Washington, DC – Shopping

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Boutiques, designers, street vendors and hot name brands collide in DC’s one of a kind shopping scene. Each neighborhood boasts their own flavor for the modern Washingtonian or visiting tourist.

    Female Speaker: Whether it's a simple souvenir, a one of a kind international treasure or something with a little style, all are readily available in the nation's capital. The city's unique mix of one of a kind shops, specialty boutiques, upscale designer stores and street vendors offer something for everyone. Kelly Muccio: Something that's unique about the DC shopping scene is that boutiques offer one of a kind experiences that you can't get anywhere else. Female Speaker: Serious shoppers flock to Georgetown where shopping ranges from high quality antiques to designer clothing and one of a kind boutiques. Paige Speyer: The DC shopping scene has really changed in the past six years. There was a lot of big chain stores in Georgetown and now slowly but surely there is a lot of smaller unique boutiques coming to the area. Female Speaker: While the better known chain stores dominate the main intersection of Wisconsin and M, the shops become more eclectic as you explore the neighborhood side streets. High in designer fashions fill the racks of upscale stores in the Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase neighborhoods attracting discerning shoppers and bargain hunters alike. Jiwon Paik-Nguyen: You don't have to go to New York anymore to get that fashion, it it's all coming here. Female Speaker: DuPont Circle draws shoppers to a cosmopolitan blend of galleries, book shops and national retail outlets that stay busy all week long. The Sunday Farmers Market is a popular destination for fresh food and hard to find items. DC's Downtown shopping area features a wide variety of stores. National chains offer fashion staples and specialty shop treasures are found throughout. The eccentric shops that sit among the many international restaurants in the eclectic Adams Morgan neighborhood are great for the bargain hunting browser. Stick around after dark to watch the night-time revelers emerge. The historic areas that encompass Capitol Hill, Barracks Row and Eastern Market are all within walking distance of the US capital and offer a blend of specialty boutiques and well known retail outlets. Locals flock to eastern markets weekend, open air produce, art and crafts market, while the Barracks Row area features everything from pet shops to antique shops. Shoppers should also pay a visit to spectacular Union Station, both national chains and small independent vendors share space in this working turn of a 20th century train station. Shoppers looking for hep will find it in the U Street Corridors funky furniture stores that sit side by side with edgy clothing outlets and interesting boutiques. Deep discounts are offered on the third Thursday of every month. You also won't want to pass up some of the fascinating gift shops located within many of the cities museums. Here you will find amazing collections of one of a kind items to commemorate your visit or pass along as gifts. Whether you are ready to shop till you drop or simply looking for the perfect souvenir, Washington DC has a shopping experience to suit every taste and budget.