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Clarendon, VA

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Clarendon, in Arlington, VA, is has abundant restaurants, retail, entertainment, and convenient transportation. Located along the dense mixed-use Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor ("RB Corridor"). Clarendon is located just across the border (Potomac River) from DC. Clarendon feels equal part city and suburb, and is is characterized by high-rise condo buildings (Arlington doesn't have the height limits that keep building heights to 13 stories in DC), apartments, and office buildings immediately near the Metro station, townhouses, brick colonials, bungalows, and even some tudors. 

Restaurants, Retail, and Entertainment

In terms of restaurant offerings, Clarendon has over 40 sit-down restaurant options, including local favorites and familiar national chains. Whitlows on Wilson, a bar and restaurant, is a Clarendon landmark. Pamplona is an Ornate, bullfight-themed Spanish spot for creative tapas, paellas, sangria and other cocktails. O'Sullivan's Irish Pub is a pretty authentic Irish restaurant and pub that offers live music in the evenings. Courthaus Social is a popular beerhaus and beer garden offering craft brews, German food, burgers & sports on TV. Enjoy chef Scot Harlan's nose-to-tail culinary ethos play out in his American-French cuisine at modern, kitschy Green Pig Bistro. Market Common has the highest concentration of retail. Clarendon offers popular national retail offerings like an Apple Store, Blue Mercury, and Whole Foods, along with a vast amount of other fun and useful retail options.  Also located in Clarendon are Crate & Barrel, Lilly Pulitzer, and Trader Joe’s, along with a collection of locally-owned shops like Bakeshop, Current Boutique, and Kinder Haus Toys. Don't overlook the Serbian speakeasy, fashion retailers, artisan ice cream, and microbrewery Boardroom Brewing.

Things To Do

  • See a National Musician Live at Clarendon Ballroom

  • Check Out The Latest Tech at the Apple Store
  • Request The Wild Rover at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub.

  • People Watch at Market Common's Central Plaza.
  • Grab a Bite To Eat at Taste of Arlington Food Festival

  • Sneak into BABA, A Serbian Basement Speakeasy


Clarendon is served by Metro’s Orange and Silver lines, with its station located at the center of the commercial district. You can also access DC via MetroBus, and other parts of Arlington via Arlington Rapid Transit (ART) bus lines 41, 42, and 77. Like much of the region, Clarendon has bike lanes on the main roads to and from DC. Also like much of the DC region's more dense areas, traffic can slow driers down, but many side streets are closed to thru-traffic, mitigating the frustration for . The neighborhood is close to many of the area’s main roads, including Route 50, I-66, and the George Washington Parkway. Parking in the commercial zone can be challenging, with vigilant parking enforcement, but residential areas don't have this.  Streets adjacent  retail strips have some commercial parking overflow, but the vigilant parking enforcement mitigate this burden. 

Schools & Safety

  • Arlington County School Boundary Locator Tool

  • Public Safety Data and Tools

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