A Morning Walk Through Seattle’s Pike Place Market

This is a follow-up to the blog post, An Evening In Seattle & Pike Place Market.  In the blog post, I talked about my weekly shopping trip to the market many years ago.  I wanted to be able to get what I needed and leave within an hour including finding a place to park my car.  Other times I would linger for awhile and enjoy an early morning latte with a fresh baked almond croissant.

On a recent Saturday, I asked Bill if he would like to accompany me early in the morning to Seattle for coffee at Pike Place Market and stroll through the streets before heading home {and before the kids start to wonder what’s for breakfast}.  Bill thought that will be a nice morning excursion and came with me.  We had a great time that morning.  The only minor set back for Bill  was when I decided to do a little shopping, he was a trooper about it.

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Le Panier Starbucks Cutters Beecher's Handmade Cheese Sur La Table Cafe Campagne Inn At the Market Watson Kennedy Pike Place Fish Market MarketSpice DeLauenti Skybridge

 

Places to Visit at Pike Place Market

hover/click on any of the numbers 1-11 or the skybridge on the map above to open an image
{print map Here}

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Come with us on our walk and use the map above to guide you.

Pike Place Market is a busy place, especially during the summer months.  People come from all over the world or from just down the street to experience the market, shop or see all that it has to offer.  Not having a plan or not familiar with the area, the trip can be overwhelming and stressful.  I hope the information in this blog post will be helpful for you if and when you decide to visit the market. .

Pike Place Market, skybridge

Pike Place Market, parking garage skybridge

The best time to go to Pike Place Market is in the morning before the crowd and traffic.  Once there, The Market Parking Garage {blue star ★ on the map} on Western Ave. is a great place to park for a few reasons.  The parking garage has an elevator to take you up to the skybridge that will connect you directly to the market. .

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Pike Place Market, skybridge & Mount Rainier

view of Mount Rainier from skybridge

The view from the skybridge of the the waterfront and the surrounding area is incredible.  I used the “zoom” feature on the camera to get this picture of Mount Rainier and the Seattle Seahawks football stadium {Century Link Field}. .

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Pike Place Market, skybridge

Pike Place Market, skybridge

Another reason to park here is the easy access to the waterfront from the lower level of the garage.

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Start the tour . . . . .

We will begin our walking tour at the bottom of the map at Dilauranti  and work our way to the top of the map at Cutters .

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Pike Place Market, DeLaurenti 1

DeLaurenti

DeLauenti Specialty Food & Wine  is the place to find a large selection of cheeses, olive oil, wines, cured meats, pasta, and other specialty foods.

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Pike Place Market gum wall, Newsstand & info center

At 1st Ave. and Pike Pl.  {left-Newsstand (not shown), center-to Gum Wall, right-Information Center}

Here we were standing near the corner of  1st Avenue and Pike Place.  To the left of this picture is First & Pike News {not shown}.   This cobblestone street {Post Alley} will lead you down to the lower level and around the corner to the Gum Wall.  The Information Center is to the right next to the fence.

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Pike Place Market, MarketSpice

MarketSpice

MarketSpice  has been selling teas and spices since 1911 with over 200 varieties to choose from.  Their signature MarketSpice  Tea is a sweet blend of black tea with cinnamon and orange.

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Pike Place Market, Pike Place Fish Market 3

World Famous Pike Place Fish Market

Below the Public Market sign is the World Famous Pike Place Fish Market where you will see fishmongers tossing fish up to the counter to be prepared for packaging.  The reaction of the audience is just as much fun to watch.

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Pike Place Market, Beecher's Handmade Cheese 4

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

On the corner of Pike Pl. and Pine St. is Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.  Through the large glass windows you can see cheese being made.  They opened their doors to the public on November 20, 2003. Over the years they have won numerous awards for their handmade cheeses.  Beecher’s cheeses are made from milk without bovine growth hormones, hydrogenated oils, nitrous and polysorbate.  The milk supplier is located in a nearby town of Duvall, just 20 miles from where we live.  Their signature cheese, Flagship is a favorite of mine to serve with other cheeses and crackers when entertaining.

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Pike Place Market, Sur La Table 5

Sur La Table

Sur La Table opened its first store here in the market in 1972 offering cooking and baking supplies from around the world.

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Pike Place Market, Sur La Table 5

Sur La Table

They have expanded to over 100 stores across the country and their products are also availble through their catalog and online.

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Pike Place Market, Cafe Campagne 6

Cafe Campagne

 A wonderful place to stop for lunch/brunch or dinner is at  a little French bistro Cafe Campagne, located on the corner of Post Alley and Pine St.

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Pike Place Market, Inn At The Market 7

Inn At The Market

 To be in the heart of Pike Place Market and close to all the attractions of downtown Seattle, Inn At the Market is the ideal place to stay at while visiting the city.

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Pike Place Market, Inn At The Market 7

Inn At The Market courtyard

At the entrance of the hotel is a tranquille and airy outdoor courtyard.

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Pike Place Market Inn At the Market

Inn At The Market rooftop deck

Guests can enjoy the view of Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and the city skyline from the fifth floor deck.  This is one of the reasons why I like to stay here ….. especially during the summer time. .

Pike Place Market, Marche at Inn At the Market 3

Marche {Inn At the Market courtyard}

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Pike Place Market, Cafe Campagne 6

Marche’s kitchen, display of copper pots and pans {Bill & Kay at Inn At the Market courtyard}

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Pike Place Market, Watson Kennedy 8 courtyard at Inn At The Market

Watson Kennedy {Inn At the Market courtyard}

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Pike Place Market, Watson Kennedy 8 in the courtyard at Inn At The Market

Watson Kennedy {Inn At the Market courtyard}

Watson Kennedy is a little gift shop located in the courtyard at Inn At the Market.  They carry a nice variety  of new and vintage products.

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Pike Place Market, Le Panier 9

Le Panier

We finally reached our destination at the little French bakery, Le Panier  and enjoyed some time together with our hot lattes, croissants …..

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Pike Place Market, Le Panier 9

Le Panier

…. and macrarons.

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Pike Place Market, Le Panier 9

Le Panier

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Pike Place Market, Le Panier 9

Le Panier

Our purchases from the bakery.

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Pike Place Market,  Starbucks

Starbucks

This is the original/first Starbucks coffee shop {1971}. I decided not to attempt to go in or wait in the long line that was forming out the front entrance.  As many as 7 other people near me were taking pictures of the store front.  A popular tourist attraction.

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Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

We {I} did a little bit of shopping before Bill hinted that it was time to head back home.

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Pike Place Market, flowers

flowers at Pike Place Market

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Pike Place Market, flowers

flowers at Pike Place Market

Always a welcoming sight to see rows and rows of fresh flowers throughout the market.

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Pike Place Market, cutters crabhouse

Cutters Crabhouse

After a long day of walking and touring Pike Place Market,  the last stop to end the day and enjoy a Northwest dinner overlooking Puget Sound is at Cutters Crabhouse .

 I hope the tour was enjoyable and  informative for you.
{Pike Place Market map, print Here}

image sources:  Cutters

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posted by: Bill & Kay

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7 Responses to A Morning Walk Through Seattle’s Pike Place Market

  1. Botanic Bleu May 16, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Kay,
    What a wonderful tour of the Seattle Fish Market. I am pinning photos for reference when I get to go to Seattle again.

    Judith

    • Kay May 18, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

      Thank you Judith. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Have a great day!

  2. Lori @ A Bright & Beautiful Life September 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    Hi Kay,
    My hubby and I are sailing the Sound for the next 10 days and thought we might take the ferry from Bremerton to Seattle for a day or two. So in our planning of what we could do in Seattle I remembered you wrote up this Seattle stroll so I’ve printed it out and hope we are able to ferry over to walk your little tour. Thanks for the ideas. Other than Pike Place Market I didn’t know of these other shops and eateries so it’ll be so much fun to explore new places.

  3. Lori @ A Bright & Beautiful Life September 17, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    How much time would you recommend we allow for a day stroll? We don’t plan to spend the night.

    • Kay September 18, 2015 at 8:03 am #

      Such a great annual trip for the two of you, Lori!! Hopefully the weather will be beautiful and sunny during your time exploring the Puget Sound and the Market.

      When Bill and I visited Pike Place Market first thing in the morning (9:00am), we were there for about 2 hours, before the crowds. We did a quick walk through before sitting down for coffee. The market tends to get crowded by noon on the weekends. I think 3-4 hours will be a good amount of time to stroll through the area, anymore time will be up to you….there are plenty of things to do and see. If you are planning to stay for lunch/dinner, a reservation is recommended at Cutters Crabhouse and Cafe Campagne.

      One other thing, the elevator at the Market Parking Garage to take you up to the skybridge and Pike Place Market….If you take it down to the lower level of the garage, you will be just across the street from the Seattle waterfront area/Seattle Aquarium. The Seattle Ferry Terminal will be about 6-7 blocks south of the parking garage.

      Have a wonderful time! Please feel free to contact me.

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