Eastern Market, situated in the midst of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, has everything from fresh produce to handcrafts, and host community events. In other words, this market serves as the town center of this DC neighborhood, attracting foodies and shoppers from all parts of the capital city. The market remains closed on Mondays, but is open on Tuesdays through Fridays from 07:00 am to 07:00 pm, on Saturdays from 07:00 am to 06:00 pm, and on Sundays from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm. It gives access to most street vendors on weekends. On Tuesdays, its farmers market opens only from 03:00 pm to 07:00 pm, but weekends provide an opportunity for farmers and handcraft vendors to sell their products by setting up outdoor tents.
On weekends, the plazas and streets around Eastern Market teem with over a hundred vendors selling fresh produce, handmade crafts, arts, and antiques. If you are here shopping Tuesdays through Sundays, walk into South Hall for poultry, meat, baked products, seafood, cheese, flowers, etc. That is the indoor space for merchants in Eastern Market, but even that comes to life with shoppers picking up products and sampling stuff. Many people come here early to skip the beeline crowds in front of Market Lunch, to grab blueberry buckwheat pancake.
Other than these shopping areas, Eastern Market includes spaces that can host wedding receptions, meetings, and other events. if you want to party hard with cocktails, or with friends and family, when on a Washington DC tour, the North Hall at Eastern Market offers good space.
Moreover, the handcraft tents set up outdoors on weekends, teem with local artists and shoppers bustling through, literally spoilt for choice. From its Weekend Outdoor Market, one can buy everything from handmade paintings, sculptures, photos, potteries, and so on.
If you are out of town, you might be wondering how to reach Eastern Market. Parking space is limited, so the best way to reach here is through DC Metro, situated just a block away from 225 7th Street SE. The market underwent renovation during the 2000’s, which went on to revive the community hub and native businessmen.