A classic Sunday in true D.C. tradition means going over to Eastern Market, strolling among the vendors, grabbing a bite and doing some quality people-watching.
But there is more to the area than the rows of produce and craft stands. So the next time you head over to Eastern Market, try adding some of these new places to your agenda:
Try a New Brew
660 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
For those caffeine junkies looking for an independent cup of joe, try Peregrine Espresso.
This coffee shop is known for quality espressos and a great microbrew selection, coming out as one of the top coffee houses in D.C. It even fields a team at the U.S. Barista Championship (yes, this actually exists) but still keeps their brews at a college-kid friendly budget.
Take a Class
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St., SE
If you want to flex your creative muscles, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is a quick walk from the Eastern Market Metro.
The nonprofit runs a variety of programs from ballet to poetry to oil painting.
Now only if they had underwater basket weaving …
713 D St., SE
Hill’s Kitchen, another place to pick up a new skill, runs cooking classes and demonstrations, teaching D.C. locals kitchen tricks and fun recipes.
With classes ranging from how to wield a kitchen knife to how to create Middle Eastern vegetarian specials, college students can learn how to maneuver in a real kitchen.
If you can’t take the time to attend a class, definitely stop by the Hill’s Kitchen store for a cute selection of cookbooks and aprons.
And who said college kids couldn’t cook?
Grab a Book
Capitol Hill Books
657 C St., SE
Capitol Hill Books is a treasure trove not to be overlooked.
This used bookstore spans two floors, stuffed with bargain books, as well as rare first editions to fawn over.
Its selection, along with its knowledgeable and approachable staff, makes it a worthwhile experience sifting through books to find your next great read.
Take a Walk
Strolling through Eastern Market is the most popular activity, simply because there are always new surprises in store. Vendors rotate frequently and are always bringing in more merchandise.
Eastern Market is a fabulous location for Christmas shopping, finding the perfect birthday gift or even just a bit of retail therapy after a long week of classes.
Remember to bring cash since ATM lines are notoriously long.
Just grab some Micha’s Sorbet (also a regular vendor at AU’s Wednesday farmer’s market) and soak in the sights.