Like many cities, Seattle has a central marketplace. This one is crammed with flower stalls, meat markets, restaurants, fishmongers, vegetable purveyors, fresh crab on ice, jugglers, ukelele players, and bars. Needless to say, it’s a beehive of activity.
Long ago, virtually every big city had sprawling central market buildings. In the last century, many cities tore them down, reasoning that they weren’t needed as people moved to the suburbs and the supermarkets began to rule the food world. A few cities held on — and they should be happy they did. Whenever Kish and I visit a new place that has a central market, that’s always a stop on our itinerary, and inevitably the central market is a fun, interesting place that puts the city in a good light.