We spent 3 days adventuring all over Seattle before we headed out on our families Alaska cruise this summer. From the moment we stepped off the plane, we noticed that the people there are warm and friendly. There is a real feeling that they care about the earth and sustainability, and even more, they love good food and drink. Our first Lyft driver immediately went to telling us places we needed to visit, even though we had a pretty long list already. Today, we’ll share the places we loved most at Pike’s Place Market.
It should be said, we went every day of our stay in Seattle to Pike’s Place market. It’s busy, and the mecca of all things food or floral. The first day we bought a few beautiful stemmed flowers for our hotel room at the bargain price of $5!
We certainly had some favorites, and we wanted to share our favorite places for bites with you.
Our #1 was Piroshky Piroshky. We loved this Russian pastry shop so much that we visited all three days, tried a half dozen pastries and urged every Lyft driver to try it to. We had one park and join us in the line so we must have been pretty convincing.
Our favorites were the bacon, egg, hash brown and cheese piroshky which had the perfect amount of all toppings and it quickly became our 14 year old sons favorite every visit. Another tasty bite was the garlic and cheddar piroshky which had lots of garlic buttery flavor, a tunnel of cheddar and some green onion bits. It was the perfect savory treat to go alongside our other favorites. A hint of sweetness accompanies the apple cinnamon roll. It has more tart apples then you would imagine, and just enough cinnamon to not be overpowering.
There is always a line at Piroshky Piroshky, and the ample picture window outside the door allows onlookers to watch the magic of piroshky making while waiting to purchase your treat. Visit them at https://www.piroshkybakery.com
Our #2 was the Original Starbucks located right down from Piroshky Piroshky. There is always a line here as well and it’s a fun photo opportunity for those who love Starbucks coffee like we do. They have many Starbucks favorites but not the entire menu you might find at your local Starbucks. The small location can feel overwhelming and when we visited there were always boxes full of souvenirs for purchase. While most people won’t be enamored of the coffee or the wait, for those who want to see a part of history this is a great stop while visiting the market.
Our #3 would be Shug’s Soda Fountain and Ice Cream for the nostalgia and the tasty treats the offer. Located just outside the Pike’s Place Market this quick trip has one of our most talked about favorites from the trip. I enjoyed the smores sundae and since they allowed flavor substitutions, I substituted Amoretto ice cream. And while the ice cream was delicious, it was the homemade marshmallow that was toasted tableside that stole the show. So tasty and worth the stop! Visit them at http://shugssodafountain.com/
Our #4 was Beecher’s Cheese which is another place to stop for a show. Every day they make countless batches of fresh cheese. From the milk to the enzymes it’s a perfectly calibrated process to watch and in the end, you can go inside and try their cheese curds or purchase one of their grilled cheese sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, soups or other tasty treats. We recommend grabbing a container or two of their cheese curds which keep well in your hotel ice bucket, and some of their cheese crackers. Don’t worry about the weird glances from housekeeping, their cheese curds are totally worth it! Visit them at https://www.beechershandmadecheese.com/
Our #5 was Joe Chocolates which is conveniently located right next door to Beecher’s Cheese. Score! While you’re watching the art of cheese making, send your family next door to grab delicious chocolates, and don’t forget their homemade ice cream sandwich! Freshly made cookies and a fat wafer of tasty ice cream which is gently dipped into chocolate while you watch makes the perfect tasty treat. You can share (or not) and you won’t regret stopping at this location where the staff is friendly and the chocolate is divine! Visit them at https://joechocolateco.com/
Pike’s Place Market is expansive, and you’ll find many more places then just our favorites. All of the stores we loved were within a 4-block area making it easy to enjoy the tastes of Pike’s Place Market over and over throughout our stay. While we selected our top 5, we visited many other locations and places and encourage you to visit the market and to spend a few days adventuring the tastes, smells and sounds of one of our favorite places in Seattle!
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