Dine overlooking the Potomac at this trendy nautical-themed eatery with three patios, an oyster bar and live music from Wednesday to Sunday.
Effortlessly transitioning from day to night venue, Blackwall Hitch features plenty of natural light, summer-friendly lunch options and views of the glittering Alexandria Marina. Their chic decor reflects the seaside location with a casual vibe ideal for conversing with friends over seasonal eats and creative drinks. Choose from house-made soups, field-fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches and seafood specials like mahi-mahi tacos, crab-crusted local rockfish, and crispy soft shell crab sandwich. A selection of 20 craft beers, fine wines and specialty cocktails are the perfect accompaniment to any meal. Head up to the Crow's Nest bar for post-dinner drinks and soak in the amazing panorama as you tap your feet to the lively music.
Address:5 Cameron Street, Old Town, Alexandria, 22314
phone:+1 571 982 3577
Take in historic fine art, ample outdoor space and stunning architectural features in the Dumbarton Oaks museum and gardens complex.
Dumbarton Oaks is a stunning, sprawling museum and garden complex offering a wealth of treasures ranging from fine arts to sculpture to decor and more. Visitors to this august institution are free to peruse artwork from the likes of El Greco, as well as a large collection of ancient pieces from around the world. First erected in 1901, the house was the site of lavish parties held by Robert Bliss and his wife Mildred. Ornate fountains, serpentine footpaths and manicured lawns are abundant in the back portion of the estate.
Address:1703 32nd Street Northwest, Washington, 20007
phone:+1 202 339 6401
This bar's expansive interior resembles a warehouse. Sip on exquisite cocktails while you work or lounge with friends.
This 7000 square foot space creates an industrial-chic ambiance with graffiti art, huge open spaces, and a retractable wall that transforms a section of the interior into a patio during warmer weather. Long tables dot the floor plan, creating communal spaces where visitors can enjoy delicious food and an ice cold craft beer together. You could just as easily visit with friends or bring your laptop and enjoy a lively atmosphere while you work.
Address:2010 Crystal Drive, Crystal City, Arlington, 22202
phone:+1 703 413 2337
Crystal City Wine Shop
Embrace the oenophile in you with their globe-spanning wine selection and know-how. Indulge in tastings for decadent gourmet pairings.
Crystal City Wine Shop is a must-visit for oenophiles and beer aficionados in the city. Its inventory features an unrivaled selection of wine, cider, craft beer and micro brews sourced exclusively from small producers across the world. Peruse their shelves for gourmet food items, sauces, spreads and preserves, ice-cream, sorbets and frozen yogurt pints as well. Their friendly staff show you around and make great recommendations on pairings and consultations for your private celebrations. Attend their weekly tastings for an epicurious experience.
Address:220 20th Street South, Crystal City, Arlington, 22202
phone:+1 703 414 0777
The Dairy Godmother
A local area favorite known for Wisconsin-style frozen custard, delicious dairy-free sorbets, and exotic ice pops!
The Dairy Godmother features a daily flavor of fresh Wisconsin-style custard and sorbet, as well as a custom-blended traditional vanilla flavor. When you order, they blend by hand the day’s ingredients with the custard as it is scooped from the bucket. Since it is freshly made, this custard is served at a temperature of 17-20 degrees. This allows the custard taste to really come through.
Address:2310 Mount Vernon Avenue, Del Ray, Alexandria, 22301
phone:+1 703 683 7767
Gossip on 23rd
A boutique that is so much more than clothes on a rack. Offering affordable handpicked fashion for every season.
In this Crystal City neighborhood boutique you will always find the latest trends in clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories for every season and all at reasonable prices. The owner has an impeccable eye for fashion and personally selects pieces from L.A. and vintage pieces from Hollywood.
Address:566 23rd Street South, Crystal City, Arlington, 22202
phone:+1 703 920 1498
Gadsby’s Tavern & Museum
The two buildings, the tavern built in 1785 and City Hotel built in 1792, are listed as National Historic Landmarks.
Located across from City Hall in Old Town Alexandria, this 18th century tavern and hotel where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and John Adams hung out. Gadsby's was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. In the tavern restaurant, you can still dine by candlelight, served by Colonial-dressed staff and entertained by period musicians.
Address:134-138 North Royal Street, Old Town, Alexandria, 22314
Crystal City Water Park
Discover a spot to relax steps from the hotel. Crystal City’s Water Park is an oasis of tranquil waterfalls & fountains.
Just a short stroll down Crystal Drive, Crystal City’s Water Park offers the tranquil sound of waterfalls and fountains among beautifully landscaped grounds. Have a seat in one of the bright red Adirondack chairs or grab a table for a bite to eat from the snack bar. Yoga and Zumba classes also take place frequently on the park's grounds.
Address:1705 Crystal Drive, Crystal City, Arlington, 22202
Evening Star Cafe
A hidden gem in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria offering a relaxed ambience and a menu that changes seasonally.
This cute cafe in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria has a fiercely loyal following of local residents who have been coming here for years. The atmosphere is relaxed and very comfortable. The American menu offers a variety of selections and changes with the seasons, using what is grown and raised in this region. In season, they even harvest fresh produce from their very own rooftop garden.
Address:2000 Mount Vernon Avenue, Del Ray, Alexandria, 22301
phone:+1 703 549 5051
Crystal City Sports Pub
A sports bar in the middle of Crystal City’s 23rd Street “Restaurant Row” offering sports entertainment for every taste.
This sprawling three-level bar is one of the area's best-known gathering spots for college sports fans. There are more than 100 TVs, including three giant projection screens on the third-floor "Club Level." There's so much going on that the bar posts guides online and at the front door to tell customers the general area where their game will be shown.
Address:529 23rd Street South, Crystal City, Arlington, 22202
phone:+703 521 8215
Looking for unusual and unique gifts? Here you’ll find nautical antiques, ships’ clocks, barometers, lanterns, and more.
Located just steps from the entrance of the Crystal City Metro station, Ship’s Hatch is the place to discover unique and unusual retirement and promotion gifts for all branches of the military. Their expert staff can even custom embroider U.S. Navy ship ball caps for any ship that has ever sailed. That’s quite a statement since there are about 16,000 ships in our history!
Address:1677 Crystal Drive, Crystal City, Arlington, 22202
phone:+1 703 413 6289
1920’s-style lounge in a historic building offering a classic experience taking intimacy and exclusivity to a new level.
You’ll find no sign marking this popular speakeasy in Old Town Alexandria, just a blue light above a plain door indicating they are open. This 1920’s-style lounge is in a historic building with all of the original wood work and sparkling chandeliers intact for a truly classic experience which takes intimacy and exclusivity to a new level. The sophisticated, hand-crafted cocktails are amazing.
Address:728 King Street, Alexandria
phone:+1 703 299 8385
40 local artists have a unique and intimate environment in Crystal City’s “Underground” to show off their creations.
Gallery Underground features works from 40 local artists using a broad array of materials and mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, collage, pottery, glass and sculpture. Exhibits rotate monthly to emanate energy, stimulate creativity, and encourage repeat visits. An opening reception on the first Friday evening of every month provides you an intriguing opportunity to meet featured artists.
Address:2100 Crystal Drive, Crystal City, Arlington, 22202
phone:+1 571 483 0652
Torpedo Factory Art Center
Wander through this former torpedo factory and discover artwork of over 165 artists as they create in their own studios.
A former torpedo factory (yes, torpedoes were once manufactured here!), the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria. It attracts artists from across the region and around the world and has served as a prototype for visual arts facilities throughout the world. Stop in and visit over 165 professional artists as they work, exhibit, and sell their art.
Address:105 North Union Street, Old Town, Alexandria, 22314
phone:+1 703 838 4565
St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub
A comfy place to spend some down time with a book or just people watching while sipping a coffee along with a muffin.
Located in the heart of Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood, St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub (known locally as Del Ray’s Living Room) is a community gathering spot featuring art by local artists and live music. In addition to coffees and teas, the pub serves up fresh donuts, pastries, sandwiches, and salads. You can catch live music every Thursday evening from 7:30pm until 9:00pm.
Address:2300 Mount Vernon Avenue, Del Ray, Alexandria, 22301
phone:+1 703 739 9268
Virtue Feed & Grain
A historic warehouse in Old Town Alexandria converted into a casual spot that is an airy and comfortable place to dine.
This popular restaurant takes its name from its former function as a feed house. Soaring open windows, exposed brick and giant iron girders frame the urban scene. In keeping with the unique history of the building the owners went above and beyond to preserve authenticity. The floors, walls, hand-crafted tabletops, and bar shelves are constructed with period wood, each heralding from a unique past.
Address:106 South Union Street, Old Town, Alexandria, 22314
phone:+1 571 970 3669
Hooray for Books!
One of Old Town’s most cherished independent bookstores, Hooray for Books puts excitement back in children’s literature.
As an independent bookstore, Hooray for Books! takes pride in knowing children’s books. It offers a large assortment of novels specifically for children and young adults. The store is structured just like a library with each book shelved and ready to be purchased. If you can’t find the book you are looking for or just need some recommendations, look to their knowledgeable and helpful staff.
Address:1555 King Street, Old Town, Alexandria, 22314
phone:+1 703 548 4092
ScrewTop Wine Bar
An anti-sports bar where women in particular come for good conversation, great wine and good food.
ScrewTop is a favorite of local Clarendon residents, women in particular, who are looking for place to come with their girlfriends for good wine, girl talk, and great food! The owner is a perfectionist when it comes to the wines she purchases, as well as the cheese and menu items she pairs them with. The menu is updated regularly, as are the 40+ bottles of wine tat can be purchased for take-out.
Address:1025 North Fillmore Street, Arlington, 22201
phone:+1 703 888 0845
Experience food, art & fun in an artistic space while savoring flavors from around the world.
If you are looking for a unique place to sample foods from around the world, then Palette 22 is where you should go. Vibrant murals and original artwork cover the walls of a large space with polished concrete floors and exposed steel fixtures, creating the atmosphere of an artist’s studio. On most evenings, you will find a working artist creating their next masterpiece in the space.
Address:4053 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, 22206
phone:+1 703 746 9007
Find those Jimmy Choo shoes or that Gucci bag you've had your eye on at a fraction of the original price at this designer discount store.
Mint Condition is an award-winning consignment boutique that prides itself on stocking some of the most sought-after labels from famous designers. If you have a passion for fashion, but also love a good bargain, this is the shop for you. Shoes, handbags, jewelry, formal and casual wear are available here. No item of clothing or accessory is more than two-years old, keeping the items for sale modern and of high quality. Some best-selling labels include Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Christian Louboutin, Hermes, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton. The carefully-curated selection is constantly updated, ensuring there is always something new to discover.
Address:103 South Saint Asaph Street, Old Town, Alexandria, 22314
phone:+1 703 836 6468
Stop by the DEA Museum for a glimpse into the history of the agency that has spearheaded America's 'War on Drugs' since 1973.
Located just across the river from the United State's capital, the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum & Visitors Center lets guests get a better idea of the essential functions and history of this governmental agency. Visitors can get a glimpse of the early day's of the agency's founding at the command of Richard Nixon in 1973, up to its modern day operations. Several historical items and bits of confiscated contraband are on display in the museum, including a motorcycle taken from a convicted Hells Angels member.
Address:700 Army Navy Drive, Pentagon City, Arlington, 22202
phone:+1 202 307 3463
Boccato Gelato Lounge
This cozy dessert lounge features live music on Thursdays, a vintage rustic vibe, and an amazing array of fresh hand-made artisan gelato.
Settle into one of the many nooks here and savor a cup of Stumptown coffee or a scoop of velvety gelato. From classics like pistachio and toasted almond to more unusual tropical flavors like lucuma, papaya, pineapple basil and Inca sorbet, there is something for everyone here. Stop by during happy hour for an afterwork snack.
Address:2719 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington
phone:+1 703 869 6522
This intimate, Tony Award-winning regional theatre presents bold productions of challenging new and established works.
Discover Signature Theatre’s take on classic productions as its team produces contemporary musicals and plays, reinvents classic musicals and develops new work. The theater is well known for its inventive adaptations of forgotten works, but it shines with its elaborate musical productions. Stages are carefully reconfigured for each show to allow theatre-goers an intimate, close-up experience.
Address:4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, 22206
phone:+1 703 820 9771
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Pentagon 9-11 Memorial
This memorial consisting of 184 benches is dedicated to the 184 victims of the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon.
On September 11, 2001, 184 people were killed in the attacks on the Pentagon. The Pentagon 9/11 Memorial was built to remember those who lost their lives in that tragic event. Located adjacent to the Pentagon, this beautiful tribute was dedicated on September 11, 2008 and features benches engraved with the names of the victims. The benches sit above reflection pools and light up from below at night, creating a serene landscape.
Address:Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, Arlington, 22202
phone:+1 703 697 7351
This unique and delightful shop appeals to kids and the young at heart with an amazing array of puppets.
The owner of Puppet Heaven sells an amazing array of puppets and is also a puppeteer who has done shows throughout this country and around the world. His tiny shop is packed with a variety of hand, finger, marionette, and shadow puppets from all over the world. If you're lucky, he may even give you a brief performance or lesson on how to use your new purchase!
Address:1750 Crystal Drive, The Alley Shops, Arlington, 22202
phone:+1 703 414 7885
Sip on southern Virginia moonshine at this rustic tavern. Specializing in farm-to-table dining, the menu is full of flavorful surprises.
The perfect spot for anyone looking for an ethical meal that doesn't skimp on flavor or presentation, the Copperwood Tavern is Arlington's premier farm-to-table dining experience. This rustic, cabin-style restaurant boasts a delicious menu featuring fresh, local cuisine. Settle in to the dining room for a full meal, or just swing by the bar, where there are 30 beers on tap alongside a huge selection of local moonshine. Stop by for their daily happy hour Monday-Friday for special deals on oysters, beer, wine, and cocktails. And don't forget to bring fido along, as the patio at Copperwood is dog-friendly.
Address:4021 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, 22206
phone:+1 703 552 8010
Hula Girl Bar & Grill
Want the feel of a Hawaiian beach? Head to Hula Girl for traditional Hawaiian dishes along with a mini-umbrella drink!
Hula Girl started out as a food truck and became so popular with DC’s lunch crowd that the owner decided to open their first sit-down restaurant in Arlington. Here you will find familiar items such as plate lunches and Spam Musubi (rice & spam wrapped in seaweed), but also offer more chef-driven, Hawaiian inspired dishes. You can also enjoy Hawaiian drinks and a mix of local and Hawaiian beers.
Address:4044 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, 22201
phone:+1 703 998 4853
Mount Vernon Estate
Step back in time as you visit the plantation house and gardens of George and Martha Washington overlooking the Potomac.
There is so much more to see than just the plantation mansion where George and Martha Washington lived. Make a full day of it at this historic area overlooking a beautiful stretch of the Potomac River, featuring the restored mansion, original outbuildings, the tomb where the Washingtons are buried, beautiful gardens, and heritage breed animals who work at a four-acre farm site near the river.
Address:3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, 22121
phone:+1 703 780 2000
Capital City Brewing Company
At Capital City Brewing Company, brewers oversee each step of the process and visitors can sample fresh beer.
From a table overlooking the brewing process, watch on-site brew masters create flavorsome ales, lagers and pilsners. Brewers are closely involved in each step of the brewing process from start to finish, ensuring you are drinking the freshest beers within hours of completion. Enjoy their “Signature” beers year-round or try some great seasonal brews created from recipes found all over the world.
Address:4001 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, 22206
phone:+1 703 578 3888
The Cookery serves up food made by small-batch producers in a warm Mediterranean country farmhouse atmosphere.
After her first trip to Europe in 1979, The Cookery owner’s personal tastes were extended into a lifestyle based on fresh flavors, local, all natural ingredients and simple recipes. She continues to travel the world and returns with fresh, wholesome products and recipe ideas bursting with flavor. Visitors can browse her collection of hundreds of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Address:4017 Campbell Avenue, Shirlington Village, Arlington, 22206
phone:+1 703 820 2210
Ray’s The Steaks
This casual steakhouse lets its food do the talking with cuts of beef wet-aged or dry-aged until the peak of perfection.
Ray’s The Steaks was recently named by Washingtonian magazine as one of the top 100 restaurants in the DC area. Starting with Certified Angus beef, they wet-age and dry-age different cuts until the peak of perfection. Then, they apply their signature rub and grill your steak on an open-flame grill. Entrees are served with family-style sides of mashed potatoes & creamed spinach free of charge.
Address:2300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, 22201
phone:+1 703 841 7297
Discover handcrafted silver jewelry and unique pieces designed by over 30 artists from around the world at this Old Town boutique.
From handmade necklaces to edgy contemporary bracelets made with a combination of sterling silver and precious stones like turquoise, diamond, and onyx, the collection at this boutique is truly diverse. An uncompromising commitment to quality and an eye for the unique ensures that not only will you find something to suit your taste, but also to hand down to the next generation. The hand-picked jewelry collection features works from designers from countries like Indonesia, India, Turkey, China, Mexico and the United States. Step into this eclectic store and find that statement piece you've been searching for.
Address:113 King Street, Old Town, Alexandria, 22314
phone:+1 703 549 8530
The Sushi Bar
Share tapas-style dishes at this hip sushi and sake lounge. The cozy ambiance and grown-ups only policy makes it a date night favorite.
Award-winning chef Saran “Peter” Kannasute heads the culinary team at this ultra-chic sushi restaurant in Del Ray. Offering a selection of innovative small plates in a lounge setting, the Sushi Bar is the ideal restaurant for a romantic meal for two. Dine on creative seafood dishes like the octopus salad and the Kamikaze Roll, with spicy crab, avocado, red tempura and crunchy potatoes. Choose from over 20 sake labels from the fruity Kaika Kazenoichirin to the full-bodied Otokoyama to pair with your meal. Get here early to avoid the wait as the restaurant doesn't accept reservations.
Address:2312 Mount Vernon Avenue, Del Ray, Alexandria, 22301
phone:+1 571 257 3232
Basin Street Lounge
Experience old-world sophistication at this historic parlor with the finest whiskey and cigar pairing, accompanied by live jazz and blues.
Basin Street Lounge has been a blues landmark in Old Town Alexandria since 1979. Located upstairs at the elegant Two Nineteen Restaurant, this lounge attracts a sophisticated crowd of cigar and scotch aficionados. It plays host to an array of swing, acoustic jazz and blues performances by local and touring musicians. Their drinks list features a fine selection of whiskey that blend well with their cigar collection. Fine art paintings and Victorian elements in the decor create an old-world charm.
Address:219 King Street, Old Town, Alexandria, 22314
phone:+1 703 549 1141
Tops of Old Town
This boutique’s charming mother and daughter team excel at finding the perfect hat for both men and women.
Willie Mae and her daughter own and operate this boutique hat shop, which has been housed in the same location for over 25 years. Tops is a small gem of a store jam-packed from floor-to-ceiling with an astonishing selection of hats for both women and men. The expert staff will quickly size up your hat-buying needs and make sure you leave with the perfect hat for you.
Address:2400 Mount Vernon Avenue, Del Ray, Alexandria, 22301
phone:+1 703 836 4511
Vola’s Hi-Tide Lounge
A retro–cool bar tucked behind Vola’s Dockside Grill in Old Town is the perfect place to relax after a day of touring.
This retro-cool lounge is named after Vola Lawson, a much-loved, iconic civic leader and first female City Manager of Alexandria, as well as the markers which mimic the Potomac’s high-tide marks found on the building outside. Comfy furniture and 1960’s era vintage posters and album cover art create the mood while the bar capitalizes on the current tiki craze with drinks like the High-Thai Twizzle.
Address:101 North Union Street, Alexandria, 22314
phone:+1 703 935 9890
Stop in to sample wine tastes in a casual, relaxed setting not unlike the tasting room of a Northern California winery.
The owners welcome each guest into this pre-revolutionary house turned wine tasting room for a truly unique experience. Most restaurants have you choose an entrée and then pair it with a wine. Here you can taste several wines and they will pair your favorite wine with one of their delightful menu items. On warmer days, relax in their backyard which channels a small, rural California wine garden.
Address:207 King Street, Alexandria, 22314
phone:+1 703 566 9867