A Day at the SoWa Market
Over the past five years, Boston has created a weekend attraction that may surpass Freedom Trail in sheer gravitational pull. It’s the SoWa Open Market (SoWa being a concatenation of “South of Washington Street,”) and it’s an open-air food/craft/vintage market with food trucks spread over two parking lots and an old warehouse building in the South End. Intrigued? Follow me!
The market is located on Harrison Avenue, between Randolph Street and Paul Sullivan Way. You’ll find a public parking lot ($5 during market hours) on Randolph. Park there, walk around the corner, and the first thing you’ll encounter is the farmer’s market, where booths are stacked with beautiful produce, fresh flowers, spices, meats, prepared foods, maple syrup, honey, and even clothing from The Fashion Truck.
Continue heading northeast on Harrison Avenue and you’ll see the craft market, which is bordered to the north by a line of food trucks. Grab lunch here, then browse stalls stocked with jewelry, clothing, baby gear, art prints, hats, stationery, and all kinds of crafty/handmade treasures.
The last major section of the market lives in a sprawling former warehouse on the southern side of the plaza. It’s the indoor vintage market. The goods here are eclectic: midcentury furniture, old prints, vintage campaign buttons, plastic jewelry, clothing, even a bowl of bison teeth.
Have I convinced you to go? The outdoor market is open from 10am – 4pm, every Sunday from May through October. The indoor vintage market is open year-round. And since this is prime farmer’s market season, I suggest you get there soon.