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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Waterfront
“Beautiful waterfront with very nice restaurants, bars, and shops. A very walkable neighborhood.”
  • 160 locals recommend
Art Gallery
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“This is a former munitions factory turned Art Center located in beautiful Old Town Alexandria. The facility now houses the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ open studios under one roof. You can view any of the seven galleries ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Bar
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“Modern American tavern located right next to Waterfront Park with fresh and locally sourced food and great ambiance. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Care for a side of socialism with that? Friendly service, leftist leanings and great food and drinks, where the activists gather to eat, subvert the system and plan the revolution. Monday Nights - Open Mic, Tuesday is Comedy Night! Several unique locations throughout DC area, but this one is five minutes away. Owned by rabid social entrepreneur and someday mayor of Washington, DC, Andy Shalal, who says Busboys is "a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted . . . a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul… a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide . . . we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world."”
  • 26 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Usually has a food truck outside and events throughout the year. Amazing selection of delicious food and brews”
  • 25 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“This landmark has been here and is a museum for Masons everywhere. Masons have been contributing to communities everywhere in leadership positions while shrouded in mystery. You can see this monument from just about everywhere and it is an interesting stop for the curious.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“"The best coffee you'll ever have" I love their Caravan Blend (light roast).”
  • 22 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Contemporary twists on Dixie faves in a diner-like space plus back bar & upstairs lounge with live music”
  • 21 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Closest caffeine fix, along with plenty of baked goods including pies from Dangerously Delicious Pies in DC.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Plaza
“Unique shops & restaurants run along this strip. It's a great place to go when shopping for gifts! ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Google, “The Birchmere,” to see who is playing and get tickets immediately.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Irish Pub
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“If you want to go and drink a couple beer, here is the location. It is in Old Town Alexandria. Has every night different special discounted food in the menu. Also every night live music with guitar. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“This bar and restaurant specializes in fresh shucked oysters, great american menu and other lite fare. Bar is vibrant in the heart of bustling Old Town Alexandria. Happy Hour has some of the best deals for fresh oysters!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
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“The owner's favorite spot for dinner and drinks! Space is limited so make a reservation or try during off-hours.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Route
“Take the Mt. Vernon trail from Old Town all the way to historic Mt. Vernon.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“This area is very family friendly with a lot of boutique shops and restaurants. ”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Modern American tavern located right next to Waterfront Park with fresh and locally sourced food and great ambiance. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Care for a side of socialism with that? Friendly service, leftist leanings and great food and drinks, where the activists gather to eat, subvert the system and plan the revolution. Monday Nights - Open Mic, Tuesday is Comedy Night! Several unique locations throughout DC area, but this one is five minutes away. Owned by rabid social entrepreneur and someday mayor of Washington, DC, Andy Shalal, who says Busboys is "a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted . . . a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul… a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide . . . we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world."”
  • 26 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Contemporary twists on Dixie faves in a diner-like space plus back bar & upstairs lounge with live music”
  • 21 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Google, “The Birchmere,” to see who is playing and get tickets immediately.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Irish Pub
“If you want to go and drink a couple beer, here is the location. It is in Old Town Alexandria. Has every night different special discounted food in the menu. Also every night live music with guitar. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“This bar and restaurant specializes in fresh shucked oysters, great american menu and other lite fare. Bar is vibrant in the heart of bustling Old Town Alexandria. Happy Hour has some of the best deals for fresh oysters!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“The owner's favorite spot for dinner and drinks! Space is limited so make a reservation or try during off-hours.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Great mango margaritas. Outdoor seating. Can get loud inside but food is great.”
  • 18 locals recommend

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