My son and I were off again on college tours over Easter Break…Washington! We had a great time visiting Seattle and were lucky enough to be there on two partially sunny days! When in Seattle, and if you are a foodie like me, you must visit Pike Place Market, which is located right downtown on the waterfront overlooking Elliot Bay in the Puget Sound.
Pike Place Market is such a fun place to meander and browse. It is a feast for the eyes, as well as the stomach. There is a lot of action to take in. There are vendors yelling, music playing, fish being thrown by the fishmongers, and samples being offered. Since we were visiting in mid-April, the flower vendors were selling the most amazing tulips I have ever seen! I have never seen tulips this beautiful in California. They were long-stemmed with amazing colors, fluted edges, speckled and bi-colored. I kept saying to my son, “I can’t get over the tulips!” He would reply, “Yes mom, I know already, you can’t get over the tulips! Enough.” And the price…$10 for a dozen! The same price for a huge beautiful mixed flower bouquet. It was killing me not to buy tulips!
We sampled all kinds of wonderful treats such as lavender honey, chocolate pasta, cherry jam, smoked salmon and mussels, salmon jerky, flavored olive oil, and fresh pears and blackberries. Absolutely delicious! In addition to these tasty specialty foods, shoppers will find vendors selling wine, eggs, dairy, cheese, flowers, herbs, bread and pastries, wild mushrooms, meat, poultry, and nuts at this market. The market has over 80 farmers who come daily to sell their exceptionally fresh, local, and delicious produce.
Pike Market Place is a treasure and a historical landmark for Seattle. The market began in 1907 and is the original farmers’ market to Seattle. The market started small but immediately grew in popularity with the Seattle residents and has become a growing phenomena ever since. Today the market encompasses 9 acres, located between Pine Street and Stewart Street and has become a tourist destination. The market also features historical arcades, specialty shops, artisans selling hand made crafts, restaurants, and bakeries.
In addition, the market is home to four fish markets. Opening in 1917, City Fish Company was the first company that began selling fish at Pike Place Market; now joined by Jack’s Fish Spot, Pure Food Fish and Pike Place Fish. Pike Place Fish is famous for their fish throwing fishmongers. Tourists stand around their open-air market waiting for the action to begin. The tourists even taunt the fishmongers by yelling at them to start throwing fish. My son and I visited the market twice while we were in Seattle. Unfortunately, we did not witness any throwing of fish.
The four fish markets sell their fish online as well. They can take your order and ship it to you with packing ice where you will receive it within 24 hours via FedX. The fish is of such high quality and extreme freshness. And good prices too! Whole Alaskan King Salmon was selling for $12.99 a pound. WOW!
When in Seattle, Pike Place Market is a must… even if it is just for an afternoon of strolling around and sampling. But if you are lucky enough to be staying in Seattle for a few days and have a kitchen accessible, unlike my son and myself, please gather your groceries from this delicious place! And remember to buy yourself some flowers!
Pike Place Market is open 362 days a year – closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
PIKE PLACE MARKET ASSOCIATION
CITY FISH COMPANY
JACK’S FISH SPOT MARKET
PIKE PLACE FISH COMPANY
PURE FOOD FISH MARKET