Bustling Historic District Is Delightful and Unique

The Gadsby House

String lights cross the cobblestone streets as people mill around. The lamplight shines off the brick buildings, even though the last of the late summer sunlight hasn’t faded yet. If you were looking for it, you could detect the slight breeze and scent of saltwater that comes with being near a waterfront. If you walked a few paces north, you might be able to see the Potomac River from Old Town Alexandria’s scenic streets. 

Old Town Alexandria is a bustling historic downtown in Alexandria, Virgina. This neighborhood offers something for everyone, including a unique atmosphere, historical attractions and delightful shops and cafés.

For those who love a city atmosphere, Old Town Alexandria is the perfect area. The bustling downtown and heavy foot traffic will have any city denizen feeling at home. 

If you’re looking for a quiet town, you can walk a few blocks from King’s Street. There you can check out the calm and beautiful neighborhood without the energy of downtown. 

Traveling in the opposite direction through downtown will put you right near the Potomac River. The docks are surprisingly quiet, given the amount of bustle going on only a couple of hundred feet behind them. 

Old Town Alexandria is a historical district, so it offers plenty of tours, museums and attractions. Tourists can sign up for Alexandria’s Original Ghost and Graveyard Tour, where a guide dressed in full 18th century garb leads participants through the streets, telling them ghost stories, legends and local folklore.

On Royal Street, history buffs can enjoy traditional American food while colonial actors and musicians perform at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Martha and George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette were all patrons of this tavern in the late 1700s. 

Old Town Alexandria is also home to several historical landmarks, including Captain’s Row. This collection of homes is named after the sea captains who settled here after docking in Alexandria. 

The area also hosts a collection of delightful shops and storefronts. 

The Old Town Shop is the perfect place to find a souvenir to commemorate your trip. This adorable storefront offers Old Town Alexandria-brand clothing, candles, toys, mugs and knickknacks. 

Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Company is notorious for its old-school décor. The red and white striped wallpaper, chalkboard specials and red metal chairs invoke the style of the 1950s. The prices are reasonable; a simple cup of ice cream can cost anywhere from $3.50 to $6. This is a great place to visit after exploring King’s Street.

La Madeleine French Bakery and Café is also a fantastic spot. The rustic furnishing and heavy oak columns set this café apart. This location is also well-known for its breakfast, especially its omelets and french toast. The café also offers salads and sandwiches, making it a versatile place to eat.

Old Town Alexandria hosts a unique atmosphere, historical attractions, and quaint shops and cafés. I would recommend this fantastic locale to anyone looking to travel. 

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