Best of the Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market
Seattle’s Pike Place Market is an iconic institution that embodies the liveliness and quirkiness of the vibrant Emerald City. Established in 1907, the Pike Place Market is one of the oldest, continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States and attracts more than 10 million visitors each year. With more than 200 unique owner-operated shops and 80 restaurants to explore, the Pike Place Market has something for everyone.

Growing up in Seattle, I have visited the Pike Place Market countless times. In fact, my first job in high school was at Pike Market Child Care and Preschool, so I am intimately familiar with all the market has to offer. Grabbing my camera to capture my most recent visit, I have compiled my list of the best of the Pike Place Market to help guide you on your visit to one of the best farmers’ market in America.

Pike Place Fish Co.

Pike Place Fish Co.
Home of the famous flying fish, the Pike Place Fish Co. is one of the most famous stalls in Pike Place Market. Stop here and watch the crew of fish mongers throw fish to entertain customers and visitors alike.

Daily Dozen Doughnut Company

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The Daily Dozen Doughnut Company has been a favorite of mine since childhood. Come here to try some delicious mini donuts – my favorite are the cinnamon ones.

The First Starbucks

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You can’t visit the Pike Place Market without stopping by the first Starbucks ever. Located just outside the middle of the market, the first Starbucks is a must-see that you won’t miss because of the ever-present lines out the door. Considering that it is nearly impossible to walk a single block in Seattle without passing at least one coffee shop, I don’t think it’s necessary to stop into this Starbucks to grab some coffee, but it is definitely worth peeking in and checking out.

The Gum Wall

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You’ll smell it before you see it, Seattle’s famous Gum Wall is as disgusting as it sounds, and there is nothing quite like it in the entire world. What used to be just a wall has grown into a whole alley of chewed up gum. Make your mark by leaving your own gum on the wall – or don’t, as it is one of the germiest tourist destinations in the world. Either way, you have to see this unique attraction while visiting the Pike Place Market.

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

Beecher's Handmade Cheese Seattle
Refuel with some delicious mac and cheese at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. The original, flagship location, this Beecher’s makes its cheese right in the store and offers free cheese tastings and a great happy hour.

Chicken Valley

If you’re feeling adventurous, try the fried gizzards at Chicken Valley. I try to grab a quarter pound every time I visit. For something more traditional, Chicken Valley also offers fried chicken and corn dogs, but seriously, try the gizzards!


For some quirky shops, be sure to visit the lower levels of the Pike Place Market. Some highlights include the Pike Place Magic Shop, the Giant Shoe Museum, and Tenzing Momo.

Maximilien Restaurant

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After wandering around the market, I like unwinding with a drink at Maximilien Restaurant. Maximilien offers a great happy hour and beautiful views of Puget Sound from the restaurant or its roof deck on nice days.

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  1. Wanda Miller

    I friend of mine just spent her honeymoon in Seattle. Many of these places were suggested to her and her new husband as places to check out!

    1. Nicole Post
  2. Scott Redman

    If there is a place that I can get handmade mac and cheese, it automatically goes to the top of the list.

    1. Nicole Post

      Scott, you have to try it – either in Seattle or at their New York location! Thanks for reading.


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