The Best of Pike Place
Updated: Jan 13
Pike Place is a unique farmer's market in Seattle. It allows you to get an idea of what the culture is like in Pike Place. Here is a few of my favorite stops at Pike Place.
Hey everyone! I don't know about you, but it has been one crazy week! I started writing this blog on Tuesday amidst all of the craziness of the election. And to be honest, I had to stop looking at social media and the news for awhile, because it was really starting to stress me out!! I wanted this blog to be light-hearted and fun so hopefully I can do that! Pike Place is one of my favorite places I have ever been. If I lived in Seattle, I would be here all the time, ha! We normally don't get a whole lot of food when we go on trips, but of course, there were so many fun things we had to try. Here are a few of my favorite places we tried :D
A fun fact about Seattle is that it is home to the FIRST EVER Starbucks! Which is pretty crazy for how big Starbucks is now. Also, if you have had or seen the Pike Place Blend, you know why it is called that now :) This first Starbucks is right in the middle of Pike Place. I think what is really cool about it is it kept its original logo and seems so old school. There was a long line out the door, both of locals and tourists wanting to get a coffee from this special Starbucks. The line does take awhile, but for the experience, it is worth it :) If you want to read the full story behind the opening up this store, click here!
Pike Place Fish Market
The Pike Place Fish Market is also a super iconic part of Pike Place. This is where when someone buy's a fish, they put on a show and throw a fish around. It truly is such a fun experience to see! You might not see the show right away, but hang around this area, you will soon get to see it. Check out my video above to see our experience. So fun! We didn't try anything from here as I am not a huge seafood fan, but it seems like the best place to get seafood in Pike Place! They also ship nationwide, so its a solid option for anyone looking for some good fish!
Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Beecher's is a famous cheese company in Seattle, and for great reason. They have claimed a lot of the market there and we noticed a bagel company uses this cheese in a few of their bagels, and it is sold at Seattle Seahawks football games as well. They have a store in Pike Place and it is really really cool! They allow people to watch the cheese getting made by having the equipment right by a window to the outside. We were so fascinated by how they did it, and how much cheese was made at one time. Vince and I are both lactose intolerant, so there was a few jokes while we watched about this, ha! We also tried some of their famous mac & cheese and cheese curds. They were both AMAZING!! It is making me hungry just thinking about it!!
The Confectional: Mini Cheesecakes
So, I have to admit, I am a huge fan of cheesecake, so this part may be a little bias :P When I saw The Confectional, I knew I had to try it. Vince and I like to try a little bit of a lot of different things, and if you are the same way this place is perfect for you. They offer mini cheesecakes with 4 triangles, which each are a slice of their most popular options. It was the perfect size for us, and didn't have to spend a lot to try all four or waste any! This will definitely be one of my first stops when I go back there again someday!!
There are so many pop-up shops each day, that you can always see something new. One that we really loved was Tiny’s Organic Apple Cider. It was chilly day when we were there, and the fresh cider tasted so good! We also loved watching people make art work. We just stood there and watched how talented they were! Lastly, we really thought it was awesome that on certain days they have a flea market, where people can come in and sell their stuff, but don't have to pay the high fee to rent a place in Pike Place permanently. We enjoyed walking through and looking at the items people were selling.
The were a few things I absolutely loved about Pike Place that don't have anything to do with retail and are completely free! First, is the amount of open areas for people to walk around. There was one area that had a large chalk board for people to express themselves. We decided to chalk our first trip together :) The other thing that I love about Pike Place is the iconic Public market sign. When people think of Seattle, this is something they may think about. We had a lot of fun take some photos with the sign, and taking in the views of ferries moving by in the water behind.
Seattle and Pike Place has such a special place in my heart. Pike Place is so unique, and it was so fun trying so many different, local places while there. I can't wait to go back to Seattle again someday, the first place I will go is Pike Place! I look forward to trying more places and seeing what pop-up shops are there then :D