17 Places to Inspire a New Hobby at Pike Place Market
It’s a new year, and we’re welcoming new resolutions and fresh experiences. Pike Place Market is more than just a place to shop; it’s a vibrant civic center with numerous options to discover your next niche. Whether your interests lie in food, crafting, community service, or something else, we invite you to explore what the Market has to offer.
Read on to energize your 2023 goals!
Take a Cooking Class
Interested in sharpening your skills in the kitchen? Take up a class at any of these Market destinations for a fun foodie experience!
Get to know your Pike Place Market producers with Chef Traci and craft a true Market to table experience in her hands-on cooking tours! All ingredients for the menu are gathered onsite while you learn about the Market’s eclectic culture at each stop, allowing you to prepare the freshest and seasonally curated dishes.
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Learn to make chocolate straight from bean to bar! Their private classes are a great way to learn the basics of chocolate making starting from its raw source. You’ll roast, refine, and temper it to delectable perfection. Gather a group of friends and make an evening of it at the only chocolate factory in Pike Place Market!
Expand Your Sommelier Skills
Venture to the mezzanine level of the DownUnder to find your way into a laid-back tasting room offering all local Washington wines from White Heron Cellars. Pair with small-bite offerings and invite your tastebuds on a journey to learn more about what’s special to our growing region!
Take a respite off the bustle of Pike Place into their cozy shop where they offer wine tasting pours all day long. Special events are offered by ticketed reservation throughout the year as well. Take advantage of their great value deal to sip, expand your palette, and grow your wine knowledge from their expert staff!
Take Up a New Craft
If you’re interested in learning to sew, stop in the DownUnder to browse their extensive array of consigned fabrics for your next project. Chat with staff to learn about monthly Stash-aDOOdles classes in their classroom located a half mile down the street to enjoy a laidback learning environment for building your stitching skillset!
Head to the Market’s premiere stop for knitting and crocheting. You’ll find high-quality yarns and supplies, receive expert advice, and most importantly relax in a welcoming setting to learn and chat amongst fellow enthusiasts of all levels. Purchase one class, a set of five, or mix and match, it’s up to you!
Started as an effort to be more sustainable with his clothing choices, owner Jonathan now spins and weaves his own fibers into luxurious yarns. His silkpaca yarn is his popular specialty blend, perfectly made for draping into scarves, mittens, hats, and more. Support locally made textiles and pick up a bundle for your next DIY accessory venture!
Dive Into New Reads
The Market is home to five independent bookstores! Make a day of it and peruse each shop to find new stories and exciting reads to transport yourself and expand your mind. Each store has a unique focus to browse everything from bestsellers to out-of-print titles and secondhand gems. Don’t be afraid to ask staff for recommendations!
In addition to bookstores, the Market has a nonprofit, membership-based library center called Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum for those interested in diving deeper into literary discussions amidst other offerings like readings, concerts, open workspaces, and a lending library collection.
Volunteer for Your Community
If you’re enthusiastic about connecting with others and have skills that could apply well to social programming, consider volunteering with our Senior Center. Social events, fitness classes, life skills courses, support groups, and more offer a vibrant and supportive lifestyle to our downtown Seattle senior community. Learn how to volunteer here.
Run by Atrium Kitchen‘s Chef Traci, Nourished Neighborhood is a community meal service that’s brought over nearly 60,000 free nutritious meals to local residents. Started as a monthly free lunch program, it blossomed into a meal delivery service for homebound seniors. If you’re savvy in the kitchen, this may be a great place for you!