Eastern Market is DC’s oldest, continuously operating public food market if you don’t count the two years it closed down after a being damaged by a fire in 2007. The market opened up again on June 26, 2009 and its indoor and outdoor markets continue to be popular with tourists and D.C residents alike. The market initially opened in 1873 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic places. If flea markets are more your scene and you happen to be around on a Sunday, just walk across the street to the Flea Market at Eastern Market, where you’ll find new and used goods from all over the world. I enjoy Eastern Market — it’s a great place to spend a few hours browsing and people-watching (and then grab a coffee at one of the great neighborhood cafes) — but if you’ve been to outdoor markets in other countries you may not be overly impressed. That said, I definitely highly recommend visiting if you’re in town as it’s one of D.C more unique experience. The flea market reminds me of Bogotá’s flea markets, both the large, pricy one in the upscale Usaquen neighborhood and the inexpensive, crowded artisan markets in el centro. The market is open 7am to 7pm Tuesday through Friday, 7am to 6pm on Saturday, 9am-5pm Sunday, and is closed on Monday. To read about and see pictures of the Eastern Market neighborhood click here.
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