Friday, November 8, 2013

pike's place market, seattle


 

pike's place market is a seattle must. not only does it have amazing views of the puget sound, but it's also filled with delicious food, amazing crafts, and eclectic collectibles. plus, it's right across the street from the original starbucks coffee shop. 

we wanted to be right downtown so as to make sightseeing easier and we were lucky enough to find a nice and fairly inexpensive hotel four blocks from pike's place market (moore hotel, $100/night). despite the cloudy weather, we started our morning at the crumpet shop, a cute little breakfast spot across the street from the original starbucks on 1st avenue. then we walked down the hill to the market to take in all of the sights, sounds, and smells. as you enter pike's place you are immediately struck by the fish mongers throwing fish and the florists arranging beautiful (and cheap!) bouquets. 


 


 

pike's place market is a long building filled with restaurants, meat, fish, and produce stalls, florists, craftsmen, and shops. it's built on a hill, so while it looks like it's just one floor, in reality there are at least three floors of shops and stores to explore, including a magic shop, a comic book store, a vintage shop, and an apothecary.

what makes the market so unique, though, are the neon signs that line the main drag of food stalls. they're the iconic retro cool of bygone days.


 



 

  


 

 



   



if you have the time, you should stop for a minute and enjoy the view of the puget sound and you should definitely eat your way through the main market and the annex across the street. there are fresh oysters and crab, slices of apple and fresh produce, yogurt, cheese, and chocolate samples, mini cheesecake pops and cinnamon rolls, him bows and chinese food, pickles and ice cream. it can be quite the feast.

and of course, don't forget bubble gum alley! i'm not sure why people have covered the walls with their gum, but it's not to be missed.