Walking across the road from my room at the Green Tortoise Hostel to Pike Place Market, I was unsure where to begin. I followed my nose to the left and walked through a section with bagels to my right, pulled pork sandwiches to my left and coffee all over. Bagels are not a big thing in Australia, so I made a mental note to come back to this store one morning for breakfast during my trip (I ended up trying a pizza bagel. Wow).
I turned to my right then and followed the corridor to the Pike Place Fish Company, who I have been told are very famous. However, I had never heard about them prior to my visit (I am Australian though). But there is lots of calling out amongst the employees, fish being thrown in the air and other frivolities to keep you and little ones entertained.
Then you will be at the entrance, with the large, red neon Public Market sign glowing from above. As I visited the market the days following Christmas, there was still a Christmas tree erect, which made it look all the more magical to me when the sun set. There are constantly buskers here performing solo or as a group, who are definitely a bit more pro than the usual.
Down the many-other corridors and alleys that make up the market (seriously, it’s nine acres worth of goodies) you will find handmade jewellery, and a lot of souvenir t-shirts. Some of them that maybe you shouldn’t give to your dad. Plus there is this, the gum wall down Post Alley. Yes, it is two walls of gum, which is disgusting, but all the colours put together, it actually looks like art.
I loved the other artwork on sale too. The prints of the market and surrounding Seattle sights were amazing. The city is full of some pretty talented people. I bought myself a tiny black, white and red print that is currently sitting above my desk.
Across the road from the market you will find more and more food choices, from produce, bakeries, truffle stores and international cuisine. I stopped by the Three Girls’ Bakery where I picked up a pecan shortbread bar. Yum.
For more information visit the website. The market is located at Pike and 1st Avenue in Downtown Seattle. It is opened year-round and hours differ depending on the trade.