Whether you are visiting Seattle or live in the city, Pike Place Market holds a special place for tourists and residents alike. Founded in 1907, it is one of the oldest continuously operated farmer’s market in the United States. Today, it is a place of business for small farmers, craftspeople, and merchants. What I love most about the market is the old school charm it retains, despite being in the middle of a rapidly growing city.
My husband and I make a point to have lunch at the market once a month, usually on Sundays when 1) it is less busy and 2) we can take advantage of free street parking. Over the years, we have visited dozens of spots but we keep returning to the same handful. While this by no means is a comprehensive list (I know, I didn’t even list a fish stand!), these places meet the insider mark by having minimal lines and being easy on the wallet. And, of course, they’re delicious too!
So without further ado, I present to you my countdown…
Pike Place Market Top 5 Spots to Eat and Drink
5. Country Dough
Tucked away in a tiny corner in the market off Post Alley, Country Dough is worth seeking out. This hole-in-the-wall restaurant is known for spicy Szecheun flatbreads, my favorite is the chicken. The noodles and meat crepes are also tasty and filling. With reasonable prices, it’s a perfect lunch spot.
4. DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine
This market is Italian heaven! DeLaurenti carries the best selection of Italian pastas, olive oils, chocolates, wine, cheeses, deli meats, and more. Their in-store cafe offers tasty paninis, pizza by the slice, and salads. Tip: They hold free wine tastings every Friday and Saturday from 1-2 pm, if you’re so inclined.
This tea and spice shop has been around since 1911, making it a Seattle staple. MarketSpice‘s signature cinnamon-orange tea has a great kick, you can try a sample in the store. Check out the wall of loose leave teas, there are tons of delicious flavors like cherry almond or peach ambrosia.
2. Storyville Coffee
With so many coffee options in the market (including the original Starbucks), it’s hard to stand out. That’s why Storyville Coffee is my favorite spot – it’s hidden! Located on the top floor of the Corner Market, it’s a welcome refuge after spending the afternoon among bustling crowds. The coffee earns an A, the atmosphere an A+.
1. Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt
This is no ordinary Greek yogurt. Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt is made from whole pasteurized milk and features a velvety texture and slightly sweet taste. You can choose different flavors, my favorite is marionberry though my husband swears by passionfruit. If you are debating between flavors, just ask for sample – they are very generous!
So there you have my local’s top five list. Have you visited any of these spots? What are your favorite places in Pike Place Market? I’d love to hear!