Washington, D.C.

While it may not be thought of as an East Coast shopping destination like New York, Washington, D.C. can give the Big Apple — and savvy shoppers — a run for their money! D.C. offers something for every shopper, whether you are looking for luxury goods, flea market bargains, or anything in between. And after a full day of shopping, you can drop your bags at your room at Loews Madison Hotel and grab a bite to eat at Rural Society DC! For a complete list of DC shopping spots, you can check out the DC Retail Guide. Here are a few of our favorites below.

Union station - Madison

All Aboard!

First stop, Union Station Mall, one of the most visited sites in Washington D.C. Located in this one-of-a-kind tourist hub, Union Station Mall has more than 130 stores and restaurants. You’ll find yummy Belgian chocolates from Neuhaus Chocolatier, decadent skin care products from L’Occitane, and unique imported accessories and gift items from Kashmir. Clotheshorses can find the latest styles at Ann Taylor and H&M, while traditionalists can shop Jos. A. Bank Clothiers. Looking for something special? Victoria’s Secret may have just the perfect item. Bonus — Union Station Mall is really convenient when you have some time to kill before boarding your train!

Georgetown Flea - Madison

Bargain Hunting

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind special gift, piece of jewelry or antique, chances are the Georgetown Flea Market will have it. The flea market, which has been going strong since 1972, is open every Sunday year round from 8 AM to 4 PM. Vendors have a wide range of items for sale, including antiques, collectibles, art, furniture, rugs, pottery, china, jewelry, silver, stained glass, books and photographs, vintage toys and clothes.

The DC Circulator Bus stops right across the street from the market, so it’s really easy to get to. But be sure to check the forecast before you go, because this is an outdoor market, and the number of vendors is impacted by the weather. After you’ve found your treasures, be sure to check out one of the many restaurants and cafes located near the market. Two great choices are DAS Ethiopian Cuisine, featuring award-winning Ethiopian fare, and Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge, with its authentic Spanish dishes.

Georgetown Park - Madison

Mixed Bag

Next up is Georgetown Park, located in the heart of Georgetown on M Street between Potomac and Wisconsin Avenues. The neighborhood of Georgetown has always been known as an eclectic mix of old and new, with upscale shopping, brick row homes, historic churches and cobblestone streets. Georgetown Park, which has recently undergone an $80 million renovation to change from an enclosed mall to a revamped mixed-use facility, fits right in.

You can spend hours browsing for your Home Sweet Home at Anthropologie and TJ Maxx/Homegoods, then have some ‘me time’ and check out the shoes and apparel at DSW, H&M, J. Crew, and Forever 21. Grab some gourmet food from Dean & Deluca and delectable macaroons and coffee from Olivia Macaron. Up for an upscale game of bowling? Spend your evening throwing spares and strikes at Pinstripes.

Lisa