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 »