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As vacation season approaches, we'll be rolling out guides to the best shopping in ten Racked cities. Up next: Racked DC's can't-miss stores.


EmporiumDNA, Image: R. Lopez

Everyone knows Washington, D.C. as a destination for incredible monuments, world-class museums, and pure proximity to power. But beyond the tried and true tourist destinations, exciting things are happening for D.C. as a city. Our food scene keeps soaring, and people are finally acknowledging Washington for our fashion sense, thanks to folks like Olivia Pope, Claire Underwood, and Selina Meyer.

OK, so they are all fictional television characters, but the point still stands. Fashion brands have realized D.C. is a fantastic market, to the extent that developers are finishing up CityCenterDC, a high-end, mixed-use development right in downtown D.C. that's meant to echo Rodeo Drive. While that comes into shape over the next year, we've listed 10 stylish, local D.C. boutiques and markets that are so much fun to shop. Find new designer shoes at Relish and Hu's Shoes, explore vintage treasures at Goodwood, and feel like a local at Union Market's epic home goods store Salt & Sundry. See all 10 shopping recommendations for your D.C. visit after the jump.


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1. Eastern Market

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225 7th Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
Brooklyn's spin-off District Flea didn't make it more than a year in Washington, sadly, but hopefully Eastern Market will always be with us. This is a tourist haven because it's a fun way to spend a Saturday on Capital Hill, checking out flea market finds and market snacks. [Image]

2. EmporiumDNA

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1666 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-1770
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While in Dupont Circle, stop into EmporiumDNA, a brand-new women's boutique that features brands like MinkPink, Rebecca Minkoff, and IRO, as well as emerging designers. From Washington-based IK Retail Group, this boutique embraces a shop-in-shop concept, showcasing designers within their own sections in the store for easy browsing. [Image: Adele Chapin]

3. GoodWood

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1428 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 986-3640
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Step into the past at GoodWood, where vintage and antique furnishings are showcased beautifully. You'll also find apothecary items, candles, gifts, and timeless women's apparel. [Image]

4. Hu's Shoes

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3005 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 342-0202
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Hu's Shoes is known for their unique selection of shoes from high-end designers like Charlotte Olympia, Valentino, Isabel Marant, and many more. If you want to drop a pretty penny on art masquerading as footwear, this is the place to do it. And find the outfit to match across the street at Hu's Wear, a gorgeous clothing and accessories store by the same owner. [Image]

5. Lou Lou

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1601 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-0027
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Don't want to dip into too much of your vacation fund? Lou Lou offers costume jewelry and other accessories sorted by color — all at very reasonable prices. This strategy has been hit with Washingtonians, and has turned Lou Lou into a local mini-chain, with nearly 20 stores in the Mid-Atlantic. [Image]

6. Redeem

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1810 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-7447
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Moody, urban, totally unique, and so-not-stereotypical Washington. That sums up cool shop Redeem, where you'll find men's and women's apparel and accessories from brands you won't see everywhere, like Religion, Just Female, Won Hundred and more. [Image]

7. Relish

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1800 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 333-5343
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While shopping in Georgetown, don't miss Cady's Alley. It's tucked away from the crowds on M Street, and filled with high-end designer boutiques and outposts from brands like Steven Alan and Bonobos. One of Cady's Alley's anchors is the airy, light-filled Relish, which feels like a museum to design. Find gorgeous items from brands like Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs, Marni, and Martin Margiela and the sky-high prices to match. [Image]

8. Salt & Sundry

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 556-1866
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Washingtonians will spend good parts of their weekend strolling through the newly revitalized food hall Union Market, and home decor shop Salt & Sundry is a big part of what makes Union Market so charming. From Turkish towels to bar accessories to tableware nested in perfectly styled vignettes, you'll find everything you need here for a gracious home. [Image]

9. Trohv

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232 Carroll St NW
Takoma Park, D.C. 20012
(202) 829-2941
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Takoma Park is far off the tourists' beaten path, but Trohv is worth it. Housed in a former grocery store, the gigantic space is stocked with cool furniture, cookbooks, greeting cards, candles, and gifts. [Image]

10. Wink

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3109 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 338-9465
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Clover Canyon. Vince. Joie. Dolce Vita. J Brand. Antik Batik. Paige Speyer stocks what the cool girls are wearing at her shop Wink, located right on M Street in D.C.'s best shopping district. [Image]

1. Eastern Market

225 7th Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003
Brooklyn's spin-off District Flea didn't make it more than a year in Washington, sadly, but hopefully Eastern Market will always be with us. This is a tourist haven because it's a fun way to spend a Saturday on Capital Hill, checking out flea market finds and market snacks. [Image]
225 7th Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003

2. EmporiumDNA

1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
While in Dupont Circle, stop into EmporiumDNA, a brand-new women's boutique that features brands like MinkPink, Rebecca Minkoff, and IRO, as well as emerging designers. From Washington-based IK Retail Group, this boutique embraces a shop-in-shop concept, showcasing designers within their own sections in the store for easy browsing. [Image: Adele Chapin]
1666 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. GoodWood

1428 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Step into the past at GoodWood, where vintage and antique furnishings are showcased beautifully. You'll also find apothecary items, candles, gifts, and timeless women's apparel. [Image]
1428 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

4. Hu's Shoes

3005 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Hu's Shoes is known for their unique selection of shoes from high-end designers like Charlotte Olympia, Valentino, Isabel Marant, and many more. If you want to drop a pretty penny on art masquerading as footwear, this is the place to do it. And find the outfit to match across the street at Hu's Wear, a gorgeous clothing and accessories store by the same owner. [Image]
3005 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

5. Lou Lou

1601 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Don't want to dip into too much of your vacation fund? Lou Lou offers costume jewelry and other accessories sorted by color — all at very reasonable prices. This strategy has been hit with Washingtonians, and has turned Lou Lou into a local mini-chain, with nearly 20 stores in the Mid-Atlantic. [Image]
1601 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. Redeem

1810 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Moody, urban, totally unique, and so-not-stereotypical Washington. That sums up cool shop Redeem, where you'll find men's and women's apparel and accessories from brands you won't see everywhere, like Religion, Just Female, Won Hundred and more. [Image]
1810 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Relish

1800 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
While shopping in Georgetown, don't miss Cady's Alley. It's tucked away from the crowds on M Street, and filled with high-end designer boutiques and outposts from brands like Steven Alan and Bonobos. One of Cady's Alley's anchors is the airy, light-filled Relish, which feels like a museum to design. Find gorgeous items from brands like Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs, Marni, and Martin Margiela and the sky-high prices to match. [Image]
1800 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

8. Salt & Sundry

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Washingtonians will spend good parts of their weekend strolling through the newly revitalized food hall Union Market, and home decor shop Salt & Sundry is a big part of what makes Union Market so charming. From Turkish towels to bar accessories to tableware nested in perfectly styled vignettes, you'll find everything you need here for a gracious home. [Image]
1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

9. Trohv

232 Carroll St NW, Takoma Park, D.C. 20012
Takoma Park is far off the tourists' beaten path, but Trohv is worth it. Housed in a former grocery store, the gigantic space is stocked with cool furniture, cookbooks, greeting cards, candles, and gifts. [Image]
232 Carroll St NW
Takoma Park, D.C. 20012

10. Wink

3109 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Clover Canyon. Vince. Joie. Dolce Vita. J Brand. Antik Batik. Paige Speyer stocks what the cool girls are wearing at her shop Wink, located right on M Street in D.C.'s best shopping district. [Image]
3109 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007