Eastern Market: More Than a Market

When I was preparing to move to DC last fall, I had three main criteria when searching for an apartment: located in the District, amenities within walking distance and in an area that had a true neighborhood feeling. I found a place that met all of my criteria and more in Capitol Hill. While Capitol Hill may seem separate from the rest of the city, I absolutely love the character and community feel that is present throughout the neighborhood.

One of my favorite things about the neighborhood is Eastern Market. During the week, the South Hall Market offers produce, baked goods, meat, artisan cheeses, fresh flowers and more. On weekends, the market extends outside and hosts an open-air farmers market and flea market. You can find all kinds of arts and crafts, including handmade jewelry, unique furniture, paintings and candles. The market is also a great place to people watch, see a cooking demo and listen to live music.

One of the main reasons I return to the market every weekend is the food. Besides the amazing local produce, there is also an abundance of food vendors serving up delicious meals including shrimp and grits, crepes, pretzels and empanadas. Don’t miss out on the fresh raspberry or strawberry lemonade: it’s the perfect treat for a hot day. 

The market is accessible by the Eastern Market Metro station, and is surrounded by many great restaurants and bars. You could easily spend the day walking around the market, enjoying brunch and admiring the beautiful brick sidewalks and row houses of Capitol Hill.