With a diverse range of retailers and suppliers providing a wide array of artisan food products, Union Market is every foodies heaven. Everything from gourmet coffee, specialty ice-cream, gelato, artisanal bread, baked goods, florists, delis, food stalls and much more are available here. A great place to pick up local products and souvenirs, Union Market is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. While wandering around the huge warehouse, you may stumble across local artists displaying their work. While it is accessible via Metro, driving here is a better option, especially in the evenings.
A landmark in the city, the Eastern Market is a bustling marketplace where one can find everything from hats and scarves to decorations, photographs, poultry, produce, fruits and vegetables. A hub of activity, it is centered around a historical building that used to be the site of the old market. Today, the market has overflowed onto the roadside as well, with vendors displaying their goods to daily shoppers. On Saturdays, there are often events and cultural performances here along with a flourishing flea market.
Escape a few miles north outside of the hectic district and beltway and relax at the stylish, trendy, and quaint Bethesda Row. Choose from a wide variety of over 30 international restaurants including Irish, Thai, American, Asian, Spanish, Mediterranean, and American for a nice outdoor lunch or dinner. Enjoy desserts at specialty shops such as Dolcezza Gelato or Sweetgreen. There are plenty of new boutiques and stores to please all types of shoppers. Bethesda Row also holds many events such as Movie Nights and art fairs.
Proper Topper is an incredibly chic boutique that carries classic and modern clothing and accessories. At this modern-day haberdashery, you will find gorgeous gift items, including amazing hats, exquisite handmade jewelry, lovely scarves, and unique gloves. There are also plenty of home accents like frames, candles, scents and a small collection of handmade cards.
Kramerbooks and Afterwords was the first to set up shop in Dupont Circle. This bookstore and cafe is always crowded, particularly on weekends when singles who would rather skip the bar scene flock to this surprising hot spot. Live music is an added feature of this cozy literary joint. The cafe is a full-service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The entrees are traditional American dishes, like chicken and lamb chops.
Chinatown is a neighborhood of the hustling and the bustling city of Washington, DC. From coffee houses to hole-in-the-wall restaurant to unique boutiques, you have it all in this place. After under-going major renovations in 2006, this district has become one of the hip and happening spots. Movie theaters and high-end shopping boutiques attracts young and chic crowd. True to its name, most of the businesses have Chinese signs and feature Chinese products. You can see the blend of tradition and modernity in this uber cool area.