Hidden Gems of Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

Photo Credit: Tim Thompson

By Kristen Star

While I have been to the Pike Place Market many times as a local tourist, I recently moved right in- one block down the street to be exact. The Market is one of the most popular destinations in Seattle, but having time to wander the market in the early morning or the late evening has given me a chance to explore it without the all the bustle. With all this time to explore, I’m surprised by the places that I keep going back to over and over again. Here are a few gems for you to try out, even during the busiest of afternoons.

Local Color:

The original Starbucks café is located in the Pike Place Market, which is a quintessential piece of Seattle history. Definitely check it out, but for the most authentic Seattle coffee experience, be sure to give the local coffee shops a try. Half a block over is Local Color. Brilliant espresso drinks and every beer they serve is $4, all the time.

Mee Sum Pastry

Humbows at Mee Sum

Mee Sum Pastry:

If you want a quick snack and have $2 to spare, check out Mee Sum Pastry. They have humbows the size of your head (if you are a small child) that are pillowy and delicious. I may have bought 5 of these before an impending snow storm last winter, you know, just in case…



World Spice

World Spice

World Spice:

Need some ideas for how to spice up all that fresh produce and seafood you picked up? World Spice, located just below the Market on Western Ave can help! The staff are amazingly helpful and can even create a custom spice blend for you if can’t find what you’re looking for among the hundreds they have already created. Also great for tea and gifts.


Uli's Famous Sausage

Uli’s Famous Sausage

Uli’s Famous Sausage: 

Uli’s Famous Sausage is famous for a reason. They have a huge selection of sausages that vary from South African to Portuguese. They even have a bacon sausage… yeah. While most stop by the counter and take their sausages to go, I recommend hanging out in their little restaurant next door and getting a sausage sampler with some potato salad and a German beer. It’s a calm refuge from the busy market and a great place to play some cards.


Rub with Love Shack

Chewy Chocolaty Cookie at Rub with Love

Rub With Love Shack:

Ok, one more stop on your way out. You can’t leave without dessert, right? Tom Douglas’s Rub with Love Shack has fantastic BBQ sandwiches for lunch, but most people don’t know about their cookies! Huge and perfectly chewy, you’re probably going to need a snack on your way home anyway, right?

Since I have so many favorites, stay tuned for Part 2 of this post. In the meantime, if you have any favorites of your own, be sure to add them in the comments! I’d love some more suggestions.

About the Author

Kristen Star

Kristen Star was a former Marketing Manager at Visit Seattle. She is a music-loving, craft beer-drinking, almost native Seattleite. Her favorite way to spend the day is restaurant-hopping around town, usually starting close to home in the Pike Place Market.

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