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Produce, cheese, spice and flower vendors fill the large halls on Saturday, but you also can turn up Monday through Friday to browse the specialty shops (props to the peanut roaster) and cafes that flank the halls on Russell and Market Sts. In addition, from June through September there's a scaled-down market on Tuesdays and a Sunday craft market with food trucks. Or arrive any day for mural gaping. Eastern Market has become an internationally renowned hot spot for street art.
Check www.muralsinthemarket.com for locations and artists. Riopelle St is a good one to browse for its art, shops and brewery.
A night market with food, drinks and music pops up the third Thursday of the month from 5pm to 10pm June through September.