Just around the corner, Metsker Maps of Seattle is in the business of all things travel and geography—look here for an area map or a book on local topography.
Nearby, knitter’s haven So Much Yarn is a one-stop shop for yarn and knitting supplies.
In 2017, the Market Front expansion just south of Victor Steinbrueck Park brought additional open-air space for vendors and new restaurants, as well as a renovated public plaza with views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
Building on the market’s philanthropic roots, the expansion also includes a neighborhood center and low-income housing (on that note, drop your spare change in market mascot Rachel the Piggy Bank—all donations benefit the market’s nonprofit social services).
Stop at Daily Dozen Doughnuts at the south end of the market for its hallmark paper lunch bag of mini fried doughnuts covered in your pick of powdered sugar, cinnamon, or sprinkles.
Don’t be deterred by the line outside Piroshky Piroshky—the Russian pastries (beef and cheese is a crowd favorite) are worth the wait.
Thankfully, architect and activist Victor Steinbrueck (co-designer of the Space Needle) and his group, Friends of the Market, successfully campaigned to establish a seven-acre historic district around the area, saving the market from being replaced by offices and a giant parking garage.
Today the multilevel space is home to more than 500 shops, vendors, restaurants, and bars.
Food-focused travelers will want to wander produce stalls and taste the fruit slices on offer, from crisp Washington apples to peaches, depending on the season.
If you’re looking to eat alfresco, pair the fresh fruit with specialty cheeses and charcuterie from De Laurenti for a picnic lunch.