From Too Many Chefs -

July 27, 2004
Pike's Place Market Photos

Public Market at night
While in Seattle last week, my wife and I started each morning by visiting the Pike Place Market and picking up some goodies for breakfast. The Market is my favorite part of a city I'm growing very fond of.

Since 1907, farmers, fishmongers, florists, and food-purveyors have been brought together directly at the Pike's Place Market. The atmosphere is busy, but not harried, and the prices are reasonable. And you can be sure more of the price you pay for your peaches and perch are going directly to the farmers and fishermen and not being siphoned off by a variety of middlemen.

The very first Starbucks (complete with slightly racier mermaid/siren logo (scroll down)) is located across from the market in a row of shops that includes a couple of great bakeries, a cheesemaker, restaurants, more grocers, and a cutlery store well worth visiting.

The pictures from the market are next. There's a lot so this may be a largish download.

Market Street

Busy market

Famous for fish


These are still wiggling

Lots of fruit in July

Ranier cherries were delicious

Thai basil

Three colors of eggplant

That is a big peach

Music at the market

Lots of flowers for sale

night behind the market

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at July 27, 2004 11:50 AM | TrackBack

Nice photos!

Posted by Meg in Paris on July 27, 2004 at 1:00 PM

OK, who really took the pictures? The food looks appetizing and there's not a thumb on the lens.

Posted by Bryan on July 27, 2004 at 4:58 PM

Great photos. I think I'll be going to Seattle for the first time next May. It's for business, but hopefully I'll get a chance to stop by the market.

Posted by Todd on July 28, 2004 at 8:56 AM

If you're staying in downtown Seattle, the market is just a short walk away. It opens early, and there's plenty of good breakfast-y eats.

I particularly recommend the Crumpet Shop very near the market, which serves perfect crumpets - crispy on the outside, light, moist, and fluffy on the inside. One special for breakfast gets you a crumpet with jam and a big bowl of oat groats steamed in milk with a head of milk foam on the bowl like a perfect pint of Guinness.

Posted by Barrett on July 28, 2004 at 9:22 AM

Wow that sounds good! These are steel cut oats, right?

Posted by Todd in New Orleans on July 28, 2004 at 7:30 PM

Those are splendid photos! Maybe I should go visit my cousin in Seattle, that place looks like a lot of fun.

Posted by ladygoat on July 30, 2004 at 9:33 AM

lg- I'm certain Seattle would be very goat-friendly. It's a great city and region. Don't miss the area around the city. If you drive a short ways from Seattle, you can hit oceans, rivers, bays, mountains, valleys, you name it.

Posted by Barrett on July 30, 2004 at 12:12 PM

Barrettt, it puts a big smile on my face to read about your visit to my beloved city. As a downtown Seattle resident that lives but a few blocks from this gorgeous market I must say Pike Place is not even the tip of proverbial the iceberg. This city is foodie central and the beauty of the region has no equal. We are just so lucky to live here.

Posted by Seattle Bon Vivant on August 2, 2004 at 9:32 PM

SBV - Well I certainly loved the two trips I've made there so far. I don't know if I'll ever be able to make it my home, but my wife and I both loved it.

Just looked at your site and if we ever do relocate to the Pacific Nrothwest we will certainy use it as a guide. Very nicely done!

Posted by Barrett on August 3, 2004 at 11:52 AM

I love pike place market it is a great place plus the food there is to die for just thinking about it makes ne drool... thanx pikes you the bomb!!!! luv ya!!

Posted by Katherine on March 28, 2006 at 11:05 PM