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Piroshky Piroshky Bakery | A Pike Place Market Favorite

Piroshky Piroshky Bakery | A Pike Place Market Favorite

When you step behind the counter at Piroshky Piroshky Bakery in Pike Place Market, it’s like a well-coordinated dance. Workers are gracefully dipping and dodging each other through the crammed 300-square-foot space. Some are hoisting hot trays, others are rolling dough at a work station, while even more are chopping fresh fruits and vegetables. The only thing in the way on this “slow” day in October is me, standing in the middle of the work space with my camera. “Heads up!” and “Behind you!” are just a couple of warnings I hear. People are buzzing all around me, forcing me to keep my head on a swivel. They tell me it’s even crazier behind-the-scenes during the peak summer season. I can only imagine the organized chaos, because it’s already hard for me to understand how they survive. But that’s what happens when you’re committed to fresh, handmade products like Piroshky Piroshky. If piroshky sits in the case for two to three hours, they’re tossed aside and a new batch is moved in....

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Original Starbucks Store at Pike Place Market

Original Starbucks Store at Pike Place Market

You can find Starbucks on just about any street corner around the world these days, but there’s only one original Starbucks store — and it’s right here in Seattle. Built in 1971 across from the iconic Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks store (1912 Pike Pl.) looks much like it did when it opened. There have been some changes to the inside of the building, but the hardwood floor, counters, and lighting are all original. Since Pike Place Market is a historic district in Seattle, there are building design guidelines in the area. That means the outside of the original Starbucks store looks just like it did when it opened for business more than 40 years ago. They even use the original Starbucks logo and everything. Aside from the look, location, and design, the original Starbucks store operates like every other Starbucks around the globe. They make fresh-roasted whole bean coffee, brew specialty drinks, and sell Starbucks goods (mugs, cups, etc.). They’re the first, but they honestly don’t do...

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Rachel’s Ginger Beer | Refreshing Seattle Soda Shop

Rachel’s Ginger Beer | Refreshing Seattle Soda Shop

Rachel’s Ginger Beer has been spreading through Seattle restaurants, cafes, shops and farmers markets for a few years. Now, the popular soda has its own home in a new flagship store at Pike Place Market. Admirers and soon-to-be-admirers are able to kick back, enjoy a glass of this tasty ginger beer (even mixed as a cocktail), or even take a growler or two home. If you haven’t tasted ginger beer before, you’re in for a treat. It has a little zing to it, but it isn’t too sweet. Similar to root beer, it’s a carbonated drink made with ginger. While the name says “beer,” it doesn’t have alcohol in it (though it pairs well with booze, which I’ll get to in a second). Rachel’s Ginger Beer (1530 Post Alley) brews its own soda every Monday. Their classic ginger beer is called RGB Original, which comes without any additional flavor. They also offer an array of flavored ginger beer, including Blood Orange, Blueberry, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Mango, Orange Beet and White Peach, among others. I personally love...

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Emerald City Day Trip | Seattle Attractions Infographic

Emerald City Day Trip | Seattle Attractions Infographic

What would you do if you only had one day in Seattle? It’s a tough question to answer because there are so many incredible places to experience in the Emerald City. To help you narrow down your options, our friends at Marriott plotted out this great Seattle attractions infographic. It makes for a really fun Emerald City day trip. Take a look at what they’ve drawn together! With stops at Pike Place Market, The Great Wheel, the Boeing Airline Factory (we would offer up the Museum of Flight as a possible alternative), Mount Rainier National Park, and the Space Needle, the Seattle attractions infographic by Marriott features some of the top spots in the Emerald City. It even includes rides on a Washington State Ferry and the Seattle Monorail. It’s tough to beat that! We do want to point out that the time frame on the Seattle attractions infographic is pretty misleading. While Mount Rainier National Park should be on your list of things to do around Seattle, it’s tough to include that trek in a day trip. Mount Rainier National Park is more...

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Gum Wall | Seattle’s Stickiest Attraction

Gum Wall | Seattle’s Stickiest Attraction

The gum wall near Pike Place Market is by far Seattle’s stickiest attraction, and some may also argue it’s also the city’s grossest attraction. The downtown landmark started creeping up in the 1990s around the Market Theater and it’s now a huge tourist attraction in Seattle. There’s not much to the gum wall at all. It’s literally a brick wall with people’s chewed up gum stuck to it. It’s located in Post Alley, right below Pike Place Market. Here are some easy directions: – Head to the main entrance of the Pike Place Market (located on 1st and Pike) – Look for the market’s full size brass piggy bank named Rachel (right below the neon “Public Market Center” sign) – From the pig, go down the stairwell to the left and around the corner. – The gum wall is located on your left, right next to (or covering) the Market Theater. The gum wall started about 20 years ago when people started leaving their chewed up gum on the wall....

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