First stop

Stop at the Alexandria Visitor Center to find out what’s happening in Old Town today, pick up attraction tickets, or grab a souvenir to show your Alexandria pride.  [Insider Tip: If you are planning to check out any historic sites, get a Key to the City pass and save - whatever you don’t use today is good for the rest of the year!]


If you’re looking for a good local Cup of Joe you must stop by Misha’s. The aroma of freshly roasted beans will lure you in from the street.  [Insider Tip: Plenty of room to get work done]

Toastique is a boutique gourmet toast and juice bar offering a fresh, chic, rustic experience that perfectly transitions from early on-the-go breakfast to corporate lunch to post sweat session fuel up. Toastique offers fresh, seasonal and responsibly sourced products and a feel-good atmosphere all day long. [Insider Tip: Avocado can be added to any toast!] 


Are the kids getting hungry? Mia’s Italian Kitchen has the best brick oven pizza and house-made donuts.

Want a waterfront view? Vola’s Dockside Grill is perfect for outdoor dining and people watching. The casual style seafood restaurant also has a retro-cool, hideaway bar for tourists and locals alike.

Sweet Spot

Chocolate lover? Don’t miss Fleurir Chocolates. By combining classic techniques with high quality ingredients and a strong design perspective, Fleurir Chocolates creates a chocolate that is as exciting to look at as it is to eat! [Insider Tip: They have samples out every day.]

Afternoon in the sun

On a gorgeous day, Hummingbird ~ Bar & Kitchen in the Hotel Indigo is your destination for a glass of rosé and crab fritters on the patio adjacent to the new waterfront park. [Insider Tip: Don’t miss out on the Hummingbird Cake - Southern Style Pineapple & Banana Cake with Pecans and Cream Cheese Frosting] 

The People’s Drug is a reimagined lunch counter and cocktail bar paying tribute to the original The People’s Drug Store that was founded in Alexandria in 1905.  Serving chef-driven gourmet sandwiches, locally-sourced bowls, and exquisitely crafted cocktails, it’s the perfect place for lunch, happy hour, or weekend brunch.Now the term “Peoples,” the nickname by which the original was often referred, is once again a great place to get a delicious sandwich and fantastic drink, and to try to feel like a grown-up. [Insider Tip: Order a seasonal cocktail and definitely don’t skip on the truffle fries!]


Urbano 116 is the new hot spot for authentic Mexican cuisine, creative cocktails, and churros! Yes, churros! [Insider Tip: During nice weather months, stop by the carry-out window for on-the-go options and don’t forget to try the plant-based cauliflower tacos] 


Tired from all the shopping, eating, and drinking?  The Fountains Day Spa is your escape for a much-needed hour or two of R&R. They are all about service, whether it is a massage, facial, waxing, or body treatments.  [Insider Tip: Pick up a Guinot mask, you won’t regret it] 


Arts & Other Cultural Activites

  1. Mirror Mirror Art installation at the Waterfront Park

  2. Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

  3. Get a photo in front of the smallest house in town..the Spite House on Queen Street

  4. Take a stroll to the Carlyle House for insta-worthy photos!

  5. Visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center and discover the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ open studios under one roof