What to Do at Pike Place Market

Visiting Seattle's Pike Place Market? Everyone will say to visit Rachel the Pig. They'll also tell you not to miss the lively salmon-throwing crew at the nearby Pike Place Fish Market, and to stop by the original Starbucks. Also don’t miss:
  • Seasonal bites:
    Grab a Washington-grown pear or peach, or even a bag of foraged chanterelles as an edible souvenir. Sosio’s is especially good for samples and sound advice.
  • Other culinary heights:
    Sample a free cup of signature tea at Market Spice, browse the fabulous imported meats and cheeses at DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine or watch cheesemongers stir curds at Beecher’s.
  • Chime in:
    Musicians and artists perform on street corners around the market. Musical notes painted on the sidewalk mark spots where buskers perform.
  • Clever crafts:
    At vendor stands along the main level, you can browse the likes of hand-crocheted cloches (Croshay Design) and aromatic soaps made with 100 percent genuine Seattle rain at Seattle Rainwater Soap Co.
  • Need a guide?
    The Market Ghost Tour offers serious history plus paranormal fun, while Savor Seattle boasts a bounty of bites from market faves.
  • Push the boundaries:
    Some great spots are outside Pike Place Market proper, but in its heart. World Spice Merchants grinds super-fresh spices—from common to exotic—while the Zig Zag Café has won national renown for its cocktails.

—Rebekah Denn