Hans' Sausage and Delicatessen: a taste of Germany
This is like an old world German butcher shop. As soon as you walk in, you feel like you crossed a border with the owners as well as many of the customers speaking German. It's hard to explain to anyone that has not been to Germany or more importantly to a shop like this in Germany but it's just different. It's been here in Burien, WA for 28 years.
What to buy: The make their own homepage sausages and other lunch meats which all translate to one thing to Germans: wurst. Our good friend who lives in Seattle is from Munich and was feeling quite homesick when we were there. He had not been home in a couple years. On reading about this place, we decided to have a "German Night" for him at his house. We bought some ham, small sausages and cheese at the deli. Unfortunately, a bakery that makes German bread and soft pretzels was closed that day but luckily the deli carries some of their products though mostly frozen. We got some of these baked goods too.
His wife had bought him some Augustiner beer from Munich. We brought everything back and had a biergarten night and he was very touched by our efforts though I think his wife, who is Japanese American, liked the pretzels even more than him!Related to:
- Budget Travel
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REI Flagship Store: hit the REI
REI is like an attraction in itself. Even if you are not looking to buy anything, if you have an interest in the great outdoors, you'll love walking around and checking out their equipment. This cooperative was set up by a climber couple back in 1938 and while it has become much more mainstream, it remains a cornerstone in the outdoor equipment market. Members pay $20 once and receive 10% of their purchases back at the end of the year. Non-members may also shop there.
The one is Seattle is the original flagship store. It's massive and quite a sight. There is a big climbing wall as soon as you walk in and floors of great gear. You won't believe you are in a store strictly selling stuff for the great outdoors.
What to buy: What To Buy: REI carries mostly high end products though their own line of equipment, especially the tents are quite affordable. Tents, sleeping bags, mats, cookers, hiking poles, boots, and socks are all well-stocked. We replaced our tent at the one in Oakland on our recent trip when our old one kicked it. We got D some new boots at this Seattle store after she shredded her old pair with mega miles in the summer of 2008.
The also carry lots of great clothing, some perfect for hiking/backpacking so if looking to get into these sports, it's a great place to shop.
They have bikes, kayaks, and canoes. If it involves being outside, they have it.
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What to pay: Good equipment is not cheap and REI is not a bargain store but they are competitive.
One great time to go is for their used gear sales. We hit one while in Seattle. They open up the top floor and sell returned stuff. You have to do some hunting but there are some great deals to be found. I would be careful with boots. If returned, they may be leaking but clothing should be easy enough to see if they are okay.Related to:
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Pike Place Market: Flying Fish
This place is famous for its big red neon sign that declares it as a PUBLIC MARKET and also for the flying fish. There is a fish shop here where they throw their fish. It's fun to watch them work and it's a nice gimmick that draws visitors to this wonderful, unique 100-year-old shopping center.
It's definitely not a mall. It's a multi-level shopping experience in an historic building with wood plank floors and a plethora of stores. Anything and everything can be found here - fish, organic strawberries, hand-made jewelry, crumpets, posters, you name it. The people watching here is fun too. Locals and tourists alike come here so it's a perfect spot to get acclimated to the Seattle vibe.
What to buy: Mainly, it is a market, which is how this place got its start back in 1907, so the food choices are top notch. There are the fish places, fresh produce stands, and lots of places to eat. Other shops fill the remaining floors though, including a lot of local, hand-made arts and crafts.
What to pay: A wide range of prices but everything is pretty reasonable.Related to:
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- Food and Dining
- Historical Travel
The Musik Box: If you like music boxes
This store is filled with charming music boxes from Germany and other parts of the world.
What to pay: From inexpensive to expensive - but mostly expensive
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