Best Shopping Malls In The D.C. Area

April 17, 2012 6:00 AM

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Washington D.C. is known for many things–politics and tourism for example, but often forgotten is the city’s fashion sense. As seasonal magazine Fashion Washington points out, among New York and Paris, Washington also deserves recognition as a style capital. A fastly-growing area, DC shopping malls and promenades are forced to keep up with the expanding demographic by providing fashion-forward, innovative facilities.
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Chevy Chase Pavilion
5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 686-5335

Hours: Mon. to Fri. – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

One of Chevy Chase’s many shopping destinations, The Pavilion prides itself on being “The Art of Chevy Chase.” A stroke of genius they call it, Chevy Chase Pavilion is equipped with all of your cultural needs. World Market, Alpaca International and La Musa are among the specialty stores that offer one-of-a-kind products for interior fanatics. The Pavilion is also home to all-American stores like LOFT and J.Crew.

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Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 966-6114

Hours: Mon. to Fri. – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mazza Gallerie is also in the heart of Chevy Chase. There are 18 fashionable stores, and for a quick flick, stop by the AMC movie theatre. High-end shoppers can enjoy luxurious department stores like Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store, stores that are commonly scarce in the D.C. area. Another plus for those willing to drop a dime, Gallerie has three fine jewelry stores. Take the red line to Friendship Heights, or take advantage of Mazza Gallerie’s four-level parking garage.

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The Shops At Wisconsin Place
4412 Willard Ave., Suite #1
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 841-4000

Hours: Mon. to Sat. – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Another Chevy Chase location, The Shops at Wisconsin Place serve as both a retail and food hub. Probably the best known store in Wisconsin Place is the conveniently located Whole Foods Market. Check off your extensive grocery list, or just stop in for a quick bite; Whole Foods will even validate your parking. One of the only stores in the area, upscale department store Bloomingdale’s is another Wisconsin Place anchor. Dining options include the infamous P.F Changs and The Capital Grille.

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National Harbor
163 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(301) 749-1582

Hours: Vary by store

While in the D.C. area, experiencing National Harbor is a must. Not only does the National Harbor have breathtaking views, it is a family-friendly development. Luxury hotels and a variety of boat tours and sightseeing cruises are just a number of the Harbor’s amenities. The dining and shopping list is extensive and visitors can take it all in overlooking the water. A motorcycle-loving father can browse the Harley Davidson store while his son is at Build-A-Bear Workshop and his wife is creating a custom bath scent at artisan shop S.O.A.P. An additional exclusive shop is the Life is good store. With multiple event venues, plan your next family vacation or weekend getaway to the National Harbor.

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Reston Town Center
11900 Market Street
Reston, VA 20190

Hours: Vary by store

The brick lined streets of Reston Town Center are always lively. The town center has over 50 retail stores, 30 restaurants and a movie theatre. In the center of it all is an ice-skating rink throughout the winter and during warmer months, concerts and festivals. Many of the clothing stores cater to men and women: Banana Republic, The Gap, J. Crew and South Moon Under. There are a number of notable beauty salons and spas at Reston Town Center, including PR at Partners and Salon Nordine & Day Spa. Best of all, Reston Town Center is dog friendly and encourages all shoppers to bring their dogs.

Related: Best Town Centers In The DC Area

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Tysons Corner
1961 Chain Bridge Road
Tysons Corner, VA 22102
(703) 847-7300

Hours: Mon. to Sat. – 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sun. – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Restaurant and department store hours may vary.

Tysons Corner has top-tier fine dining and coveted department stores. The recently renovated grand mall houses 300+ stores. The food court at Tysons Corner is a destination in itself and a state-of-the-art AMC theatre is conveniently located across from the food court. Experience three full levels of fun at Tysons Corner and to avoid getting lost, check out the interactive map.

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Tysons Galleria
2001 International Drive
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 827-7730

Hours: Mon. to Sat. – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Right across from Tysons Corner is Tyson Galleria, or Tysons II. The super-regional mall is known for upscale and elegant stores unique to the D.C. area. Many of the world’s most lavish designers have stores in Tysons Galleria: Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Burberry and Chanel, just to name a few. Among the 120+ stores are department stores Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s. The Galleria is a European streetscape for big-spending customers who appreciate valet parking and a concierge service.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She is a soon-to-be University of Alabama graduate who hopes to have a successful career in fashion journalism. Her major is Apparel and Textiles with a Concentration in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and her minor is Journalism. Her work can be found at

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