Hello, Seattle Part 2: Pike Place Market

Somehow we managed to cram a lot into our two days in Seattle.

After visiting the Columbia Center and Seattle Center, we headed down to one of the city’s most famous spots — Pike Place Market.

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We were there on a Sunday so of course it was as crowded as could be, but we were still able to wander around a bit. It’s pretty touristy (it’s oly Seattle’s biggest tourist attraction, a respectable feat considering all the city has to offer in terms of landmarks) and a good place to be sucked into spending money, but definitely a worthy place to check out in the city. It’s huge too. We kept discovering new levels and buildings, all part of this giant market that has been operating since 1907.

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We didn’t see any being thrown, but we did see (and smell) plenty of fish. It’s not exactly my favorite smell. But I don’t mind eating it though, so after a basically non-existent breakfast, we stopped for lunch at Lowell’s, a three-level restaurant in the middle of the market. We sat on the third floor, with the loveliest of views of Puget Sound while we enjoyed the most delicious fresh salmon and local beers from the Pike Brewing Company.

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We probably saw a million girls wandering around with fresh bouquets of flowers wrapped in paper — which made sense because the flower vendors seemed to be a dime a dozen. Pike Place is definitely a place for the senses, full of bright colors and wafting scents from the dozens upon dozens of vendors.

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After sufficiently exploring the market, we set out to find Post Alley, which took a few minutes, because the place is huge and neither Joel nor I are good with directions. Pike Place Market is built on a hill overlooking Elliot Bay, and eventually we realized we had to head down a level to find another of Seattle’s weird attractions, the infamous Gum Wall.

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It was definitely as disgusting as expected, but at the same time, a colorful piece of art. So, so, so many colors of discarded gum, in all its stretchy glory, stuck onto a brick wall by who knows how many passers-by.

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We ended the night at another fun Seattle institution: The Pink Door. The Italian restaurant is located down another of Pike Place Market’s alleyways, marked only by, you guessed it, a pink door. The place came highly recommended by my boss, so I was eager to see if it lived up to the hype. We were there on a Sunday and managed to snag a table right in front of the evening’s entertainment: trapeze. Trapeze is no joke — it’s impressive to watch, as it clearly requires flexibility, strength and agility way beyond any that I possess. The food was delicious, the drinks were amazing and the entertainment was a fun addition to the evening.

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The only evidence we were there, from Joel’s instragram (@joeladdington).

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From my instagram (@erinaddington)

We headed home along the waterfront, which unfortunately was full of some massive construction projects, but we did to see the Seattle Great Wheel in all of its neon glory. Sadly it was our last full day together, but we managed to make the most out of the next morning before Joel headed back to Florida (stay tuned).

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