Inside DC, not only is Union Station a major transportation hub, it also has a moderately sized shopping mall. Located near Capitol Hill, with a Metrorail station on the lower floor, it offers shoppers several options for jewelry, clothing, shoes, books, gifts and other merchandise.  It has a large food court and several pleasant, but undistinguished, full-service restaurants.  Store hours are from 10 to 9, Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 on Sundays.

The newest shopping areas in DC are around 14th and U Streets NW. You'll find interesting furniture and antiques, and edgier goods.   Also, located close to the Wardman Park and Omni Hotel in Woodley Park is a very modern shoe store named Carbon.


Georgetown is a popular shopping district surrounding M Street NW and Wisconsin Ave, near the Potomac River. The Shops at Georgetown Park is an upscale indoor mall featuring high-end stores for clothing, shoes and gifts. The streets are lined with other shops selling everything from novelties and military surplus to antiques and jewelry. The closest Metrorail stations are Dupont Circle on the Red Line, and Rosslyn or Foggy Bottom on the Blue/Orange Line.  All three stations are about a mile away, which makes for a long walk or a short bus or taxi ride. Numerous dining options are available in the area.

Accessible by Metro

Where as before most of the high end shopping was found in Virginiaand Maryland, Downtown DC has become the new destination with the development of CityCenterDC. Accessible by either Gallery Place or Metro Center as awell as a number of bus stops, CityCenterDC is now home to Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Arc'teryx, Loro Piana, kate spade new york, Zadig & Voltaire and many, many more. For a full retail and dining list visit: The neighboring areas in Virginia and Maryland also have tons of shopping.  Tourists most often go to the Fashion Center at Pentagon City, which is easily accessible by Metro. Old Town Alexandria, accessible from the Blue/Yellow Line’s King Street station, provides a variety of shops in a historic setting. Other major malls that can be easily accesed by Metrorail:  Orange Line: Ballston Common. Red Line: White Flint,   Mazza Gallerie (Friendship Heights), Westfield Shoppingtown-Wheaton.  Blue Line: Springfield Mall (Franconia-Springfield). Blue/Yellow: The Crystal City Shops are accessible, but rather dreary.

Malls not Metro-Accessible (but worth your time)

Other notable upscale malls are easier reached by car. Tyson’s Corner Center (over 300 stores and counting!) and Tyson's Galleria (think Neiman Marcus, Betsy Johnson, BCBG and Burberry), which are located about 10 miles west of downtown Washington off of I-495 in McLean, Va. Dulles Town Center, off of Rt. 7 in Sterling, Va. Montgomery Mall, near the confluence of I-495 and I-270 in Bethesda, Md.

Outlet Shopping

About a half-hour west of Washington DC is the Leesburg Outlet Center.  Amazing savings on brands such as BCBG, Calvin Klein, Saks 5th Ave, Restoration Hardware, Kenneth Cole, Crate and Barrell, etc.  Potomac Mills Mall, a half-hour south in Woodbridge, Virginia, offers great savings at Nordstrom, TJMaxx, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor Loft, Sports Authority, Ralph Lauren, and more!  Also in Woodbridge is the inexpensive and hugely popular Ikea furniture store.

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