Yes, it's super touristy. Yes, it's packed on the weekends. But if you get a chance, I'd highly recommend strolling through the Seattle Public Market on a weekday, in the middle of the day. There were still people milling around, but it's definitely MUCH easier to walk through compared to a regular weekend. We could actually stop at stands without being pushed by passerby, and take our time looking from stand to stand.
The main reason why we were by the market at that time is for the Elliott's Oyster House's oyster happy hour nearby! Starting at 3pm on Monday through Friday, fresh shucked oysters start at $0.75 each, to $1.25 at 4pm, and $1.75 at 5pm. These oysters are FANTASTIC, really really really great. Considering the quality of these oysters the happy hour is a great deal. There were lots of people there right at 3pm (oyster happy hour is only valid at the bar) enjoying dozen after dozen of oysters. If you're not a raw oyster fan, they also have little bites of fried snacks and other appetizers on the happy hour menu as well. Also, baskets of delicious sourdough rolls are free of charge - I definitely had a Simpsons "Don't fill up on the bread!" moment before the oysters hit the table, haha.
I passed by a doughnut shop on my last visit, and this time around I had to check it out since we were walking by anyway. Top Pot Doughnuts in Bis a really cute space - floor-to-ceiling windows so the whole place was really bright and open, lots of tables, and the smell of coffee and fried dough throughout. There were lots of people enjoying doughnuts and coffee while reading or chatting with friends. It was a good mix of families, students, and people just looking to take a little break in the day. I would love to have a space like this by me!
The doughnuts that we got were: Pumpkin Cake, Cake, and Old Fashioned. It wasn't quite the same to bring the doughnuts home before trying them out, but I put them in the microwave for about 8 seconds (give or take) to warm them up a bit. The pumpkin was great, chewy and sweet with a distinct pumpkin flavor. The other two were good, didn't really taste like much besides fried dough, haha. I would definitely go back for another special flavor - or if one of the plain ones were freshly made, for sure!
As always, lots of good eats on this visit to Seattle - writing these posts is making me hungry!
Elliott's Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
Top Pot Doughnuts
2124 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
Seattle, WA 98121