Whenever an automotive press trip takes me to a city I haven’t visited before, I try to fly in a few hours early to check out the local scene if I can. This week, I ended up in downtown Seattle, courtesy of Toyota Canada for the launch of the 2012 Prius C. Staying at the Hotel 1000, the famed Pike Place Market was just a few blocks up the street, so I went for a bit of a photo walk.
Built into a hillside, the market officially opened on August 17, 1907 and has been in operation ever since. Operating on several levels, Pike Place Market is a maze of fresh food and craftsmen, along with a number of eateries. Some of these, like the Athenian Inn and Three Girls Bakery can trace their origins in the market a full century. Across the street is the original Starbucks store.
I made a couple of pit stops along the way. First up, I had a house made pint at The Pike Brewery, along with a huge soft pretzel for just $7. A bit further along, I ducked in to the Alibi Room, noted for being haunted. While I didn’t encounter any ghostly spirits, the assortment of local beers on tap was most welcoming. Their jalapeno mac n cheese is smokin’ hot.
The place is just way too big to fully explore in one afternoon. I’ll just have to try to get back on another visit.
Head past the break to check out a huge gallery.