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What trip to Seattle is complete without visiting the Pike Place Market? The last time I went I was pretty young, so this time I couldn’t resist walking around taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of Pike Place. It is crowded and very touristy, but hey, sometimes you just have to give in and follow the herd. There are a couple places that I especially liked.

1. The Flower Market
I love walking through the florist section of Pike Place–rows and rows of freshly cut flowers in a multitude of colors.


2. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Walking by, they have a huge window where you can watch them make cheese in a vat the size of a room. The cheese making process is posted up along the walls–very interesting. Since they did have advertised “World’s Best Macaroni and Cheese”, how could I pass up a chance to try it? It was deliciously creamy and cheesy (as expected), but as a bonus, there is a bit of spice added so that it is not just pasta and milk curds. The taste is definitely a little different than the usual macaroni and cheese, but was it the “World’s Best” as their title claimed? I’ll leave it to the mac ‘n’ cheese connoisseurs to decide.

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World's Best Mac and Cheese. Sorry, I ate half of it before I remembered to take a picture...

World’s Best Mac and Cheese. Sorry, I ate half of it before I remembered to take a picture…

3. The Original Starbucks Café
This might possibly be the most crowded Starbucks in the world, given this is where the lucrative coffee chain originated. There were too many people and I was too short to see over everyone’s heads, so I can’t tell if the menu is the same as other Starbucks, but I have heard that this original café stays true to it’s roots and only serves coffee and espresso. The really cool thing is that this is the only Starbucks that sells mugs and souvenirs with the original mermaid logo.

4. Pike Place Fish Company
Last but not least, I ended my day watching the seafood vendors toss salmon at each other. For $5, you can stand next to the cashier, hold out your arms and catch a fish yourself! It’s usually accompanied by lots of shouting and laughter, because although those guys make it look so easy, fish are very slippery and I saw more than one bystander let a trout slip through her hands.

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Pike Place Market
85 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101