Visitor Guide to Alexandria, Virginia

About Historic Old Town Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia is located on the western bank of the Potomac River, just 7 miles from our nation’s capitol. When standing at the waterfront in Old Town, one can easily see the outlines of the Washington Monument and the Capitol building. It’s an inspiring sight to see any time of the year!

While people have resided at Alexandria for thousands of years, the first recorded exploration of the modern era occurred in the summer of 1608, when English settler John Smith explored the Potomac River and made contact with the Patawomeck and Doeg tribes, who lived in the area. However, it wasn’t until much later, in 1749, when the modern settlement of Alexandria was created. This founding marked a period of rapid growth in the waterfront community, which soon became a vital port and commercial center. Before the end of the Revolutionary War, in 1779, Alexandria was incorporated as a town. About 70 years later, in 1852, Alexandria was incorporated as a city. And less than two decades later, in 1870, Alexandria was incorporated as an Independent city in the State of Virginia.

Today, Alexandria, Virginia is regarded as one of the best small cities in the United States. Visitors and residents alike love it for its historic connections, cosmopolitan offerings, and walkable lifestyle. The Old Town neighborhood is home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques mixed with historic museums and year-round activity at the waterfront. It’s the perfect base for your Washington, D.C. vacation and an unforgettable getaway of its own.

We hope you’ll discover all that Old Town, Alexandria has to offer!


A Sense of Place

Bring Home a Part of Historic Alexandria

Since 2017, The Old Town Shop has celebrated Alexandria, Virginia’s history, charm and heritage through a unique take on local gifts. You’ll find apparel, housewares, souvenirs, stickers, and local food items. Take home a part this special place that we hold so close to our hearts!


Visit Our Store

The Old Town Shop

The Old Town Shop is located at 104 South Union Street in Alexandria, Virginia. You’ll find it on the corner where Union Street and Wales Alley meet, less than a block from Waterfront Park. If you’re strolling through Old Town and taking in the sights, it’s a perfect place to stop in!


Souvenir Apparel

Find sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats and more!

Alexandria Gifts

Give a part of Alexandria to those you love!

Local Makers

Farmer’s Market items and local artisians!


What Others Say

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Highly Recommended”

“This is hands down one of the best shops in Alexandria VA! great & super friendly staff and great souvenirs to bring home a memory! Highly recommend for everyone!”

Anthony Tenuto

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Cute and Exciting”

“Such a cute and exciting little shop! They are the only place to get Old Town branded gifts and apparel! I LOVE all the pineapple themed gifts too! I really like that they feature local artists and have goods from the local Farmers Market vendors. There’s even a kids’ area for them to play and fun toys to buy! Everyone there is super nice and helpful. Great for visitors and locals alike!”

Leiston Gaddis

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Very Authentic”

“Lovely store with all things Old Town. Highly recommend walking all the way to the back. Many books about Old Town that could not find anywhere else. The art is beautiful, featuring many local artists. A very authentic store! I loved the maps with the pin from people’s home town. You can tell a lot of people around the world have visited the store.”

Vanessa Colina

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“I’ll Definitely Be Back”

“This shop is too cute! I’m so impressed by all of the Old Town specific items they have. They also have TONS of beautiful Christmas ornaments, so I will definitely be back at Christmas time to buy those as gifts!”

Paige Settles

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Wonderful Experience”

“Had a wonderful experience at this gift shop. I was buying gifts for my family in Illinois who I am visiting in 2 weeks time. Excellent customer service, extremely organized store, and overall just a warm and welcoming environment. No sales were pushed on me, assistance was always offered (which is incredibly nice), and prices were very reasonable. I will come back here again some day with my family! I even got some deals for spending over $100+. #SupportSmallBusiness !”

Vivian Lu

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“The Perfect Place”

“I go to Alexandria often and I ALWAYS make sure to stop through this shop to browse!! These gifts are beautiful, quaint, and meaningful and this shop is the perfect place to take a little piece of Alexandria back home with you. Definitely recommend for any holiday or birthday gifts you need to get.”

Julie Weisberg


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