Picture of the Day: Seattle’s Pike Place Market

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Pike Place is only second to the Space Needle as Seattle’s most recognizable landmark. The market is quite large and covers several blocks. You can purchase just about anything here. Fresh Seafood, all sorts of fruit, vegetables, and homemade crafts are some of the market’s specialties. The Market also has the very first Starbucks and several ethnic restaurants including Greek, Asian, and Russian Food.


The Globetrotting Grandpa himself. Ready to do some exploring around this iconic marketplace.


The bronze pig greets visitors to Pikes Place. The bronze statue is so well known it isn’t uncommon for locals to just tell someone to meet them by the pig.”


An example of the artistic and odd, the gum wall at Pikes Place has chewing gum stuck to the wall. It’s creative, but I wouldn’t recommend touching it.


Probably the most famous vendor The Fishmarket has fresh fish every day. Much of it brought up from the docks on at the bottom of the hill.


“Home of the flying fish” Pike place Fish handlers will throw the order through the air and then skillfully catch it. The throwing fish is a show you can see for free and definitely don’t want to miss.

Several seafood markets operate at Pike Place.  You can always get a good deal if you shop around. 


It isn’t just fish. Fresh fruit and flowers are available year long.



The seafood restaurants in the market only need to walk a few feet away to pick out their menus. If you tire of seafood, the market offers a panoply of non-aquatic cuisine as well.


Seattle has a robust Asian community.



The restaurants on the west side of the Market offer great views of Puget Sound.

The market is a labyrinth of surprising shops on multiple levels. Step downstairs and you’ll find a magician’s shop and a store offering vintage stereo LP’s 


The original Starbucks usually has a queue to get in. My personal favorite place at Pike’s Place is “Piroshky, Piroshky” a Russian bakery with a mouthwatering assortment of Piroshkys (stuffed dinner rolls filled with anything edible). I can smell that fresh-baked bread even now.



These things are crazy tasty. My favorite thing to do at Pike’s Market is getting one of these things, some coffee, and spend a rainy, sunny, or any afternoon watching the ships on Puget Sound.


So Have you ever been to Pike’s Place Market? What did you like or not like about it? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments. 

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