I have a reason to visit the Pike Place Market in Seattle ,my daughter works an organic cider stand in the market.
I have visited the market for many years and it always seems that something new is happening. I think the main attractions for most people are the fish throwing boys at the Pike Place Fish Market and the original Starbucks.
My first stop is always at Le Panier (near Starbucks) with great French pastry. I used to frequent the Portland store when they had a presence there. My favorite is the Normandie a savory pastry that is awesome.
It seems that buskers are present at every corner to liven the atmosphere.
Pike Place Market is open 363 days a year and first opened in 1917.
The lively mix of florists, fishmongers, artisans and green grocers draws the crowds. However stores like Market Spice and Beecher’s Hand Made Cheese give a distinct gourmet feel to the place. A walking tour (approximately $40 per person) offers 15 stops which includes history and crab cakes, chowder and cheese.Offering nine tours a day, they run for about two hours each.
Not far from the market is Cutter’s crab house for lunch or dinner and a bonus of great views of Elliot Bay and the ferry boats.
Yes, the Pike Place Market sign draws you in. Once there you can easily occupy a half day exploring the market. It’s a no miss for your visit to Seattle.