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Top store recommendations from locals

Coffee Shop
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“Tryst is a coffee shop reminiscent of Central Perk on Friends, with overstuffed sofas and table service. They have a much bigger food menu, and it's a great place for breakfast or lunch.”
  • 159 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Phillips Collection is not to be missed for art lovers, with pieces by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh. The Rothko Room with four paintings by abstract expressionist Mark Rothko is a particular favorite. Tips: Tickets run from $8 to $12 per visitor, and visitors age 18 and under are free. The first Thursday of every month is "Phillips after 5," a popular event that runs from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (buy tickets in advance if you can). ”
  • 111 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Great local coffeeshop and bakery-- big selection of homemade pastries (try the home made pop tarts or cinnamon rolls). Almost always has 2 gluten-free options (blueberry muffin and scone- pick the scone).”
  • 56 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Nice Mall, See Bethesda while you are there...lots of shops and restaurants in walking distance.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bookshop
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“This is the most adorable bar in the back of a quirky bookshop. We recommend heading here for an early evening cocktail before heading out somewhere else.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Cupcake Shop
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“Cupcakes to die for. Depending on the day and weather you might have to stand on line. ”
  • 73 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Great coffee, and even better baked goods. Try the hand made scones, (chive and goat cheese is our personal favorite) but get there early as they often run out!”
  • 89 locals recommend
Cinema
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“Arlington's own second run movie theater and live music/comedy venue. Serves beer and food (burgers, pizza, ect.) during the show.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Good mall with lots of shops that cater to all tastes and budgets. Has indoor kids play place (good for 2-5yr olds). Also has a good sized food court.”
  • 28 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
Bakery
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“Wonderful German and Austrian-inspired food in a cute corner of Cady's Alley. We recommend the spätzle and an Aperol Spritz.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“One of our favorites- a New Orleans themes coffee shop and bakery. Delicious, homemade croissants, muffins, scones, and they almost always have a rotating flavor of gluten-free muffin. Very good espresso drinks. Hot dishes include grits, biscuit sandwiches, and hash browns with pulled pork. ”
  • 25 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
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
Coffee Shop
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“The coffee is just amazing. No Wifi though - Better if you want to grab a cup on the go.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Warehouse Store
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“I love Costco for the food options. A whole pizza is only for $10 also try their Chicken bake, their mocha freeze - it's like a Starbucks Frappuccino. If you are town for a couple of days they have good budget-friendly​ snacks and groceries. Don't forget to bring your Costco card. ”
  • 9 locals recommend