It’s time to set that alarm, and this time, fortunately, not for another dreaded workday. Plan an early weekend outing to Eastern Market, DC’s oldest standing farmer’s market, located in the heart of Capitol Hill.  Be sure to hit the ATM on the way – this quintessential open market is literally brimming with picture-perfect produce, antiques, and anything else you could possible want or need.  Eccentric, yet personable vendors will definitely have you leaving with more than you came for!Restaurants--Italian

Cooks and foodies should be sure to wander indoors to South Hall for some real gourmet treats.  Local vendors showcase their best offerings: flawless filets, gorgeous lamb chops, and perfectly aged cheeses will definitely put your local grocer to shame.  For those who are ready to shop, head outside where artists, designers, and furniture makers from all over the Mid-Atlantic are willing and ready with amazing deals on one-of-a-kind pieces.

Bottom line – this isn’t your average market, and it certainly won’t be an average Sunday after visiting this District hidden gem!

Insider Tip: Be sure to get to the market early (between 9:00-10:00 AM) before it gets picked over.  Then head to Market Lunch, Eastern Market’s restaurant counter located in South Hall – the line out the door is testament alone to their famous crab cakes!