Washington, D.C. Shopping
3279 M Street N.W.
Tel: 202 298 5555
Sorry, bagel lovers. Contrary to its quirky moniker, this store is not selling breakfast spreads. Instead, you'll find more than 5,000 pieces of designer duds hailing from the 1940s till today in this huge, 3,200-square-foot vintage store. You could spend hours flipping through the well-organized racks of old-school attire, from dainty '50s prom dresses to mod Pucci caftans. The hot pink walls and massive gilded mirrors create a decidedly girly, "let's play dress-up" vibe, making this a playful foil to Georgetown's more serious boutiques.Colleen Clark
Open Sundays through Thursdays 10 am to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to midnight.
Seventh Street S.E.
Tel: 202 698 5253
There's no better way to spend a Saturday morning in D.C. than wandering through the stalls of Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. In operation since 1873, the market has long been a gathering place for locals looking for fresh produce, tasty pastries, and gourmet meats and cheeses. These days, purveyors of food and artisanal snacks (hand-twisted pretzels, locally made pickles) are joined by vendors and craftsmen selling vintage furniture, architectural salvage, art, and jewelry, as well as street musicians playing original folk and bluegrass music. The central brick building is where you'll find the queue for star tenant Market Lunch, a no-frills stand that cooks up the city's best pancakes (try the blueberry buckwheat) and perfect Maryland-style crab cakes for the hungry masses.Colleen Clark
Indoor food stalls open Tuesdays through Fridays 7 am to 7 pm, Saturdays 7 am to 6 pm, and Sundays 9 am to 5 pm. Full market (indoor and outdoor vendors) open Saturdays 7 am to 6 pm, Sundays 9 am to 5 pm.
Washington's answer to New York City's Fifth Avenue, this tony stretch of stores along the border between the District and Maryland is where the capital's boldface names outfit themselves in fashion's biggest labels. Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci all have outposts here, as do Cartier, Tiffany. and Bulgari. Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, and Lord & Taylor are represented, too, but gala-bound shoppers prefer the 120-year-old Saks Jandel for its selection of formal evening wear from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Carolina Herrera. The younger D.C. trendsetters gravitate to the more casual mens- and womenswear (Opening Ceremony, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone) at Barneys Co-Op.Colleen Clark
Owner Marlene Hu Aldaba made her name among the D.C. style set for this Georgetown temple to shoes. The shop's serene white interior keeps the focus on the footwear, from dainty Lanvin flats to green patent-fur wedges by Phillip Lim. Hu's clothing store across the street expands on that aesthetic, mixing buzzy fashion lines like Yigal Azrouël and Proenza Schouler with emerging international labels such as Turkey's Beatrixe and Sweden's Erro.Colleen Clark
Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm, Sundays noon to 5 pm.
1626 14th Street N.W.
Tel: 202 232 8171
Many a funky apartment in D.C. owes at least some of its decor to this whimsical space on 14th street in the hip U Street Corridor. True to its name, the store is stocked with vintage furnishings from chrome bar carts to tiki stools, as well as all manner of "whatnot." And it's the whatnot—1960s Playboys one day, paint-by-number coloring books another—that keeps locals coming back. Well, that and the affordable prices.Colleen Clark
Open daily 11 am to 7 pm.
1831 14th Street N.W.
Tel: 202 667 3440
The name of this furniture and fashion showroom comes from the Javanese word meaning "to come home to." In this case, the home in question would be an organic modern playground of avant–Southeast Asian design. Curling bamboo cocoon chairs and burl-wood consoles flirt with racks of designer duds from edgy international lines like Hache and By Malene Birger. Clothing, fashion accessories, and buttery leather handbags are elegantly showcased throughout the store, draped as colorful accents on the bold furniture pieces.Colleen Clark
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 am to 7 pm, Sundays noon to 5 pm.
1734 14th Street N.W.
Tel: 202 332 7447
D.C.'s edgier fashionistas shop the well-curated denim, tissue-thin tees, and statement jewelry at this 14th Street boutique. Former DJ Lori Parkerson stocks her store with men's and women's clothing that's a mix of androgynous tailoring and grunge-chic streetwear. In addition to selling superb labels from New York City to Korea (Corpus, Surface to Air), the store is also great at incubating local talent. So ditch the White House statues and Obama tees and get a true D.C. souvenir in the form of an outsize knit cowl from De*Nada or hand-poured Sea Salt & Bay Rum candles by Sydney Hale Co.Colleen Clark
Open Wednesdays through Saturdays noon to 8 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.
3312 Cady's Alley N.W.
Tel: 202 333 5343
Tucked in a cobblestone alley in Georgetown, this two-story clothing boutique operates like a carefully curated gallery. The white walls, polished cement floors, and bamboo shelving match the edgy modern style of the clothes. Expect impeccably tailored directional pieces by fashion trailblazers like Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, and Yohji Yamamoto. If you need to refuel, just pass through the French doors to the sunny courtyard that the shop shares with Kafe Leopold, (try the hazelnut mousse and praline meringue).Colleen Clark
1647 Wisconsin Avenue N.W.
Tel: 202 333 4212
Georgetown has always been ground zero for the popped-collar crowd, many of whom outfit themselves at this stately town-house storefront. Ladies go for the candy-colored Lilly Pulitzer frocks, grosgrain ribbon belts, and Tory Burch flats. Men get their gingham on with Jack Robie button-downs to pair with cozy cashmere cable-knit sweaters and madras shorts. Even furry friends can get prepped out, thanks to a selection of designer leashes embroidered with horses, whales, or lobsters (all Martha's Vineyard–approved).Colleen Clark
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays noon to 5 pm.
Although the U Street Corridor is now the province of million-dollar town houses, you can still channel its jazzy, soulful past by vintage shopping at the boutiques on U Street between 15th and 16th streets. Foundry stocks finds such as reclaimed industrial carts, old steamer trunks, and refinished antique dressers. If your tastes lean more toward midcentury, visit Millennium Decorative Arts, a wonderland of teak credenzas and chrome arc lamps. For clothes, stop by Junction for flirty day dresses and Lucite necklaces, or Dr. K for original Levi's, cowboy boots, and other slick Americana. Ginger Root Design takes an old-made-new approach with clothes and accessories stitched from recycled vintage fabrics.Colleen Clark