The Best One-Stop Shopping of Washington, D.C.

From luxury malls to discount outlets, check out this guide to the greater Metro area’s can't-miss retail hot spots.

Washington D.C.’s red-hot shopping scene offers plenty of one-stop options from upscale malls to concentrated blocks and bargain-filled outlets.

In Chevy Chase, the Friendship Heights Metro station conveniently connects shoppers to the center of a consumer hub that includes no less than three malls (The Shops at Wisconsin Place, Mazza Gallerie and Chevy Chase Pavilion) and “the Rodeo Drive of the East Coast,” The Collection at Chevy Chase.

Here label hunters find the latest luxury designer looks from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Bulgari, all along one city block. Downtown and nearby Northern Virginia turn up scores as well at hip malls and outlets alike. So don your most stylish power-walking shoes and prepare to take on Washington, D.C.’s malls and shopping centers.

A catwalk at sleek CityCenterDC in Washington D.C.

CityCenterDC

Headline-grabbing restaurants and luxury retailers make CityCenterDC one of the hottest shopping sites downtown. Shops like Hermes, CH Carolina Herrera and Arc’Teryx, along with eateries such as DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Mango Tree and Fig & Olive add the glamour.

An archway projecting videos frames a courtyard with fountains, serving as a dynamic welcome to this shopping oasis downtown.

An architectural rending of updates planned for Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Washington D.C.

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City

Thanks to the Pentagon City Metro station, buyers have easy access to a wealth of storefronts at this airy, light-filled mall. Nordstrom and Macy’s bookend a complex with a sprawling ground-floor food court. Shoppers can browse more than 170 shops like Henri Bendel, Kate Spade and Swatch on the four floors.

A renovation unveils a sleek, glass elevator and new shops avaliable in December 2015 and a major expansion the following spring.

Hip Mosaic District in Washington D.C. at twilight

Mosaic District

This hip shopping complex near the Dunn-Loring Metro stop in Fairfax, Virginia bustles with retail energy.

Local shops like Ah Love Olive Oil, South Moon Under and Take 5 boutique share sidewalk space with Kendra Scott, Alex & Ani and Last Call Neiman Marcus.

Diners flock to health guru Dr. Weil’s True Food Kitchen, Red Apron Butcher and Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Kouzina (opening 2016). Angelika Film Center, showing both indie and major flicks, anchors a courtyard with dancing fountains and an outdoor screen.

Inside Tysons Corner Center shopping destination in Washington D.C.

Tysons Corner Center

The Tysons Corner stop on Metro’s Silver Line deposits passengers onto a terrace leading into one of the largest malls in the country.

More than 2 million square feet house 300-plus stores, including Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Apple, West Elm and American Girl. An ample food court, plus Shake Shack, Gordon Biersch and Brio Tuscan Cuisine provide sustenance, while a 16-screen AMC Theater offers respite for tired feet.

Inside Tysons Galleria in Washington D.C.

Tysons Galleria

Across from Tysons Corner Center, this serene temple to luxury entices with Chanel, Gucci, Liljenquist & Beckstead and Sarar, plus department stores Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s. On-trend retailers include J. Crew and the brand’s only standalone Men’s Shop in the area. A range of restaurants, from foodie hot spot America Eats Tavern by José Andrés in the Ritz-Carlton to Massachusetts-based Legal Sea Foods and salad king Sweetgreen, offers plenty of dining options.

Potomac Malls outlet mall near Washington D.C.

The Outlets

Just a short drive from D.C., bargain hunters find plenty of fertile ground for scoring big deals. Near Maryland’s National Harbor, Tanger Outlets beckons shoppers with an outdoor setting accented by glass pergolas. Here, more than 80 stores like J. Crew Factory, Brooks Brothers, Under Armour and Diane von Furstenberg offer wares—and wears!—at 30 to 70 percent off retail.

In Virginia, about 40 minutes south of D.C., Potomac Mills’ sleek interior space draws deal-seekers with a mix of high-end and trendy shops numbering more than 200, among them Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and Nordstrom Rack. An 18-screen AMC Theater with IMAX and 25 eateries like Cheesecake Factory and Bobby’s Burger Palace round out a packed day of retail therapy.

Anne Kim-Dannibale
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