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head to head Seattle Vancouverv


Which of these Pacific Northwest cities should foodies opt for on a tour? Katie McGonagle weighs up the options


PICTURES: SHUTTERSTOCK


PIKE PLACE MARKET, SEATTLE


In a nutshell: This icon of the Seattle skyline sprawls across several floors right by the waterfront. It’s home to more than 500 food stalls, arts and crafts and more.


Tell me more: Pike Place was one of the first US farmers’ markets when it was founded in 1907 as a way for Washington state farmers to sell their goods long before local produce was a trend. Visitors crowd around the Pike Place Fish Company stall, where staff famously throw fish back and forth across the counter (it started as a time saver but is now a tourist draw) but wander its cavernous floors and you’ll find art shops, antiques and more.


Best time to go: The market opens 9am to 6pm (on Sundays it closes at 5pm), and is quieter in the mornings.


Did you know: Market mascot Rachel the Piggy Bank, a bronze statue by a Washington artist, collects donations to help the 450 low-income residents who live above the market.


Book it: Collette’s eight-day Pacific Northwest & California tour starts in Seattle with a guided tour of Pike Place Market, and visits Portland, Newport, Redwood National Park and San Francisco, and starts from £1,849 excluding flights. collette.co.uk


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GRANVILLE ISLAND MARKET, VANCOUVER


In a nutshell: This covered market selling food and local crafts is on a peninsula famed for its artsy vibe, a short ferry ride across False Creek from downtown Vancouver.


Tell me more: If there’s one tip to give clients, it’s to arrive hungry and graze their way through lunch. There are Instagram-friendly piles of fresh fruit and colourful cupcakes, deli stalls and street food-style dining for more substantial bites, and stalls selling artisan chocolates, traditional fudge, locally roasted coffee or fun ice cream flavours for afterwards. Then browse its arts and crafts stalls selling local pottery, prints and jewellery, for good Vancouver souvenirs.


Best time to go: The market is open daily from 9am to 7pm, with weekends busier among locals and buskers.


Did you know: Granville Island used to be a predominantly industrial area and was used to manufacture defence equipment during the Second World War.


Book it: Luxury Gold tour Captivating Pacific Northwest includes a guided tour of Vancouver with an afternoon to browse the market’s stalls, plus time in Portland, Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver, from £3,312 excluding flights. luxurygold.com


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