Despite living the the greater Seattle area nearly my whole life, I had never been to the famous Pike Place Market until today. Vendors sell innumerable quantities of goods, including fish, fruit, flowers, falafel, farfelle, and fried green tomatoes (not really, at least not that I saw–the market is large enough that I could have missed it–I just wanted another food item that started with F).
One of our first stops was at Pike Place Fish, home of the famous flying fish. Last year, the vendor came under fire from PETA for its fish-throwing practices, a complaint later rejected as an “attempt to garner media attention”.
We then browsed through a number of fresh food and produce vendors, some more unusual than others. One store even sold goose and duck eggs (in case you’re wondering, they taste pretty much the same as chicken eggs, but are harder to crack and larger).
There were also a great number of street performers, some better than others.
Interestingly, the market reminded me of my trip to India last summer. Perhaps it was the hustle and bustle of the crowd, or maybe the setting of a sprawling, (partly) outdoor market–whatever the case, Pike Place Market is about the closest one can get in the United States to the unique experience of an Asian open-air market that I have seen thus far. And I enjoyed it.