Food & Drink

A local's guide to Seattle's Pike Place Market

Published On 07/09/2014 Published On 07/09/2014
CHONA KASINGER

If there's one thing you have to explain to out-of-towners about Seattle's Pike Place Market, it's that there is more to it than the "original" Starbucks, and its titular seafood slinger (yay, they're throwing fish again!). So much so, that locals are willing to brave hordes of the aforementioned out-of-towers to hit some of the lesser known (but still seriously sweet) spots at the country's oldest continuously operating market.

The best of which we've assembled below in our photo guide to Pike Place Market, starting with...

The Main Concourse

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Daily Dozen (address and info)
All day long, inside a tiny stall just around the corner from the dudes throwing fish, miniature rings of dough are plucked from a bath of hot oil by an aging Donut Robot (Mark II!), and served almost immediately, still hot and deliciously greasy.

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MarketSpice (address and info)
A literal hot tip: if you find yourself dragging while at the Market, sneak into MarketSpice for a steaming tea sample… or check out this fragrant shop's giant selection of way-better-than-Starbucks coffee.


The Sanitary Market

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El Mercado Latino (address and info)
Just across the cobblestone street in a building that got its name 'cause it didn't allow horses back in the day, this shop slings some of the city's best empanadas and has a collection of hot sauces this photo only hints at.

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Mee Sum Pastry (address and info)
If you serve BBQ pork humbow and supersize potstickers this good, we will forgive you for being on the Market's busiest corner.

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Oriental Mart (address and info)
Hearty and vinegar heavy, the authentic Filipino food they serve cafeteria-style at OM -- including pancit, lumpia, etc. -- is some of the best in Seattle.

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Ellenos Yogurt (address and info)
Not into yogurt? They'll give you samples of their 100% natural fruit-filled stuff until you are.

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Britt's Pickles (address and info)
Your destination for all things fermented, this boutique purveyor's raw-wood walk-up counter was specifically designed to accommodate the handmade oak barrels Britt uses to ferment pickles in flavors like spicy, half sour, and full sour.

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Can Can (address and info)
Absinthe cocktails. Off-kilter burlesque shows. A riotous vaudeville-inspired interior. You can(can)'t miss this subterranean boozer.


Downstairs

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The Alibi Room (address and info)
Across Post Alley from one of the Market's other famous (and pretty gross) attractions, the Gum Wall, this dark and intimate underground boozer boasts $5 spicy mac and cheese during happy hour, and one-of-a-kind brick oven pizzas like their Pine ‘n Swine that'll make you happy at any hour.

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Old Seattle Paperworks (address and info)
Boasting kitschy art from times gone by, OSP sells everything from vintage postcards to old magazines, but the highlight is a massive collection of posters that would've impressed the girls you brought back to your dorm wayyy more than that wall of PBR labels.

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Zig Zag Cafe (address and info)
Located way downstairs (on the steps to the waterfront), this boozer is still one of Seattle's (and the country's) best craft cocktail destinations, even after the departure of famed bartender Murray Stenson.

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Golden Age Collectibles (address and info)
Located under the main atrium, it's your destination for knick knacks, comic books, bric-a-brac... and life-sized cutouts of Ron Burgundy and Darth Vader.


Post Alley

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RGB (address and info)
Started by Seattle's own ginger beer maven, RGB uses said soda to make cocktails like the Dark + Stormy or the El Diablo that you can sip while enjoying one of the sweetest views in the Market.

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White Horse Trading Co. (address and info)
Step past the nondescript unicorn that serves as the pub’s only signage, and enter a world where you can only get beer and wine (and pretzels in little cups), or if you're smart, their version of a Pimm’s Cup -- a blend of five fortified wines all in one.

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Cafe Campagne (address and info)
One of the Market’s best-kept secrets is Cafe Campagne’s all-star happy hour menu from 4-6pm Monday through Friday. It dishes up mini lamb burgers, pomme frites, and generous pours of Parisian wine at shockingly reasonable prices.

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The Tasting Room (address and info)
Washington is America's second largest wine producer for a reason, and that reason is apparently so this vino spot can pour you glasses of a seemingly endless selection of wine -- as opposed to what locals do to some tourist that has taken their secret parking spot over by Cost Plus: whine.

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1. Daily Dozen Doughnut Co 93 Pike St, Ste 7, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Perfectly fried-up and crispy, the mini donuts at Daily Dozen are a famous staple of Pike Place Market and ensure you'll be anything but mini after you've made them part of your morning routine.

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2. MarketSpice 85 A Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

If you find yourself dragging while at the market, sneak into MarketSpice for a steaming tea sample… or check out this fragrant shop's giant selection of way-better-than-Starbucks coffee.

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3. El Mercado Latino 1514 Pike Pl, #6, Seattle, WA 98101

The vast collection of hot sauce El Mercado Latino in Pike Place Market is beyond anything you could imagine. From mild to pull-your-tongue-out hot, this place is the real deal when it comes to the hot stuff.

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4. Mee Sum Pastry 1533 Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA 98101

With BBQ pork and supersize potstickers, Mee Sum Pastry is a tried and true institution in the market. It's a no frills, fast moving grab ‘n go joint.

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5. Oriental Mart 1506 Pike Pl, #509, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

This authentic Filipino food mart serves things cafeteria-style. It's got pancit, lumpia, etc. and is some of the best (and vinegar heavy) in Seattle.

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6. Ellenos 1500 Pike Street #12, Seattle, WA 98101

Ellenos Yogurt’s flavors are made with 100% natural fruit and toppings. Try the lemon curd with a bit of raspberry for a tasty. They've got free samples too.

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7. Britt's Pickles 94 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Britt's Pickles is a raw-wood walk-up counter designed to accommodate the handmade oak barrels the owner uses to ferment pickles in flavors like spicy, half sour, and full sour.

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8. Can Can 94 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

Can Can is big on absinthe, so you’d be remiss to order anything else. You can also catch burlesque show or live music on Saturdays. Located just below the main thoroughfare in the Pike Place Market.

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9. Alibi Room 85 Pike St #410, Seattle, WA 98133 (Greenwood)

Nestled inside Seattle's famous Pike Place Market, but hidden enough so that the wandering tourist won't stumble upon it, the Alibi Room is a great happy hour lounge, with stellar brick oven pizzas and local brews.

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10. Old Seattle Paperworks 1514 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

Old Seattle Paperworks gives you a glimpse into what old Seattle was like, with kitschy art of times long gone. From postcards to vintage prints and old magazines, there is no shortage wall space to feast your eyes on in here -- think of it as a no cover mini museum.

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11. Zig Zag Cafe 1501 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98101 (Central District)

This warm, intimate cocktail haven and American eatery in Pike Place has got your next date night covered. Plush banquettes flank the hip, bistro-inspired space, and a stellar happy hour (5-7pm Monday through Friday) makes it easy to knock back a few. Meticulously crafted entrees like the 12 hour beef shank with malted barley and horseradish gremolata are savory and sophisticated.

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12. Golden Age Collectables 1501 Pike Pl, #401, Seattle, WA 98101

Find your friends Justin Bieber and Ron Burgundy at Golden Age Collectibles, a hodgepodge of nerdy/kitschy knick knacks, comic books and bric-a-brac. Located under the main atrium in Pike Place Market.

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13. RGB 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

A relatively recent addition to the Pike Place Market family, RGB has a large selection of potent cocktails like its Dark + Stormy and El Diablo. It's also got a pretty sweet view of the market too.

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14. White Horse Trading Company 1908 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

There is a magical quality to the White Horse Trading Company. It only serves beer and wine (and pretzels in little cups, but you must try their take on the Pimm’s Cup, a divine blend of five fortified wines all in one.

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15. Cafe Campagne 1600 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

One of Pike Place's best kept secrets, Cafe Campagne has an all-star happy hour menu from 4-6pm Monday to Friday. It's full of mini lamb burgers, pomme frites, and generous pours of Parisian wine all for prices that won’t break the bank.

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16. The Tasting Room 1924 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

The Tasting Room is the perfect place to get your wine on. They have a staggering selection of wine, so try a four glass flight, a super affordable way to try out the best of all worlds.

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