A Seattle staple and iconic institution, the city’s Pike Place Market is a veritable cornucopia of locally-owned businesses that run the gamut—from quirky flavors, and eclectic wares to sit-down spots and artisanal shops, the mind-blowing variety of goods on display make the marvelous market an ideal place for window shopping and people watching.
However, any trip to the popular market would be incomplete without sampling some of its wonderful wares—and the perfect way to experience Pike’s panoply of delights is by eating, drinking, and shopping your way through the market. And while it may seem overwhelming to first-timers, there are a number of must-visit places for those looking to sample some of the Seattle attraction’s most popular spots.
Shop ‘Till You Drop
Artisanal foodie faves; awesome arts and crafts; and eclectic, chic jewelry, home goods, and bric-a-brac jostle for space in the vast confines of Pike Place Market. Chances are if you want it, they’ve got it—and one of the best ways to find it is by strolling through the thoughtfully created displays and feasting on the colorful eye candy available over every square foot of the quirky and irreverent marketplace.
A treasure trove of knick-knacks dominates this bastion of baubles that are home to an offbeat array of both new and used items—think flea market meets swap meet.
The Crumpet Shop
A Pike Place perennial favorite that’s one of the best places to buy baked goods like scones—and of course, crumpets. From savory to sweet, there’s something for everyone at this family-owned fave.
DeLaurenti Food & Wine
All the best artisanal edibles under one roof—from packaged items like pasta and jam to a top selection of wine and cheese, DeLaurenti is a one-stop shop for some of Pike’s best go-to goodies.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Cheese is the star of the show at this local favorite. And while shoppers can get their fill with one of the delish destination’s ooey gooey sammies, the shop’s take-home selection is also second to none.
The rich aroma of spices greets visitors to this legendary market stop that’s home to any herb imaginable. Tea fans will also love their amazingly diverse selection of sippers, too.
Jack’s Fish Spot
It wouldn’t be a visit to Pike Place without a stop at one of its fishmongers—and Jack’s is one of the best. Serving up the freshest of the fresh for 40 years, guests can also get their fish fixed at the shop’s seafood bar, too.
Have An Unforgettable Bite
Undoubtedly, one of the best reasons to visit Pike Place Market is the staggering array of eateries on display—from casual counter spots to multi-story institutions with stunning Seattle views; there’s no shortage of delicious dainties to please any palate.
The iconic Pike Place shop’s long lines are a testament to its fresh-baked pockets of warm, delicious goodness whose tantalizing aroma wafts on the air long before shoppers even catch a glimpse of its tiny storefront. $
The always bustling biscuit joint is popular with both locals and tourists alike. Warm, buttery biscuits loaded up with guests’ choice of toppings ranging from traditional faves like sausage, gravy, and grits to distinctive touches like Spam, this Southern-inspired spot is a must-visit at Pike’s. $
Pike Place Chowder
This Post Alley spot is another popular spot that’s destined to be overwhelmed by crowds looking to sample one of the market’s best chowders—the oyster and crab chowder is an especially tasty fan fave; while the hall-of-fame New England clam is a winning (and warming!) choice. $-$$$
Emmet Watson’s Oyster Bar
Pull up a stool and have a casual, no-frills bite at this Seattle icon. Serving up the heroes on a half-shell and fresh fish delights since 1979, this market fave is tucked away in a secluded courtyard—and its low-maintenance facade belies its super delish menu and low-key, friendly charm. $$-$$$
The consistently top-rated French eatery is a perennial fave among Pike Place devotees who fancy a sumptuously continental menu packed with unfussy yet elevated delights that would be at home on any Parisian bistro menu. $-$$$
Mee Sum Pastry
For those that want a delicious bite on the fly, this small storefront spot is the way to go. Serving up delectable Chinese pastries as well as faves like crab rangoon and pot stickers, this casual market mainstay is a grab-and-go gem. $
Those who have a taste for some of the city’s best omakase experiences should get in line (early!) at this famed restaurant that’s consistently ranked one of Seattle’s top sushi spots that’s also home to Shiro Kashiba, the celebrated James Beard nominee dubbed the “Sushi Sensei of Seattle.” $$$+
Coffees, Cocktails, And Brews
It’s ok if visitors want to visit the world’s first Starbucks on a sojourn to Pike’s Place—however, the market has so much more to offer than the ubiquitous Seattle brand. From on-the-go cups of joe to hip cocktail spots and big flavor breweries, the market’s bevy of beverages has something for everyone to sip.
Laid-back casual vibes and elevated, carefully created cocktails are on the menu at this cozy, happening spot tucked away in the market’s main building. The perfect way to snack, sip and groove away a late afternoon/early evening at Pike. $$
Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Handcrafted ginger beer that’s anything but boring, the boisterous flavors and colorful concoctions at this cute shop are perfect for to-go sipping or settling in for some serious people watching. $$
Ghost Alley Espresso
Located right by the market’s entrance and its famed Gum Wall, this walk-up window is an amazing alternative to Starbucks’ tried-and-true fare—and its fresh roasted coffee and handmade syrups make for an elite coffee quaffing experience. $
This cavern-like, tucked-away spot may be known for its classic Italian menu, but its romantic atmosphere, creative cocktails, and expansive spirit list make it the perfect place for grabbing a well-earned sipper after a day exploring the market. $$-$$$
Old Stove Brewing
This hoppy haven is home to some of the most creative brews around. Its easy-drinking Pacific Northwest gems and creative on-tap pints are also the perfect complements to the bustling spot’s chill vibes and open-air patio complete with stunning Seattle views. $$
Sporting ten jam-packed levels of eclectic eateries, shopping meccas; storefront stops; and sipping locales, the Seattle mainstay Pike Place Market is the perfect way to spend a day sampling the very best of the Emerald City. And while one visit is definitely not enough to fully appreciate the market’s wondrous wares, first-timers will feel right at home after visiting some of Pike’s most well-known spots—and don’t forget to drop in a coin and grab a selfie with Rachel the Piggy Bank on the way out, a rite of passage for any market visitor.