A Perfect Day in Seattle
Here’s our guide to a perfect Seattle day. Get caffeinated at the original Starbucks at Pike Place Market and watch the legendary fish-throwing, then take a spin on the Great Wheel. Head to Pioneer Square for the Underground Tour, explore local rock 'n' roll history at the EMP, and finish the day with a panoramic sunset view from atop Seattle’s iconic Space Needle.

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Papers, berries, beans and blooms...

Yes, Seattleites sometimes get impatient with out-of-towners when trying to shop at 'their' market downtown...but all are part of the crowd, and Pike Place Market is a magnet for all. The soul of this city is for locals AND visitors.

The newsstand on the SW corner of 1st and Pike has newspapers and magazines from all over the world...go further in to the market and you'll find fresh berries and green beans guarded by a gecko--the bounty of the volcanic soil surrounding the city...and bouquets you won't find in any supermarket floral section--just a smattering of the shopping that keeps everyone coming back to "The Market."

(Note--it's not "Pike's Place"--just PIKE Place...and if you live here, "The Market.")

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by Joseph Cyr
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