Pike Place Market and Ivar’s Fish Bar

It was our second day in Seattle and the weather was gorgeous!


We walked along the pier towards the market.

You can’t visit Seattle without checking out Pike Place Market. Established in 1907, Seattle’s original farmer’s market was a way to connect producers directly with the public. It’s a a popular spot for tourists and locals alike with fresh produce stalls and stands filled with local fruits and vegetables year-round.

The market is also home to fish markets, butchers, flower shops, bakeries, specialty vendors, and restaurants.

My first stop was Market Grill for their Blackened Salmon Sandwich. So simple, but so good. I saw the sandwich on Delicious Destinations. A great breakfast indeed.

My sister met me as I was finishing up and we walked over to Pike Place Chowder. The award-winning seafood institution serves traditional and specialty chowders. There was a line, so we looked over the menu while we waited.

After a bit, we were at the counter and ready to order.

My sister went with the vegan Lime & Coconut Chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. I decided to get the sampler of four 5 oz. chowders.

I tried the New England Clam Chowder, Seared Scallop Chowder, Smoked Salmon, Chowder, and the Crab & Oyster Chowder. Creamy, hearty, and flavorful. They were all delicious! The seared scallop may have been my favorite though.

We continued to wander around the market. There’s a lot to see and sample.

We stopped my Pike Place Fish Market and chatted with the friendly staff. This is where you’ll see the awesome fishmongers flinging fish through the air. Do not miss the flying fish!

Pike Place Fish Company



Outside on Pike Place, you’ll see a street lined with more food vendors. It’s also the location of the the very first Starbucks.

I stopped by Piroshky Piroshky for a…you guessed it…piroshky! The small Russian bakery cranks out a variety of them, both savory and sweet.

What is a piroshky? They’re basically hand held pies with fillings. Each one is made from scratch and hand-molded into a unique shape.

I ended up getting a Ham, Cheese & Spinach piroshky. It was incredible! The golden brown, flakey pastry was soft and buttery. The filling was hot and delicious. Piroshky Piroshky is a must-try at the market.

After spending the majority of the afternoon exploring the market, we walked by a couple stores. Open since 1899, the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on the waterfront of Pier 54 has a collection of weird, cool, and unusual items. Shrunken heads, real mummies, gag gifts, Native American art? Come on down!

As if we didn’t eat enough, I stopped by the takeout counter of Ivar’s Fish Bar on Pier 54 to try their classic Clams n’ Chips.

The wild caught hand-breaded Atlantic surf clams are served with Ivar’s signature tartar or cocktail sauces and French fries. You can take a seat at one of the outdoor tables among the seagulls and even share a few of your fries with them if you’d like.

It was a great afternoon of foodie fun. We relaxed at the apartment for a while before going back out.

Pike Place Market
1st Ave and Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-7453

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
Pier 54, 1001 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 682-5844

Ivar’s Fish Bar
1001 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-6852

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