I'm going straight on this:
There's almost no shop in the whole D.C. except from the Union Station Mall...
If U want to buy anything U must move out of Downtown (by metro U can go almost anywhere).
The nearest malls to downtown are :
-GeorgetownPark Mall (situated in the intersection between Wisconsin Ave and M Street), the nearest Metro St. is "Foggy Bottom" and then take a bus or walk for about 15 minutes.
-Pentagon City Fashion District, U can go inside it directly from "Pentagon city " Metro Station.
-Springfield Mall , situated about 800 meters from "Springfield-Franconia" metro station.
If U want to buy electronic goods search for "Best Buy " store chains.
There is one at 5050 Wisconsin Ave in Georgetown and another in front of Pentagon City Mall. Check it out: http://www.bestbuy.com
What to buy: Collectibles, sport goods , electronics , almost anything.....
Take a look:
What to pay: as much as your credit card can afford !
This is a beautiful Mall from both outside and inside that we dropped into for having our lunch, but ended departing with serious dollars for buying stuff. It has many branded stores.
The Mall was full of men and women in their formal office attires as they came out from hundreds of offices in the immediate vicinity for having their lunch. I am sure I noticed lots of them looking at us curiously because of our casual traveling attires with cameras in hands, kind of looking different from an every day tourist :-)
The following site has this to say:
For trendy shopping and dining, head to the urban village of Pentagon City, one of Arlington, Virginia’s most fashionable neighborhoods right by the Pentagon. The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, located moments from the nation's capital in Arlington and on the Washington DC Metro system, offers a world-class shopping experience where avenues of fashions and boulevards of style await. A scenic glass elevator ride to the Third Level reveals 170 fascinating stores and restaurants including Macy's, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, Apple, Bailey Banks & Biddle, Banana Republic, BCBG, bebe, Club Monaco, Coach, Cole Haan, Guess, J. Crew, J. Jill, Kenneth Cole, Lillie Rubin, Movado, Sephora, Starbucks, Sony Style, Steve Madden, Swarovski Crystal Gallery, Tourneau, Talbots and Victoria's Secret. The sky lit Food Court features international specialties from the familiar to the exotic. A cornucopia of full-service restaurants provide a mouthwatering selection of food and good atmosphere to make your trip complete.
What to buy: Clothes, shoes and lunch :-)
We took the metro out to Pentagon City from the DC city center for some last minute Christmas shopping. Here you can find all the typical shopping mall stores along with speciality stores, department stores, and of course the food court.
Totally love their food court here at Pentagon City.
What to buy: Stopped at Macy's for a pair of shoes, some women's undergarment and a few other items.
Close to D.C. and Alexandria, one Metro stop from the Pentagon is Pentagon City. Just get off the train, go through a short tunnel, and you're in the 3 story mall. My wife loved the Macy's -- lots of stuff on sale, and things in her size that she liked.
What to pay: Cheaper than usual.
The fashion Centre at Pentagon City, located just moments from the nation's capital and on the Washington DC Metro system. There are more than 170 stores and restaurants including Macy's, Nordstrom, Abercrombi & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Baby Gap, Eddie Bauer, Talbots, J. Crew, Banana Republic, bebe, Cole Haan, Coach, Kenneth COle, L'Occitane and MAC Cosmetics. There is a food court and seven full service restaurants.
It is a clean, light and airy mall. Take the Metro Yellow or Blue Line to the Pentagon City Station. Just take the escalator directly to the Fashion Centre.
What to buy: You can get most items here at the Fashion Centre.
America is the land of shopping, and especially DISCOUNT SHOPPING. If you're coming from the UK or elsewhere in Europe, bring your credit cards, because you'll want to take advantage of the amazing prices you can get at places like Potomac Mills Mall.
Potomac Mills Mall is in Dale City, VA, about 40 minutes drive south of the city. It is an ENORMOUS outlet mall. At one point, it was the largest mall in America. Every store in the mall is either a discount store or an outlet, and all offer merchandise significantly cheaper than you'd find in retail mall like Pentagon City. Most of the stores are for clothing and shoes, but there's a shop here for everything... jewelry, housewares, furniture, books, everything.
If you want to shop, plan on spending the whole day here. They even have hotels within walking distance of the mall, because people come from all over and will spend several days just shopping!
What to buy: You'll find especially great bargains on items like lingerie (bras! there are several shops that specialize in bras!), jeans, leather jackets, and shoes.
The Old Post Office Building was converted into an urban shopping mall. Though not as big as Ballston Common across the river in Arlington, the Old Post Office is no less impressive. There are plenty are stores and small restaurants.
What to buy: I visited the Old Post Office building during a high school field trip, so I bought postcards to send to my foreign pen friends. A wide selection is available.
What to pay: Because of high rents in downtown D.C. and the present 6% sales tax (as opposed to 5% in Virginia), things may be a little more expensive than across the river.
The Post Office Pavilion has some nice little gift shops, and also a quite large food court. Entertainment is also on the agenda on some days.
Well worth a visit to sit and relax and to see this lovely building also.
The Washington Metropolitan area is dotted with shopping malls, many easily accessible via Metro. One, Potomac Mills, is a tourist attraction all on its own, attracting hoards of buses from the Mid-Atlantic region. It is NOT Metro accessible.
Most of the malls are "anchored" by major department stores such as Hecht's, Macy's, or JC Penney. The more upscale malls are anchored by Nieman Marcus and/or Nordstrom. In between anchors, you will find stores selling everything from jewelry to furniture to video games. And, of course, there will be food; the "food court" (a vast array of fast food places surrounding a common seating area) is common, but you will also find very good (if not fancy) sit-down restaurants.
See below for a list of some of the Metro accessible malls with which I'm familiar. This is by no means all of them!
Mazza Gallery, Union Station, Shops at National Place
Pentagon City (also, head across the street to Pentagon Row), Springfield Mall (free shuttle bus from the Franconia/Springfield Metro)
What to buy: If you are from another part of the US, I'm not sure you'll find anything particularly unique at these malls. Union Station has some shops with more local themes.
If you are from outside the US, you will have to judge for yourself what these malls have that your local markets don't.
What to pay: Depends on where you are! The malls vary from very upscale (Mazza Gallery) to pretty everyday (Springfield Mall).
This is by far the most exciting shopping mall in the country with excellent diverse stores. There are specialty boutiques, fashion and gift stores, shops offering Washington souvenirs and much more.
There are over 100 places to eat, drink and shop.
The food court and movie theaters are in the basement. Shops and the food court are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. and on Sunday from noon to 6:00 pm.
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