Highlights of my Eastern Market Finds, Washington D.C.

The Eastern Market comes alive every Sunday morning as venders and customers scramble together in the space of a couple of blocks. The market has been around for nearly thirty years and some venders have been selling products for around that long. Additionally, the Eastern Market has a unique culture separate from Washington. The culture of DC is centralized around busy, stress-inducing lifestyles. However, the market is a place where citizens and visitors alike can unwind and enjoy a relaxing stroll through the market on a warm summer Sunday afternoon.

Handcrafted Jewelry  

Local artisans from all over DC sell their uniquely designed jewelry and art. Therefore, I didn’t resist the urge to purchase a pair of earrings.

Amy Marx
A lifelong artist, painter, and jewelry designer Amy Marx sells sea glass and silver jewelry in the Eastern Market.
Enise
Enise sells Turkish inspired jewelry, and timeless treasures.

Mann Made Designs
Jimmy Man designs pendants, rings, and earrings with swirls and bubbles designs. He creates jewelry out of glass, recycled aluminum, and plywood.

Skirts and earrings sold in the marketplace

Inexpensive

Most everything in Washington D.C. is pricy. I am on the hunt for a good bargain. For instance, the market is a great place to have lunch under $5 or buy a rad pair of earring under $10.

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 

Who doesn’t love a cold glass of lemonade on a hot day? The vendors sell mint lemonade and strawberry lemonade for customers trying to cool off. Each glass is $3. If you are interested you can combine the cool lemonade with a hot churro.

Street lemonade stand at the Eastern Market

Delicious Fruit & Vegetables

The produce is fresh and sweet. Most importantly, venders have samples set out for customers to try. Blueberries, peaches, blackberries, and watermelon are set out to try. I must say the peaches are probably some of the best peaches I have ever had. The sellers WIC Nutritional Programs drive 2 hours every Saturday night for customers to have fresh fruit and veggies come Sunday morning.

Fresh peaches in the market Young boy enjoys fresh fruit in the market Vegetables in the market

Organic Soaps & Candles 

All-natural, organic products, and fair-trade products are in demand. The Eastern Market sells a variety of handmade soaps and candles. These are crafted in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Look for the fair-trade and organic labels at certain stands.

Peacock Botanicals sells handmade soaps crafted with intricate details and unique scents.

Homemade soaps Worker at Peacock Botanicals

At Aurora Bath & Soaps you can find the perfect gift. Especially the Capitol Cherry Blossom soap.

Handcrafted soaps in the market

Geeda’s Hand Poured Candles  hand crafted designs make candle making an art. Handmade candles in the market

Local Artists & Cultural Exchanges

After chatting with a few local artists it is evident that they are passionate about their craft. Native to DC local artist Luther Wright has seen the market change a lot over the years. Wright says he has seen the market bring people from all walks of cultural diversity together. The market emerges its visitors into other cultures and nationalities. Local street markets reflect the culture of the community and the Eastern Market reflects the diversity of Washington D.C.

Henna Tattoos

Henna tattoos are fun representation from cultures all over the world. Don’t worry these tatts are only temporary. The detailed henna designs symbolize the passages of life, and they are beautiful to admire. Check out the local henna artists in the Eastern Market.

Capitol Hill Books

This shop has floor to ceiling bookshelves with an aesthetics that attracts Instagrammers and book lovers alike. Likewise, I am a huge fan of used bookstores. With such a wide variety of books to choose from, there is a novel for everyone.

Radici

As someone who lived in Italy for three months, this restaurant warms my heart. They serve authentic Italian treats and dishes. Be sure not to miss the wine tastings every Sunday at 2 pm.

Radici serves light sandwiches, salads, and traditional Italian mouthwatering desserts. The delicious sparkling water Acqua Panna Toscana is a great option to choose at Radici. For all my Italian food lovers this restaurant is ideal.

Grab a Bite

Besides, the produce the market sells a couple of good places to grab lunch. With many options to choose from, you can’t go wrong at any of the lunch spots.

Vegetable dumplings

Vegetable dumplings in the market

One of the favorites has to be the vegetable dumplings. The dumplings are made with fresh dough and light vegetables paired with some tasty dipping sauces. The fresh dumplings are sold right next to the bakery as a part of the indoor aspect of the Eastern Market.

Inside the Market

In addition to outdoor vendors is an indoor section of the market. The indoor part of the market sells fresh-cut meat, salads, and cheese for all your weekly grocery needs. Below are some places you should check out inside the market.

Blue Iris Flowers is a family operated florist shop sells beautiful flower arrangements. 
Bowers Fancy Dairy Products
sells fine cheeses, heavy cream, and butter.

In conclusion, the Eastern Market is an excellent addition to your travel itinerary. Don’t believe me? Maybe you should visit and see for yourself.

Street image from Eastern Market

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