What do you do in Seattle when you're bored on a weekend? Stay in? Wrong. You head to Pike Place Market to explore. While we all usually tuck into cheese or chowder, and pick through a forest of flowers, there are some hidden gems you probably didn't even know existed. So we scoped out all the "secret" things you can do while here. 

Honestly, there's always something new popping up at this beloved Emerald City establishment, so there's never a bad time for a visit.

But if you're tired of getting chocolate-wasted (can anyone ever?) or people watching, allow us to show you what else you can do here. 

Visit A Secret Garden

Price: Free

Address: Pike Place Urban Garden, 81 Pike St., Seattle, WA

Why You Need To Go: Tucked away behind the butcher and the tea shop is a quaint urban garden. Whether you take a picnic lunch or snap a secluded pic with a chalkboard piggy you can draw on, this is a real slice of paradise. 

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Take A Ghost Tour

Price: 💸

Address: Unexpected Productions, 1499 Post Alley, Seattle WA

Why You Need To Go: Did you know the Pike is haunted? This 75-minute ghostly adventure leads you through unusual arcades and alleys for a sneak peek into the darker history of Seattle.

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Get A Tarot Reading

Price: 💸

Address: Christopher's Lamp, 1501 Pike Pl. #330, Seattle, WA

Why You Need To Go: Intrigued by the psychic arts? You can get your palm read, get a tarot reading or see what your sun signs say with the whole Mars retrograde goings-on.

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Get Silly At An Old School Photobooth

Price: 💸

Address: Orange Dracula, Level 3, Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

Why You Need To Go: This is one of the last photo booths in the city that captures memories on film for less than $5. Bring cash. You can also find kitschy, one-of-a-kind memorabilia for your picky friends and fam at this spot.

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Feel Like You're In Diagon Alley 

Price: 💸

Address: Market Magic Shop, 1501 Pike Pl. #427, Seattle, WA

Why You Need To Go: Whether you're looking for some illusions, sleight-of-hand tricks, or you just want to pull an Ashton Kutcher-esque Punk'd on your pals, this is a one-stop-shop for all of your magic supplies. 

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Score Some Great Book Deals  

Price: 💸

Address: BLMF Literary Salon, Lamplight Books, Left Bank Books, and Lion Heart Book Store, Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA 

Why You Need To Go: No matter how hard we clutch to our Kindles, we know there's something special about getting lost in the pages of an actual book. Luckily, there are several stores with quiet reading nooks and great budget books in the bustling market. 

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There's A Store Just For Maps

Price: 💸💸

Address: Metsker Maps of Seattle, 1511 1st Ave., Seattle, WA

Why You Need To Go: Whether you're looking for a new globe lamp or a vintage map to frame, this is the largest map store you'll find in the whole U.S. 

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And One For All Things Purple

Price: 💸💸

Address: The Purple Store, 92 Stewart St., Seattle, WA

Why You Need To Go: If you're a fan of the royal color and don't mind getting everything from a blender to a pair of Converse in lavender, this is your spot.

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Get A Pastry Pet

Price: 💸💸

Address: MarninSaylor, 1501 Pike St., Seattle, WA

Why You Need To Go: Love pastries and pets? Why not get one that's a hybrid? From a lovable Donut Cat in maple, vanilla or chocolate flavors to Cinnamon Bun(ny), and Maple Bears, these cute crafts have a shelf life of forever. 

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There's everything from secret windows to pick up the famous Pike Place Chowder to chocolate tours, wine tastings with a view, and thrift stores. The question is what are you exploring next? 

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