Pike Place Market at Night

While I was home last, I made a stop at my beloved Pike Place Market–one of those famous sights that’s really worth the hype and not just for tourists. After being in Spain this long, I now look at the market with new eyes, chuckling at the peeled and deveined shrimp; which in Spain is basically sacrilegious. But mostly I just daydream about living in the area, and doing the majority of my shopping there:  picking up a gorgeous $5 bouquet every week, the freshest wild salmon, and seasonal fruits and veggies.

Pike Place Market is much more than just stalls touting seafood and produce, however. There are also numerous restaurants and artisan food shops (perfect for souvenirs!), craft stalls, and an arcade downstairs featuring shops of all kinds. It’s a maze for the senses, and well worth a couple of hours shopping and exploring. As the oldest continuously operated farmer’s market in the U.S.A., we Seattleites are pretty proud of this attraction. In my opinion, Pike Place Market is the king of farmer’s markets, and I compare every market I visit in the world to it (like La Boqueria in Barcelona, this Roman market, or Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel.)

Take a look for yourself!

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    • I’ll give you a tour if you give me a tour of Chicago!! :) You must go!

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  1. I adore Pike Place Market! I did a market tour before hopping on a cruise ship set for Alaska with my family. It was one of the highlights of my trip! I fell completely in love with Seattle on that trip. I even toyed with the idea of applying to graduate school in the area, but I’m in Spain now so that obviously didn’t work out. ;) But I definitely want to visit Seattle again! Beautiful photos. :) xx
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    • Thanks! Hopefully you’ll get back someday. Summertime in Seattle is pure bliss!

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  2. Gorgeous!! I’m obsessed with these photos – they make me so nostalgic for home :) I’m a fellow Seattleite currently living in Spain, so I’m thrilled to find your blog! I can’t wait to follow along with your adventures!
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  3. Hi Christine, Quinn here, I don’t know if you remember me but I was inquiring about teaching English in Spain maybe about a year ago, thanks for your insights. Well Idid it! Although not in the context as I was hoping but I still got to hang out in Madrid and head up to Salamanca for 10 days. Actually I got a teaching job in China and I was hoping to eventually get to Espana however the contract was 2 years in duration and I decided to stay here in Vancouver and eventually save enough to get myself back to Spain. Well Just though I’d drop a line and if your ever in Vancouver Canada please feel free to say hello and I can show you some pretty cool gastronomic adventures. All the best again and thanks for the great site, it keeps me inspired !


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    • Yes, I remember you! That’s so great that you went for it! Hope you’ll get back soon. Best wishes!

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