The Eastern Market: Seamlessly Blending History and Shopping

By AlyseInWonderland, USA, June 2011

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D.C. visitors looking for both a historical encounter and a great shopping experience, look no further than the Eastern Market. Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, this popular spot was opened in 1873 and has served as the unofficial retail center of the neighborhood.

The period-style, brick building suffered severe damage in a fire in 2007 but was painstakingly restored to maintain its original integrity and re-opened in 2009. Inside the building, you can find dozens of stalls selling gourmet meats, artisanal cheeses, and baked goods. In the tents outside, you can find every kind of local, fresh, and organic produce.

On weekends, the Eastern Market hosts one of the most diverse flea markets in the US.  Exhibitors come from all over the globe and sell artisan-crafted goods as well as antiques that make great souvenirs. The Market also features regularly scheduled art shows, music, and theater performances in the Market 5 Gallery and in the Market Yard. Visitors and residents can also enjoy the array of holiday and seasonal events also offered.

The neighborhood surrounding the market building is made up of historical townhouses that are worth exploring. Beyond a simple tourist attraction, the Eastern Market remains central to daily life for the local community and residents who make regular stops on their way home.

The Eastern Market is located on 7 Street SE, only a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol and easily accessible by the Washington Metro Blue and Orange Lines. Be sure to stop by during your visit for an authentic D.C. experience!

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