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Pike Place Market Food Tour

Pike Place Market

Since we moved to Seattle, we have had a ton of visitors, which we love. When we are pulling together the itinerary for our visitors, snacking our way through Pike Place Market is always on the top of the list. You can't visit Seattle with out visiting the market, and you can't visit the market on a full stomach.

This is the time of year when people are flocking to Seattle, it's absolutely gorgeous here right now, so I thought I'd share this tour so you can take advantage on your next trip to Seattle! Don't worry, this tour is delicious rain or shine.

We usually deprive our visitors of breakfast in preparation for this tour, yet it's still difficult to finish. So go hungry and stay strong! Let's get started.

Once you check out the men throwing fish at the entrance, hang a sharp left and hit up the Daily Dozen Doughnut Company and pick up a half dozen assorted doughnuts, 


Daily Dozen Donuts

and then let them melt in your mouth.

Next up, as you walk your way back towards the entrance stop at Mt. Townsend Creamery and try the sampler of cheese.

Mt. Townsend Creamery

It's early, but I'm going to give you an eating break to go check out the World Spice Merchants in the corner.

World Spice Merchants

This would be a great place to pick up a souvenir for a foodie friend or just to treat yourself. 

Next, up, go back to the guys throwing fish. Buy yourself the Pike Place Fish Guys Cookbook, yes get yourself another souvenir, but you'll love the Seattle inspiration when cooking at home. I hear they sign the copy when you buy it there.

Back to eating. Once you pick up your cookbook, keep walking past those guys, scoping out all of the colorful and fresh fruits and veggies. Grab yourself some fresh berries or another fruit that is in season. Snack on some now, and you might as well save some to snack on later in the trip.

Fruit at Pike Place

Along this corridor, stop at City Fish, which will be on your left side. Smoked Salmon is a must here! Whether you get the Smoked Salmon on a stick or buy a bigger package. You can buy some for a picnic or even bring it on the plane. But wait, there's more. In addition to the smoked salmon, take your pick of some more fresh seafood...Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Cocktail or Oyster Shooters.


Are you ready for some cheesy, creamy, deliciousness next? Something that will make you debate if it is the best macaroni and cheese you've ever had? Across the cobblestone street, right around where City Fish is, is Beecher's. You'll find them making cheese on sight.


Time to split a Mac & Cheese. We usually go for the small traditional, and it's difficult to demonstrate that self control, but remember there is more food to come! 

Beechers 2

If you're getting thirsty, there is a place next door where you can grab a beer. It also may be a good time to loosen your belt, I forgot to warn you at the beginning to wear elastic waist pants.

If you're not ready for a beer, but need a caffeine jump, you can stop by the Original Starbucks which is on the same side of that street, where there will be a long line. I've actually never waited in it, I figured the coffee tastes the same. It would give you some time to make room for more food though.


After you snap a picture in front of the Original Starbucks or get your caffeine kick, time to head to Piroshky Piroshky Bakery. There will be a line, it will go fast, wait in it. The freshly made, warm baked pastries will be more than worth it. 

Piroshky Piroshky

They have sweet and savory options, I'm a savory type of person so I usually go that route. None of our choices have done us wrong, go with what sounds delicious to you.

Piroshky Piroshky 2

We're making our way to the last eating stop, don't worry, it's more carbs! Staying on Pike Place road, stop at Mee Sum Pastry and go for the BBQ Hom Bow. I'm at the point that I'm full just from writing this, but I'm also craving a BBQ Hom Bow. It's a tough life.

BBQ Hom Bow

Now you're stuffed to oblivion, if you can resist going back to your hotel for a nap, explore the lower levels of the market, stick some gum (or get grossed out by) the gum wall,

Gum Wall

and make your way down to the waterfront. Walk off the food, and head North to Olympic Sculpture Park, an open public park, on the water, with sculpture art.

Olympic Sculpture Park

If you haven't made it to Seattle already, schedule a trip and get to eating! If you have, let me know what your favorite stops at the market are!

Reader Comments (2)

My home city!! Oh how I miss you. Those mini donuts..... omg. SO YUM!

Love your Pike Place tour! Makes me feel like I am there!

July 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharla

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