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D.C. Neighborhood Guide: Union Market

Yvonne Boulay
A beautiful  and colorful mural of a bird in Union Market, DC.

There is nothing more convenient than walking out of your front door and having one or two local spots to dine in. Well, if you lived in Union Market, how does over 40 sound? In a reclaimed warehouse area of Northeast D.C. lies a new, upscale neighborhood built around its namesake. 

Union Market is an authentic and lively neighborhood that is attracting many who want to relocate to D.C. Best known for its dynamic art scene, year-round events, and wide selection of renowned restaurants and retailers, the neighborhood is only 45 acres sandwiched between Florida and New York Avenues NE.

Food Galore

If you're a foodie, Union Market will feel like a gourmet heaven. The central attraction is the food hall, a modern take on a traditional food court featuring cuisines from around the world. From Italian and Venezuelan to Chinese, Thai, and a Jewish deli, the choices are endless. Beyond the food hall, you'll even find a butcher and fishmonger, offering fresh meat and seafood for your own cooking.

A delicious chicken sandwich in Union Market, DC.

We recommend you do a couple laps around the market to see all of your options (and avoid buyer’s remorse!) before selecting your meal—but rest assured, you’re going to want to come back to try everything else as soon as possible. With outdoor seating options available, you can enjoy your meals under the sun or stars. An open-air rooftop bar and green space offers stunning 360-degree city views, making Union Market District a sought-after destination for relocators.

If you're in the mood for a refined dining experience, Union Market boasts four Michelin-starred restaurants. The most popular is Elcielo, a contemporary Colombian restaurant from Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos that specializes in unique presentation and the use of tropical produce. 

A Shopper’s Paradise

Union Market's appeal stretches far beyond its culinary prowess. Residents of this trendy area enjoy a perfect blend of local, family-owned gems and high-end national brands. There's no shortage of retail variety – whether you need groceries from Trader Joe’s, specialty coffee, or want to indulge in some retail therapy, it's all within reach.

A cute shopping plaza in Union Market DC.

Inspired Art 

The neighborhood's vibrant art scene adds to its charm. Local artists have been commissioned to cover the area with colorful murals and art activations. In the center of it all is The Art Room, a pottery painting studio, art gallery, and creative space open to all. You can also book a guided art tour through Union Market District’s website!


Living in Union Market means having access to conveniences that make city life enjoyable. The neighborhood is tree-lined and walkable. For those who want to relocate to the area and may prefer public transportation for work, the red line is a five-minute walk away and Union Station is only a short, 10-minute drive south.


Union Market has made it its mission to create a sense of community. A variety of events happen throughout the year for any interest: pickleball, cooking classes, yoga sessions, trivia nights, drive-in movies, and trunk shows. Whether you're a resident or visitor, these (mostly free!) events provide the opportunity to connect with your neighbors and other locals in the area. Check out their events calendar here.

The outside of Union Market Food Hall.

Upscale Living 

The transformation of Union Market into an upscale residential and entertaining area has been an impressive feat. New luxury apartment buildings have sprung up within the area, offering modern and stylish living spaces with easy access to the food and shopping right outside. If you work from home and need a change of scenery, there’s also a new neighborhood co-working space called Niche

Whether you're a food enthusiast, art lover, or simply hope to call D.C. home, Union Market will welcome you with open arms.

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