Surprise your friends and family with gifts from around the world without leaving Seattle.
Seattle is a port city—one of the country’s great gateways to the world—and the Pike Place Market has always been a hub for incredible treasures from around the globe. While you can purchase foreign merchandise at many big box stores, the Market offers something else entirely—goods that have been hand-crafted and lovingly curated. It’s a place where world traditions thrive and change from one booth and storefront to the next.
It's getting down to the wire for Holiday shopping, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find meaningful gifts for friends and family. And there’s something wonderful about a present from another region—one that makes you dream of far off lands and cultures.
Here are a few stores in the Market where you can explore the wonders of the world right here at home:
Hands of the World
Owner Cynthia Hope has been bringing the Market gifts from India and beyond for 37 years. Hands of the World features elegant, colorful scarves, exotic jewelry, vibrant lanterns and more! They just expanded their inventory of popular Turkish lamps, so be sure to pop in, even if you’ve stopped by recently. You’ll find Hands of the World on level 4 of the DownUnder.
Valid: Dec. 20 – Dec. 24
Receive a one (1) hour parking voucher for the Pike Place Market Parking Garage with a $40 in-store purchase at Hands of the World. Redeem during check out by mentioning this blog or social media post to receive the special offer. Valid during promotional dates only, while supplies last.
Polish Pottery Place
Handmade and hand-painted, the stoneware in Polish Pottery Place is all from the small town of Boleslawiec, known for its ceramics. As functional as it is beautiful, this style of pottery is often handed down from generation to generation. Polish Pottery Place is located on the Mezzanine level of the DownUnder.
Jennifer Fujimoto Art Design
All of the work from this studio is handmade and one of a kind. Jennifer Fujimoto’s creations are inspired by Japanese folk art and with her talent in graphic design she creates fresh and traditional pieces. You’ll find beautiful Japanese dolls as well as lovely ceramics. A must see, for sure. Visit Jennifer in the craft line in the North Arcade.
Osara Commissary is a mix of functional household items and great gifts—all from Japan. You’ll find rice bowls and cookware alongside cute toys and kimonos. Shop owners Mikako Hamaguchi and David Allison are keen on making what the store offers anything but boring, and it shows
. To visit Osara Commissary, come on down to level 3 of the DownUnder.
El Gringo Imports
Don’t let the name fool you, this store has merchandise from Peru, Ecuador, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, India and Mexico. You’ll find a huge range of natural fiber handmade textiles, blouses, ponchos, sweaters and more. Visit El Gringo Imports in our craft line in the North Arcade.
It’s not often you’ll wander into a store and find a yak horn snuff pot, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Double Dorjee, and so much more. The store features Tibetan traditional items and spiritual gifts such as Tibetan nomadic purses, Phurpa with copper cases and wooden hand-carved Buddhas. Double Dorjee is located on the Mezzanine level of the DownUnder across from Polish Pottery Place.
At Tenzing Momo you will find an incredible array of oils and candles for every need. It’s actually the West Coast’s oldest and largest herbal apothecary and perfumery. They also have spiritual and decorative gifts for sale. And bonus: Tenzing Momo has daily readings if you’re curious about what the new year has in store for you. This shop is located in the Atrium in the Economy Building.
Cyrus Saffron is one of the few places you can buy locally sourced saffron. It’s grown on a ranch in Lake Chelan, WA. It’s organic and sought after by restaurants as well as discerning cooks. The exotic spice is traditionally only found in Iran, where Cyrus Saffron owner, Darush Amiri is from. Pick up your own jar of saffron in the North Arcade.
Dorcus Young, the owner of Lesedi Farms, came to the U.S. from Boswana. She planted a garden with seeds from her home. That garden grew into what is today Lesedi Farms, featuring not only fresh produce but traditional African cuisine and sundries perfect for the foodie on your Holiday list. Visit this farm stall in the North Arcade.
Grab a bite at Oriental Mart
If you stop by the Market without getting something to eat, you’re missing out. While you’re shopping for gifts from around the world, pick up some food from one of our many global restaurants and stalls like Oriental Mart. This fantastic Filipino restaurant has been family owned for three generations.
Photo credit: @SeattleFoodScene
The Market is the best place to shop on your lunch hour to get those one-of-a-kind gifts and grab a bite. Be sure to share what you pick up on social media with the hashtag #MakeItAMarketHoliday so other locals and visitors can get tips on what to get their loved ones.
See you there!
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