Eastern Market, located on Capitol Hill, is Washington, DC’s oldest continually operated fresh food public market. Since 1873, residents and visitors alike have found their way here to enjoy live music, local farm-fresh produce, handmade arts, jewelry, crafts and more than 100 merchants. Eastern Market continues to be a community hub connecting neighbors, families and visitors.
Similar to the local public markets found in Paris, France, Pierre L’Enfant designated space for such markets when he designed Washington, DC in the late 1700s. However, it was not until 1873 that Eastern Market was completed and would eventually be recognized as the “town center” of Capitol Hill.
The main building or Eastern Market’s South Hall, was designed by a German-born immigrant named Adolf Cluss, a renowned local architect of his time. It was Cluss who also designed the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall.
In the early 20th century, the Center and North Halls of Eastern Market were added. In 2007, Eastern Market was critically damaged by a fire and was rebuilt over the course of the next two years. The historic market reopened on June 26, 2009.
During the week, step inside South Hall to see indoor merchants selling meats, poultry, seafood, baked goods, flowers and cheeses. On the weekends, Eastern Market welcomes farmers and merchants from across the region to sell their fruits and vegetables at open-air stands. Much of the produce sold is grown in rural counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Visitors can sample produce as they browse the rows and rows of brightly colored tomatoes, carrots, apples, peaches and much more.
In addition to finding a variety of farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses and baked goods, weekend visitors at Eastern Market will also discover a plaza filled with handmade arts crafted by some of DC’s best local artists. From painters, sculptors and woodworkers to jewelers, potters and photographers, Eastern Market offers something for every taste. Currently, Eastern Market has more than 100 individual vendors.
Eastern Market is located at 225 7th Street SE, in close proximity to The National Mall and U.S. Capitol building. If you're riding Metro, the historic market just one block north of the Eastern Market Metro stop on the Blue and Orange Lines.
- Eastern Market has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
- Eastern Market is one of the few historic public market buildings left in Washington, DC and the only one that has retained its original public market function.
- Washingtonians know that they’ll find the best blueberry buckwheat pancakes at Eastern Market. Get there early as there is usually a line.