Shopping in DC

In this week’s blog Haley Heieck, Coordinator of the Institute of Comparative Political and Economic Systems gives us her tips for finding all those last minute gifts for friends and family in and around DC.

While not known like New York for its shopping districts, DC still offers some great finds all across the city. Below, Haley names her top five places to shop.

Georgetown:  With a combination of national chains and small boutiques lining M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Georgetown is the perfect neighborhood to stroll the streets in search for that perfect gift. When you think you’ve had enough, stop into one of the numerous eateries sandwiched between your favorite stores to refuel and prepare for round two.

Gallery Place/Penn Quarter:  Running errands downtown and need to pick up a quick something? This all-in-one neighborhood at 7th and F Sts, NW gives you everything from Bed, Bath and Beyond to Urban Outfitters.

Friendship Heights:  Need something a little snazzier? Friendship Heights is the place for you!  Known as “DC’s Rodeo Drive” located in upper northwest DC, you’ll find Tiffany’s, Bloomingdales, Dior and other high-end shops for your perusal.

Eastern Market: If something unique is what you’ve got in mind, try Eastern Market. This DC staple brings vendors in from all over the mid-Atlantic region to sell their wares. After stopping at the booths lining the sidewalk at 8th and C Sts, SE, be sure to venture into the actual market as well and pick up some farm-fresh produce.

Pentagon City: One stop shopping is the name of the game at Pentagon City. This mall and surrounding shopping centers give you everything from Nordstrom to Best Buy.  And talk about convenience, the Pentagon City metro stop is located at the bottom level of the mall!

Good luck!  (And don’t forget comfortable shoes!)

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