Pike Place MarketA visit to Seattle, and especially to the waterfront would be incomplete without the iconic shopping experience of the Pike Place Market. Opened in 1907, the historic market is filled with stalls and shops that cater to both locals shopping for their daily goods and tourists in search of good eats and souvenirs. Northwest goods can be found here, like fresh or smoked salmon, Washington apples and local clam chowder alongside world imports including gourmet Italian goods, imported cheeses and exotic fruits. Most shops are happy to help ship goods or package them for safe travel. The top level of the market has the food stalls and artists, while the lower levels have a variety of clothing and knick-knack shops. Summer days find the street closed in front of the market and filled with local farmers selling their goods directly to the consumers.
More Info: www.pikeplacemarket.org
Fremont Sunday MarketFor over twenty years this quirky flea market has sprung up each summer Sunday, filling the Fremont neighborhood with crafts, antiques and whatever else people are willing to buy or sell. Modeled after European street markets, it fits perfectly in Fremont, a neighborhood once renowned for independent artists and collectors of odd items. Treasures can be found here in the form of works of art by unknown creators, used house-wares, international imports and collected antiques. As it has grown, the market has also adopted a farmersâ€™ market as part of the weekly event so as to supply shoppers with local produce and edibles, along with a variety of street carts serving prepared foods.
More Info: www.fremontmarket.com
Melrose MarketThe new indoor Melrose Market has been compared to San Franciscoâ€™s Ferry Plaza or considered a modern version of the Seattle icon, Pike Place Market. Located just east of the downtown core in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, this market is easy to get to and even easier to love. Find sustainable meats at the butcher, pick up fascinating dairy products from the world over at the cheese shop and complete a meal with a bottle of wine from the wine shop. There is also an independent record store, a flower shop and an indie designer goods store. For those feeling a little peckish while they shop, there is a snack counter, an organic, environmentally conscious sandwich shop, a high-end restaurant and even a bar on the back-side. Melrose Market is a politically-correct food-loverâ€™s shopping dream come true.
More Info: www.melrosemarketseattle.com