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History, Food, Shops and People Watching

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Posted on: September 26, 2008 at 10:46AM

Just south of Washington, D.C., easily accessible from the Metro's blue or yellow line (hop off at the King Street Station), is Old Town Alexandria. It is a 20 block walk from the King Street metro station down to the waterfront. I recommend walking over taking the trolley, as you will miss many of Old Town's gems by only using the trolley's predetermined stops. There is something in Old Town for everyone - amazing restaurants with every type of food you could want, high end boutique shopping for kids and adults, chain retail shopping nestled in 18th century buildings and a photographer's or architecture lovers dream: churches and homes from the 1700's, restored and beautiful. Check out St. Mary's Catholic Church on Royal Street - founded in 1795 by a friend of George Washington and the first Catholic church in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Check out Christ Church on Washington Street and see where George Washington actually attended services. Wander up and down the side streets to see amazing, historical row houses. Stop to read the plaques - you might be surprised to see who once lived tehre! Grab dinner at Il Porto Ristorante for the best Italian around. If thai is what you want, skip the trendy Mai Thai down by the water and grab a seat in Old Town Thai, just across the street from City Hall. Good ol' American food? Follow the water front to Chadwicks for great food, drinks and amazing Sunday brunch. Wings and burgers? Try Hard Times Cafe, just a few blocks from the Metro on King Street. Traveling by car and want pizza? Head down Washington Street to Faccia Luna and stop by Southside 815 while you're down there to grab a drink and watch football. And don't forget to stop at Pop's for ice cream or Overwood (on N. Lee Street) for amazing pie or sundae's. report a problem

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