Eastern Market Tour (For 2+)
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- Enjoy 7-8 tastings which may include: homemade kimchi and bulgogi, locally grown fruits, artisan breads, DC's original half-smoke, and more
- Discover this legendary market that has been the center of life within Capitol Hill for over 200 years
As a part of a city-wide public market system, Eastern Market acted as an anchor to the Capitol Hill neighborhood and its presence helped to both retain and attract neighborhood residents. Learn about the history of this market while tasting local specialties on this tour.
Eastern Market was also a symbol of urbanization, as Washington DC worked to remove the tired southern town image it had since the founding of the Federal city.
This Eastern Market Food Tour will give you an insiders look at the legendary market. You will have the opportunity to meet the long standing vendors and taste their specialties which include a variety of local products produced and grown within the Washington DC area.
Tastings on this tour may include (and are subject to change):
- Homemade kimchi, and bulgogi
- Locally grown fruits
- Artisan breads
- Local, regional and international cheeses
- Homemade turkey jerky
- DC's original half-smoke
- Hand rolled, stuffed grape leaves
- Eastern European desserts
Expect to stand throughout the duration of this 1.5 hour tour as the Eastern Market does not have any sit down restaurants. All tastings are included in the price. Please notify us of any food concerns prior to the tour so accommodations can be made. You will sample specialties from 7-8 vendors that will happily fill most stomachs.
Tour participants should understand that Eastern Market is much smaller than traditional public markets. Do not expect a large public market such as Redding Terminal or Pike Place.
Gratuity for your tour guide is not included and is appreciated if you enjoy your experience. Recommended guide gratuity is between $4-$5 per person.
up to 6 people per tour
This experience is only for those on the tour.
This experience is not weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. You will not be outdoors for the entire tour. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather. You will be on your feet for 1.5 hours, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance of intended date of use.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, all bookings for this experience are final.
What types of foods are served on the tour?
You will try specialties from the majority of the vendors from eastern market, and vary from vendor to vendor. Some examples will include: DC half smokes, homemade kimchi, local fruit, empenadas, baklava, Eastern European desserts, artisan breads, turkey jerky, French specialties, local and international cheeses.
How much food is served on the tour?
You will sample specialties from 7-8 vendors in the Market. For most people there is enough food that dinner afterwards will not be necessary.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) when you book your experience. As long as we know well enough in advance, we can often accommodate your needs.
What about taking children on the tour?
Children are welcome on the tour. It should be noted, however, that the tour is 1.5 hours long. Some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation on a case by case basis. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.
If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
If you are bringing children below the age of 7 and they will not be participating in the tastings (or will share with you!), you do not need to purchase tickets for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child at the time of booking.
Is there wheelchair access on the tour?
This tour will cover some uneven terrain. If you or another guest with you needs wheelchair access, please let us know at the time of booking, the experience provider will work to accommodate you.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
You will be on your feet for the entire tour, since there is nowhere to sit in the market. The tour is not fast paced, and you'll walk less than a quarter mile total. Remember to wear comfortable shoes.
Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
Gratuities are always appreciated, although not mandatory.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The tours are held rain or shine.The majority of the tour is indoors. You will not be outdoors for the entire tour. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour. It is strongly encouraged that participants take photos throughout the tour.
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