The Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington - aah, my one true love! The Market opened in August of 1907 and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the U.S. Whether you're an avid fan of the Pike Place Market or you've never been, this guide is for you! Out of the many, many booths, these are the best shops at Pike Place Market (or at least my favorites) you don't wanna miss!
1. LOCAL FARMS SELLING FLOWERS
As soon as you enter the market and turn to your right, a variety of local farms have beautiful floral arrangements laid out for your enjoyment. Whether you're getting a romantic bunch for your sweetie or picking up some fresh flowers for your office space to treat yourself, these local farms will hook it UP!
2. LE JARDIN DE JORDAN LAVENDER BOOTH
This booth has to be my all-time favorite. I remember visiting the local lavender shop in Pike Place as a kid and just recently purchased their "relief wrap" for my mom who suffers from some back and joint pain. Lavender is one of my mom and I's favorite things - we'll spray it on our pillows, decorate our homes with it, use a lavender eye mask to sleep OR a heated relief wrap.
3. MANZO BROS. FRUIT & PRODUCE
Inside of the market is the Manzo Bros. Fruit & Produce stand. Filled with the most delicious fruits and tons of fresh veggies, this is a great stand for locating all your natural ingredients for dinner.
4. PAPPARDELLE'S PASTA
This pasta booth has pretty much any kind of pasta (including gluten-free!) you could dream of, PLUS more! Their signature dark chocolate linguine is always ready with samples to give. I could eat this stuff raw... I'm not even kidding.
5. VOLCANIC ASH: MT. ST. HELENS GIFTZ
If you're looking for a unique collectible trinket from your trip to Seattle, Volcanic Ash offers a variety of art pieces made from REAL volcanic ash from Mount St. Helens! A unique Pacific Northwest gift for your loved one.
6. WOODRING ORCHARDS
Looking for some sweet treats? Woodring Orchards' honey sticks, canned honey and jellies are all equally enticing. Woodring has been in the Pike Place Market since 1992 and creates all their products by hand with 100% local ingredients. Grab a jam for brecky!
7. CHUKAR CHERRIES
Chukar has to be one of my favorite booths in terms of the friendliness and attentiveness of their staff. Super enthusiastic about helping you find just the right item (and staying competitive among the surrounding booths), Chukar employees give out free samples like they're going out of style and are there to answer any questions!
8. ATHENIAN CAFE
Known perhaps most famously for its scene in the iconic Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan romantic drama, "Sleepless in Seattle", the Athenian Cafe is ready to serve you the best seafood delights! Opened by three Greek brothers in 1909, the Athenian has perfected its craft.
9. PIKE PLACE BAKERY
You'll smell this bakery from a mile away! Here you will find the largest cinnamon rolls and misc. pastries you've ever seen in your life. I mean... bigger-than-your-head large.
10. PIKE PLACE FISH MARKET
The fish market is a tourist hotspot due to the incredible feat of the toss + catch! Every few minutes, the staff at the fish stand toss a big one from inside to the outside of the booth. Just be careful and watch out for the juices that will fly! Here's a video of it in action:
11. POLISH POTTERY PLACE
This unique, hand-painted pottery shop is everything! Ceramika Artystyczna, the most renowned ceramics maker in the Southwest region of Poland makes every unique piece in the shop. Some antique stoneware can be very valuable + collectible - so watch out!
12. GOLDEN AGE COLLECTABLES
Proudly America's oldest comic shop, Golden Age has been "refusing to grow up since 1971"! Feeling like a kid again has never been easier with their wide variety of comics, movie scripts, high-quality prints of your favorite actors and so much more.
13. PIKE PLACE PORTRAIT WITH NICK ELAZAR
Nick Elazar is one of the best caricature portrait creators around! You may choose to take a seat as he sketches you and your family, sweetie or pup! The possibilities are endless.
14. PIPE PALACE SMOKE SHOP
The oldest modern and traditional smoke shop in downtown Seattle, the Palace has a variety of our beloved Bob Marley novelty products and tons more. Knowledgeable and ready to assist you, their staff is always around to help you find the perfect item(s).
15. OLD SEATTLE PAPERWORKS
This shop provides a glimpse at life in Seattle years ago - vintage postcards, prints and old magazines line the walls awaiting your entry. Psst: you don't want to miss catching the world's tallest man (and his shoes!) right outside of the store.
16. PIKE PLACE MAGIC SHOP
The magic is undeniable when you enter this eerie part of the downstairs marketplace. Watch magicians perform a magic trick and purchase kits from novice to pro - or, just stay outside and admire the gazing eyes of Alexander: The Man Who Knows. You'll see what I mean. Don't miss the fortune telling machine either!
17. HANDS OF THE WORLD
If you're into trade and imports, you'll love Hands of the World! Their owner's journey started in 1980 while working as a volunteer in a Thailand refugee camp. Committed to bringing folk art, jewelry + accessories from around the world, this one is not to miss.
18. PIROSHKY, PIROSHKY...
Oh... my one true love! This bakery is not something to skip past when you visit the PPM. Located outside of the central market building on Pike Pl. (street), this compact Russian bakery offers a variety of savory and sweet pastries. Visited by Anthony Bourdain in 2007, this shop often has a long line of visitors, so be prepared to wait.
19. LA PANIER: VERY FRENCH BAKERY
If you're boujee folk like myself, you'll love this fabulous French bakery. It has everything from fresh-baked bread to macarons. Get ready to feel full and fall in love!
20. THE VERY FIRST STARBUCKS STORE
Yup, I actually mean that. Starbucks is a Seattle brand (we take lots of pride in that around here), and the very first Starbucks store happens to be located close to Piroshky, Piroshky... at the PPM! Often filled with tourists taking photos and live music by local talent looking for a few dimes in exchange for entertainment, this is unlike any other Starbucks.
21. CORNER PRODUCE
My visit before last consisted of a stop at this marvelous farm-fresh produce stand! My favorites are their fruits, and their staff are equally sweet! Very friendly and helpful, you won't be let down. What will you cook with their local produce?
Have you been to Pike Place Market? Going soon? I'd love to hear your experiences!
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Kathryn is the lead contributor + founder at FashionablyFrank.com. Obsessed with leading a life of balance, she started the blog in 2013. Since graduating from The Evergreen State College (Washington) in 2016, she is now a digital marketing specialist through her business, Fashionably Frank Marketing. She believes a cup of coffee is the answer to all of life's problems + that all women should strive to embrace a #girlboss mantra.