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The Northwest Quadrant of Old Town: Our Favorite Places

August 3, 2020 | Inside Alexandria | By: The Goodhart Group

The Northwest Quadrant of Old Town: Our Favorite Places

There is so much to discover and enjoy in Old Town. To make it a little bit easier, we’ve rounded up our favorite spots in each quadrant of Old Town. In this article, we explore the lovely Northwest Quadrant of Old Town. The Northwest Quadrant of Old Town has it all! From donuts to “speakeasies,” fitness centers to salons and spas, there are so many great spots in this corner of Old Town. Check out our team’s favorites below.

Our Favorite Restaurants in the Northwest Quadrant of Old Town

Mason Social

728 North Henry Street
We love Mason Social because of its generously sized bar area, custom craft cocktails, and fabulous “Modern American” cuisine. Check out Mason Social’s amazing #tacotuesday and #winedownwednesday specials!

Lost Dog Cafe

808 North Henry Street
Lost Dog’s extensive menu includes gourmet pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and milkshakes! Check out its line of signature beers and wines. They also proudly support Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. Another bonus of Lost Dog Cafe – they deliver!

1209 King Street
Nasime offers “upscale Japanese cuisine at a casual price point.” The only thing you have to decide at this cozy Japanese restaurant is what you are having to drink – the menu consists of a five course tasting menu that changes daily, ensuring the freshest ingredients and creative offerings. We’re hooked!


107 North Fayette Street
Our team just ordered lunch from here and it was delicious! This former food truck is the Northwest Quadrant’s latest crazy. Meggrolls offers creative, reasonably priced food and the service is very attentive and friendly. Try Janel’s favorite Meggrolls – the 4 Cheese Broccoli Mac or the Buffalo Wing.

Our Favorite Shops in the Northwest Quadrant of Old Town

Erickson & Ripper
628 North Washington Street
Doubling as both a frame shop and gallery, Erickson & Ripper handles your every framing need. They also do restorations and installation work. The owners are artists themselves and feature their own works in the store.

1301 King Street
Open seven days a week, this shop is dedicated to the serious runner! The staff at Pacers is so helpful; they watch you run and make shoe recommendations based on your gait, stride, and more. If you can’t get enough of running, join Pacers’ social events such as running groups and even book clubs.

Hooray for Books
1555 King Street #101
We love this adorable, independent children’s bookstore. Hooray for Books has so many books and games for little ones and offers several story times each week, along with several active book clubs. Check their website often for author signings at the store

Wellness & Pampering in the Northwest Quadrant of Old Town


1101 King Street, Suite 110A
Completing an Orangetheory workout is no small feat! It alternates between the treadmill, rowing machine, and floor exercises. The workouts are customized for your level of fitness. Orangetheory offers a free one hour workout for first timers and three different types of memberships. Marty is a regular!

Zweet Sport
400 North Henry Street
There’s a great community feel to Zweet Sport with plenty of mat space, new “student” deals and different package offers. They have hot yoga classes that are shorter than the typical 90-minute long session. Allison frequented Zweet Sport often for getting into shape for her wedding!


532 North Washington Street
Voted best yoga in Alexandria in both 2015 and 2016, 532Yoga offers a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. This studio also has a small boutique for all of your yoga needs. Looking for a unique party idea? 532Yoga can host parties!

21 Nail Lounge at Belle Pre

806 North Henry Street
This “upscale, luxurious spa” offers high quality nail service seven days a week. Book an appointment online and spend a relaxing afternoon getting pampered at 21 Nail Lounge! Visit during “happy hours” (Monday – Thursday between 10am – 3pm) for discounted services.

The Northwest Quadrant of Old Town has so many delicious restaurants and fun shops. Make sure to stop at one of them before the end of the summer! Did we miss your favorite stop in the Northwest Quadrant of Old Town? Please let us know in the comments below!

Check out the best of all Old Town quadrants here.

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