1 November 2017 Comments Off on Shopping and Culture in Seattle, Washington Travel Tips & Advice
A visit to Seattle, Washington, without a stop at the Pike Place Market is like ordering decaffeinated coffee – you’ll still get the taste but you’ll be missing the buzz. This century-old landmark anchors the Seattle waterfront and serves as a gateway to nearby museums and attractions.
One of the oldest continuously operating farmers markets in the country, Pike Place started in 1907 and now includes some 500 shops, restaurants and vendor stalls. Start your day with a photo in front of the famous Public Market Centre sign on the corner of First and Pike. Dating to 1927, the giant red letters are among the oldest neon signs on the West Coast.
Pike Place may be famous for the fishmongers in brightly coloured high rubber boots who throw whole salmon back and forth, but it is also where you will find rows of booths selling local art, imported gifts, vintage hats and beads, in addition to ethnic restaurants, cafes and bars.
Channel your favourite superhero at Golden Age Collectibles, billed as the USA’s oldest comic book store, or spin the globe at Metsker Maps, a one-of-a-kind adventure for the curious traveller with maps and oddball gear from around the world.
There is a narrow staircase layered with tattered music posters that leads down to a cobblestone street called Post Alley and the Gum Wall (picture below). This 16.5-meter-long attraction started in the early 1990s when the management of the Market Theatre next door asked show goers to leave their gum outside. Today, sticky orbs of gum spread over the wall as a kind of offbeat art installation.
Need a break? Starbucks opened its first store in 1971 at the market in the Soames-Dunn Building. This is the only place you can buy a Pike Place Market Starbucks souvenir; you will not find the combined logo anywhere else.