Shopping in Washington DC
Washington DC's premier shopping district is located in the northwest, more
specifically in Georgetown. There are shops around M Street and Wisconsin
Avenue, scattered on both sides of the many pedestrian streets. In addition to
expensive designer outlets such as Versace, Gucci and Dior and small specialist
stores, you will also find several large shopping centers with all the
well-known store chains. Americans love their malls, and they are, like
most things in the United States, gigantic.
You might expect to find most and largest stores in Downtown and around the
National Mall, but here are mostly just souvenir shops. In contrast, the city
has an exceptionally good selection of these, from the tourist shops with myriad
variants of t-shirts, cups and bags with a picture of the Capitol and White
House and rubber masks by the presidents, to the slightly more exclusive gift
shops most museums have their areas.
But there are some exceptions. Just east of the White House, at 1201 G Street
NW, is the branch of one of America's largest department stores, Macy's. In the
quarter below, you'll find the small National Place shopping center at 1331
Pennsylvania Avenue, and close by, at 529 14th Street, is the city branch of
Filene's Basement. This is a Boston-based concept with a large selection of
surplus brand clothing, where you can find designer products or wedding dresses
at a fraction of the price. Both clothes and shoes for men, women and children.
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At Capitol Hill, take a look at Union Station, which is not only a train
station, but also a large and modern indoor shopping center, with hundreds of
shops, restaurants, eateries and a cinema complex. If you are a stamp collector,
just head to the National Postal Museum, which will be a treasure trove for avid
A block away from Union Station is several more bohemian Eastern Market,
which has its roots back to 1873. South Hall still sells fresh vegetables, fish
and shellfish, fruits and flowers, dairy products and meats, while outdoor arts
and crafts are organized on weekends. craft fair on Saturdays and flea market on
Most major shops and shopping centers are open from 1000 to 2000 or 2100 on
all weekdays, and from 1100 to 1800 on Sundays.
Washington DC has a 5.75% sales tax plus all items when you pay. But there is
no effective system for refunding this tax upon departure.
Eating in Washington
Washington DC residents are among the youngest and most buoyant in the United
States, and few eat at a restaurant more often than them. And the selection
matches demand, here it is teeming with eateries in all price ranges with
kitchens from all over the world. If you want to eat Vietnamese, Peruvian,
Italian, Indian, Polish, Lebanese or Argentine, then you can find it in
Most restaurants are in the area around Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Adams
Morgan. In recent years, suburban Alexandria, which is actually located in
Virginia and not in DC, has also established itself as a reputable restaurant
area. Washington DC residents are increasingly heading south to test out some of
Alexandria's increasingly trendy eateries.
Here is a list of the top ten restaurants in Washington DC!
As of this writing, this list is topped by the elegant French restaurant
Michel Richard Citronelle, located in the Latham Hotel at 3000 M Street NW,
Georgetown. It's not cheap, but here your food is made by one of the
country's most renowned managers, and the service is probably always
outstanding ! Reservation is required.
Georgetown's premier restaurant streets are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue.
One of the classic eateries here is the seafood restaurant Sequoia, which also
has an outdoor terrace overlooking the Potomac River.
More affordable and centrally located is the modern Asian restaurant TenPenh,
which is named after the address on the corner of Tenth Street and
Pennsylvania Avenue. We were very pleased with our food and really enjoyed
the room, which is decorated with objects and art from China and Thailand.
Important about nightlife and restaurants in the US and Washington
Don't forget that waiters and waiters, etc. work on tip-based pay, and 15% of
the bill is a minimum you should consider if the service has been good. Anything
below this will probably lead to dissatisfied murmurings about stingers. If you
are very satisfied with the service, you should add 20-25%.
Despite Monty Python forever and ever giving American beer a reputation for
being thin and tasteless, ("Like making love in a canoe; it's f ****** close to
water.....") You have a lot of tasty in store for the capital's pubs. Here you
will find an overview of the district's breweries, pubs and beer specialists.