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Old Town

Although minutes from DC, this close-knit community doesn't allow the nation's capital to define it. A truly unique community, Old Town has everything from boutique to chic, and all with a small town feel. © m01229 of Flickr

Historic and Chic

Located South on the Potomac River and only seven miles away from Washington DC, Old Town Alexandria’s enchanting and historic waterfront setting is sprinkled with great restaurants, museums, boutiques and the world-famous Torpedo Factory Art Center that is home to the largest collection of working-artist studios in the United States. Though renowned for its quaintness and cobblestone streets, it is one of the top pet-friendly neighborhoods in the region. Old Town has miles of bike paths and a plethora of parks and open spaces.

Many residents take advantage of Alexandria’s public transportation system, which includes Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines, instead of driving into DC. I-95/I-495 passes just south of Old Town and I-395 dissects the western side of Alexandria, making it easy to hop on the area’s largest roadways to get just about anywhere in the DMV.

Food

  • Mai Thai

    Mai Thai

    © Mr.TinDC of Flickr

    Traditional Thai cuisine, from noodles to clay pot dishes, in a modern space with a full bar.

  • Chart House

    Chart House

    © cliff1066 of Flickr

    High-end chain eatery serving seafood and steakhouse fare in a classy setting with view.

  • King Street Blues

    King Street Blues

    © Mark Fischer of Flickr

    Small chain doing Southern comfort food, BBQ and full bar in casual digs with funky paper mache art.

  • RedRocks Neapolitan Bistro

    RedRocks Neapolitan Bistro

    © m01229 of Flickr

    Bustling pizzeria with an open kitchen and Neapolitan-style pies, microbrews, wine, and cocktails.

  • Fish Market

    Fish Market

    © rachaelvoorhees of Flickr

    Modern eatery serves Chesapeake-style seafood in a renovated warehouse that’s over 200 years old.

Shopping

  • Alexandria Cupcake

    Alexandria Cupcake

    © m01229 of Flickr

    Made-from-scratch cupcakes are offered in a variety of flavors at this cozy, upscale bakeshop.

  • Torpedo Factory Art Center

    Torpedo Factory Art Center

    © cliff1066 of Flickr

    Visual arts center located at the historic torpedo factory. Includes galleries and studios, and is open to the public.

  • An American in Paris

    An American in Paris

    © m01229 of Flickr

    A traditional French boutique with unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for an independent, style-conscious woman.

  • Society Fair

    Society Fair

    © m01229 of Flickr

    Vast gourmet emporium and restaurant with wine bar, demo kitchen and more in stylish, rustic surrounds.