When people think of Seattle, Pike Place Market is one of the first things that comes to mind. It’s on everyone’s list when they visit, so it was obviously on mine as well. I’ve heard it’s overrated, but that has never stopped me before. The market has been around since 1907 and is a staple of the city.
I flew in on a Thursday night and we made that our first stop the next morning. We strolled through, relatively quick, and only walked through the main part. There are more than 200 shops and 80 restaurants in the market, but we weren’t there to shop.
We passed the fish throwing guys, which was completely overrated, eyed all the gorgeous flowers and produce, and picked where we wanted lunch. If you look at a map, we mostly stuck to the North Arcarde on Pike Place.
Across the street is Starbucks. It’s hailed as the first location, but that’s actually a lie. The original location was a few blocks away from there. Across from Starbucks is Beecher’s. My sister and I are in the same camp of not trusting anyone who doesn’t like cheese, so a stop there was necessary. We watched them make cheese, then sampled some.
It was cold and rainy that morning, so chowder was in order. We had lunch in the market at Lowell’s, where we split a salmon sandwich and each had clam chowder. We did check out the gum wall, but when you’ve seen one gum covered wall, you’ve kinda seem them all. We paid a visit to the one in San Luis Obispo a couple years ago, so I was ok with not hanging around for pictures. After lunch, we wandered over to Victor Steinbeck park, which offers awesome views of the sound and the aquarium.
I would add the market to your Seattle must do, because it’s just that. A must do. I wouldn’t spend more than a couple hours there, though seeing the flowers was worth it enough for me.