Pike Place Market : (Possibly) Seattle’s Top Tourist Attraction!

Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the main tourist attraction in Seattle. After walking through the market, we’re not sure what’s there to introduce really. But it’s just the vibe and the feel that you’ve got to be there to enjoy the sights and smell! And because we can’t depict the sounds through mere pictures, here’s a video that show’s the bustling Pike Place Market in Seattle!

Facade of Seattle’s Pike Place Market

 Pike Place Market as seen from Roof Top Garden of Inn at the Market
Pike Place Market as seen from Roof Top Garden of Inn at the Market

Night view of Pike Place Market
Night view of Pike Place Market


Feel the vibe at Pike Place Market Seattle!

 Cute Map of Seattle City
Cute Map of Seattle City

Fresh produce at main level of Pike Place Market Seattle

Seattle’s Pike Place Market has a mission for customers to “meet the producers”. Hence, the first level are filled with shops that sells fresh produce, flowers and also the freshest catch of the day (Pike Place Fish Market) which can be delivered to any part of USA within 24 hours!

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Fresh sea food at Pike Place Fish Market – Look at the size of the lobster and salmon
(in fact , look at the size of those seafood!)

 Flowers sold at Pike Place Market
Flowers sold at Pike Place Market

 Fresh produce of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables at Pike Place Market Seattle
Fresh produce of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables at Pike Place Market Seattle

There are also shops where you can grab a bite and enjoy some local flavours. Restaurants include The Pink Door,Place Pigalle, Steelhead Diner, Matt’s in the Market, Le Pichet, Café Campagne, Marche, Maximilien and Il Bistro and if you’re here during the day, there are even more places from which to choose. Sometimes it’s fun to eat while you stroll through the Market. Locals call this “Market grazing.” You stop from place to place. You can get a piroshky, then a hom bow, then a gyro, then a crumpet….

Seattle's Bagel
Seattle Bagel Bakery

 We had the Calzone (6USD! SO EX!) with view of the ferris wheel in Seattle
We had the Calzone (6USD! SO EX!) with view of the ferris wheel in Seattle

Shops at the Lower Levels of Pike Place Market

On the lower levels (you’ll understand the concept of ‘lower levels’ once you read our post on Seattle’s Underground Tour), there are quaint little shops that sells a variety of stuff such as comics, magazines, art, music and little craft shops…

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Old Seattle Paper Works which has covers of Life Magazine – the one in the Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Another view of shops at the lower levels of Pike Place Market
Another view of shops at the lower levels of Pike Place Market

Around Pike Place Market – The Original Starbucks Cafe aka The World’s first Starbucks Cafe

Diagonally across the road, you will be able to find the Original Starbucks Cafe which started right here in Seattle! But here’s a funny story to tell…

While we were searching for the location of the original Starbucks, we chanced upon this one…

 Starbucks adjacent to Pike Place Market
Starbucks adjacent to Pike Place Market

There were lots of people around taking photographs of it and the entrance with that signage looks as though this might be it. PLUS, we approached a couple taking photos of it whether this Starbucks is the original Starbucks.

They said “Yes!”

So with much excitement, we entered and the crowd inside confirmed for us that “This must be it! Let’s grab a coffee from the original starbucks!” And so we ordered the Pike Place Brew…

 Crowded Starbucks adjacent to Seattle's Pike Place Market
Crowded Starbucks adjacent to Seattle’s Pike Place Market

 Chalk board writings as menu
Chalk board writings as menu

 Venti Pike Place Reserve - Starbucks coffee that is only served at Pike Place Market's Starbucks
Venti Pike Place Reserve – Starbucks coffee that is only served at Pike Place Market’s Starbucks

As it turns out, THIS WAS NOT THE ORIGINAL STARBUCKS! The couple we approached were equally lost!

This, is then the original starbucks cafe that started in Seattle

Entrance of the Original Starbucks in Seattle
Entrance of the Original Starbucks in Seattle

 Inside the first starbucks coffee of seattle
Inside the first starbucks coffee of seattle

Well, the truth is, even this is not the original starbucks. The original starbucks was located at 2000 Western Avenue from 1971–1976 and was since relocated to this current location at 1912 Pike Place Market.

BUT they only started to brew coffee here. So technically, 1912 starbucks (not the year it started) is the original starbucks that brewed coffee!

Pike Place Market Seattle
Pike Place Market Seattle as seen from Inn at the Market

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our simple coverage of the things to do at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Go to the right Starbucks yah? ;)

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