Started in 1907, Pike Place Market is a kaleidoscope of curiosities and the signature attraction of Seattle. Upstairs seafood sellers sing out customer orders and toss the fish for wrapping. Downstairs there’s lots of old dusty stuff; magazines, magic-tricks and records.
As we had watched Seattle’s large Russian community parading on their Victory Day (below left), it was appropriate we enjoyed some Russian takeaways for lunch. Piroshky Piroshky (below right) offers delicious hand-crafted Russian pies – Roger had cabbage and onion filling, Hilary potato and mushroom.
Pike Place is also home to the first Starbucks (below left); inside every Chinese tourist in town wants to take their selfie. If you get the chance do read Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time by Howard Schultz who brought Italian coffee culture to America. And the journey continues; nine blocks away is the prototype Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room (below right). It’s a stage, showing how coffee gets made – globally 20 are planned.