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Eastern Market

Photo: Eastern Market

Eastern Market has been a Washington treasure since 1873. (Photo: Jeff Watts)

Would you like poetry with your asparagus? Some jewelery with your crab cakes?

Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, a Washington tradition since 1873, closed after a 2007 fire but is filled again with flowers, food, arts and crafts, and crowds of shoppers feasting on the atmosphere and blueberry pancakes.

The market includes four distinct spaces:

  • The South Hall Market, where indoor merchants offer everything from fresh produce and flowers, to delicatessen, bakery, meat, poultry, cheese and dairy products.
  • The North Hall Events Space, an arts and community center where locals organize to hold meetings, wedding receptions, dance classes, and other events.
  • The Weekend Farmers’ Line, an open-air venue where local farmers sell fresh local produce year round.
  • The Weekend Outdoor Market, where local artists sell handmade arts and crafts and antiques.

It's that rarest of Washington species: apolitical. So if you haven't been in years, or never been at all, find some time to stop in the next time you're on the Hill. Your stomach will thank you.