Guide to Washington, DC: Our Favorite Area Shopping Malls

Though most of Washington’s independent boutiques stick to the District proper, Northern Virginia is bustling with heavily concen­trated shopping areas. Here’s the rundown on our four favorites.
Tysons Corner Center has more than 300 stores and restaurants over three floors. Photograph courtesy of Tysons Corner Center.
Tysons Corner Center has more than 300 stores and restaurants over three floors. Photograph courtesy of Tysons Corner Center.

Tysons Corner Center
This massive McLean indoor mall is the center of shopping in Northern Virginia. The list of 300-plus specialty stores and restaurants includes something for every member of the family. Teens can hit Hollister, Delia’s, Garage, Urban Outfitters, and Free People, and fashionistas will find affordable, of-the-moment options at Forever 21, Cusp, and two separate H&Ms. Kids can play at the two-story American Girl shop and the downstairs Lego store, outdoorsy dads will love browsing fishing gear and camping goods at the gigantic L.L. Bean, and Mom can rely on J. Jill, Talbots, and a bevy of other retail favorites. Department stores include Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, and Macy’s. If all that shopping wears you out, catch a movie at the 16-theater complex, or grab a bite—Tysons Corner Center is home to two food courts and a dozen sit-down restaurants. 1961 Chain Bridge Rd.; 703-847-7300; Not Metro accessible.

Tysons Galleria
Label lovers should head straight to Tysons Corner’s more upscale sister mall—Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Bur­berry, Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Anne Fontaine, and more all call the marble-floored, three-story shopping center home. Beyond luxury labels, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Betsey Johnson, and BCBG Max Azria offer a mix of creative high-quality basics for women, and Vineyard Vines and Tommy Bahama are there for preppy-leaning men. Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s are the major department store options. 2001 International Dr.; 703-827-7730; Not Metro accessible.

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
Ride Metro to the Pentagon City stop, and you can walk right into the mall, just minutes from downtown DC. We head here for three can’t-find-’em-anywhere-else stores. Luxe accessories emporium Henri Bendel is a great resource for gifts, Club Monaco is a favorite for minimalist basics and slinky modern ­cocktail dresses, and Kenneth Cole has timeless workwear, shoes, and bags for men and women. The attached department stores are ­Nordstrom and Macy’s. 1100 s. Hayes St., Arlington; 703-415-2400; Metro Station: Pentagon City.

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
Who doesn’t love a good day of discount shopping? Score your favorite brands for less on a day trip to Virginia’s historic Leesburg, about an hour outside of the city. This sprawling outdoor ­shopping complex comprises 110 outlet stores, ­including Barneys New York, Brooks Brothers, Elie Tahari, Theory, J.Crew, Joe’s Jeans, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Vineyard Vines, and Ann Taylor Factory Store. Hoping to outfit your home instead of your closet? There’s also Le Creuset, ­Restoration Hardware, and a Williams-Sonoma outlet. Grab a snack at upscale grocery store Balducci’s to keep your energy levels up. 241 fort Evans Rd., NE, Leesburg; 703-737-3071; premium­ Not Metro accessible.

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