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Pike Place Market + Seattle, WA

It was about one year ago that my husband and I went to Hawaii for our 19th anniversary. Because, I mean, why wait for the 20th, right?

We arranged it so that we flew out of Chicago and had a day long layover in Seattle, because we hadn’t ever been there.

It worked out quite well.

We arrived in Seattle around 9am, and didn’t fly out till 7. Thankfully, the King County Metro made it super easy to hop from the airport to downtown.

Off the train, we had a couple blocks walk and we arrived at the holy grail of Seattle…

the Pike Place Market.

The highlight, for me was the fish. I mean, I have an obsession with fresh seafood – and, it doesn’t get much fresher than this.

Since we were there, with all that fresh seafood, we had no choice but to do a quick search to see what the best fish place was in our immediate vicinity.

That’s how we found Jack’s Fish Spot. This stuff was fresh. off. the. boat. I mean, like so fresh it melted in your mouth when you took a bite. Best fish and chips of MY LIFE.

And the chowder was out of this world too.

(Seriously, two other dudes were there eating, and they each got a fish and chips, cod I think, and they got a second one for each of them of whatever the other fish of the day was. It’s THAT good.)

It really IS the most fabulous, famous, freshest and finest fish.

We also stopped quick to grab some cheese curds at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. (We’re from the midwest. We are in to cheese.)



Next stop?

The Space Needle!

Which we actually did not ascend. (Saving our dough for the islands, ya know…) But the whole Space Needle area is very cool. There’s a monorail to ride and plenty to do in the area.

By this point, we’d been up for quite some time. Early flight, lots of walking…so we hopped on the ferry to Bremerton. It was an amazing way to get great views of the city skyline and Mount Hood.

The ride was delightful. But by then it was about time to head to the airport. I quick got on the Uber app, found a driver who literally picked us up right off the dock and drove us back.

It made for a heck of a long day – but it also made it a lot easier to sleep on that long flight to Oahu.

I’d love to hear about your favorite places in Seattle, because we are definitely headed back to check out more of this amazing city!


  1. Paola says:

    Thanks for sharing…it sounds like a very nice trip indeed! 🙂

  2. Marysa says:

    My aunt and uncle just moved to Seattle. I’m sure we will visit here when we go to Seattle!

    • Amanda Krill says:

      That’s awesome! My cousin just moved there too – trying to come up with an excuse to go see him. But I guess that’s the only excuse I need, right?? lol

  3. I lived in Oregon for a couple of years and loved visiting Seattle and the Market. The seafood was always my favorite!

    • Amanda Krill says:

      It makes me sad to live in Ohio. Only ultra-fresh fish we get is from lakes and rivers, and as you can imagine, it does NOT compare.

  4. I lives so close to Seattle and have been many times. I will be going back with my mom in a couple weeks. She has never been and she has been living only two hours away for a 17 years. I can’t wait.

  5. jin says:

    I know this place is super touristy, but I actually really love this market! I’ve been to Seattle 5 times already and I always go back to this place!

  6. Seattle is on my Bucket List and I hope to visit one day. The working atmosphere at Pike Place Fish Market is world famous for the way they engage their employees! I love that place.

  7. Afroz says:

    Never been to Seattle, but looks like an amazing place. I am big seafood fan so it prefect place for me ????

  8. Sharon says:

    I like fish but I don’t go crazy for it. Those cheese curds, however, are right up my alley!!

  9. I never really had Seattle on my radar until a few months ago, and when I started looking into it, there’s so much it has to offer! Thanks for this quick overview, it’s nice to see what can be accomplished even in a short period.

    • Amanda Krill says:

      Same! I wanted to go to the Northwest, but more for the National Park and scenery than for Seattle. But it’s a great city!

  10. Oyinkan says:

    The space needle looks pretty cool. I hope you get to visit the islands some day soon 🙂

  11. lexi marie says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle! Hopefully I’ll make it out there!

  12. It looks like you guys a fun if short visit and that fish market sure sounds pretty amazing. Nothing comes close to the taste of freshly caught fish. Hope you get to go back soon and experience all the other wonderful things Seattle has to offer

  13. I have not been to Seattle yet but your post is wanting me to book a ticket there soon.

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  14. Sue says:

    Thanks for sharing. I have never been to seattle before and based on all the good things i have heard and this post, i am def putting it on my bucketlist.

  15. Raina says:

    I love seattle! The fresh flowers in Pike Place market are my personal fave.

  16. I hope to visit Seattle one day. My family loves seafood and that fish chips are to die for. It looks super good this makes me hungry.

    • Amanda Krill says:

      There were fancier places, but don’t let this one slip by. They were carrying in the morning’s catch while we were sitting there eating. SO FRESH!

  17. Adding Seattle to our list of fun places to visit!

  18. We love Seattle and we love this market. It’s such a lovely and inspiring place. I’m glad you guys had fun!

  19. Samantha says:

    I really want to visit Seattle & it sounds like you had fun with limited time. The fish & chips sound amazing!

  20. Elena says:

    You have no idea how much I enjoy reading about other people`s trips. I bet you had a great time.

  21. Nik G. says:

    Seattle is one of my favorite cities!! It has such a unique vibe and with all the greenery, it’s gorgeous! They don’t call it the Emerald City for nothing. Pike Place is a must to visit. Did you guys check out the very first Starbucks location?

  22. Clarie says:

    They have great stuff. No?

  23. kristal says:

    This looks like a fun time, i have something planned i Seattle and I will check this place out when I go

  24. Ana Ojha says:

    I’m planning to visit Seattle soon and can’t wait to explore all the touristy attractions! I’d love to ascend on the Space Needle!

  25. Elizabeth O says:

    That looks like an exciting and nice trip. Awesome adventure! Adventures and explorations really fill our soul.

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