A Visual Girl's Guide to Union Market DC

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With over 40 options, including asian-style tacos, authentic Belgian waffles and gluten-free dosas, Union Market is a culinary haven. Bon Appétit even named the gourmet market as one of the Top 5 Best Food Halls in America! But it's so much more than a spot for foodies to gather -- it's a content creator's playground. From beautifully wallpapered pop-up shops to activism-inspiring murals, there is just so much to see, and therefore, photograph! Union Market is not a spot to be shy with your camera, and today's post is proof! As you scroll through my guide, it's my hope that you will find visual inspiration in this D.C. market. Because even though I could easily taste my way through Union Market, when it comes to the five senses, I'm a visual girl at heart.

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Shop Small

If you read my post on graphic tees, you know that I love to support small businesses! To me, part of the allure of Union Market is the opportunity to support DC entrepreneurs right here in the Nation's capital.

Union Market is a place where businesses scale and grow – where neighbors, students, DC transplants, artists and tourists come to find a community they can shape and call their own.

SALT & SUNDRY

If you like the home goods section of Anthropologie, then you will love Salt & Sundry. This shop within Union Market has everything you need for stylish entertaining and bohemian-inspired decorating. I guarantee that with one step into the store, you'll want to start a coffee table book stack, style the perfect sheflie or stock up on unique glassware and crystal coasters.

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LITTLE LEAF SHOP

To my Millennial-pink-wearing, plant-loving, trend-followers, meet your newfound paradise! I dare you to find something you don't like at the Little Leaf pop-up, Salt & Sundry's newest concept featuring plants galore and paper goods. Although I'm not sure how long this pop-up will be at Union Market, the good news is that you can visit their main location in Logan Circle whenever.

Oh, and Domino named it one of the 6 Prettiest Plant Shops in the World so...

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Other current can't miss pop-ups include: Brief Assembly | B. Doughnut | Little Baby's Ice Cream | Prescription Chicken

SOUTH BLOCK

I know I said I wouldn't talk about the food, but how could I not?!

Admittedly, I'm a bit of an acai bowl snob -- at $10 a bowl, I have pretty high expectations. In my experience, South Block is definitely worth the money, especially when you're craving something sweet, refreshing, healthy and filling! My favorite bowl to order is their Warrior Bowl, which is a blend of organic acai, bananas, strawberries + pineapple juice, and topped with handmade granola, strawberries, blueberries, bananas + honey.

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Think Big

After you shop small, wander outside to think big! Surrounding Union Market are several hand-painted murals full of meaning.

HEART MURAL

At first glance, the colorful hearts wall may seem like just another photo-op for the #basic. But that couldn't be further from the truth! This D.C. Instagram attraction was actually designed in 2016 by LA graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash alongside Michelle Obamain honor of International Women's Day. Every colorful heart embodies the #62MillionGirls working to fight the attitudes and beliefs that serve as a barrier to their education, according to her caption on Instagram.

Other can't miss murals: We're Getting Louder | HUMANITY | #KindComments | Relax, Your Heart Is Stronger Than What You Think! | Never Give Up

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Have you ever been to Union Market? Let me know in a comment below!

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