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Exactly what to eat and do at the iconic Pike Place Market, according to a Seattle native

Business Insider Logo By Irene Jiang of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 42: 
  Pike Place Market is one of Seattle's most famous tourist
  attractions.
  
  But even though it's a major tourist hub, there are also many
  hidden local gems to be found and enjoyed there.
  
  From a cheese store where you can watch cheese being made to
  an indie bookstore where the owner sings to guests, these are the
  places worth visiting at Pike Place Market.
  
  
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  When someone asks me what they should do on a trip to Seattle, I
  always tell them to go to Pike Place Market.

  Yes, Pike Place is very touristy. It has been very touristy for a
  very long time, but it's been home to some of Seattle's most
  interesting small shops and restaurants for even longer.

  As a kid, I often went to Pike Place with my family on weekends.
  I'd get three flavored honey sticks for a dollar and nibble down
  the sweet plastic tubes as I browsed stuffed marine animals and
  colorful hand-knitted shawls.

  Over the years, Pike Place has gotten more and more crowded.
  Shops and stands have come and gone, while some have remained the
  same. Some have gotten worse.

  A major expansion and renovation was completed in 2018, allowing
  the market to accommodate an ever-growing number of visitors.

  
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  Through all these changes, my love for Pike Place has remained
  constant. Inside its winding, sloping maze of halls, there's
  always an unusual book or a tasty morsel to discover. Plus, its
  diversity showcases the history of the immigrants - Russian,
  Chinese, Turkish, Iranian, among many - that made Seattle the
  vibrant city it is today.

  I'm going to take you on a whirlwind journey of the spots that
  make Pike Place Market one of my favorite places in the Emerald
  City.

When someone asks me what they should do on a trip to Seattle, I always tell them to go to Pike Place Market.

Yes, Pike Place is very touristy. It has been very touristy for a very long time, but it's been home to some of Seattle's most interesting small shops and restaurants for even longer.

As a kid, I often went to Pike Place with my family on weekends. I'd get three flavored honey sticks for a dollar and nibble down the sweet plastic tubes as I browsed stuffed marine animals and colorful hand-knitted shawls.

Over the years, Pike Place has gotten more and more crowded. Shops and stands have come and gone, while some have remained the same. Some have gotten worse.

A major expansion and renovation was completed in 2018, allowing the market to accommodate an ever-growing number of visitors. 

Through all these changes, my love for Pike Place has remained constant. Inside its winding, sloping maze of halls, there's always an unusual book or a tasty morsel to discover. Plus, its diversity showcases the history of the immigrants - Russian, Chinese, Turkish, Iranian, among many - that made Seattle the vibrant city it is today.

I'm going to take you on a whirlwind journey of the spots that make Pike Place Market one of my favorite places in the Emerald City.

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