The Wharf Fish Market
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Hidden under the Interstate 395 overpass on Maine Ave in Southwest Washington is the oldest fish market in the country and an ideal unique shopping trip for locals and tourists alike. A staple since George Washington's time, the modern fish market is the best place in the city to find fresh fish, shellfish and other types of seafood. Several stands even offer pre-cooked food to enjoy right on location.
This 200-year-old market, also know as "The Wharf" is the longest continuously running open air fish market in the United States. The city attempted to close down the market in the 1960s, but a clause in its 99 year lease allowed them to stay open and simply move just down the road. Now the Wharf is a hot spot for local foodies, DC’s hottest chefs and anybody looking for the freshest fish in town.
The average shopper might be intimidated by the unbelievable selection, but with the help of regulars and friendly shop keeps, you’ll get in and out of the market in no time. Don't have the opportunity to stop by the Wharf? The majority of local restaurants feature seafood found right in the market. Next time you eat in the city, ask your servers if your seafood came from Maine Ave to see the look of surprise on their face.