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Best things to do in Old Town, Alexandria

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Waterfront
“Tons of charming little shops, restaurants, cafes, and museums in a historical part of Alexandria. Beautiful views of the Potomac River along the waterfront. ”
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Art Gallery
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“Beautiful art and gallery events, artists studios, wine tasting, ​and art walks in the historic old town of Alexandria! ”
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Restaurant
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“One of my favorite Restaurant/Bar options in Old Town! This place has a chic/relaxed ambiance. Great bar upstairs to spend some adult time! ”
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Route
“Take the Mt. Vernon trail from Old Town all the way to historic Mt. Vernon.”
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Coffee Shop
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“"The best coffee you'll ever have" I love their Caravan Blend (light roast).”
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Coffee Shop
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“Excellent pies and espresso drinks, hard to get a table on weekends though.”
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Irish Pub
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“Late night crowd, wings, live Irish music and more, this place is very lively and has two levels for drinks or eating ”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“Regional cuisine with a fantastic lively atmosphere. Live music on Saturday nights. Awesome all you can eat brunch on Sundays.”
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Speakeasy
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“Unmarked speakeasy bar scene. Mixologist and craft cocktail creator Todd Thrasher serves up some of the best drinks in town. Look for the blue light above the door. Open Wed -Sat evenings at 6 p.m.”
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American Restaurant
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“Right on the water front in old town Alexandria with great seafood and also has outdoor bar. Call in advance to make a reservation. ”
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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!”
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Bar
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“My favorite nearby restaurant, great for lunch or dinner and brunch on the weekends.”
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New American Restaurant
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“A cozy interior with rich red tapestry gives this restaurant a luxurious intimate setting, great for friends getting together or date night. Excellent wine choices and knowledgeable staff make great suggestions for pairing with your food selections. If it is a special occasion call ahead and the restaurant will take extra good care of you! Anniversary champagne upon arrival? Yes please! ”
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Vietnamese Restaurant
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“For Vietnamese staples like bánh mì, pho, vermicelli, and summer rolls, Caphe Bánh Mì is the move. This shop nails the expected dishes, but they also get creative with broiled catfish bánh mì and vegetarian soy chicken with lemongrass. The prices can’t be beat -- grab a sandwich for under $10, while rice or vermicelli entrées will only run you a couple bucks more. And don’t skip the coffee.”
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Restaurant
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“Laid back bar with plenty of drink options not too loud conversation friendly, lots of space”
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Point of Interest
“Old Town Alexandria has shops, restaurants and various street performers all up and down King Street. Take the free Old Town Trolley up to see the Masonic Temple and enjoy the sights!”
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