Party Earth Review Housed inside a massive brick building, Eastern Market has been peddling local produce, meats, and cheeses since 1873, and attracts throngs of lifetime District residents and tourists alike who prefer the neighborhood... ... read full review
225 7th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Blue, Orange Lines: Eastern Market
Indoor market: Tu–F 7am–7pm, Sa 7am–6pm, Su 9am–5pm
Outdoor farmer’s and flea market: Sa–Su 9am–5pm
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC –
Housed inside a massive brick building, Eastern Market has been peddling local produce, meats, and cheeses since 1873, and attracts throngs of lifetime District residents and tourists alike who prefer the neighborhood vibe and fresh offerings unmatched by corporate food chains.
Shoppers shuffling through the tall and noisy warehouse will find thirteen vendors selling everything from slabs of bacon and fresh fish to premade salads and pasta.
Earthy girls stop in at longtime Market residents like Blue Iris for an intricate flower arrangement, while barbecue hounds grab a rack of ribs from Union Meat Company or Canales Delicatessen.
On weekends, about a dozen local farmers line up their stalls outside in the plaza, inviting curious foodies to sample fresh produce and jams from neighboring rural counties, while flea market vendors in the corner sell an always unpredictable mishmash of goods, from funky five-for-five-dollars sunglasses to valuable antiques.
More than a hundred local artists sell their creations at the flea market as well, beckoning to groups of girlfriends to try on handmade jewelry or join the creative types browsing through original paintings and sculptures.
As one of DC’s most historic landmarks, Eastern Market attracts people from all over the world ready to experience a taste of many cultures, view unique perspectives through art and design, and maybe bring home a handmade souvenir with their side of beef.
Mix of local shoppers, tourists of every ilk, artists, free spirits, farmers, and florists. All ages.
Usually one or two street performers on the weekends.
Thirteen indoor merchants sell ice cream, meat, poultry, cheese, fresh vegetables, nuts, seafood, and more.
The weekend farmer’s market offers fresh locally-grown produce with samples at each table. The North Hall events space can be rented for meetings, weddings, and dance classes.
Range of prices from a few dollars up to several hundred.
Anything goes: sundresses, jeans, t-shirts, shorts, sandals, sneakers, running clothes, Sunday church attire.
Saturdays and Sundays for the outdoor market and neighborhood artists selling handmade jewelry, art, photos, vintage clothing, and antiques.
Capitol Hill Books (657 C Street SE) is an immense used bookstore.