Eastern Market in Washington, DC, is a public market and historic site that hosts a flea market. The market is one of the most diverse in the country and hosts up to 100 exhibitors from all over the world.

People in the area flock to the market, and travellers come from all over to enjoy holiday and seasonal events and shop for gifts. The market has something for everyone, including families with young children, couples, and single adults. The area has tens of thousands of residents on its own, in addition to the travellers that come just to shop at the market.

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What are the highlights of Eastern Market in Washington, DC?

Each weekend, Eastern Market features hundreds of the best local artists and craftsmen in street tents and stalls. You can find painters, sculptors, carpenters, jewellers, independent designers, potters, and photographers selling their goods. Because of this variety, the market is a popular spot for one-of-a-kind gifts.

From Tuesday to Sunday each week, the indoor part of Eastern Market hosts merchants with meats, poultry, seafood, produce, baked goods, and cheeses. The vendors are all world-class in their respective categories and offer an array of artisan foods and produce. You could also shop at stalls from local flower shops.

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What else is good to know about Eastern Market in Washington, DC?

Eastern Market boasts cultural attractions, including the Library of Congress and the Folger Shakespeare Library. The market’s North Hall is known for hosting events, such as concerts and special occasions, and has been featured in Hollywood films.

You’ll find plenty to do around Capitol Hill, an opulent area of Washington, DC, such as touring Barracks Row, which is home to bakeries and global eateries. You could also see the US Capitol Visitor Centre, a government building with tours and exhibits, and the Thomas Jefferson Building, a historic beaux-arts building with masterpieces of artwork.

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Eastern Market in Washington DC

Location: 225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

Open: Tuesday–Saturday frin 8 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

Phone: +1 202-698-5253