There's never been a better time to cross the Potomac.
Alexandria is drawing District diners with destinations like Evening Star Cafe.
Alexandria is the kind of city you’ll want to wander leisurely through, whether along the side streets, lined with Federal-style row homes, or on King Street, which serves as the main drag for dining and shopping. Stroll the streets of Old Town, the historic downtown area, and you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled a couple of centuries back in time. Another part of the city’s charm is its convenience—after all, it’s just a stone’s throw across the river from the nation’s capital.
Hankering for an evening by the harbor? Head to Old Town’s Potomac waterfront, opt for a seat on the patio, and order a dozen oysters and a cold craft beer. Just as at Cantina Marina, you’ll be able to take in the harbor’s sights and sounds as the boats sail in the breeze amid the twinkling lights. Plus, there’s plenty of fresh seafood, including jumbo lump crab cakes and fish tacos. After dinner, head inside to the restaurant’s main stage to dance alongside local musical acts, which perform Thursday through Sunday, starting at 9 pm. 5 Cameron St., Alexandria, 703-739-6090
A lotusland for prepsters, Old Town’s Sara Campbell is a shopping destination that rivals Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines for flowery prints and preppy designs. This is your go-to spot for polka dots, nautical stripes, and paisley prints. 320 Prince St., Alexandria, 703-996-9074
This is your quintessential neighborhood spot for weekend brunch. Located in Del Ray, the diner serves up mouthwatering chicken and waffles, and it’s no wonder—the restaurant is run by the same folks who run Birch & Barley, another hot spot for this savory Southern staple. 2000 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703-549-5051
Chef Cathal Armstrong’s “nourish the palate” mantra at Restaurant Eve manifests itself in a five- or seven-course progressive menu that features local produce from the surrounding Chesapeake and Shenandoah regions. Just as at Komi, each dish is steeped in old-world charm while adding a touch of modern American whimsy. 110 S. Pitt St., Alexandria, 703-706-0450