Eastern Market in southeast D.C. falls somewhere between a farmers market, food court, and tourist attraction. The permanent indoor and weekend-only, pop-up outdoor bazaar is open year-round (except on Mondays) and has been running for over 130 years.
While you can swing by on a weekday after work and pick up a pound of homemade pasta or a couple of steaks, the real action happens on the weekends, when the market practically quadruples in size.
Outdoor tents selling everything from farm-fresh produce to handmade jewelry, even one with a tarot reader, line the surrounding streets and spill over into a neighboring school basketball court. Allot a couple of hours (and an empty stomach) on a Saturday or Sunday to fully experience what Eastern Market has brought to the Hill since 1873.
10 Tasty Bites
Seasonal produce »
Bison Hot Dog from Union Meat Co. »
Turkey Jerky from Market Poultry »
Cucumber Kimchi from Paik Produce »
Bluebuck Pancakes and the Softshell Crab Sandwich from Market Lunch »
Kosher and Full Sour Pickles from In a Pickle »
Mini donuts from Migue's Magnificent Mini Donuts »
Crepes from Crepes at the Market »
Gelato from Pitango »
Fentiman's Sodas from Paik Produce »
Or check out all of them in the slideshow »
About the author: Abbey Becker is DC metro area native that spends her time cooking, eating, watching the Cooking Channel, and trying to find people who appreciate Wegman's as much as she does. She works at a university to pay the bills, but secretly spends part of her day looking up new restaurants and recipes to try.