A lively outdoor square in the heart of Reston, Reston Town Center is a walkable mix of shopping, dining, and charm. Whisk your partner over for a date night or bring the whole family — there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The urban development has undergone changes in recent years but retains its vibrance with renovations and new additions.
Pretty brick roads lead the way through the shopping center. The pavilion is the most prominent stop, best known for its transformation into an ice-skating rink every winter. Paired with the recently renovated Mercury Fountain across the street, it makes for an eye-catching centerpiece.
It’s easy to spend a pleasant afternoon wandering around. You might browse the fashion boutiques or get your hair styled with a mimosa in hand at Drybar. For dinner, options range from fast-casual New England classics at Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls to Spain-inspired tapas at Barcelona Wine Bar. Top it all off with a cup of gelato from Pitango.
Beyond the everyday excitement, RTC bustles with events throughout the year. Second Saturday Sip and Stroll days allow visitors to take their favorite local cocktails to the streets. During the summer, Reston Concerts on the Town and Sunday Art in the Park bring live music. On various special events and holidays, you’ll find 5Ks hosted by Potomac River Running. It’s even dog friendly: Swing by on a Wednesday evening for Pups in the Pavillion.
Office buildings and apartments surround the area, and the Reston Town Center Metro station is just a free shuttle away. The parking garages, differentiated by color, are free on weekends, weekdays after 5 p.m., and for the first hour.
With so many gems to explore, you’ll just have to check it out yourself for the full experience.
Each winter, the pavilion’s annual metamorphosis turns a turf field into an ice-skating rink worthy of a Hallmark movie montage. Rent skates and show off your best attempt at twirls on the ice for fun with family and friends. Or, for the full romantic comedy effect, rent out the whole rink. 1818 Discovery St.
Let the installation of the moment inspire you as you stroll through this modern art gallery. The main gallery is currently closed for the installation of its upcoming exhibition opening September 8, but Tephra’s satellite gallery just around the corner is open to the public Tuesday–Saturday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 12001 Market St. Ste. 103; satellite gallery in The Signature at 11850 Freedom Dr.
Pretty paper, functional planners, quirky gifts: Paper Source has everything you want in a stationary store. Along with its appealing product selection, the chain hosts private craft parties and events. It also provides the public with free DIY pop-up activities on occasion. 11975 Market St.
Lou Lou Boutique was founded in Middleburg and has since expanded across the coast, including this quaint location. The shop focuses on stylish and affordable accessories like jewelry and bags, with trendy clothing and elegant gifts on the side. 11962 Market St.
Tucked away on the edge of the town center, you’ll find the cozy nook that is this Reston independent bookstore. Discover your next favorite read, discuss it at book club, or get your copy signed at one of Scrawl’s author events. 11911 Freedom Dr.
On the lookout for a crafty shopping experience? Book a candle pouring workshop for yourself and friends at Paddywax. You’ll learn the technique and customize the look and smell of your candle. The time it takes to cool makes for a great window to explore surrounding shops or grab a drink. 1816 Library St.
Local ingredients are the focal point at this “pub for the people.” Its menu offers a diverse range of items like Maryland crab cakes, chicken and waffles, poke bowls, and fish and chips. Live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night solidifies the pub as a standout destination. 1811 Library St.
PassionFish is a high-end seafood establishment dedicated to supremely fresh catches. Its seasonal menus feature sushi, caviar service, fish entrées, and a raw bar. The happy hour menu is also notable: pair a specialty cocktail with bar bites like Bloody Mary “Oyster Shooters.” 11960 Democracy Dr.
Feature image by Olivia Garrone
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