With over 100 years of storied history, Pike Place Market is an integral part of Seattle. It's a working market for locals as well as a central attraction for tourists and business travelers alike.
You might meet at the pig and watch the iconic fish-throwers, or check out the wide array of produce, seafood, meats, and more savories being sold at the stands. If you're looking for sweets, there's no shortage of shops to explore. It's easy to follow your nose to the smell of cinnamon at the Daily Dozen Doughnut Company, or to get bewitched by the buttery perfume emanating from nearby shops Le Panier and Piroshky Piroshky.
Walk a couple of blocks and you'll encounter some splendid chocolate options. South on First Avenue, across from the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), you'll find Fran's Chocolates, and going the other direction on First, you'll find Le Pichet and my favorite chocolate treat in the city.
Whether you're in the mood for chocolate, ice cream, or some freshly fried bambaloni, click through the slideshow to see 11 of our favorite desserts in and near Pike Place Market.
About the author: Jay Friedman is a Seattle-based freelance food writer who happens to travel extensively as a sex educator. An avid fan of noodles (some call him "The Mein Man"), he sees sensuality in all foods, and blogs about it at his Gastrolust website. You can follow him on Twitter @jayfriedman.