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the waterfront & the gum wall – seattle, wa

After walking around Pike Place Market for a few hours on Sunday morning, we finally found the famous coffee mug that is seen in pictures with the Public Market sign.  And, it’s tiny!!  Brant could hold it in the palm of his hand. 😉

We stopped in for a snack at Crumpet’s Tea Shop, right off of the market.  It was packed, and delicious!

They offer a wide variety of crumpets, but I kept it simple: crumpet with raspberry jam.

Brant was a little more adventurous and ordered the green eggs and ham!!  The eggs were mixed with pesto to give them the green color.

After our much needed snack, we explored some more. 🙂

We found a chocolate shop!!

Then, made our way down to the waterfront to get some views of the Puget Sound.

The waterfront had some great views and other fun stuff, too.

My crazy husband having fun! 🙂

After some gorgeous views of the water and of the city, it was time to eat!

We headed up the flights of stairs from the waterfront to Pike Place and came across this Gum Wall!!

We had no idea what is was, but there were tons of people coming to see it!  Including, a wedding party taking photos around it.  Yuck!

We looked it up at lunch and here is what we found from Wikepedia:

The Gum Wall is a local landmark in downtown Seattle, in Post Alley under Pike Place Market. Similar to Bubblegum Alley in California, the Gum Wall is a brick wall now covered in used chewing gum. The wall is covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet.  The wall is by the waiting line for the Market Theater, and the tradition began around 1993 when patrons of Unexpected Productions’ Seattle Theatresports stuck gum to the wall. Theater workers scraped the gum away twice, but eventually gave up after market officials deemed the gum wall a tourist attraction in around 1999. People initially stuck coins to the wall using the gum, and some people create small works of art out of gum.  It was named one of the top 5 germiest tourist attractions in 2009, second to the Blarney Stone. It is the location of the start of a ghost tour, and it is a popular site with wedding photographers.


Very interesting…

We enjoyed a great lunch at The Alibi Room!  They have happy hour everyday from 12-6pm, serving beers and food at a discount.  We have found that happy hour is a huge deal in Seattle!  Even fancy restaurants take part.

The Alibi Room is a whole in the wall directly across from the gum wall.  Apparently, it used to have an amazing view of the waterfront, but a building was built in between the two!  The food was still delicious and the atmosphere was great.

Beer was about $3 and each of the food options were between $4 and $7 for happy hour.  We were starving, so we took full advantage of our first lunch in Seattle!


Spicy Mac & Cheese


The afternoon and dinner to come!


2 Responses

  1. Love the pic of you in the big chair and Brant in the Little Mermaid seaweed! This was a great blog Jen…I want that Bruschetta!

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