Neighborhood of the Week: Old Town, Alexandria

Just across the Potomac Rivier, but atmospherically miles away from bustling D.C. proper, quaint and charming Old Town Alexandria is full of interesting places to explore. Every cobble-stoned corner is packed with history — from the old fire house to the church that George Washington attended, a stroll through Old Town is like a journey back in time. At the same time, edgy cafes, antique stores and—of course— trendy boutiques put the neighborhood on the cusp of modern style. Start at the Waterfront and stroll King Street for more than a dozen blocks, making sure to stroll off the beaten path for some of the shopping highlights, including handcrafted furniture from Southeast Asia made exclusively for Kosmos Designs and Ideas, top-of-the-line beauty products (like Kiehl's, Bumble &Bumble, and Fresh) from Bellacara, and the chicest styles from buzz-worthy footwear shop The Shoe Hive.

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