Seattle has a lot of FREE attractions to offer and what better way to start exploring than to jump right into the center of things downtown? That’s exactly how we started our first full day in Seattle.
After driving up and down some ridiculously steep and wet roads we lucked out with a parking spot right directly in front of the market…. at the bottom of the road the seems to disappear in the photo below.
Welcome to Pike’s Place Market!
First stop, 1912 Pike’s Place and the first Starbucks store ever!
Rain jackets are a hot look aren’t they?! Don’t answer that.
The line was out the door but moved quickly and soon enough I had the coveted mug in hand.
As cool a souvenir as my mug is I also love finding less commercial souvenirs to commemorate my travels. Shortly after stepping into the Market I stumbled on a Chinese artist and knew a painting would be coming home with me.
The one I chose is entitle ‘welcome spring’ which couldn’t be more perfect for me. The artist also wrote my name on the back in Chinese for free!
The flowers throughout the market were gorgeous.
So was the food.
Fish don’t just swim, they can also fly – at least when they’re in the hands of the talented folks at Pike’s Place Fish Market. These guys would give my ball team a run for their money with their aim and catching abilities.
The blurry thing above is a fish they threw back and forth 5 or 6 times!
After exploring the market we needed nourishment and walked to the Yellow Leaf Cupcake co. in the Belltown district.
One thing that surprised me about Seattle was how compact it is for a major city. We were able to walk or drive to different neighbourhoods in no time, it was awesome!
Yellow Leaf Cupcakes boast a huge amount of unique flavour combinations (listing here) and continuing with the Starbucks theme from the morning, I selected the Caramel Macchiato cupcake with a Watermelon Cream Oogave to drink.
The cake was nice and the icing was perfect, not too sweet!
Overall we were happy with our cupcakes and I would definitely return to try some more of their unique flavours. We also really loved the Oogave drink.
We walked off the sugar rush by walking back to the center of town and the shopping district.
I adored how wide open all of the streets were downtown, it felt so open and airy. Loved it!
Walking around our favourite shops for hours worked up quite the appetite so we bealined back to the market for 2nd snack (in lieu of a proper lunch).
Destination: Le Panier
Mision: Macarons (French Macaroons)
With one of each macaron flavour, a croissant and an Orangina it was like we were in a cafe in France.
The macarons had incredible flavour but the outside could have been a little crisper to give you a satisfying crunch when you take a bite. Not a huge deal since the flavours were great.
Whatever the macarons lacked in crispy crunch the croissant more than made up for with a light and crisy shell surrounding pillows of buttery insides.
After our delicious break we headed to the Occidental Park/Pioneer Square area known for “haunted” underground tours and independent shops.
Unfortunately most of the stores were closed, since it was about 5pm on a Sunday, but we still enjoyed walking around the tree lined streets looking at the gorgeous buildings.
After taking a look around we trekked back to the other side of the city, which took all of 3 minutes, to explore the Olympic Sculpture Garden (FREE) and walk along the Puget Sound waterfront trail.
Imagine getting to bike and run on this trail every day?!
Stay tuned for the rest of the night; trolls and one of the best pizza’s I’ve ever tasted!