Long before the formal establishment of Washington DC, Alexandria served as the meeting grounds for the founding fathers and various revolutionaries. Now, Alexandria is the place to see the roots of the country, the original cobblestone streets that celebrated war heroes grew up on, even the church where a young George Washington attended mass. As a popular destination for travelers and history enthusiasts, the beautiful, winding streets of Alexandria are also home to dozens of exquisite restaurants and charming sidewalk cafés. The styles of cuisine range from French to contemporary American to fusion, and each restaurant bears its own unique ambiance. Some of the restaurants in Alexandria, particularly those in Old Town, stand in 18th century historic buildings, and offer guests the chance to enjoy everything from a casual setting to candlelit dinners. Many of Alexandria’s first-class hotels also offer unparalleled cuisine prepared by world-renowned chefs with ingredients from local farms, markets and artisans.