A savory crumpet in the market (The Crumpet Shop, Seattle)


June 1, 2016 by Terumi

Crumpet shop in pike place market

Technically I’ve been to the Crumpet Shop in Pike Place Market before so it isn’t totally a place I haven’t been in the market, BUT because I’m usually at the market when the Crumpet Shop is closed, I haven’t been there FOREVER and I ended up visiting on a day when it was open and decided it had to totally qualify for my 52 weeks of Pike Place Market eating.  I was dying for a crumpet.  They are such an interesting pastry and I love that they are made right in the market.  I need to hang around this place a little more because I’m oh so very curious about how exactly they are made and you can get a little peek of them when you sit down in the restaurant.  I wonder how the little holes get in the top of the crumpet and I wonder if I can make them at home.  Do you know? Is there a place where you can go and see crumpets being made? (And I’m sorry if you’ve been reading and realize I’m a little behind in my Pike Place Market restaurant updates-we’ve been traveling a bit lately and I haven’t been able to update!)
So when I went to the Crumpet Shop I made sure I at least tried a crumpet I have never tried before.

I got a savory crumpet.  (It was so hard to choose a savory one when I love the ones dripping with honey and butter or Nutella or anything sweet, but I needed this to be lunch too.)

Crumpet shop in pike place market

It was delightfully crispy and soft at the same time which is what I think makes a perfect crumpet.  The pesto and tomato complemented the crumpet quite nicely too.  I took mine to go and I probably inhaled it within 30 minutes of leaving the market, but I overheard someone saying they are best eaten within 10 minutes of being prepared.  I would not mind re-doing this research to see if that is true.

So if you are in the market on a day the Crumpet Store is open and want to try one of the iconic businesses that has been around in the market forever, the Crumpet shop is definitely a perfect place to try.  I would suggest eating with a few friends so you can try both savory and sweet crumpets because both are terrifically tasty and if you come all way to Seattle to have a crumpet you might as well try a whole bunch.

(PS. I noticed that Shug’s Soda Fountain is nearby and now open and I’m so excited to have a cute little ice cream shop in the market too!  It even has a cool mechanical horse for the kids!  I almost stopped in there today but it was lunch time and I wasn’t sure how I could count an ice cream sundae as lunch on a day so close to bathing suit season….)

Mechanical Horse at Shug's Soda in Pike Place Market


  1. Colleen says:

    Love the Crumpet Shop! The lemon curd is one of my favorites. My husband and I tried Shug’s a few weeks ago and it was great!

    • Terumi says:

      That’s awesome Colleen! We always seem to frequent the same places. One of these days we’re bound to run into each other;)

  2. mrsportiasmith says:

    Adding to my – do this with kids ASAP! Thanks for the review!

  3. This is a lovely read! Thanks, hope you will stop by my blog!

  4. Jenn Haskins says:

    How have I never been to the Crumpet Shop?! I guess I always walk by it when they’re closed or out too. I’ll have to try one of their savory crumpets for lunch!

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