The passageway of this mysterious market is full of stands selling all kinds of merchandise. From apples to Seattle memorabilia, you can buy whatever you want here. People walk up and down the sideway exploring everything that their eyes come across. Watch out for that flying fish however or you’ll get hit in the face! Welcome to Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA. Whenever people come to visit me up in Washington, I make it a point to take them to this amazing place that represents so much of the rich culture that is Seattle. My family has come here since I was small and love coming every single time.
What to See?
Pike Place Market has hundreds of places you could visit. It would take hours to describe every single place so I’ll mention a few of the highlights. From coffee shops to magic shops and more; there’s something for everybody here. You might even see a street performer if you’re lucky.
I recommend walking through the corridor where all the produce sellers are to get the full experience of what makes this place special. Local farmers have been coming to stalls in the market for decades. You haven’t had a fresh Washington apple until you’ve tried a sample of one of them available at almost all the produce merchants. Besides the numerous fruit a stand, one of my favorite venders sells special jellies used to marinate meat. Micks Peppourri is a locally owned business that manufactures award winning pepper jellies. Although you can order their product online or at a fair; the best way to get their product is to pick it up at Pike Place Market.
No trip to Pike Place Market is complete without a visit to the Pike Place Fish Market. Although there are many other places that sell fish here, this is the famous one that throws the fish. People come from all over the world to take a picture of the workers throwing fish to each other. It’s a must-to-see even if you aren’t planning on buying any fish. Be sure to snap a picture!
What to Eat?
There’s a wide variety of options at Pike Place Market when it comes to eating. From sushi bars to Irish pubs, there’s a good chance that your favorite food is an option. My personal favorite place to go is called the Bacco Cafe. They serve excellent Italian food that uses fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients. With the most expensive item being $15, this place is a fine choice for delicious food that doesn’t cost too much.
Coffee drinkers rejoice! I have a personal tradition to stop by the original Starbucks whenever I come here. Be warned that the lines are long and there’s no sitting room. The coffee itself is the same as coffee at any other Starbucks but they have a limited edition Pike Place Reserve bean that you can only purchase at this location. It’s medium brew that tastes delicious.
Explore the market and see if you can find your old special gem. Write a comment below about your favorite eating place at Pike Place Market.
What’s the Cultural Value?
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”1570617422″ locale=”us” height=”355″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/614oQLE5CuL.jpg” width=”300″]Pike Place Market is a friendly reminder of what old Seattle used to be like before the day of the skyscraper. Even though the city has never been busier than it is now, there’s something amazing about coming to the market. When you come to Pike Place Market you get to experience community. Seattleites from all walks of life come here to pick up their groceries for the coming week. It’s a special personal experience to buy your produce directly from the farmer instead from a grocery store.
Recommended Place to Stay
For lower budget travelers I recommend the Green Tortoise Hostel which is located across the street from the market itself. If you can afford it, the Inn at the Market is a 4-star rated hotel that is located close to the market. I’ve only heard good things about these two locations from travelers.
How Is the Overall Rating?
I still love going to Pike Place Market whenever I can as an adult. To this day it remains one of my favorite places in Seattle because there is so much culture to experience here. I don’t rarely give our 5/5 stars but this place is the best of Seattle and deserves it.