Welcome to Old Town Alexandria
History-rich community that offers something for everyone
There are few cities more steeped in the history of our country than Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Founded in 1749, this charming area was the hometown of our first president, George Washington. Many historic buildings and homes have been preserved and are still standing today.
The beautiful Old Town district is lined with shops and restaurants along cobblestone streets with red brick sidewalks. Whether you prefer an apartment, a modern condo high-rise, a two-story Colonial, or a quaint older bungalow, you can find various housing options here.
What to Love
- High walkability
- Beautiful historic cobblestone streets
- Lovely waterfront views
- Unique local shops
- An abundance of options for dining out
- Close-knit community
Home to nearly 250,000 people, Old Town Alexandria provides a city feel along the Potomac River. The community is alive with residents traveling around town on their way to local restaurants, bars, parks, and other attractions. One does not need a car to live in Old Town Alexandria, as it is an easy commute on local Metro lines to Washington, D.C.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
When you are in the mood to shop, Old Town Alexandria has more than 100 locally owned establishments to choose from, including choices in home décor, kitchenware, and dining accessories at the Red Barn Mercantile. Ten Thousand Villages offers a variety of gifts, perfect for finding anything you need for that special occasion. The women's clothing shop, Imagine Artwear offers unique, trendy clothing options. There is a never-ending supply of shops for yourself, your family, or your friends.
Old Town Alexandria is also rich with choices in eateries, offering something for everyone's palette. Considered one of the most popular eating spots in Old Town Alexandria, The Warehouse offers fresh seafood and prime-aged steaks. While this restaurant spews elegance, diners here are welcome to dress in casual attire. The Warehouse is located in a historic building in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is open seven days a week, with brunch offered on weekends.
Named after the building's initial inhabitants, Virtue Feed and Grain presents itself with a rustic yet elegant atmosphere. On the menu, choose from Enchiladas Verdes, Australian Lamb Chops, or Shrimp and Grits. Enjoy one of the many draft beers on tap, or choose from the rich wine list. Virtue Feed and Grain welcomes the entire family by offering a varied children's menu and a doggie menu. Seating options include the dog-friendly patio and downstairs or upstairs dining.
If you’re searching for fresh oysters, the best local oyster bar is Hank's Oyster Bar. Named after Chef Jamie Leeds's father, Hank's Oyster Bar claims to have the freshest and widest selection of East Coast and West Coast oysters.
Things to Do
Old Town Alexandria boasts three year-round Farmers’ Markets for fresh produce, pasta, pastries, cheeses, potted plants, and freshly cut flowers. The Old Town Market, located in Market Square, is open Saturdays from 7 am to 12 pm. The Old Town North Market is located at Montgomery Park and is open Thursdays from 3 pm to 7 am and Sundays between 10 am and 2 pm. Del Rey Market, located at the corner of East Oxford and Mount Vernon, is open from 8 am to 12 pm on Saturdays. Additional seasonal markets are also open during the spring and summer months.
Old Town Alexandria has more than 900 acres of parkland and dedicated public space. Perhaps the most enjoyed is Waterfront Park along the Potomac River. Here you will find a variety of riverfront seating, open lawn space, walking trails, and boat docking. Other favored parks include Founder's Park with a dog exercise area, Jones Point Park featuring its riverine lighthouse built in 1855, and Windmill Hill park with its playgrounds, basketball court, and sand volleyball court.
Old Town Alexandria hosts an array of annual events, including The Old Town Art Festival each September, with diverse artwork displays and unusual crafts for sale. The Alexandria Jazz Fest at Portside in Old Town, formerly known as the Memorial Day Jazz Festival, has been an annual occurrence for nearly 50 years. Made into a two-day event in June 2022, the festival features live jazz, reggae, folk-rock music, art and history displays, and a craft beer garden.