This post is part of Magnificent Mondays [holesinmysoles.blogspot.com] hosted by Holes in My Soles. This week’s theme is flowers and while I don’t oten take floral shots, I happened to snap a couple of pictures while visiting Pike Place Market in Seattle last week.
After the Space Needle, Pike Place Market [www.pikeplacemarket.org] is probably Seattle’s second most iconic tourist location. Located only a few blocks away from the shopping district, the main floor of Pike Place Market primarily offers flowers, seafood, produce, and handmade goods from a number of long time vendors.
The most famous vendor at the market is probably Pike Place Fish [www.pikeplacefish.com], famous for having staff literally throw fish over the display cases to catchers behind the counters who then weigh and wrap the goods. In and around the market are also some great restaurants, bakeries, and the worlds very first Starbucks coffee shop where they still make espresso by hand.
Below the main market are two floors of small permanent stores selling antiques, collectibles, and various oddities.
For us, no visit to Pike Place Market is complete without picking up some dried fruit at Chukar Cherries [www.chukar.com], deep fried chicken gizzards at Chicken Valley Farm Stores, and macaroons at Le Panier [www.lepanier.com].
As with most markets, the best time to visit is right at opening. At 8:30 in the morning you can see all of the stalls opening up and also beat the crowds. At this market it gets very busy by mid morning, but is still well worth the visit!