Old Town

A beautifully-preserved historic district on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria is the heart of the city George Washington called home. Today Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the city’s best restaurants, arts events, shopping and historic attractions.

  • The area is anchored in the west by the majestic George Washington Masonic Memorial and in the east by the Potomac River waterfront, where you'll find restaurants with waterfront views, the nationally renowned Torpedo Factory Art Center as well as numerous boat tours and water taxis.
  • King Street, the main thoroughfare of Old Town Alexandria, is a walkable one mile of shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafes.
  • You’ll also find a wealth of historic architecture and attractions -- a museum without walls -- including the Market Square Museums and other hidden gems.  
  • Easily accessible, the King Street Metro Station links Old Town Alexandria with Washington, D.C., via a 15-minute train ride. Find bike share stations, taxis and the Free King Street Trolley at this multi-modal transit hub.

By day, Old Town bustles with museum-goers, art enthusiasts, and shoppers. Night or day, top chefs draw diners with creative menus and exquisite experiences. At night, Old Town bars and pubs are abuzz with live music, along with local beer or craft cocktails. 

Restaurants Bite into a booming culinary scene praised by Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and The New York Times. Learn more ›
Things to Do Countless attractions and family-friendly sites await in Old Town Alexandria. Learn more ›
Hotels Just steps away from popular restaurants, historic sites and stylish boutiques. Learn more ›
Shopping A blend of independent galleries, stylish boutiques, vintage shops and national retailers. Learn more ›
Free King Street Trolley There's no easier, quicker way to make your way through the heart of Old Town than the Free King Street Trolley. Learn more ›
Old Town Top 10 Make the most of your time in Alexandria. Learn more ›
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