Photo by Charity Burggraaf / Styling by Nelle Clark

Pike Place Picnic Party

There’s so much to eat and drink at Pike Place Market that it’s hard to know where to begin. Here’s a sample spread to inspire your own perfect picnic.

Photo by Charity Burggraaf / Styling by Nelle Clark
  1. House bread, $6, DeLaurenti Food & Wine (1435 First Ave)
  2. Salmon lox, $9.99, Totem Smokehouse (1906 Pike Pl, Ste 1)
  3. White truffle oil, $21/3.4 oz, Truffle Queen Gourmet Specialties (1524 Pike Pl)
  4. Cheese curds, $10.96/16 oz, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (*1600 Pike Pl)
  5. German sausage, $4/2, Bavarian Meats (1920 Pike Pl)
  6. Growler of black currant flavor, $16/32 oz, Rachel’s Ginger Beer (*1530 Post Alley)
  7. Sandwiches, price varies, Michou Deli (1904 Pike Place)
  8. You can get a fresh-cut bouquet from multiple vendors any time of year!
  9. HOT TIP! Tell the market’s produce vendors you’re planning to eat your fresh fruit—like nectarines, raspberries, and blueberries—immediately, and they’ll pick the ripest versions for you.
  10. Sweet and savory pastries, price varies, Piroshky Piroshky (1908 Pike Pl)
  11. Peach tart, $4/slice, $26/whole, Le Panier (*1902 Pike Pl)
  12. Single-origin bars, $7 each, indi chocolate (*1901 Western Ave, Ste D)

Pack it up!

When the days are long and sunny, it’s hard to stay inside even for a quick bite, so grab provisions from Pike Place Market and head to these prime picnic spots.

For the Activity

Wallingford’s steampunk-esque Gas Works Park (2101 N Northlake Way) gets its distinct look from a former coal gasification plant, decommissioned decades ago. Crowds gather to fly kites from the tall hill, play in the section of the plant converted to a kids’ area, and watch seaplanes splashing down in Lake Union against a backdrop of the downtown skyline.

For an Oasis

Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park (1247 15th Ave E) is a calming beauty with a reflecting pool, a summer wading pool, koi ponds, a dahlia garden, a conservatory, and plenty of open meadows and picnic tables. While you’re there, take a picture of the Space Needle framed by Isamu Noguchi’s doughnut-shaped sculpture, Black Sun.

For the Shore

Madrona Park (853 Lake Washington Blvd), in the Madrona neighborhood just west of massive Lake Washington, offers picnic areas with shoreside scenery of the lake along with prime swimming and trail-walking opportunities.


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For the View

Queen Anne’s elevated Kerry Park (211 W Highland Dr) affords postcard-perfect views of the Space Needle and Puget Sound. With a background like this, your food photography is certain to pop.


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