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Shopping in Washington D.C.

Historic Georgetown, with its 19th-century brick buildings, is Washington's favourite shopping district, famous for its trendy boutiques, high-end chain stores, wine shops and antiques, like Potomac Wine & Spirits and Cherub Antiques. U Street and Adams Morgan are the best areas for up-and-coming styles. The city's best outdoor produce and food markets include historic Eastern Market and Maine Avenue Seafood Market. Shops typically open daily, 9am-5pm, later in high season.

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  1. 1. National Geographic Store - Shops

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    National Geographic Store, Washington DC. Courtesy of Adrian Coakley

    The National Geographic Store in Dupont Circle sells all manner of useful items for travellers, including maps, guidebooks and atlases. Travel bags and gift-type items are also popular. The building houses a small natural history museum too.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-5pm

    Address

    National Geographic Society, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington D.C. 20036

    Telephone

    +1 202 857 7588

    Transport

    Farragut North metro

    Website

    National Geographic Store

  2. 2. Cherub Antiques - Shops

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    Cherub Antiques, Washington DC. Courtesy of Washington DC Convention & Tourism Corporation

    Art Nouveau and Art Deco silverware, dinnerware, cutlery and toiletry items comprise most of the goods at Cherub Antiques. This small, two-story shop in Georgetown sells antique fireplace screens and boasts a good range of German, French and British antiques.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

    Address

    2918 M Street NW, Washington D.C. 20007

    Telephone

    +1 202 337 2224

    Transport

    Foggy Bottom-GWU metro

    Website

    Cherub Antiques

Markets

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  1. 3. Eastern Market - Markets

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    Eastern Market, Washington DC. Courtesy of Washington DC Convention & Tourism Corporation

    The Eastern Market in the district of the same name is the only surviving 19th-century market in Washington. A farmer's market, craft market and flea market sell great food for a take-away lunch, as well as clothing, gifts and jewellery.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Farmer's Market: Sat & Sun 7am-4pm; Arts & Crafts: Sat & Sun 9am-6pm; Flea Market: Sat & Sun 9am-6pm; Food Vendors: Tue-Sat 7am-6pm, Sun 9am-4pm

    Address

    7th Street and North Carolina Avenue SE, Washington D.C. 20003

    Telephone

    +1 301 674 4400 (105)

    Transport

    Eastern Market metro

    Website

    Eastern Market

  2. 4. Maine Avenue Seafood - Markets

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    Maine Avenue Seafood, Washington DC. Courtesy of Washington DC Convention & Tourism Corporation

    Maine Avenue Seafood is a popular market for those who appreciate fresh seafood and especially blue and soft-shell crabs. Taking place outside, on the river in the Southwest/Waterfront district, this is a good spot to mingle with locals.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-9pm

    Address

    Fish Wharf, 1100 Maine Avenue SW, Washington D.C. 20024

    Telephone

    +1 202 554 2669

    Transport

    Waterfront-SEU metro

Specialists

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  1. 5. Brooks Brothers - Specialists

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    Brooks Brothers sells traditional men's clothes and top-quality shoes. This outlet in Washington DC's affluent Chevy Chase neighbourhood also sells an extensive line of women's clothes, and will pack your gift purchases in a smart, signature box for free.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-7pm (until 8pm Thu); Sun 12pm-6pm

    Address

    5504, Wisconsin Avenue, Washington D.C. 20815

    Telephone

    +1 301 654 8202

    Transport

    Friendship Heights metro

    Website

    Brooks Brothers

  2. 6. White House Gift Shop - Specialists

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    Once located inside the White House itself, the White House Gift Shop now operates about a block away in the Penn Quarter. Most popular here is presidential memorabilia, including t-shirts, jackets, and gifts with the presidential seal on them.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm

    Address

    National Press Building, 529 14th Street NW, Washington D.C. 20045

    Telephone

    +1 877 887 6280

    Transport

    McPherson Square metro

    Website

    White House Gift Shop

  3. 7. Indian Craft Shop - Specialists

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    The Indian Craft Shop has represented authentic Native American artisans since 1938, selling their handwoven rugs and handcrafted baskets, jewellery, figurines, pottery and other items. Since the shop is situated inside a federal government building, you must pass through security and show a photo ID to enter. Use the C Street entrance, which is the only one open to the public. 

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    Opening hours

    Mon- Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

    Address

    1849 C St. NW, Room 1023, Washington, D.C., USA

    Telephone

    202/208-4056

  4. 8. Potomac Wine & Spirits Shop - Specialists

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    Potomac Wine & Spirits Shop in Georgetown is packed with everything from bargain-priced to very expensive wines and spirits. The wine collection is drawn from all around the world - including both commonplace destinations as well as less common wine-producing countries.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri & Sat 10am-10pm

    Address

    3100, M Street NW, Washington D.C. 20007

    Telephone

    +1 202 333 2848

    Transport

    Foggy Bottom-GWU metro

    Website

    Potomac Wine & Spirits Shops

  5. 9. America! - Specialists

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    Politically satirical souvenirs are the most common items sold at America! in Union Station. Pick up a DC sweatshirt, t-shirt or hat or clothing with FBI, CIA and NSA logos. The calendars, coffee mugs and jewellery also make good presents.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

    Address

    Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington D.C. 20007

    Telephone

    +1 202 842 0540

    Transport

    Union Station metro

    Website

    America!

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