If the Space Needle is the angular face of Seattle, Pike Place Market is its unquestioned heart. In 1907, the first six farmers at the market sold all their produce within minutes. It has been the model for urban farmers’ markets ever since. Pike Place now has hundreds of vendors who sell everything from tie-dyed onesies to Treasure Cove oysters—all to the delight of the market’s 10 million annual visitors. Start with a latte at Storyville, just right with an amandine croissant from Le Panier. Pick up alderwood-smoked king salmon from Pure Food Fish—it’s been here since 1911—and a gigantic $10 bouquet in the main corridor. Sit down to a steelhead fishwich at Matt’s in the Market, where the Puget Sound views are classic Seattle, then eat dessert on the run: a sack full of mini cinnamon-sugar doughnuts from the Daily Dozen.
85 Pike St.