One of our favorite shopping spots in Washington is the Eastern Market. Located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, patrons come from around the city – and the world – for fresh food, community events, farm-to-table produce, and local arts and crafts.
The Eastern Market has been a staple of the Capitol Hill neighborhood for over 100 years. Pierre L’Enfant’s original plans for the city of Washington – which date back to 1791 – included spaces for local markets, and the final design of the market was completed and opened in 1873. Besides expansion, much of the original structures remained unchanged until 2007 when a massive fire critically damaged much of the Eastern Market. In 2009 the market reopened and today is one of the few historic public markets still in operation in our nation’s capital.
The market is open every day of the week except for Monday – though sometimes special events take place so be sure to check their website for details. The most popular days to visit are Saturdays and Sundays when The Weekend Farmer’s Line is in full swing. On those weekend days, you’ll find open-air shopping of fresh produce from around the DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area.
If you can’t make it on the weekend, don’t worry! The South Hall is open daily and packed with merchants selling food, flowers, and homemade crafts. The broader Capitol Hill neighborhood is vibrant and beautiful with tree-lined streets and quintessential row homes. Great for lunch or dinner, or just a quick stroll.
Getting to the market from our host hotel can be managed on the Metro. Take the red line to Metro Center, then switch to either a blue, orange, or silver train headed east. The journey shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes or so. If you’re looking for shorter travel time, a taxi or Uber will only take 15-20 minutes, but will cost about $15 each way.