Now that summer is here (nudge, nudge to the weather), you are probably thinking about what you can do locally because who wants to travel elsewhere during summer in Seattle? We spent 24 hours at Pike Place market and found ourselves wanting to stay much, much longer. Besides spending time getting to know the merchants and purveyors, there is a hotel in the market as well as fantastic eats and drinks that you can't miss out on.
WHERE TO STAY
Inn at the Market is quintessential Seattle. It's somewhat modest from the outside but as you start to explore this hotel, you find beauty everywhere. The lobby, the rooms, the patios; everything is cozy and Northwestern. The hotel recently went through a major renovation with their guest rooms.
Why you want to go to La Panier is stated right on the door: very French bakery. Walking inside, your taste buds will start watering from the aroma of bread baking. Whether it's a croissant, a baguette or one of many pastries, you will leave completely satisfied and feeling like you spent a few moments in France.
If you enjoy a savory breakfast, you can't miss Piroshky, Piroshky. This Russian bakery makes delicious handheld pies with various fillings. If you're into meat, try the Bavarian Sausage Piroshky. For the non-meat lover, there are many vegetarian options as well as sweet Piroshky's.
You can't spend time at the market without making a stop at Beecher's Cheese. As one of Seattle's first artistan cheese shops, you have likely had Beecher's somewhere. It's in grocery stores, bakeries and on menus at restaurants across the Northwest. When you go into the flagship store, you have to have macaroni and cheese. Period. Bonus: if you are at Seatac headed somewhere else, there's now a Beecher's in concourse C!
Chan is relatively new to the market but don't let its newness shy you away! Chan opened in 2012 on the main level of Inn at the Market and boasts a modern classic Korean menu and a great cocktail list. The atmosphere is cozy and very sleek: diners can sit at the bar with an open kitchen and chat with the chef. Many of the plates are small and sharable. Do not leave without trying the chicken wings and the deep fried rice cake.
Lowell's has been a staple in the market since the late 1950's. The obvious reason to go to Lowell's is the view! They have three floors of water view seating. But, if you're looking for morning pick-me-up, they have great (made from scratch) Bloody Mary's. Try the Rosemary Fennel Mary for something different.
When happy hour rolls around, make your way to Rachel's Ginger Beer in Post Alley. RGB has been a favorite of Seattleite's for the last few years but you had to know what bars served the delicious ginger beer. The brick and mortar opened in the market in 2013 and has various flavors of the signature ginger beer, cocktails, floats (the boozy kind) and growlers.
Chocolate. Cheesecake. Truffles. What else is there to say? The Confectional is a cute little boutique bakery with so many delectable treats, you will have a hard time choosing three. This market treasure has many things that will make you drool but one completely decadent choice is a shot of their drinking chocolate.