Alexandria, Virginia, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront, is the perfect place to spend an afternoon shopping. Stroll Old Town’s King Street mile, the largest collection of independent boutiques in the D.C. region. Step inside local shops offering curated selections of stationery, vintage barware, sustainable fashion and more. Shop national favorites like Warby Parker and West Elm. See why the best finds aren’t delivered, they’re discovered.
Use this guide to streamline your shopping, and find your favorite spots in categories like shoes, designer women’s clothing, high-end consignment, cosmetics, Mid-Century Modern and more.
New Independent Boutiques
Get acquainted with some of Old Town’s fresh faces in fashion, books and more:
Threadleaf: New-in-2018 boutique Threadleaf is a passion project for owner Nicole McGrew, an attorney with a design background who previously worked for the Obama administration. Having just moved into a larger space on N. Fayette Street near King Street, she will be able to feature even more responsibly made, fashion-forward clothing and accessories from independent brands located in the U.S. and abroad.
Penny Post: Penny Post, a project of Red Barn Mercantile owner Amy Rutherford since fall 2017, offers beautifully-designed greeting cards, pens, stationery and other printed treasures, as well as free monthly Correspondence Clubs and other creative workshops designed to forge connections.
Old Town Books: Old Town Books opened in November 2018 on S. Union Street as an extended pop-up that continues into 2019 as owner Ally Kirkpatrick (and shop dog Scout) look for a permanent home. This independent bookstore emphasizes community engagement through book clubs, author events, writers’ groups and workshops.
Cromwell: Cromwell’s Wood Products opened on King Street in July 2018. The 2,000 square feet retail store features made-in-the-U.S. wood products with history and provenance. Product lines range from furniture and wood art to flooring and millwork.
King Street is home to some of the region’s best shoe stores, whether you’re looking for designer heels for a special occasion, running shoes or anything in between. Here are some of our favorites.
The Shoe Hive: The Shoe Hive is the spot for designer shoes in Alexandria with brands like Tory Burch, Bettye Muller, Aquatalia by Marvin K, Kate Spade, Sam Edelman, Michael Kors, Seychelles, Gola, Hunter and more. Tucked into a picturesque brick storefront off King Street, The Shoe Hive is a must-see that will make any shoe-lover swoon.
Bishop Boutique: Bishop Boutique has the latest trends in shoes for women, including boots, heels, wedges, flats and rain boots from an array of established and up-and-coming designers.
Comfort One Shoes: Comfort One Shoes specializes in comfort and quality and offers a wide selection of women’s and men’s shoes from around the world.
Pacers Running: Whether you’re an avid runner, an outdoor enthusiast or just looking to get active, Pacers Running has everything you could possibly need, including a wide selection of footwear and an expert staff to help you make your selection.
Want more of our favorite shops for shoes in Alexandria? Check them out here.
Designer Women’s Fashion
Old Town is a dream come true for fashionistas, with a dreamy boutique around every corner. To help you choose, here are some of our favorites.
Donna Lewis: Donna Lewis is tucked into a beautiful brick courtyard on Cameron Street and is a one-of-a-kind, can’t-miss spot in Old Town. You can enjoy fresh espresso while you shop designs handpicked to match the luxurious Donna Lewis brand on three levels inside this gorgeous shop. Next door, check out the selection of activewear and yoga gear, where you can often meet Donna herself and get personalized design help.
The Hive: Opened in 2016, The Hive is a luxury lifestyle and clothing boutique from Elizabeth Todd of The Shoe Hive. The Hive has all your favorite designer brands including Ulla Johnson, Veronica Beard, Citizens of Humanity, Getting Back to Square One, Current Elliott, Mother Denim, Equipment, Sundry and more and is a great spot for chic and stylish finds.
Sara Campbell:Sara Campbell has been designing her own line of women’s apparel for over 30 years, and the shop in Old Town is the only place in the Mid-Atlantic where you can shop her collections, including beautiful dresses, accessories, hats and more. Campbell herself is often on-site in Alexandria and is known for her work with local charities.
She’s Unique Jewelry & Gifts: She’s Unique specializes in stunning simplicity, offering jewelry from up-and-coming stateside designers as well as globally-sourced pieces.
The Lucky Knot: The Lucky Knot is owned by three sisters and is the ultimate preppy destination in Alexandria, featuring designers like Vineyard Vines, Vera Bradley, Jude Connally and accessories by Lilly Pulitzer.
TSALT: TSALT offers private label styles along with complementary brands for women seeking chic and sophisticated clothing. The TSALT private label collection even offers free alterations in their studio above the boutique.
An American in Paris: Transport yourself to France at An American in Paris, a traditional French boutique in the heart of Old Town. An American in Paris has unique finds for women with independent style looking for designer clothing. A local favorite on King Street for 20 years, it’s the perfect shop to find timeless dresses and receive personal style tips.
Imagine Artwear: Imagine Artwear is a winner of the Top 100 Retailers of American Crafts Award and features contemporary clothing, jewelry and crafts by American artists with limited editions and custom orders.
Bloomers: Bloomers is the place to go if you’re looking for designer undergarments, sleepwear and loungewear. The key to your perfect outfit starts here!
Want more of our favorite shops for designer women’s fashion in Alexandria? Check them out here.
You can dress in the most expensive brands without paying the highest price, and King Street’s consignment scene is second to none. At our favorite spots below, you can find one-of-a-kind quality gems at great deals.
Mint Condition: Named the DC Metro’s Best Consignment Store by Washingtonian magazine, Mint Condition stocks current women’s clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories in new or mint condition. You can find styles by Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Lilly Pulitzer, Chanel and more at a fraction of the retail price.
Diva Consignment Boutique: Diva Consignment Boutique feels like a European boutique in Alexandria, offering consignment prices with like-new pieces. Brands range from Prada to Gucci to Michael Kors and more. Diva Consignment also carries jewelry and other accessories.
Current Boutique: Current Boutique is an upscale, modern consignment boutique that features high quality, gently used name brand women’s clothing and accessories sold on consignment as well as new clothing and accessories handpicked from distributors in Los Angeles and New York.
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Bellacara:Bellacara is Alexandria’s premier beauty boutique offering high-end cosmetic, skincare and hair care products, including brands like Kiehl’s, Bumble & Bumble, Smashbox, Dermalogica and more.
Mad Men fans beware, you’ll fall in love with King Street’s Mid-Century Modern storefronts, which definitely won’t disappoint.
The Hour Cocktail Collection: The Hour is an independently-owned King Street boutique with national recognition, as owner Victoria Vergason has installed boutiques inside Neiman Marcus shops for her creative cocktail glassware collections. You will find everything you need to enjoy the cocktail hour and create your own stylish home bar at The Hour, including vintage and new glassware, shakers, pitchers, and trays. It’s the perfect spot to add to your own collection or pick up a special gift.
Acme Mid-Century Modern:Acme Mid-Century Modern opened a new King Street storefront in 2017 and features authentic vintage furniture, artifacts, collectibles, accessories, sculpture and original art. The clean and sleek design will have Mid-Century Modern and architecture fans geeking out at their ever-changing inventory.
Everything you’ve ever imagined for your dream home exists in King Street’s various home design stores. Old Town is a regional hotspot for interior design and home goods, including furniture, home décor, accessories, rugs and more. How should you choose from the wide selection? Here are our tips.
Red Barn Mercantile: Red Barn Mercantile has been a favorite in Alexandria for a decade, specializing in high quality home goods and gifts including furniture, home décor, essentials for the kitchen and bath and much more. Plus, the independently-owned boutique carries tons of local designers and goods including Alexandria gifts.
Victoria at Home: Victoria at Home comes from Victoria Sanchez, named a home décor “style maker” by Luxe Magazine. Victoria at Home is a shop that carries high-end goods for interior design including furniture, lighting, upholstery, art, pillows, accessories and more.
Creative Classics: Creative Classics is a local furniture company specializing in furniture for townhome living, including sleek and modern American-made pieces for the dining room, bedroom, office, living room and more.
Want more of our favorite home design shops in Alexandria? Check them out here.
King Street is also a great place to pick up gifts for the kids in your life, whether you’re looking for baby gifts, kids clothing, books or toys.
Hooray for Books: Hooray for Books is that local bookstore that makes kids want to curl up in a comfy corner and spend the afternoon reading. It’s also Alexandria’s only locally-owned, independent children’s bookstore and offers a wide selection of new and classic books, toys and gifts for children of all ages.
Pink and Brown: Pink and Brown is an organic children’s boutique that offers organic clothes and designer apparel as well as furniture and gifts.
529 Kids Consign: 529 Kids Consign is an upscale children’s and maternity consignment boutique specializing in the latest trends. Offering not only consignment items but also the freshest and most trendy must-haves and gifts for hip moms and kids.
Want more of our favorite stores for kids in Alexandria? Check them out here.
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In a city as historic as Alexandria, the antique shops are bound to be extraordinary, and King Street’s shops are certainly a must-visit. Each one has its own unique flare and character, but all of them feel like miniature museums filled with rich history and fascinating stories. Take your time as you explore the various antique stores hidden throughout Old Town, and be sure to talk to the owners and employees for all the best kept secrets.
Just off King Street,A Galerie is a treasure trove for anyone who loves antique stores. Every inch is filled with exquisite antiques and fine art.
The Antique Guild: Close to Alexandria’s Visitor Center, The Antique Guild specializes in antique jewelry, silver flatware and holloware with an emphasis on quality at reasonable prices. Collections include pieces from the Victorian, the Edwardian and the Art Deco periods among others.
Want more of our favorite antique shops in Alexandria? Check them outhere.
These shops are all about hands-on, DIY work where you can immerse yourself in the shopping experience. You can make your own clothes, accessories, gifts and more to create a truly unique experience.
AR Workshop: New to Old Town in 2017, AR Workshop is a unique DIY workshop where you can host a private event or take classes ranging from monogramming pillows to creating custom painted wood planks and much more. It’s great for all ages and even has special events for teenagers.
fibre space: fibre space is as much a community as it is a store, with a strong following of yarn-lovers and nightly events, “yarn tastings,” workshops, classes and movie nights for all skill levels in their comfortable and spacious lounge. fibre space specializes in unique yarns and fibres from hand-dyed, independent, local and U.S.-made sources for knitting, crochet and spinning and is filled with a friendly and helpful group of experts who are on hand to answer your questions and help you out.
Stitch Sew Shop: If you’ve ever wanted to design your own clothes but didn’t think you could, Stitch Sew Shop in Old Town gives you the skills and confidence to do it in a chic and stylish community setting. Stitch is a sanctuary for the modern maker, with a by-the-hour sewing workspace and eight Bernina sewing machines as well as regular classes, workshops and events.
Want more of our favorite DIY shops in Alexandria? Check them out here.
Offbeat and Quirky
These are the hidden gems with goods you definitely won’t find anywhere else. Take the time to visit these shops and purchase a one-of-a-kind gift.
Dust Farm Skateboard Shop and Museum: There’s nothing out there quite like Dust Farm Skateboard Shop and Museum, from rock and roll musician Shawn Crosby. The skateboard shop specializes in custom skateboards and longboards and includes some pretty cool designs, including a bulletproof, see-through skateboard.
Gossypia: Gossypia is an eclectic boutique that features everything from artistic clothing to handcrafted Latin American folk art and wedding dresses. It’s the type of store where you can get lost exploring as if it were an art gallery.
Aftertime Comics: Aftertime is one of the best kept secrets in Old Town, and a premier spot for comics in the D.C. region. With a deep selection of vintage and classic comics and all the newest graphic novels, Aftertime is a comic-lovers dream. Plus, their knowledgeable staff can help answer your questions.
Crooked Beat Records: Located in North Old Town, Crooked Beat has its own following in the D.C. region, and for good reason. It’s got a wide selection of hard to find new and used vinyl records from independent and obscure labels specializing in punk, indie, classic rock, reggae, and soul.
Old Town Sock Co.: Open since spring 2020, Old Town Sock Co. is a new go-to for stocking stuffers and subtle personality statements. Choose from more than 1,500 fun and affordable pairs for men, women, kids and babies.
Looking for the perfect Alexandria gift or souvenir that’s not cheesy or cliché? These are some of our favorite shops with local gifts you won’t find anywhere else.
Historic Alexandria Museums: Many of the historic Alexandria museums have museum stores and gift shops with Alexandria gifts and souvenirs unique to their sites. Have a doctor or nurse in the family? Pick up one of the “syringe” pens at the Stabler Leadbeater Apothecary Museum gift shop. The Alexandria Black History Museum also has an awesome collection of hard-to-find gifts and memorabilia.
The Old Town Shop: The Old Town Shop specializes in unique Old Town gifts and novelties, including goods made by artists in Virginia. It’s a great spot to find a meaningful gift to remember your trip.
The Alexandria Visitor Center: The Alexandria Visitor Center is a must-see for any visitor looking for the best Old Town experience. In addition to brochures, maps, tickets and insider information on favorite spots and events, the Visitor Center has a gift shop with Alexandria souvenirs and goods.
Red Barn Mercantile: Red Barn Mercantile also has handcrafted Alexandria gifts including mugs, pillows, bags and more.
Want more of our favorite Alexandria specialty shops? Check them out here.
King Street’s got plenty of your favorite national stores, too, so you can get all your shopping done on one main street. Here are some of King Street’s offerings.
LuLuLemon: High-end yoga and athletic wear and accessories for women and men.