Shopping in Arlington
With exclusive indoor shopping malls, old-style European promenades and hundreds of specialty and antique stores, you'll find exactly what you're looking for. Arlington’s major shopping areas are highlighted below:
Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood features Ballston Common Mall, anchored by Macy’s and offering more than 100 specialty stores and a stadium-seating multiplex theater complex. The mall’s also known for the new Kettler Capitals Iceplex, home to the Washington Capitals plus public skating at one of two full-size ice rinks. Great casual dining in the neighborhood includes Aladdin’s, Big Buns, Caribbean Breeze, Cosi, The Front Page, P.F. Chang’s, Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Cafe, Vapiano and more. You can also go upscale at Willow, on Fairfax Drive, or Pinzimini, in the Westin Arlington Gateway.
Ballston Common Mall
N. Glebe Rd. and Wilson Blvd., (703) 243-8088
Enjoy outdoor main-street shopping at the Market Common at Clarendon, including Ann Taylor Loft, Barnes & Noble, Chico’s, Free People, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and many other popular favorites. Neighborhood dining is both familiar and eclectic: Boulevard Woodgrill, Cheesecake Factory, Eventide, Faccia Luna, Harry’s Tap Room, La Tasca Spanish Tapas, Liberty Tavern, Restaurant 3, Whitlow's on Wilson and many more. Other unique Clarendon shops include Shoefly, Sisters3, Farinelli’s, lululemon athletica, The Papery and AKA Spot.
The Market Common at Clarendon
2800 Clarendon Blvd., (703) 807-0652
Clarendon’s Boutique Block
Clarendon and Wilson Blvds., between N. Garfield St. and N. Danville St.
- Crystal City
Rain or shine, Crystal City shopping has you covered. You can explore more than 200 stores, shops, restaurants and sidewalk cafés along Crystal Drive in the Crystal City Shops, a promenade with direct access to hotels and Metro. Restaurant options are practically endless, including Bebo Trattoria, Charlie Chaing’s, Cold Stone Creamery, Jaleo, King Street Blues, Legal Sea Foods, McCormick & Schmick’s, Morton’s Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Ted’s Montana Grill and many more. Perfect for a dinner and theater combo, Crystal City also features Arena Stage, a nationally acclaimed theater specializing in new and classic American plays.
In addition, just across Jefferson Davis Highway, you can experience the world along the one-block stretch of 23rd St. S., or "Restaurant Row" as some like to call it. Reflecting Arlington's diverse dining culture, over a dozen small, locally-owned restaurants feature cuisine ranging from classic American diner favorites to Asian, European and African delicacies. However, there’s more to this stretch than first meets the eye: nestled between the restaurants are neighborhood services and one-of-a-kind shopping and entertainment, like Gossip on 23rd's wallet-friendly, but fashion-forward finds and Crystal City Sports Pub, a long-time favorite local gathering place for sports and trivia fans. This lively stretch of one-of-a-kind shopping and dining is a quick ten-minute walk from the Crystal City Metro station.
Crystal City Shops
Crystal Drive, between 12th St. and 23rd St.
Crystal City’s 23rd St. S.
23rd St. South
- Pentagon City
Shop ‘til you drop at the largest mall inside the Beltway, The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s, The Fashion Centre features 170 nationally-known stores, several full-service restaurants and a food court. And adjacent is Pentagon Row, with more than 45 restaurants and shops. With stores like Ann Taylor Loft, Denim Bar, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Hudson Trail Outfitters, Lucy, Sur la Table, World Market and more, there are countless options for wardrobe, home and gifts. You can also indulge yourself at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa or Jouvence Aveda, then savor fantastic cuisine at restaurants like Lebanese Taverna or Thaiphoon.
The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
1100 S. Hayes St., (703) 415-2400
1101 S. Joyce St., (703) 413-6690
A favorite Arlington neighborhood for dinner and a show. Shirlington is home to Signature Theatre and features a European-style promenade with shops, restaurants, nightlife and an art-house cinema. Spring and summer months offer some of the best outdoor dining in the region. Choose from Aroma Restaurant, Bistro Bistro, Bonsai Grill, Busboys & Poets, Extra Virgin, Luna Grill, PING, T.H.A.I. Shirlington or Arlington favorite, the Carlyle Grand. Grab burgers at Johnny Rockets, drinks at Capitol City Brewery or from-scratch sugary delights at CakeLove (yum!).
The Village at Shirlington
2700 S. Quincy St., (703) 379-0007
Accessibility and funky character are some of the things that make Westover such an appealing place to live, work, shop and hang out. Westover has long had special appeal within Arlington County perhaps because of the concentration of independent, small shops. It’s the kind of neighborhood where the shopkeepers and restaurateurs are likely to know customers by name.
For rumbling tummies, there are the Lost Dog Café and Stray Cat Café, casual restaurants that pull in families and young professionals alike. The original Lebanese Taverna is a cozy family-style restaurant known for its friendly atmosphere and delicious Middle Eastern fare. Arax Café doubles as a laid-back coffee shop (perfect for pouring through the Sunday paper) and a Middle Eastern café with tasty delights like falafel. For the sweet tooth, an essential stop is Toby's Homemade Ice Cream & Coffee for a stunning selection of ice cream. Toby’s also has a well-used community bulletin board where local folk exchange information on housing, events, and yard sales.
Westover Shopping Center
5841 Washington Blvd.