definite tourist attraction...but still fun

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by rufusni on November 5, 2012

As I was heading down towards the market, it started to rain, in what someone said was a typical Seattle weather. I headed inside out of the rain, and the place was packed with tourists. There are all sorts of shops here from fish, to fruit and vegetable stalls, to second- hand books, to tea and spice shop and touristy shops. Its a colourful and busy place. It has lots of interesting things to see, touch, smell and eat. Lots of the food stalls have free samples of some produce to try and tempt you to buy- but it has to be said that most of the prices reflect it is tourist country. I did buy a few peaches from one of the fruit stands and a muffin in one of the bakeries ( it was a good muffin!) I wasn't tempted by some of the speciaility shops to part with my money, but the samples of pistachio cream and also pesto were good but decided that they weren't going to travel well for a few weeks. I did enjoy watching the fish vendors throwing fish about the place, it was entertaining.

There are plenty of cafes, including the original Starbucks - but given the queue that was out its door, I got some hot fresh mini-donuts tossed in cinnamon sugar, and a takeway coffee from another vendor.

Its an interesting place to wander for a bit, especially if you aren't used to markets. I did enjoy it for about an hour, but much more than that the crowds pushing and shoving in the market are a bit overbearing. But there are gems and quiet corners to find.
Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington, 98101
(206) 682-7453

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