Seattle: The Best of Pike Place Market
Pike’s Market in Seattle completely surprised me when I first walked in. I was amazed at the number of boutiques right in front of me and grew wholly overwhelmed with the joy I experienced looking at all the food, flowers and merchandise available for purchase. As I began to browse, I discovered that there were multiple levels to Pike’s and that it was actually several stories down. I was tempted to walk back to my car so I could put my credit card in the center console to keep myself out of trouble. I figured if I only had the cash it would be much safer. That rationalizing flew out of my mind as quickly as it entered and I thought “Screw it, I’m on vacation,” and shopping and wandering the kids and I went. We actually spent 2 days there because the first time around just wasn’t enough. Between the shopping, the artisan stands and restaurants my sense of curiosity and adventure were begging for more. Here are some of my favorite spots from Pike’s Market that are worth a visit (or two!).
Metsker Maps – This naturally has to be the first store that I mention because as a travel blogger I am obsessed with anything travel related. In this store you will find maps galore (everything from new and old-world maps, general overview or a specific region), factual and fictional books all about travel, travel gadgets and gismos, toys for children that represent the cultures of the world, Gypsy journals and notebooks and just about everything else wanderlust that you can imagine! Even typing now about this store makes me giddy inside. http://www.metskers.com/
Pike’s Place Fish Market – Would any trip to Pike’s Market be complete without the fish throwing? We unfortunately missed it by seconds as we approached the fish stand hearing the cheering of onlookers and their oohs and ahhs. Although we didn’t catch the big show we stuck around and watched the men there that day work and that was an entertaining show in and of itself. With an amusing sense of humor and engaging personalities the workers kept everyone watching them on their toes and involved with fun facts about the different sea life they were displaying, practical jokes played on the audience and comical commentary. https://www.pikeplacefish.com/
Lion Heart book store – This quaint little book shop is a perfect mix of atmosphere, books and friendliness. Whether you’re looking for a new or used book or just wandering the store to see what might catch your eye you are sure to be impressed with the selection here. My kids loved looking at books for them and I liked browsing the assortment for me. This is a must go for any bookworm.
The Old Fashioned Candy shop – The kids in particular enjoyed this cozy little candy shop. Stocked up with colorful candy you can pick and choose what you want while creating your own candy bag or select from an assortment of other candies.
Pappardelle’s Pasta – Pappardelle’s Pasta has quickly become one of my new favorites. One of the artisan stands located on the first level, it is not one to be missed. At first, I was caught off guard by the amount of pasta displayed but then as I started reading the Chef in me grew curious and excited – chocolate pasta? I couldn’t help but think about how fellow chocoholic Cathy from the Roar Loud blog would love to try the chocolate pasta I had just sampled. I rolled up my sleeves and began exploring all the flavors offered (artichoke lemon pasta, chipotle pepper fettuccine, garlic and chive seashell pasta just to name a few). I ended up choosing only the lemon parsley mafaldine since I didn’t really have a lot of room left in my bags. By the way, once I came home and cooked this pasta I was blown away at how delicious it was – so much so that I placed an order online and convinced my mom to buy some too! https://www.pappardellespasta.com/
Simply the Best – A nice gentleman from Simply the Best sold me a bag of dried cantaloupe and all I could say was “Wow”. It was so yummy in fact that the bag I purchased was gone before we even got home. I wish I would’ve known how good it was going to be because I would’ve bought a variety of other things they sold as well. Simply the Best started in 1976 and has been going strong ever since because they put out such a high quality and tasty product. All the fruits and vegetables that they offer are completely natural and have nothing added to them. This company makes simply naturally delicious dried products. http://esimplythebest.net/
Woodring – Woodring was a wonderful experience! The flavors of all the fresh jellies and preserves I sampled were nothing short of amazing and the owner was equally as delightful as her product. With so many wonderful flavors to sample and choose from I had a hard time deciding on which one to buy. Woodring offers everything from the basics like strawberry and raspberry to more eccentric tastes like lavender jelly. I finally picked the Apple Butter (which I again convinced my mom to start purchasing with one bite!). The Apple Butter has become a new family favorite around our house and I cannot wait to hop on their online store to order more products. I highly recommend Woodring to any fellow jelly lover. https://woodringnorthwest.com/
The Floral Shops – There were numerous shops and stands at Pike’s Market that sold flowers and to be completely honest I wouldn’t be able to pick one that I like best so I decided to lump them all together in one mention. Each one had different flowers than the other and some were flowers I’ve never seen before. The beautiful and vibrant colors spread across the counter tops in all the floral shops were nothing short of stunning. Being from Vegas we don’t have a lot of vegetation in general so to see so many vivacious, colorful and patterned flowers was breathtaking. And with most of them priced at $10 it was an unbelievably good deal.
The first Starbucks – Okay, so I’m so sad to admit that we didn’t make it here but it has to be on the list especially for any coffee lover. It is located at 1912 Pike Place. Due to it being in a historic district it still maintains its original look from the very first day the doors opened. Although we didn’t make it to the original store, we did find one with an awesome view located at 1st and Pike:
Pike’s Market has countless more shops other than the above mentioned that are equally charming and bring their own personal touch to this historic market that was established in 1907. These are just a few of my favorites that I can’t wait to go back to. I would love to hear all about what you discover on your journey through Pike Place Market! For a walking map of Pike’s Place Market click here http://pikeplacemarket.org/sites/default/files/Walking%20Guide%20101.pdf.