly.

Gatsby's Tavern

Although not a shopping destination, a visit to Gatsby's Tavern is a must. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were both regulars here (yes, the tavernGatsby's Tavern, Old Town AlexandriaGatsby's Tavern, Old Town Alexandria has been around that long).

 

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