Where to Eat at Pike Place Market Seattle – Best Restaurants
The Pike Place Market is a legit and historic place. It was started in 1907, long before Disney or Hollywood had ever heard of the small town of Seattle. Way before cruise ships went to Alaska on a regular basis, Pike Place Market, also called The Public Market, or just The Market, was a real […]
The Pike Place Market is a legit and historic place. It was started in 1907, long before Disney or Hollywood had ever heard of the small town of Seattle. Way before cruise ships went to Alaska on a regular basis, Pike Place Market, also called The Public Market, or just The Market, was a real “farmers market” with produce, meat, fish, tea, coffee, and restaurants (the Athenian). It was something like a “front porch” for Seattle locals. Seattle Tourist Attraction Back in the 60s and 70s city officials kept trying to tear the Pike Place Market down. Fortunately, there was a community backlash against the “evil” developers and The Market lived on. So, The Market is not really a “tourist” attraction. It’s just a cool place to hang out, shop, drink, eat, and watch the:
  • Tee shirt buying tourists from cruise ships
  • Street musicians (good and bad)
  • Pretty girls
  • Old hippies
  • Crazy fish-throwing loonies
Well, don’t forget the digital camera (and some wide-angle or telephoto lenses). There are some fairly amazing views and quirky scenes, inside and outside The Market, and they rival any photo op on earth. Eat Breakfast at Pike Place Market Here are some spots for taming those early morning munchies:  
  • The Daily Dozen Donut Company: This place is sort of at the entrance to the Pike Place Market, so look for the line. Government Food-Nazis may frown, but mini donuts are definitely part of any healthy well-balanced diet.
  • Le Panier: Le Panier’s croissants (amandine, raspberry, ham and cheese, chocolate-almond paste) are very French. Add a cup of hot coffee to burn off the morning chill. (On the other side of street from main building.)
  • Lowell’s Restaurant: This place is right in The Market and some tables have a nice view. Lowell's has hearty American-style-working-man’s food.
Lunch or Snacks at Seattle Market There are lots of yummy options to consider.
  • Buy a Dungeness or other crab (they are cooked) from a seafood vendor and have them crack it. Get some fruit, cheese, or whatever looks good, and have a picnic at Victor Steinbrueck Park (just north of The Market) or take the food back to the hotel room.
  • Beecher’s Handmade Cheese: Cheese curds, sandwiches, or delish Mac n Cheese. (Across street.)
  • Three Girls Bakery: Great bread, good sandwiches. Try the turkey or baked salmon. (Across street in Post Alley.)
  • Pike Place Chowder: Lovely hot soup and samples for customers. (Across the street in Post Alley.)
  • Mee Sum Pastries: Great barbeque pork or curry humbow and potstickers. (Across street.)
Another option, for Market newbies, is to look for a crowd and get in line. Avoid the line if people look like they're from a tour bus. Good Restaurants at the Pike Place Market Some restaurants need reservations for dinner, but it depends on what night of the week it is.
  • Matt’s In The Market: Foodie people love this place and Matt’s has a nice view. For lunch, consider the lamb burger or fish sandwich.
  • Place Pigalle: French food with a view. Start with steamed mussels or onion soup.
  • The Pink Door: This restaurant has excellent Italian food that makes foodies go gaga, but it can be very crowded depending on the evening. No signs, just a pink door.
  • Chez Shea: This is a consistently cozy romantic French restaurant with great food.
The Pike Place Market is not as famous as the Space Needle, but it is much more authentically “Seattle” than just about anything except, maybe, cloudy drizzle. The Public Market gave birth to the original Starbucks coffee shop and, also, to yummy Market Spice Tea. This place is vibrant and fascinating to anyone who takes the time to look past the tourists.

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