Alexandria’s retail scene attracts both residents and visitors alike.

Restaurants range from white tablecloth cafes ideal for special occasions to fast casual spots perfect for the lunch break. When it comes to shopping, the city offers everything from national brand stores to locally-owned boutiques, especially along historic King Street in Old Town and Mount Vernon Ave in Del Ray.

Lifestyle Snapshot




Visitors per year


Median household income


Average spending per person, per visit in Alexandria


Best city for millennials in the country in 2016


Independent restaurants and boutiques

Alexandria Lifestyle

Hospitality Pipeline


New hotel rooms since 2015


Hotel on the waterfront opens in 2017 with 120 rooms


SF of retail under construction

Retail in ALX

Alexandria has the best of both worlds in the retail scene. The city is home to two nationally recognized main streets, filled with businesses that have been serving loyal customers for decades, while modern town center developments are planned for the future. Complete with maker spaces, small businesses, and farmers’ markets, Alexandria offers the resources and opportunities for local independent business owners to thrive.

ALX Retail Spaces