Maine Avenue Fish Market
Unassumingly tucked under an interstate overpass south of the Smithsonian Institute Castle is the Maine Avenue Fish Market, the oldest, continuously operating, open-air fish market in the United States. This no-frills landmark has been serving D.C. since 1805 and its smell, grit and grime is all part of its authentic appeal. Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean oysters, shrimp, crabs, clams and more are delivered fresh daily, and can be shucked, or steamed and seasoned on-site. Seating is limited, but not for long as the new District Wharf development continues to roll out its Southwest waterfront upgrades. For a scenic seafood picnic, walk the half mile to the grounds of the Jefferson Memorial or north to the National Mall.
By Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
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Gone Fishing in Southwest DC
Known as "the Wharf," this local landmark since 1805 is the oldest continuously operating fish market in the US. Seafood lovers flock here to the floating barges to purchase and/or feast on fresh fish like shad, perch, bass, and whiting as well as Chesapeake oysters or Maryland blue crab cakes.
By Christian Mirasol, AFAR Local Expert