Great Date Ideas for Foodies


Join the Old Town Food Tour to take in the city's colorful past and some of the country’s best-preserved architecture--while taste-testing celebrated dishes along the way.

Browse King Street’s culinary boutiques for souvenirs: The Hour Cocktail Collection stocks mid-century barware and cocktail sets while La Cuisine caters to serious cooks with hard-to-find kitchen equipment, cookware, and spices.

Explore Society Fair, Chef Cathal Armstrong's "epicurean emporium" offering endless palate-pleasers, with a bakery, butchery, market, and wine bar under one roof. Make reservations for the demo kitchen, where the house chef, fromagier, and sommelier concoct a creative four-course meal that rotates each month.


Alexandria’s specialty is certainly seafood, with scores of restaurants serving up fresh dishes daily. Order locally-sourced oyster shooters at Hank’s Oyster Bar, or head to happy hour at the Fish Market for beer schooners and steaming hot crab dip.

Taste artisanal treats at Lavender Moon Cupcakery, offering organic, small-batch cupcakes in flavors like Mexican chocolate pudding and lemon curd. Family-owned Sugar Cube whips up homemade fudge and stocks shelves with colorful, nostalgic candy.

In the Del Ray neighborhood, hit Cheesetique for “America’s best mac and cheese” (Travel+Leisure) or feast on classics with a gourmet twist at build-a-burger spot Holy Cow.


Order a wine flight at Grape + Bean, a wine bar in the heart of Old Town featuring a rotating selection of wines from Virginia and around the world. 

Savor handcrafted cocktails at Evening Star Café in Del Ray alongside bites sourced from the restaurant’s rooftop garden. On summer nights, enjoy specialty slushes on their pop-up patio The Front Porch. 

An orange coffee cup from Misha’s is iconic in Alexandria. Enjoy the flavor of handpicked, hand-roasted beans at this local hangout and go-to spot for coffee and baked goods.

Tour a brewery and stay for a pint at Port City Brewing Company, whose handcrafted beers have won national awards and much local affection.


Check into the Lorien Hotel & Spa, where indulgent services include a Caviar Dreams Facial or Old Town Coffee Scrub, then head next door to BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier for Belgian-inspired fare.


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