I readily admit that I am an unabashed fan of that Seattle icon, Pike Place Market. I make a point to visit at least once during every visit to Seattle.
My preferred time to visit this Seattle Icon is in the morning, before the crowds. To me Pike Place Market is almost a living breathing creature, and watching it wake is both relaxing and invigorating at the same time. Yes, a paradox.....
There's a mild sense of excitement watching Pike Place wake and take it's first deep breaths of the day.
The variety is quite staggering. From the Hmong flower growers/vendors:
To the wide array of appealing produce:
And of course, the seafood.
I can't remember the last time I saw Razor Clams for sale.....
There's always something new, something you've never noticed on previous visits. And perhaps you may run into Truman:
There are of course many places to grab a bite as well, and I'm sure everyone has their favorite. At times you just need to follow your nose and it will lead you to some good grinds.
In the past, the Missus has literally spent an hour watching the donut machine at the Daily Dozen Doughnut Company.....
In spite of all the choices, it seems that the scents emanating from this shop always draws me in.
This little shop specializes in...what else Piroshky.
Whether you call them Piroshki, Piroshky, or Pirozhki, these Russian stuffed pastries are hard to resist. There over 30 different versions served, ranging from the more traditional beef and onion, to the "Pacific Northwest version", the smoked salmon. Sometimes making a decision can be quite difficult.
After sampling a good variety over the years, we tend to stick to the vegetarian versions, like the Smoked Mozzarella, Broccoli, and Mushroom($4.25):
The Missus didn't care for the caraway-sauerkraut flavor of the Sauerkraut, Carrot, Cabbage, and Onion($3.25). But i didn't mind it at all.
The Potato, Mushroom, and Onion, is another of our favorites, but we were getting full.
We ate as we strolled down the Seattle Harbor Steps, and made our way to Pier 52. Why Pier 52?
Pier 52 is the terminal for Washington State Ferries Bainbridge Island route. A ferry ticket costs $6.70(it has gone up over the years), and I call it the cheapest "tour" in Seattle. During clear days the view is wonderful. Even during overcast days like this, the view was fantastic.
The trip is about 35 minutes each way and the fare is for a round trip.
Of course you can't miss that other Seattle icon, the Space Needle.
Bainbridge Island is a nice place to wander around a bit if you have a chance. But on this day we needed a nap!