Stroll the King Street Mile and Explore Alexandria's Hottest Boutiques
This spring explore the unique charm of Old Town Alexandria's King Street Mile, considered to be the heart of Old Town and just steps away from Hotel AKA Alexandria. King Street is a walkable street filled with centuries-old architecture, rich in history, 200+ independently owned restaurants and boutiques, and endearing nooks and crannies to stumble upon. We compiled a few can't-miss boutiques and stores that are uniquely Old Town to visit during your stay. You can hop on the free King Street Trolley for a ride to embrace the beauty or stroll down the picturesque street on foot.
Old Town Books
Take a seat in a private corner and immerse yourself in a magical story while the shop dog, Scout, sits in your lap. Old Town Books, a general interest local bookshop helmed by Ally Kirkpatrick, emphasizes community engagement through book clubs, author events, writers’ groups, workshops, and more. Become an active member of the community or bring home a story to remind you of your time in Alexandria.
Donna Lewis is a quaint, established boutique carrying his-&-hers designer apparel, yoga wear, shoes & accessories. It is tucked into a gorgeous brick, foliage-filled courtyard and is a one-of-a-kind, can’t-miss spot in Old Town. You can sip on a fresh espresso while you enjoy the shop handpicked designs made to match the luxurious Donna Lewis brand on three levels inside this gorgeous shop. Owners Donna and Chris Lewis are passionate about curating the best European brands, many of which are hard to find elsewhere in the D.C. region.
Imagine Artwear has been voted the Top 100 Retailers of American Crafts Award by Niche Magazine. The boutique features contemporary clothing, jewelry, and crafts by American artists with limited editions and personalized custom orders catering to your every need. The perfect place to pick up a one-of-a-kind piece.
The King Street Mile is filled with one-of-a-kind vintage and consignment stores. Spice up your wardrobe this spring with bright colors while positively contributing to the environment at DC Metro’s Best Consignment Store by Washingtonian magazine, Mint Condition. The store stocks current women’s clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories in new or mint condition. You can find styles by Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Lilly Pulitzer, Chanel, and more.
Red Barn Mercantile
Red Barn Mercantile is a favorite for high-quality home goods and gifts including furniture, home décor, essentials for the kitchen and bath, and much more. Plus, the independently-owned boutique carries tons of local designers and goods including Alexandria gifts. Owner and Alexandria resident, Amy Rutherford, personally curates a unique mixture of antique and new furniture and home décor items in a warm and inviting space.
Want to learn a new skill during your time in Alexandria? AR Workshop is a unique DIY workshop where you can host a private event or take classes ranging from monogramming pillows to creating custom-painted wood planks and much more. It’s great for all ages and even has special events for teenagers. Bring home a personalized souvenir and a new talent!
Shop Made in VA
Shop Made in Virginia is dedicated to showcasing the talents of VA-based designers, artists, and makers. Shop Made in VA is the first sister store to Shop Made in DC, which launched in 2017 and has become synonymous with quality products, supporting the local economy, and growing the DC creative community. Explore local products, talents, and artists and even take a class yourself with one of Virginia's top makers! Shop Made in Virginia is the perfect place to get a taste of what Old Town has to offer.
We are excited to welcome you to Old Town Alexandria's dramatic new addition this Spring and to explore the mighty King Street Mile at your doorstep on foot or via the complimentary King Street Trolley. Our dedicated guest services team is committed to making your stay memorable!