Market shopping in Washington, DC
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You won’t (likely) find a cute vintage frock here – this is a real flea market, patronized by folks who consider secondhand shopping a necessity rather than just a diversion. That said, there are usually awesome albums for sale, a few local crafts and a sense of U St’s vibe circa 1980s BG (Before Gentrification).
The Capitol dome might win the word-image association game with visitors, but ‘the’ Market probably sweeps the title among locals when it comes to Capitol Hill. That’s because Eastern Market makes the Hill a neighborhood as opposed to…well, a hill. Packed with good food, crafts and every ethnicity in the area, this roofed bazaar is a must-visit on weekends. Built in 1873, it is the last of the 19th-century covered markets that once supplied most of DC’s food. South Hall has food stands, bakeries, flower stands and delis. North Hall is an arts center where craftspeople sell handmade wares. Come Christmas, this is the best place in town to buy a tree.