Are you looking for a more serene vibe than DC’s hustle? Venture across the Potomac to Virginia and the historic streets of Old Town Alexandria. Here are some of our favorite diversions.
WHERE TO EAT
We love the pedigree of this place (since 1932), but even more, we love the crab cake sandwiches, green curry mussels, five-piece St. Louis ribs and pan-seared halibut. The friendly team extends a wonderful vibe, and the kitchen sources from all over the Mid-Atlantic.
Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge
Located in the Torpedo Factory along the Potomac River, patrons gravitate toward the Chesapeake Bay chowder, James River oysters, seared shrimp tacos, herb-crusted baked rockfish and crab cakes. Don’t miss sides like Old Bay fries and stone-ground cheddar grits.
Farm-to-table is the mantra in most restaurants, but this New American spot on King Street truly walks the walk. Look for a menu divided into “snacks” (housemade milk bread), “small” (prawns a la plancha) and “savor” (butter-roasted chicken).
Discover the vitality of a French brasserie and the refinement of Old Town Alexandria’s historical architecture at Brabo Brasserie. Executive chef Sebastien Rondier presents a comprehensive menu of iconic brasserie-inspired dishes augmented with precise French culinary technique and talent representative of his Michelin-starred pedigree.
WHERE TO SHOP
The Shoe Hive
Fashionistas, this is your Valhalla. The women’s boutique offers a masterfully curated selection of shoes, clothing, jewelry and accessories from designers like A.L.C., Janavi, Citizens of Humanity, MOU, Veronica Beard and VINCE.
The Lucky Knot
Is nautical prep or endless summer your thing? Discover a fabulous new look at Lucky Knot on King Street. The men’s and women’s boutique features renowned brands like Barbour, Gretchen Scott, Kate Spade, Hadley and Lilly Pulitzer.
Steps from Old Town’s bustling waterfront, this gorgeous boutique specializes in minimal jewelry for everyday wear. Katya and Sibila Ananieva, a mother-and-daughter duo, create an incredible atmosphere for finding the perfect pieces.
American in Paris Boutique
An American in Paris is a traditional European-style boutique featuring curated emerging designers and bespoke pieces, carrying unique styles from evening gowns to chic, relaxed attire. It offers complimentary personal styling services and alterations. Alexandra Alvarez de Toledo launched the space; she’s a fashion stylist, designer and wardrobe consultant passionate about culture, social impact and visual storytelling.
Photography by: Stephen Walker