At just about a century old, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is truly iconic and welcomes millions of visitors every year to its food-filled halls. Everywhere you look there’s more food, shops, flowers, and fruit! Unlike other popular tourist attractions in other big cities where dining options seem to be nothing but big corporate companies and unquestionably lacking (Times Square in NYC, the Riverwalk in San Antonio, etc.), Pike Place Market couldn’t be more opposite. In fact some of the absolute best food you can find in Seattle are among Pike Place Market restaurants and food stands. Plus they have a brand new MarketFront area with stunning views of the waterfront, so you can have your cake and eat it too!
At first glance Pike Place Market might seem like a seemingly small strip filled with a few food vendors and a popular fresh fish stand, but the market is literally a maze of endless farmers markets, crafts markets, specialty food shops, and restaurants. Among a sea of so many options for dining, we have compiled a list of the absolute best Pike Place Market restaurants and small bites so that you’ll never wonder where to start when you find yourself in the beating heart of Seattle.
Pike Place Market Hours
A quick word about the hours at Pike Place Market. We found that although the website and other resources online report that the market is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., several vendors close on their own timeline (sometimes as early as 4 or 5 p.m.). Restaurants also typically have completely different hours than the market, including Sushi Kashiba, The Pink Door, and other popular restaurants which are open until later hours for table service.
Pike Place Market Parking
Don’t forget to plan ahead when visiting Pike Place Market! You might get lucky occasionally and find a spot right on one of the main streets that feeds into the market (Pike, Pine, Steward, and Virginia), but for the exact same price and no two-hour limit, you can drive right to the Public Market Parking Garage at 1531 Western Ave OR 1901 Western Ave (the garages are linked)! Parking costs $4 an hour and despite signage they do take all major credit cards. #points
Pike Place Market Resources
One of the best places that you can visit for accurate information is the official Pike Place Market Website. They have more information than the average tourist or foodie need, but it’s a fantastic point of reference. And if you want to get really nerdy and learn even more about the market, check out this podcast that exclusively interviews people who are at the forefront of the hustle and bustle at Pike Place Market!
Without further ado, please enjoy our list of the 15 Best Pike Place Market Restaurants & Small Bites! Have you tried any of these spots? Leave a comment! We’d love to hear what you think.
15. Three Girls Bakery
There are a LOT of bakeries at Pike Place Market and trust us when we say they aren’t all created equally. Our favorite spot for a delicious homemade cookie at Pike Place Market is Three Girls Bakery! There’s a lot to take in when you encounter their big glass case, but we highly recommend the homemade chewy chocolate cookie. Covered in powdered sugar with a crinkly outer coat, it’s chewy and decadent on the inside with a texture that’s comparable to a brownie. A great dessert on the go and one of the best cookies in the entire market.
14. The Crumpet Shop
The Crumpet Shop serves up delicious English crumpets in a laid back cafe type setting at Pike Place Market. They have plenty of savory and sweet options, but our top recommendation is the organic lemon curd & ricotta crumpet- a homemade crumpet topped with whipped ricotta (like a far superior whipped cream) and fresh lemon curd, all made in house. They are closed on Tuesdays so be sure to plan around their hours.
13. Daily Dozen Doughnut Company
Fresh, hot mini doughnuts! The end. There isn’t anything novel about Daily Dozen Doughnut Company but their delicious, fresh miniature doughnuts are truly delicious. The employees are incredibly kind and will tell you which ones are fresh. We highly recommend ordering a bag of the cinnamon sugar doughnuts- the dusting of sugar & spice on a hot, pillowy pocket of heaven is what dreams are made of. Grab a bag to share with a friend (or with yourself) while you peruse the rest of Pike Place Market.
12. Pike Place Chowder
If you’re in Seattle, you’re eating clam chowder, and Pike Place Chowder serves arguably some of the best clam chowder in the country! There are seven different chowder options from a Manhattan style chowder to lime & coconut chowder, but the thing you’re getting here is the New England clam chowder. The New England clam chowder is perfect- with a great potato to clams ratio, skins left on the potatoes for fantastic texture, all served in a delicious sourdough bread bowl (optional, but why wouldn’t you get the bread bowl?). The bread bowl is ideal- firm enough to maintain the integrity of the bread bowl, but soft enough to perfectly compliment the creamy decadent chowder. Go right at open to avoid terribly long lines. The chowder here is absolutely delicious and although many claim that the hype is insane, this is the best chowder at Pike Place Market and also in Seattle.
11. Piroshky Piroshky
Piroshky Piroshky! What even is a piroshky? These hand held Russian pies have a cult following and attract Pike Place Market goers all year long. But worth the hype? We tried the chocolate cream hazelnut roll- nothing to write home about. The smoked salmon pate piroshky? A little bit better. But finally, the beef and cheese piroshky was the true shining star- a mix of ground beef and sharp cheddar encased in delicious fluffy bread was a combination truly TDF. Local tip: if you can’t wait in line with the masses but you’re dying to have your own piroshky, visit their Columbia Tower location on 5th avenue.
10. Pure Food Fish Market
You have never tasted smoked salmon so divine until you have a bit of the Alderwood smoked salmon from Pure Food Fish Market at Pike Place Market! This center cut of fatty, moist King Salmon are prepared with a touch of salt and smoked to perfection. The employees here are fantastic and will happily let you try before you buy. This smoked salmon is good as is for an entree, or served on bagels, as part of an appetizer, or for the best snack in the world while you’re on the go!
9. Pasta Casalinga
Pasta Casalinga is a fantastic spot in Pike Place Market for homemade pasta run by a family of Italians who clearly put their heart and soul into the food they serve every day. Pasta Casalinga is relatively new to the market (they opened in early 2018) so you won’t have to wait with the masses for this fantastic Italian food (yet). Any of their homemade pastas are prepared perfectly al dente and the $2 extra for burrata on top is 100% worth it. Super friendly, quick, a great option in the market for delicious Italian food without the ordeal of a sit down restaurant or fancy dining.
8. Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Rachel’s Ginger Beer is a really fun experience for ginger lovers. If you don’t know what ginger beer is, it’s basically a more flavorful version of ginger ale and is non-alcoholic. At Rachel’s Ginger Beer, however, they go a step further. With flavors like blood orange, pink guava, passionfruit, caramelized pineapple, and blueberry, they take ginger beer to the next level. They also do ginger beer floats, which tastes just as amazing as it sounds! The soft serve vanilla is some of the creamiest ice cream you will ever have and when it hits your taste buds simultaneously with the ginger beer you are in for a real treat. Our favorite flavors are the white peach and pink guava, but the employees are happy to let you sample different flavors so you’re happy and satisfied with your flavor of choice. Go here first to have something to sip on while you walk through Pike Place Market!
7. Le Panier
If you only have time for a quick stroll through Pike Place Market, but you’re looking for something delicious and sweet, make sure to stop by Le Panier for incredible french pastries. Everything here tastes just as beautiful as it looks, but popular sweet items include the twice baked chocolate and almond croissants (delicious). The macarons are also the perfect small treat at only $2.00 and prepared to perfection. The chocolate macaron is a decadent no-brainer and the seasonal pumpkin macaron is not to be missed around fall time.
6. Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream
If you love dessert, ice cream, hot fudge sundaes, or all of the above, put Shug’s at the top of your list for your next visit to Pike Place Market! Not only is this one of the most beautiful sundaes we’ve ever had (^^^ nuff said) but it tasted even MORE delicious. Everything that goes into the menu items at Shug’s is super high quality and you can enjoy so many different classic soda shop items like ice cream cones, shakes, old fashioned sodas, and novelties! Share with a friend- you won’t want to keep this to yourself.
5. Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt
Ellenos Real Greek yogurt is the best greek yogurt we have ever had. Period. This isn’t the yogurt you try to force-feed yourself for the lean protein benefits at home. At Ellenos you’re getting smooth, delicious traditional Greek yogurt made with fresh flavors like passionfruit, marionberry pie, and lemon curd (our three fav flavors). The employees are really great at helping you find the perfect flavor, but we’ve yet to find one we didn’t like! If you’re in Seattle during the fall make sure to enjoy their delicious seasonal pumpkin pie yogurt!
4. Matt’s in the Market
Matt’s in the market is a fantastic spot at Pike Place Market for lunch and dinner with a heavy emphasis on seafood. The most popular menu item here? The fishwich. The fish on this incredible sandwich changes seasonally, and is cooked perfectly keeping the fish succulent and soft on the inside with a beautiful nearly crisp coating on the outside. The fish is perfectly complimented with thick slabs of crispy bacon, thinly shredded iceberg lettuce, shaved sweet onion, and a hit of homemade pepper aioli, all coming together on a delicious brioche bun. Important side note: we completely underestimated the creamy tomato soup that came with the fishwich and it’s one of the best we have ever had.
3. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
You like cheese? Go to Beecher’s! You can watch their process of making cheese through a window while you order anything cheesy your heart desires, but whatever you do, don’t leave without trying their in-cre-di-ble mac and cheese. The “sauce” or cheese is made with their Just Jack and Flagship cheese, butter, milk, and a touch of chipotle chili powder. The subtle hit from the chili powder is essential, and the sharpness of the cheese makes it a decadent “adult” mac and cheese, while still keeping the classic creaminess for this famous comfort food dish. And while the mac and cheese is definitely the home run menu item here, we also have fond feelings toward the grilled cheese sandwiches, too.
2. The Pink Door
If you’ve talked with other food enthusiasts about good Pike Place Market restaurants, The Pink Door will inevitably surface in your conversation. The ambiance is beautiful but also borderline bizarre. The service is fantastic and the views of the market and the water cannot be beat (make sure to get reservations for these tables). But above all we were truly pleased with the food, and in particular the LASAGNA. There is really something special between the layers of fresh spinach, pesto, and decadent béchamel. All smothered in a homemade marinara sauce that was perfection. If you’re looking for a great date night spot among a sea of Pike Place Market Restaurants, The Pink Door is a fantastic option.
1. Sushi Kashiba
We’d be lying if we told you that Sushi Kashiba isn’t the absolute best dining option at Pike Place Market. Long story long: Shiro Kashiba is basically a legend in Seattle. Mostly for serving the best sushi in the city, but also for training under Jiro (cue “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” . . . Yes, that Jiro). It’s safe to say that Sushi Kashiba has some some of the most delicious bites that Seattle has to offer, let alone Pike Place Market. Extra points to for serving a truly authentic sushi & sashimi experience. You want to make reservations here wayyyyy ahead of time for the sushi bar where Shiro prepares the cuisine himself, and while you’re at it order the chef’s omakase for the full experience. Definitely a splurge but worth every penny. If you don’t have the luxury of making reservations, try going on a week day evening and get there a few minutes before opening to wait in line for a seat in the restaurant.