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Best Unique Shops Found in Washington DC

From small specialty shops to local farmers' markets, DC is a foodie paradise, despite the fact that shopping is many times overshadowed by DC's long list of must-see attractions.  This quick list gives you some insight from locals on where to go.

Mount Pleasant Farmers' Market

A great place to pick up local produce, meat, cheese, and freshly baked pastries and breads, this farmers' market takes place every Saturday from 9am to 1pm at 17th and Lamont Streets NW. If you're shopping for the week, grab a cup of coffee and a donut at Heller's while you peruse the delicious wares.

P&C Market

Named as the best corner store in the city, P&C Market on Capitol Hill is ideal for unique food items, such as Spanish honey, Gouda cheese and organic milk. You can find all types of imported items, such as French sardines, hard to find wine choices and even gourmet salsas. Beware -- you may walk in for one thing but won't be able to leave without $100 worth of savory treats.


Located on 14th Street, NW, on the U Street Corridor, Treasury is known for its vintage clothing from skinny '50s ties to Edwardian nighties.  In 2012 and 2013, the Washington City Paper named the store to its "Best of DC" lists recognizing Treasury's unique personality and vintage finds.  

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter is a new take on the "neighborhood grocery store."  Despite it being a chain operation throughout the DC and other areas, Harris Teeter is known for its big selections and exemplary customer service.   Whether you need a customized cake or just a few staples, Harris Teeter is ideal. Some locations have recently instituted online shopping where you make your selections online, pull up to the store and Harris Teeter employees come out to your car and load the groceries into the trunk for you.

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