It’s becoming more and more difficult to find a free weekend day where I can do anything my heart desires, a day with no agenda. But when a completely open day does pop up on my calendar, it almost always involves a trip to nearby Eastern Market.
It’s a place both functional and frivolous, a choose-your-own adventure. We always find a few much-needed grocery items, as well as a few we didn’t even know we needed. I love the bustle of the market and the smell of fresh fruit as I walk down the crowded aisles.
If you see this olive stand, ask for a taste of the jalapeño stuffed olives – so good.
But even more than shopping, I really just love walking around and taking in the sights. It seems like I discover something new every time I visit.
It’s always fun to pull up a chair outside Port City Java and do some people watching, or listen to the street musicians performing. There are almost always a few ridiculously cute puppies to swoon over as well.
And of course, the best thing to do in Eastern Market is eat. On a recent visit, we grabbed delicious lumpia rolls from a Laotian food stand.
If it gets too hot, there are dozens of restaurants within a stone’s throw of the market, and also down the way on Barracks Row. Some of my favorites include:
- EatBar for unusual wines and charcuterie (and the fried green tomatoes are kickass)
- Barrel for elevated comfort food
- Beuchert’s Saloon for a delicious breakfast or innovative snacks at the bar
- Pineapple and Pearls for coffee, pastries and mouth-watering sandwiches (or a an epic $250 dinner if you’re so inclined)
- Pacifico Cantina for laid-back patio drinks
- Lavagna for classic, fresh pasta dishes
Weekends in Eastern Market are some of my favorites, and I can’t wait to get back for more food adventures.
Where is your favorite place to go on a free weekend day?