Some Seattleites will tell you the market is just a tourist trap--they are wrong. The market is a neighborhood unto itself which houses hundreds of permanent residents and businesses and even a half a dozen social service organizations including a preschool, a medical clinic, a food bank a senior center, a public garden and more. But mostly the market the is just loaded with interesting people, places and things. Here are my favorites.
Maybe you've seen their beers in stores or being served up by owners Charles and Rose Ann Finkel at various events around town, but if you haven't made your way to their flagship digs in Pike Place Market you're missing out. A dizzying array of well crafted beers (like the popular 'Naughty Nellie') with tasty pub fare to match keeps this place 'hopping' 7 days (and nights) a week.
Grab a cup of chowder or some fried halibut at this tiny counter behind the fresh fish market and watch the comings and goings of tourists and local alike.
Visit this market shop for a great selection and helpful advice from sales staff. They will teach you DIYers to use a stone at home or sharpen knives for those who wish onsite for a fee.
A nice selection of tea sets and teas from around the world are for sale in this lovely little tea room situated on Post Alley.
While many come to visit the first Starbucks or the gum wall, the market has so much more to offer. Food (fresh and prepared), wine (including a tasting room for Washington wineries), $5 bouquets, a newsstand, a rummage hall, a cabaret, a theater, a gallery and a shoe museum.
This small shop carries Mexican canned goods, spices, sodas, tortillas and salsas. Don't miss the ready to eat case loaded with fresh, delicious tamales.
This tiny marketplace is my stop for pomegranate molasses, kofta curry and earrings from India.
Beautiful strands of chili peppers line the entrance of this shop stocked with ready to eat empanadas and a solid selection of ingredients from Brazil, Peru and Mexico,
Since 1969 this market butcher has had cases flush with most every meat product you might need and is happy to offer cooking advice.
Extensive produce offerings and extremely helpful staff (especially Al) the standouts here are the melons and peaches. They will also special order hard to find items like salsify.
This stand has been family ran for 4 generations and it shows in the enthusiasm and passion of it's produce hawkers. They've got everything you need from melons to mushrooms at fair prices.
Look for the cow print walls and you know you've arrived at the best place to get dairy and eggs in Seattle. A large case of free range eggs (duck, goose, chicken & quail) is the crown jewel.
No-nonsense cheese counter (with olives & crackers as well) in the heart of the market. Fine selection,fair prices.
Sweet and savory 'dumplings' and 'rolls' (technically hand held pies) are the draw at this tiny takeaway counter just off the red brick main street of the Pike Place Market. Order whatever just came out of the oven--you can't go wrong.
A fine spot to grab a eat in or takeaway soup & sandwich combo. Their chicken noodle and meatloaf are two of my favorites but the real attraction is the dessert window which has a large and very tasty version of a mounds bar for adults for just 2 bucks.
This long time family owned shop serves up first rate crumpets and tea in a cosy but lively room.
Fast, fresh, donut holes sold piping hoy by the lunch sack full. Even if you don't want a dozen of the fried sugar laden treats it's fun to watch the donut machine do it's thing.
Fennel pollen, piment d'esplette and dukkah are some of my favorite products at this market institution. Most of the staff have culinary backgrounds so they carry exceptional housemade spice blends and can offer great guidance should you have questions.
This Tibetan apothecary has knowledgeable staff and a wide selection of roots, barks, scents and other tonics to sooth your soul or that nagging sinus problem. Helpful and knowledgeable staff is a plus.
Situated in the lower level of Pike Place Market this shop sell western gear, work clothes and basic denim.
Small but mighty vinyl shop in the lower level of Pike Place. Dig in you'll be glad you did.
An apt name for a family run resto whose exceptional lentil soup and chicken doner kebab will keep you coming back for more.
Visit this Post Alley classic anytime but especially in the heart of winter for a jolt of Jacquelina’s x-rated Callebaut hot cocoa laced with peppermint schnapps & marshmallows or on a summer day for a refreshing cocktail on the deck. Live entertainment in the lounge is a plus.
Scallops, halibut, lamb, pork belly banh mi, nothing seems to be outside this lovely room's specialty. Monday - Friday happy hour 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. offers a peekabo view.
No frills, just a formica countertop and a dozen stools at this market stand. Get the meatball sandwich (big enough to share) with housemade alfedo & marinara.
Not the cheapest falafel or gyros in town but decidedly some of the best! Mr. D’s is a small walk up counter on the main drag of Pike Place Market perfectly situated to grab picnic supplies for Steinbrook Park or the ferry.
Love. This. Place. Tucked below the business offices of Pike Place Market this cozy room has fine bevs, bites & a killer collection of film scripts to peruse should you find yourself drinking alone. Happy hour runs 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 7 days a week.
Oder the mussels and a bottle of wine and soak in the lovely Elliot Bay views at this market classic. Outdoor seating on a patio with a view is a plus!
I love the intimate, moody little bar in this restaurant just around the corner from gum wall. The killer happy hour offers bites & wine starting at just 3 bucks every day 5:00 pm. - 6:30 p.m.
This used to be a go to for housemade sausages and pretzels but with a remodel it's now a perfect spot to enjoy lunch at the communal table. Don't miss the potato salad.
Pike & Western has friendly, knowledgeable staff an interesting selection of wines at every price point and free tastings each Friday 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. The proprietor also operates a sister shop ,Soul Wines, in South Lake Union.
Good service, great selection, fair prices. In short-- everything you could want in a used book store.
This stellar collective is jammed with great books and periodicals.
Creative and thoughtfully crafted accessories fill this tiny shop in the Pike Place Market's Down Under. Don't miss the house jewelry line.
When you see the fortune telling machine you'll know you've arrived at the right spot to fill all your magic needs from fake thumbs to scarves.
The name says it all, a great selection of wind up toys of every variety is offered at good prices in this tiny Pike Place shop.
Loose stems and potted blooming plants pack this open air florist at the entrance to Pike Place Market. Organic and creative arrangements are plentiful and well priced.
Killer, old school news stand that sells international papers and periodicals as well as postcards as momentos of your market visit.
Wonderful selection of international lines including some of the best like Theo and Dita. Hate making decisions? They'll gladly tell you what works.
Mexican folk art, crafts & jewelry high & low fill this splendid shop.
Need a reprieve from the hustle & the bustle of the market? Make the the trip up a long flight of stairs to this lovely gallery that shows primarily realist paintings from living artists.
Love. This. Place. Gorgeous globes, hand drawn maps and other travel related items fill this market gem.
This stellar Mediterranean deli serves up soups, sandwiches and a sea of fresh salads. Generous portions, and affordable prices mean you can almost always count on a line. Eat in at the small counter or grab your booty to go for a picnic on the waterfront or in Victor Steinbrueck Park--both are just blocks away.
This tiny window serves up affordable, filling and delicious veggie burritos.
Where to go when you need to get 'linked up', sit for a bite or grab some beautiful house-made sausages or chorizo to go.
Tucked away in Post Alley this comfortable and roomy shop/wine bar gives you an opportunity to try a variety of Washington wines in one convenient location. Visit on a Monday when they serve up Beecher's Mac & Cheese paired with your choice of WA grapes.
Truffle oils, pastas, wines and if you are lucky fresh truffles fill this thoughtfully stocked and knowledgeably staffed gourmet Italian food emporium. Sign up for their mailing list to learn about special tastings and dinners.
The English ales, fine whiskey and comfortable seats in this cozy tavern make me turn down Post Alley when I want a little respite at the market.
Watch their award winning cheese be made while you queue for some of their hearty mac & cheese or a sandwich to takeaway.
This long time purveyor of all food and wine stuffs de Espana & Portugal has paella pans the size of a small car, wonderful spices you didn't know existed, cheese, charcuterie, wine, pottery and books to school you on what to do with all these fine raw materials.
Beto's family has a background in producing fine jewelry in Mexico and lucky for us he has translated that past into vending his own house line of affordable and lovely women's accessories.
A fine locally owned and operated coffee shop on the market's main drag. Expect comfortable seating, free wifi, friendly service and a nice selection of coffees, teas and juices.
It's a great spot to take a break from the harried energy of the market while still watching the action through the roll up garage door. Private bathrooms are a plus since the public facilities can get a little randy.
This well priced tour does a great job of showing you the ins and outs of the market community as well as giving you a great sense of the rich history of the institution. Even better, your ticket price goes towards funding social services in the market.
Knowledgeable, chatty staff guide you through a free Chinese tea tasting with the end game being to sell you a bag to enjoy at home.Teas can be pricey but are worth it.
A stellar take away counter, a fine eat in space and even better outdoor dining that has views of Pike Place Market and the Puget Sound Ferry boats. Go!
This lovely shop is the sibling to the nearby Spanish Table. Expect to find all things French including pâtés, charcuterie, cheese, baguettes, wines, beers, mineral waters and other food related packaged goods. They also have a nice selection of culinary tomes.
Previously the formal counterpart to Cafe Campagne, Chef Daisley Gordon and his team revamped the space to have a more casual feel but the food is still first rate French fare. On dry evenings ask to be seated on the heated patio.
Sign up for their mailing list to stay abreast of special events.
Indian curries and samosas are available to grab and go at this walk up counter near the entrance to Pike Place Market.
A stay in this boutique hotel feels more like you are visiting your flat in the city than a hotel stay--in a good way. Think quiet, comfort, discreet but attentive service and views for days all just steps away from hundreds of dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Cheese, chaucuterie, pasta and sweet bites are a valid reason to visit this purveyor of all things Italian but don't overlook the wine & bitters selection upstairs.
Free wine tastings on Fri & Sat afternoons.
This full service grocery on the market's main drag has a nice wine & cheese department, a fine selection of cook books and a deli that serves up affordable grab n go paninis.
Tucked below the soon to be demolished viaduct is a gem of a letterpress shop. They do custom printing but also sell a great selection of cards, invites, one sheets and posters. Even if you don't need any paper goods it's a great place to gawk at beautiful old letterpresses and type.
This cubby hole in the courtyard of The Inn at The Market serves up westernized Korean food (on purpose) and signature cocktails. Good value during Tue - Sat happy hour when bev & bites run just $3 - $6.
Tucked in just below street level at Pike Place this shop carries lovely, well priced, food safe pottery pieces from a Polish cooperative.
Affordable. Authentic. Accessible. At Los Agaves you can fill your belly for less than 10 bucks.The slow roasted beef and chicken make the tacos and nachos the go to dishes.
This family ran pint sized shop is tucked in the lower level of Pike Place Market. Expect wonderfully friendly and informative service and a nice selection of lite bites, baked goods and coffee drinks. I'm not gluten-free but I enjoyed several of their specialty gluten-free treats. Go!
Purveyor of local, grass fed meat in the heart of the market. Offerings vary by week but may include beef, pork, lamb, goat, chicken and duck. Housemade sausage, jerky and marinades are also up for offer.
Do not miss this beautifully and efficiently designed, but nonetheless delightful for it, tribute to giant shoes. Take coins!
Wonderful, whimsical shower art for every occasion as well other screened and printed cards, objects and t's fill this tiny shop below the Pike Place Market.
Who needs the hip brining boys of Bklyn? We've got Britt's Pickles right here in Pike Place. Stop by for a jar of their vinegary goodness and get snackin.
Oh the colors and patterns I find here make my heart sing with joy. This tightly curated shop sells brightly colored, bold designed and carefully crafted attire and accessories from Marimekko, Jacobsen and other Finnish designers.
It's not every barkeep that can respond "certainly" to a request for a pigs head and a showgirl but that's the kind of place Radiator set out to be. This dark cozy room seats just 48 lucky patrons but boasts over 100 whiskies including a house moonshine that clocks in at 100 proof. The focus at Radiator is on warm service and inventive whiskey cocktails paired with market pub food that features smoked meats.
Don't miss the 'library of flasks.'
Grab a meatball sandwich or whatever is featured on the board that day and you are certain to be well fed. Perfect spot to get takeaway to enjoy in nearby Victor Steinbrueck Park or one of the public dining areas inside the market or in Post Alley.
Beautifully crafted small batch cheeses from Port Townsend sold out of a small counter at the entrance to Pike Place Market. Don't miss the Seastack, Campfire or Truffled varieties.