Pike Place Market was the place that I fell in love with when I came to Seattle for the first time . After walking thru the market that is located on a short section of Pike Place on the waterfront side, the other side of the street is lined with vendors, shops, and restaurants. It also extends into small alleys that are closed to vehicular traffic. When I was there I felt something different… I can’t explain it! But I knew that Seattle would be my new home. No matter how many times I go, I have the same happy feeling.
The market was established in 1907. The hustle and bustle, the colors, down to the smell, local artists, the delicious jam, the music and the different and unique people you can see there. Sure, it’s touristy but the local atmosphere is still strong there and for me it just doesn’t get old.
You will find the freshest, most beautiful and cheapest flowers in town there!
That’s why I made sure to show my friends from France this little but very important side of this city! My friends loveeeeed it!
Every corner is charming! Even the dogs are amused with Pike Place!
What you are going to find there is fresh seafood, Hard Rock Cafe Seattle, Pike Place Chowder, farmers market produce, one of my favorite pepper jellies from Mick’s Peppourri, local and organic food, the gum wall…
The original Starbucks that was founded in 1971.
Old wood floors, handwritten menu boards and naturally crowded with more curious tourists. No place to sit. It’s worth it to see where and how this successful company started.
Behind Pike Place there’s the Seattle Great Wheel and a nice pier where you can walk thru or sit to have a drink while looking at this breathtaking view.
You can see it from far away! This is the view from Victor Steinbrueck Park at the market!
At 175 feet, this is the tallest Ferris wheel on the west coast and is the only one to be built over water where it extends out 40 feet.
The view is amazing!
These are the views while the gondola is spinning …you can see the city, the space needle, Century Link Field where the Seattle Seahawks Football team and the Seattle Sounders soccer teams play and Safeco Field where the Seattle Mariners baseball team plays. Of course you will also have the view of beautiful downtown Seattle on one side and the Olympic Peninsula on the other!
You will pay per person $15.00 at this cute ticket house.
If you are visiting Seattle take at least an afternoon to spend at Pike Place. Have lunch, walk around, drink coffee, have happy hour and wait for the most gorgeous sunset you’ve ever seen in you life. Don’t forget to stop by at the Bella Pagoda Umbrella. What a wonderful little spot! This place is fun to visit, even if you don’t need an umbrella. Just go in and check it out! They offer two handles with the umbrella and it is wind-resistant (lifetime warranty). They also have some incredibly stunning vintage umbrellas in the back. They are for rent for weddings and other occasions. There’s a video on Instagram!
I think after today you realized how much I love this city, right?!
Beijos e Tchau!