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 on or just off King Street 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.
The Ultimate King Street Shopping Guide for Old Town Alexandria
The Shoe Hive (127 S. Fairfax St.)
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.
Comfort One Shoes (200 & 201 King St.)
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 (1301 King St.)
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.
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Designer Women’s Fashion
donna lewis (309 Cameron St.)
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.
She’s Unique Jewelry & Gifts (205 King St.)
She’s Unique specializes in stunning simplicity, offering jewelry from up-and-coming stateside designers as well as globally-sourced pieces.
The Lucky Knot (101 King St.)
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.
Imagine Artwear (1124 King St.)
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 (924 King St.)
Bloomers is the place to go if you’re looking for designer undergarments, sleepwear and loungewear. The key to your perfect outfit starts here!
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Mint Condition (103 S. Asaph St.)
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.
Bellacara (1000 King St.)
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.
Boxwood (128 S. Royal St.)
Boxwood is a home décor and gift boutique in the heart of Old Town Alexandria offering a curated collection of unique and vibrant lifestyle goods from artists and designers found locally and around the world
Red Barn Mercantile (1117 King St.)
Red Barn Mercantile is a favorite for 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.
Want more of our favorite home design shops in Alexandria? Check them out here.
Harambee Books & Artworks (1132 Prince St.)
Named after the Swahili word for “working together,” Harambee Books & Artworks promotes literacy education as a fundamental human right for all. Come and browse a unique selection of books and hard-to-find classic literature by and about people of African descent, plus exclusive artworks and fashionable apparels.
Old Town Books (130 S. Royal St.):
Old Town Books, helmed by Ally Kirkpatrick (and shop dog Scout), emphasizes community engagement through book clubs, author events, writers’ groups and workshops.
The Happy Place Gift Shop (105 N. Union St.)
Happy Place, where the colors are bright and mood is always right, has all sorts of toys and games for kids as well as gifts for adults.
Hooray for Books! (1555 King St.)
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.
529 Kids Consign (122A S. Royal St.)
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.
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A Galerie (317 Cameron St.)
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 (113 N. Fairfax St.)
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 out here.
DIY & Stationery Shops
AR Workshop (1212 King St.)
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 (1319 Prince St.)
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.
Penny Post (1201 King St.)
Penny Post 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.
Shop Made in VA (1121 King St.)
Shop Made in Virginia, the sister store to Shop Made in DC, showcases the talents of VA-based designers, artists and makers, plus workshops and crafty classes.
Stitch Sew Shop (1219 King St.)
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.
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Offbeat and Quirky
Gossypia (325 Cameron St.)
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.
Old Town Sock Co. (1003 King St.)
Old Town Sock Co. is a 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.
Your CBD Store (301 S. Washington St.)
Your CBD Store™ believes in bringing superior quality hemp-derived products to the market. Its products are formulated using the whole plant, containing a full or broad spectrum which includes components like cannabinoids and terpenes.
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 (104 S. Union St.)
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 (221 King St.)
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, such as history-themed scented candles from Bashford & Pitt.
Red Barn Mercantile (1117 King St.)
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.
Anthropologie: Bohemian-chic womenswear and home design.
Blue Mercury: Luxury cosmetics.
Crate & Barrel Outlet: All your favorite stylish furniture, kitchenware and other home essentials at huge discounts.
H&M: Clothing for men, women and kids with huge sales.
The Pink Palm, A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store: Lilly Pulitzer and other preppy brands.
Simon Pearce: Signature handmade glass and pottery décor and tableware, plus curated home accents.
Warby Parker: Chic, flattering frames and prescriptions lenses.
West Elm: Modern and stylish furniture, home décor and accessories.
Learn more about boutiques in Old Town Alexandria here.
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