There’s nothing quite like walking through the Pike Place Market in the summer, and the different vendors, artists, and artisans vie for your time and your money in a refreshing and intoxicating plethora of sights, smells, and tastes. The distinctive food culture of the Pike Place Market makes it a must-see for tourists and locals alike, and I try to make it to the Market as often as I can.
One little shop tucked next to a flower shop and at the entrance of the Pike Market on Pike street is The Crumpet Shop. This popular bakery provides a little escape from the crowds of tourists milling about, and the crispy, flavorsome crumpets offer a light lunch or snack to brighten your day.
A crumpet, Tea and Crumpets says, is a pan cooked bread treat made of a batter poured into a round metal ring and fried like a pancake. According to Tea and Crumpets, they’re crunchy on the outside and spongy on the inside. They’re holey and lumpy, which catches all the spread or filling you choose for the crumpet, making little pockets of extra flavor. The recipe on All Recipes includes yeast, so the batter is raised like bread. This contributes to the bubbly nature that is generally lacking in pancakes.
The Crumpet Shop offers a multitude of toppings, including my personal favorite, ricotta with almonds and honey. They also have a sweet Nutella, a zesty tomato pesto, and lox crumpet. You can also get them plain, buttered. The crumpets are about 3 1/2 inches in diameter, and they’re the perfect snack. Loose-leaf tea and coffee are also available.
Visit The Crumpet Shop Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday starting at 7:30 am. They’re located at 1503 1st Avenue. They stop serving crumpets at 4, so be sure to get there for morning tea or afternoon tea snack. The space is a little small, so if you’re a group of more than 4, plan on ordering your crumpets to go.