During your visit to Washington DC, be sure to check out the most city’s most dynamic destination for food and arts. Eastern Market is located right by our hotel in the iconic neighborhood of Capitol Hill. From local farm-fresh food to community events to independently created pieces of art, this is an extraordinary venue for delicious eats and diamond-in-the-rough goods. For a guaranteed, locally vetted experience, first-timers can follow Capitol Hill’s guide for a day at Eastern Market.
One of the best ways you can start a day in Washington DC is to stop by the Market Lunch vendor at the Eastern Market. Despite their name, this proprietor cooks up a mean breakfast. Their most popular and delicious early morning choice is an order of blueberry buckwheat pancakes. Market Lunch also serves food for later in the day in the form of soft shell crabs, oyster sandwiches, burgers and more.
With a belly still full from breakfast, be sure to peruse the various arts & crafts vendors at Eastern Market. A variety of stands set up by local creatives, this section of the market features the work of painters, designers, woodworkers, jewelers and a whole lot more. Whether you want to find something unique to decorate your home with, or a one of a kind gift for a loved one, the arts section of Eastern Market has what you need.
After building up a bit more of an appetite, stop by Canales Delicatessen. This full-service stop specializes in homemade sausages, salads, barbecue, rotisserie chickens and more. Using fresh cut deli meats, Canales can serve you a delicious sandwich for lunch with some of their delightful coleslaw on the side.
Following lunch, you need to head outside and explore Eastern Market’s farmers line and outdoor food vendors. For some treats to bring back to your hotel room, stop by the family owned specialty business Sweet Nuthouse for some glazed pecans, cinnamon almonds, and other crunchy treats.
With the majority of other Eastern Market vendors consisting of butchers and seafood proprietors, travelers can grab some future dessert from the Fine Sweet Shop and then wrap up their day with dinner at one of many, delightful nearby restaurants.