Trying local cuisine and regional restaurants is a part of a decadent vacation. But sometimes all you want is a fresh, home-cooked meal. Our vacation rental kitchens are all fully stocked from plates to pots to every kitchen gadget in between. Not only will cooking at your home away from home save you money, but you may end up eating far healthier than you will at most restaurants. So, if you’d like a night in, a hearty breakfast or a quick lunch before sight-seeing, here’s our guide to shopping and eating like a local at Seattle’s most famous market
The tiny jewel-box Pike Place Creamery showcases a variety of super fresh dairy including brown and white eggs, sweet butter and cheeses. To add to their quaint factor, they even have milk in glass bottles. You can even get exotic items like quail and turkey eggs, but their cow collection alone is worth a stop!
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Le Panier is adored by locals and visitors alike. They offer a gorgeous selection of French pastries and breads. The lines can be long, but one bite of their savory feuillete epinard (a spinach and cream puff pastry) and you’ll know the wait was worth it. Make sure to grab a few eclairs or pastel-hued macarons to have later for dessert.
1902 Pike Place
Honest Biscuits located in the new Market Common building has the tastiest buttermilk biscuits this side of the Mississippi. Slather them with butter and jam or top it with an egg and a slab of bacon. Or try their signature biscuit The MacGregor made with ingredients from local shops Beecher’s and Bavarian Meats and infused with caramelized onions.
If a lighter breakfast is more your style, check out Ellenos yogurt for a healthy indulgence. They offer flavors such as passion fruit, lemon curd, marionberry and seasonal favorites like pumpkin pie. Grab an order of plain then head to one of the market’s many fruit stands such as Sosios for fresh ripe berries or their famous OMG peaches.
Ellenos: 1500 Pike Place Market Sosio’s: 1527 Pike Place
Seattle is known as a coffee haven but for a truly local experience, skip the line at Starbucks and go to Storyville. Located on the top floor of the Corner Market building, they don’t offer any fancy flavors but roast their deliciously robust signature blend daily.
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De Laurenti Market is an authentic Italian deli and marketplace located on the corner of the south side of the main market building and First avenue. Here you can find just about any specialty you’d need to create a fabulous lunch. Their deli counter features hundreds of cheeses along with a huge array of cold cuts, meats and sausages. They also have a scrumptious array of salads and sides like dolma (stuffed grape leaves) and stuffed peppers. You can also find a great selection of condiments, olives and rich oils and vinegars. If you’d prefer to just grab something to go, check out their Café Mangia that offers classic Italian sandwiches and thick slices of just-made pizza. They sell wine and beer by the glass or you can head upstairs to the cellar to purchase beer or wine from their extensive collection.
Another tasty ethnic option is the Mexican Grocery. This tiny jewel box of a shop sells authentic Mexican specialties like homemade tamales and jam-packed burritos. For a spicy side, grab a bag of their thick tortilla chips that are made fresh daily and one of their pungent salsas or their rich guacamole.
1914 Pike Place, off Virginia Street.
Jack’s Fish Spot Across the street from the main market arcade in the Corner Market building is some of the freshest fish in the market. You won’t find any fish-throwing at Jack’s, but this is thespot that locals head to for a great selection of Pacific Northwest seafood. They stock a variety of salmon, mussels, clams, oysters, crab and flaky Pacific snapper also known as rockfish. Tucked behind the fish monger stand, a 10-seat counter serves up crisp fish and chips, smoked salmon cocktail, a delectable chowder and other tasty tidbits.
1514 Pike Place
For an easy meal that feels indulgent, stop by Pappardelle’s Pasta in the main arcade of the market and choose from an array of colorful pasta in every shape under the sun. They also stock a variety of gluten-free noodles. To elevate your dish, try some of their fragrant and flavorful drizzling oils. Pair the pasta with fresh vegetables and garlic from Frank’s or meat from Don and Joe’s.
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A few stalls down from Jack’s Fish Spot, Frank’s Quality Produce features a colorful and fresh plethora of produce with some of the friendliest sellers in the market. Here you can find locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs to round out your home-cooked dinner. If you spot a vegetable you haven’t tried before, ask the guys for advice on cooking it as they usually have some delicious ideas.
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Since 1969 Don & Joe’s Meats have been selling high quality meats, poultry and sausages to the Pike Place community. As some of our vacation rental properties feature grills, pick up some of their ground fresh daily beef or turkey to make burgers. Known for their friendly service, they’ll also give you tips on cooking your purchases.
85 Pike Street (located under the market clock.)
Pike and Western Wine Merchant carries an extensive selection of wine including a large variety of Pacific Northwest vintners. They’ve been serving the community since 1975 and offer tastings on Friday afternoons so you can uncover something delicious for the weekend. The staff all love wine and are happy to help with pairings.
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The Confectional, located in the Corner Market building behind The Crumpet Shop features mini cheesecakes in indulgent flavors like key lime and quadruple chocolate. As of this writing they were in the process of creating cheesecake dippers; 2-4 bites of pure heaven.
1530 Pike Place
Daily Dozen Doughnut Stand haspowered and sprinkled mini doughnuts so delectable they’re a perfect sweet to cap off your home-made Pike Place Market meal. Now, you’re eating like a local! Especially, if you get the maple and bacon doughnut. Wait, shouldn’t that one be saved for tomorrow’s breakfast?
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