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Breakfast near/in Pike Place Market?

josephnl Jan 20, 2013 01:50 PM

We'll be spending 5 days in Seattle, staying at the Inn at the Market. What are the best options for breakfast? Would like at least one place at the Market with a view. All places need not offer a full breakfast...great pastries and coffee is just fine.

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    Gizmo56 RE: josephnl Jan 20, 2013 03:01 PM

    Cafe Campagne is in the Market, and they prepare a nice breakfast. The view is restricted to Post Alley in the market, but that's a good spot for people watching.


    Lowell's has a great view looking out over the Sound. The food is nothing special, but it is good enough, and the view makes it somehow better.


    Le Pichet is on the First Avenue side of the Market, so this is not a view restaurant, but it is a great spot for a light breakfast.


    Enjoy your stay!

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      josephnl RE: Gizmo56 Jan 20, 2013 03:12 PM

      Per their website, Cafe Campagne opens at 11am M-F, earlier on weekends...so, it seems they only have breakfast on Sat and Sun.

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        Gizmo56 RE: josephnl Jan 20, 2013 03:39 PM

        Sorry I didn't catch that...I take it you'll only be here during the weekdays?

        Another decent breakfast spot in the heart of the Market (that does feature a water view) is The Athenian:


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        forkit RE: Gizmo56 Jan 20, 2013 03:30 PM

        +1 for Le Pichet They have a French way with eggs.
        I also like Le Panier in the market for pastry and coffee. The have some savory items as well.

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          JayDK RE: forkit Jan 20, 2013 04:35 PM

          +1 for LePichet
          especially if you like chicken pate and cognac for breakfast.
          Let the others eat eggs, I'll have the pate.
          Or, they always have hard boiled eggs on the bar.
          Certainly they could fashion a drink to go with that.

      3. DriverPhil RE: josephnl Jan 20, 2013 03:21 PM

        When we stayed at the Inn, we would buy very excellent donuts from Daily Dozen Donuts, they are right in the market. Also, in the market is Pike Place Bakery.

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          libstewart RE: josephnl Jan 21, 2013 12:55 PM

          I really like Lowell's. If you want breakfast at the market - it's the place to go. If you want a pricy hotel (nice hotel) breakfast go to Cafe Campagne.

          1. frygirl RE: josephnl Jan 24, 2013 03:20 PM

            Not in the market but a reasonable couple of blocks away is Dahlia Bakery. They make homemade (to order) donuts, and breakfast sandwiches with homemade english muffins. Very good drip coffee as well.

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              josephnl RE: frygirl Jan 25, 2013 01:18 PM

              Dahlia Bakery is strictly to-go. You cannot have breakfast there!

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                Gizmo56 RE: josephnl Jan 25, 2013 01:36 PM

                Directly across Fourth Avenue from the Dahlia Bakery is a restaurant named Lola, which is also a Tom Douglas property.

                If you'd like to have a sit-down breakfast at one of TD's restaurants, Lola has a very nice breakfast service, seven days a week, and they open early.

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                  frygirl RE: josephnl Jan 31, 2013 02:57 PM

                  That's only partially true. They have sidewalk tables so it wouldn't be appropriate on a cold or rainy day.

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                    josephnl RE: frygirl Jan 31, 2013 10:40 PM

                    Yes, you are correct that there are 2 (I think) small tables on the pavement in front of the Dahlia Bakery. During the 5 days we were in Seattle last week it was cold and rainy every day. Indeed, I would doubt that there are many winter mornings when one would be comfortable on one of those 2 tables. For a great bakery breakfast, Le Panier gets my vote, although it's pretty much limited to wonderful pastries, bread and coffee.

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                      Gizmo56 RE: josephnl Feb 1, 2013 01:53 AM

                      Yes, the outdoor tables at Dahlia Bakery hardly make it an option for a sit-down breakfast in the dead of winter.

                      I'll mention again that Lola is directly cross the street from the Dahlia Bakery. It has a full breakfast service (indoors) with an early start, and the menu features a number of baked goods that come come from the Dahlia baking operation.

                      Many consider Lola the best breakfast anywhere in downtown Seattle. I'd concur, but would also pitch the breakfast "happy hour" at Toulouse Petit on Lower Queen Anne, for those travelers with the time and mobility to make the short trip out of downtown over to QA (ride the monorail and then walk a few blocks through the Seattle Center).



                      Toulouse Petit:


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                christy319 RE: josephnl Jan 24, 2013 07:09 PM

                I second the Dahlia Bakery recommendation, though you'll have to take it to go--there's no seating. Cherry St Coffee House makes a nice breakfast bagel sandwich. They have locations on 1st between Seneca and University, and also Lenora and Blanchard. There are bakeries in the Market, like 3 Girls, Le Panier and Cinnamon Works. I don't love any of these but a lot of people do, or at least like them well enough.

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                  Quintious RE: josephnl Jan 25, 2013 08:12 PM

                  The Crumpet Shop is a great place for a quick breakfast.

                  If you really wanna do breakfast in this city right, though - head across the Sound to Salty's on Alki Beach on a weekend day. It's right on the water on the Western side of the Sound and looks out at the entirety of the downtown skyline. Voted best brunch in America a couple of years back.

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                    josephnl RE: josephnl Jan 30, 2013 03:43 PM

                    We just returned from Seattle. Really enjoyed breakfast pastries and coffee at Le Panier. For a fuller breakfast, on weekends, Cafe Campagne is great. Le Pichet is very limited in breakfast offerings and not recommended. If you want a great view, go to Lowell's where the food is good, not great, but the view makes up for it...it's expensive though!

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                      ItalianWoman RE: josephnl Jan 5, 2014 01:53 PM

                      Maximelien in the Market has a magnificent view of Puget Sound. A charming French restaurant with warm croissant. Eggs Benedict, steamed mussels etc. Opens at 11:30 so works for a weekend brunch. http://www.maximilienrestaurant.com/

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                        ItalianWoman RE: josephnl Jan 7, 2014 09:06 PM

                        Thank you. I was just trying to be helpful because it's hard to find a place with a view that takes reservations for brunch. Usually you have to wait in a long line, which doesn't work if your friends are airport bound or in town for just a short time.

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