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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Aurora Bath & Soaps you can find the perfect gift. Especially the Capitol Cherry Blossom soap.
Geeda’s Hand Poured Candles hand crafted designs make candle making an art.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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