Le Pain Quotidien: Artisan Breads Crafted with Care

You might not know the difference between traditional yeast and a levain starter, but you better believe that the bakers at Le Pain Quotidien do. Although the starter is much higher maintenance than your usual yeast, and it works more slowly, they use it to create tastier, healthier breads. Taste the ways their hard work pays off when you come…

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Experience the Perks of Practicing Pilates at Georgie’s Pilates Loft

If you're growing bored with your go-to workout, maybe it's time to throw in a specialty fitness class or two. Georgie's Pilates Loft can help. The Alexandria-based studio not only offers mat Pilates, but also hosts classes revolving around the Reformer, Wunda Chair, and the Pilates Tower. These three pieces of equipment intensify the practice of Pilates without upping the…

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Discover Your Own Personal Yoga Style at Refresh Yoga Center

Nestled in the heart of Old Town Alexandria on King Street, Refresh Yoga Center is a bright, clean studio space primarily offering classes in Vinyasa yoga. This type of yoga integrates the mind, body, and breath in a sequential method of movement and flow. The center has both physically challenging classes, such as Power Yoga, and more slow and meditative…

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Grape + Bean: 200-Plus Wines and Counter Culture Coffee

As you might be able to surmise from its name, Grape + Bean does two things exceptionally well: wine and coffee. It branches out into two locations, and one of them is near The Esplanade. The Old Town Grape + Bean roasts and serves Counter Culture Coffee beans in the morning, then transitions to a wine list with 20-plus wines…

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