Eastern Market found us early this month… it usually spots us on the 20th!

Posted by Arynne | Filed under: Howe's List

The Eastern Market is a public market in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C., housed in a 19th century brick building. It is located on 7th Street SE, a few blocks east of the U.S. Capitol between North Carolina Avenue SE and C Street SE. The Eastern Market is on the National Register of Historic Places. Badly damaged by an early-morning fire on April 30, 2007, the market building reopened on June 26, 2009.

Eastern Market also marks a smaller community within the Capitol Hill neighborhood by serving as an anchor point for other nearby stores and restaurants. It is served by a nearby eponymous stop on the Washington Metro Blue and Orange Lines.


livingroom 319 5TH ST SE noted by Lise Howe, COldwell Banker 240-401-5577

319 5th St SE Listed by Re/max Allegiance for $1,385,000

The listing agent says that old world charm meets modern conveniences in this spacious 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with a spectacular sun room. There is also a 2 bedroom rental in the basement that adds to its marketability, but can easily be converted back to a single unit home. You will love this home on one of the best blocks on the Hill because you can walk to two parks and the Metro. There is even extra storage room on lower level and plenty of built-ins.

Built in 1900 this charming home has nearly 2700 square feet of living space and 3 finished levels, one fireplace, and a 2,438 square foot lot.


Belga Café is an original Belgian restaurant in Washington DC and a great place for authentic Belgian food and Belgian


Belgian Waffles are not just for breakfast!

Beers. Combining an intriguing atmosphere with excellent, light & healthy interesting food.

Belga Café is a little bit of Brussels on the Hill, with an open kitchen and sidewalk café. The chef is the Belgium native Bart Vandaele. As Executive Chef and Owner of the District’s original Belgian café, Vandaele, who was recognized as a Rising Star of 2006 by starchefs.com, has successfully melded the rich culinary traditions of his homeland with the comfortable, relaxed attitude of Barracks Row in this neighborhood gathering place.

Raised in the Flemish-speaking region of North Belgium, Vandaele developed a passion for the kitchen at a very young age. Surrounded by family members active in the industry, including café managers, butchers, chefs and restaurant owners, Vandaele began his training early in life, citing that even as a toddler his favorite playground was the kitchen. The largest influence on young Vandaele came from his chef-father, whom created traditional, regional Belgian cuisine in his own innovative and unique style at the family’s restaurant. The mussels and yummy waffles that come out of the Belga Cafe kitchen are definitely authentic!


market flea market noted by Lise Howe, 240-401-5577 Coldwell Banker

Looking for a priceless treasure? Check out the flea market at the Eastern Market

The Flea Market is 27 years old now and has over 90 exhibitors from 5 of the 7 continents! Talk about diverse – it has vendors selling arts, crafts, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, and imports from around the world. Some of the vendors even are the artists who have made the items being sold!

Some of the stores around DC actually started as vendors at the Flea Market, so be sure to establish a good relationship with that special artist. She or he may become a captain of industry – or at least a good friend!

The Flea Market at Eastern Market is located in the Hine School Yard Hours: Every Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm Address: 7th and C Street, SE (1 block from Eastern Market metro)


The Monkey’s Uncle is a wonderful store operated by Jay Keegan and Michael McFadyen. Previously, Jay worked at

Monkey's Uncle on the Hill

Check Out a Great Consignment Store For Families on the Hill

Chateau-Animaux for the last five years as the store manager, and Michael has spent his entire career in the restaurant and hospitality field. Clearly they are prepared to welcome families and little munchkins to their fabulous store!

Jay and Michael opened Monkey’s Uncle to be a “purveyor of recycled children’s clothing” and maternity wear. Their mission is to provide affordable clothing for infants to pre-teens in the ever expanding group of families living on the Hill by applying the principles of reduce, recycle, reuse and rethink. Prices are reasonable, more than a thrift store but less than retail. The clothing is gently worn but clean, current and seasonal. In addition to clothing, there is a shelf of parenting books and some baby gear.

The store promises that one percent of their proceeds will go to either OXFAM or the WORLD WILDLIFE FUND. Makes you feel good even while you are saving money!


Eastern Market exterior

The Eastern Market is Back in Business After That Devastating Fire in '07

The Eastern Market was designed by Adolf Cluss and was in continuous operation as a public market from 1873 until April 30, 2007. It was the first in a larger city-owned public market system, initiated to urbanize Washington, make orderly provision for the distribution of goods to its residents, and serve as a magnet to draw residents. The Market was expanded in 1908 with the addition of the Center and North Halls designed by Snowden Ashford. At the start of the 20th century, the Eastern Market was recognized as the unofficial “town center” of Capitol Hill. It is the last of the city’s public markets still in operation.

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