Where To Find The Best Shopping In And Around Washington DC

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Washington is one of the top spots for shopping aficionados. Washingtonians aren’t exactly known for flamboyant style but certainly has a lot of fashion sense. Vintage aficionados unearth unique finds in 14th St NW emporiums, including Dr. K Vintage for menswear, Junction for funky clothing and accessories, and Blues Hard Goods for retro denim. If you’re looking to revitalize your wardrobe, Ginger Root Design’s tailoring service is renowned across town and the store also carries locally designed jewelry and accessories for men and women. Redeem is the place to go for edgy international designers. But there’s much more to prime shopping in DC than clothing. The city is strong on bookstores that offer more than the latest bestsellers—Kramerbooks also contains one of the city’s best coffee shops. If you’re looking to round out your vinyl collection, head to Adams Morgan for Crooked Beat Records and Smash Records.

Here’s our guide on where to find the best shopping in and around Washington DC:

  • Vace. There’s not that much fresh Italian produce in DC, but most of what there is can be found at Vace. The aroma of freshly rolled and baked pizzas (their specialty, in slices or pies) will draw you inside, where you’ll find freezers of ready-to-heat pastas, and coolers of soft, delicious linguines plus awesome imported parmesan and other cheeses, all across from a deli case of carpaccio, salamis, hams and, last but certainly not least, olives. And don’t overlook the wine selection.
  • Phoenix. This family-owned Georgetown institution offers affordable designer jewelry and comfortable clothes for women, as well as sought-after Mexican imports—Day of the Dead figurines, alebrijes (colorful, fanciful animals) and antique silver. There is a wide selection of separates from the likes of Eileen Fisher, Cut Loose and White + Warren. Semi-precious-bead necklaces and earrings dominate the numerous trinket cases, culled from the collections of local and international jewelry artists. Latico, Ellington and Carla Mancini bags and versatile knit dresses round out the wardrobe offerings.
  • Tabandeh. The glittering window displays of Tabandeh stop passers-by in the basement of the Mazza Gallerie in their tracks. This jewelry boutique features pieces from high-end designers scarcely available elsewhere in the city. Giant gray and white Tahitian pearls from Samira 13, stunning chunky gemstone pieces from Iradj Moini, and case after case of precious gems tempt the buyer of means. More-affordable pieces include those from Hollywood-popular Gas Bijoux and angular pieces from Alexi Bittar. Accessories, such as bags, belts and scarves, are also in store.
  • Pulp. People drop in to Pulp for an ironic-chic greeting card and find themselves picking up things they didn’t know they needed: the place has candles, masks, toys, and all manner of gag gifts for the hipsters and sophisticates who frequent the store’s lively neighborhood. The paper goods are excellent: not just occasion cards but boxes of fine-quality cotton notes, plus gorgeous wrapping paper by the sheet—and fancy ribbons to go with them. Friends having a baby? No problem. Need a present for more mature sensibilities? Pulp’s got you covered.