Pike Place Market is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than with an impromptu photoshoot around Pike Place Market?

With its historic charm, colorful moments, and breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, finding the perfect spot won’t be hard, but to make your Valentine’s Day weekend a little easier, here are ten of the best “cute couple photo-ops” you won’t want to miss when you visit Pike Place Market.

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1. Public Market Center Clock & Sign

This iconic sign, with its colorful neon lights, is a true symbol of Pike Place Market. Whether you’re posing for a romantic couples shot or a fun group photo, the Public Market Center Clock & Sign is a must-visit for your Valentine’s Day photo album. Find this sign at the intersection of Pike Street and Pike Place.

2. Post Alley Free Wall

This poster wall just outside the Gum Wall and across from IL Bistro is the perfect spot for a cute or edgy couples photo. Artists put art on this wall almost daily, so it’s always changing.

3. Post Alley at Pine Street

About two blocks away from the Gum Wall on the other side of Post Alley is the giant neon Post Alley sign. This sign shines 24/7, making it a perfect photo op any time of the day. Plus, restaurants like Sisters European Cafe and Pike Place Chowder make this strip of Pike Place Market extra charming.


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4. Shug’s Soda Fountain and Ice Cream

Walk inside this old-timey soda fountain, and you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Shug’s offers a variety of sundaes, cones, and boozy champagne floats. Shug’s is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Find this adorable ice cream parlor on 1st Avenue in between Pine Street and Pike Street.

5. Storyville Coffee Company

Storyville Coffee Company on the top floor of the Corner Market building has all the cozy, romantic vibes you’d want in a romantic couples photo, but this quote on their wall is extra cute. Pro Tip: Before leaving, turn the camera around and take a few photos of the Public Market Center Sign shining through their top floor windows.


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6. Corner Market Building Stairs

This landing between the second and third floors in the Corner Market building offers unique views of our iconic Public Market Center Clock & Sign. On cold or wet days, this location is the perfect place for a Market couples photo-op.

7. Left Bank Books Collective

Smell the amazing blooms at Pike Place Flowers before heading next door to Left Bank Books Collective. This bookstore is a favorite among Seattle residents for its politically leaning selections and cozy nooks. Head upstairs to find this sitting spot overlooking the Market.


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8. MarninSaylor

This pink and sprinkled-filled backdrop at MarninSaylor is perfect for a Valentine’s Day couples photo! Find this pink-lit shop in the Market’s DownUnder on Level 4.


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9. Orange Dracula

Head down to Level 3 of the DownUnder to Orange Dracula. The punk rock, goth, weirdest stuff shop has pins, magnets, patches, games, and more. Orange Dracula also has a real old-fashioned photo booth, pinball, and a vintage Pac-Man! Take a cute pic with your sweetie, then buy a Mystery Bag full of playful novelties.


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10. The Gum Wall

This vibrant, multi-colored wall of chewed gum is a quirky and unforgettable backdrop for your Valentine’s Day photos. Located to the left of the Public Market Center Clock & Sign and across from Ghost Alley Espresso, the Gum Wall is an ideal spot for a fun, playful, and spontaneous shot.


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Whether you’re a resident of Seattle or just visiting, Pike Place Market is the perfect place to capture those special moments with your loved one. No matter when you visit, Pike Place Market is a lively, colorful destination that’s full of charm.

So grab your camera, head down to the Market, and get ready to create some unforgettable memories with your loved ones!