Locals Only: Hidden Haunts in the Pike Place Market
Now over 110 years old, Seattle’s Pike Place Market has become an icon of consistency in the heart of a rapidly growing city. With farm fresh produce, locally sourced meat and seafood, and handcrafted goods, Pike Place Market is a year round draw for tourists and locals alike. Watch any TV show or primetime football game to see cut scenes of hand tossed fish and the cast bronze piggy bank, or go down on nearly any day of the week to find crowds of slow moving tourists in location-based clothing, armed with selfie sticks.
While the market has become a major tourist destination, a diehard culture of vendors slanging wares, restaurant buyers picking up the day’s supplies and local lurkers who live in the apartments above remain. Our Seattle location is only two blocks from Pike Place Market, therefore making us sorta locals—albeit newer ones. Being in such close proximity has also allowed us to dial in a few of the hidden local spots worth checking out on your next visit to the store or to the city.
Ghost Alley Espresso
Start a morning visit to the market off in the most Seattle way possible. With a coffee. While the original Starbucks draws a nonstop line of gawkers, we’re more into this tucked away caffeination station. Under the main stairs into the market and near the gum wall, Ghost Alley Espresso is a good way to beat the crowd and get some tasty craft coffee before venturing out into the market.
1499 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101
Daily Dozen Doughnut
If you’re looking to find this mini doughnut mecca, head to the south end of the market and look for the longest line. The line moves pretty quickly, but while you wait you can zone out watching the mechanized dreamweaver drop lumps dough as they float through assembly line, ending its journey in a bath of powdered sugar, chocolate and sprinkles, or regular sugar. Mini doughnuts are fairly common, but there aren’t many as good as these. Go with the assorted combo and remember to bring cash.
93 Pike St Seattle, WA 98101
LoPriore Bros Pasta Bar
Wandering around the market, dodging tourists and checking out all the vendor booths can work up a real appetite. With friendly employees who seem to know everyone’s name, tasty pasta, pizza and their famous meatball sub, LoPriore Bros Pasta Bar is a local institution. Hidden behind the hyped up chowder house line, this lunch counter is rarely busy and always good place to grab a bite. Solid go-to’s include the meatball sub or cheese tortellini, smothered in Tuscan sauce and served with freshly toasted garlic bread.
1530 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101 (behind Pike Place Chowder)
It may rain most of the winter, but summers in Seattle are hard to beat. The only thing that can make a sunny, summer day even better is happy hour with a view and Maximilien is the perfect spot. With a solid happy hour menu and outdoor patio with a view of Elliott Bay, this French restaurant is a good way to wrap up a day at the market and re-generate for evening adventures.
81A Pike St Ste A Seattle, WA 98101
White Horse Trading Company
While the Pike Place Market is just over a hundred years old, White Horse Trading Company feels like it could have been there for twice that. This small, English dive bar/bookshop is tucked back in Post Alley and is only advertised by a white silhouette of its namesake horse. With a tight selection of English beer, their famous Pimms Cup, and eccentric collection of decorations hung from every surface, White Horse is a great place to escape from the crowds whether it’s a cold and rainy day or a hot and sweaty one. Cash only.
1908 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101