Pike Place Market / Seattle in 15 hours


We had a brief experience with Seattle last week - and by brief I mean we spent about 15 hours in the city. Originally, Seattle had not been in our plans, but we decided to make a detour on our way back from Portland to Vancouver, and I'm so glad we did!

The Pike Place Market is so iconic... I have seen the big Public Market sign in countless TV shows and movies (and of course the one that stands out is Catherine and Sean's season of the bachelor!). We booked last minute rooms on hotwire and were excited to stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco which was centrally located and only about a 10-minute walk from the market. Our first stop was the original starbucks where I grabbed an americano misto which tasted just the same as it does at every other starbucks:)

Coffees in hand, we wandered into the market which was relatively empty - I suppose Monday morning at 9am is not the most popular time to go. The flowers were so gorgeous, I suggested spending $10 just to have a cute photo prop for the rest of the day, but Tyler discouraged me. He then spent $15 on fresh smoked salmon, which he ate straight out of the bag for a post-workout breakfast:) I asked the fish monger (is that the right word?) for a sample, and got such a substantial piece that it tided me over until I could find a pastry, which I did, and which was also delicious. 

I found it interesting to see that so many of the fish stands promised overnight delivery anywhere in the world. The fruit and vegetable stands were also eye-catching, as was watching cheese get made. One of our favourite things about farmers markets is getting the chance to talk to the farmers/producers, who are typically SO passionate about what they do. We chatted with a guy about pasta... he was selling hundreds of varieties of dried pastas and offered us some samples. Food tastes so much better when you get a sense of how it was made. Had we not had to fly home in a few hours, I'm sure we would have stocked up on a lot more. 

By the time we were finished with the market it was after 10am, meaning that the flagship Nordstrom store was open! I knew I wanted to peak in and see all the beautiful shoes I could never afford, and then head across the street to the more reasonably priced Nordstrom Rack. Seattle was a lot of fun, and I would love to visit again one day. I also have to mention the most delicious restaurant that we ate at... Serious Pie. Having arrived later in the evening on a Sunday, we were not sure what would be open. Serious Pie was exactly what we needed. Hot, unpretentious pizza on a thin crust, cold drinks, and a fresh salad. It was warm and cosy on a cold and rainy night, and while we didn't get to try many Seattle restaurants, I'd definitely go back to this one. 

1 comment:

Straight A Style said...

I've been once and always wanted to go back. It's so cool! Love your pics!

Amy Ann
Straight A Style